When I was in Vet Tech school many years ago in Woodland Hills, CA (San Fernando Valley)
it was common for cats trapped on or off campus to be brought in for a spay or neuter
for free & dirt cheap vaccines. The students were there to learn hands on nursing skills
& this was a way to help both the students & the animals. One of the cat's ear would be
notched (sorry can't remember which one there as in many places do the same practice)
to show at a distance that they were sterile.
Where I am currently living for the past 4 yrs there is a HUGE cat problem. I live on
a farm where I rent the pool house & 2 summers ago I counted at least 22 feral barn cats
that travel between 3 farms. It's horrible! The Tom cat who belonged to the Land Lady had to
be euthanized due to illness ~ 2 yrs ago & he was FIV & Felv positive. So now look at
how many positive cats. Thankfully Land Lady's daughter trapped almost all of them & took them
to the shelter, however not everyone was caught so the saga continues, just not as many last yr
or this yr.
My cat is only allowed out during the day when I am here. She HATES other cats & was raised
by my border collie Dirk since I rescued & saved her life at ~10 days old (someone tied her up in a
plastic bag & threw her in a dumpster)...yep her name is Baggs, didn't think of Glad or whatever
at the time. She goes through her loving hugs on Dirk several times a day even after 9 yrs.
She comes to my dogs recall whistle, comes to verbal commands, knows her name,
sits on command & gets her little doggie biscuit with my dog. She is also fascinated with sheep
& goats & would often scream & beg for me to turn around & wait for her to come with Dirk & I
to work sheep. She would literally sit there for ~ 20 to 30 minutes & watch....she's black
& too bad I couldn't paint a white tip on her tail & paws & teach her to herd, LOL!!!
Some people don't realize how smart animals are & they assume cats are not trainable.
It is truly a shame that lady was found guilty, Bloody H...it didn't even appear that she was even
Our catch & release was for control of the feral cats & did not require any one to feed or take care
of the cats once they were free.
I am very thankful that my cat does not wonder to the barn or the farm only goes about 10 to 20 yards
straight off the back of my patio into an alfalfa field with nothing else around...so beautiful to see
a solid black cat amongst the deep green. I know where she is at all times & if I'm sitting outside with all my animals (birds, dogs & etc) she stays
within 10 ft with everyone else.
edit on 5-11-2012 by Ektar because: Left something out