To Feed Or Not To Feed? The Great Stray Cat Dilemma

Do you feed your local stray cats or do you not?

Not an easy answer. Feeding, the theory goes would encourage breeding and magnify the problem. Not feeding keep the cats starving.

In the world of animal welfare you often come against an issue where it isn’t clear what the ‘lesser evil’ is.

Do you taken in abandoned dogs for free? Or do you charge and thus cause these dogs to be abandoned on a street nearby?

Here are some pointers about how to manage your outside cat problem:

“There are ways to keep outside cats off your property if you’re not a cat person. If you are seeing cats in your neighborhood, first ask your neighbors if these are their cats. If they are, you can ask your neighbor to please keep them in the house.

• Keep your property picked up with no food sitting out and trash cans secured.

• Make sure bird feeding areas are clean.

• Leave no garage doors open, fix holes in sheds and outside storage areas so cats can’t seek shelter.

• Buy a car cover if cats are perching on top of your vehicle.

• In gardens, scatter orange and lemon peels or spray citrus-scented fragrances. Or try coffee grounds, pipe tobacco or citronella. These are all deterrents to cats.

• Spray products like dog and cat repellents also work well if applied liberally around the property.

• Try motion-activated sprinklers.

If you’d like to help outside cats make sure to feed them only during daylight hours. Provide them access to fresh water. You can also provide shelter by allowing them to sleep in a shed or outbuilding, or you can build an inexpensive feral cat house. Directions can be found on the Internet.”

If possible – try to capture your outside cats and get them speyed/nutered, or better still take them to a Shelter that will try to adopt them out.

The problem with stray cats is the harder you work them more of them arrive on the scene. Don’t be discouraged – you may not be able to fix the problem for good but every little bit helps.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

4 comments

  1. The TNR CON-GAME

    FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap, Neuter, & Release (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because these man-made ecological disasters cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY _NOTHING_ HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Nearly every last TNR’ed cat dies an inhumane death by road-kill, from cat and animal attacks, environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, freezing to death, infections, parasites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most common methods employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock’s offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats’ Toxoplasmosis parasites). This doesn’t begin to count the thousands of defenseless native animals that cats skin alive and disembowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. The only difference in destroying cats immediately and humanely instead of trapping, sterilizing, then releasing them to an inhumane death; is that money isn’t going into an HSUS or SPCA board-member’s pocket, veterinarian’s pocket, cat-food company CEO’s pocket, or a drug-company CEO’s pocket. And that’s the ONLY difference!

    FACT: Cats are a man-made (through selective breeding) invasive species. And as such, are no less of a man-made environmental disaster than any other caused by man. Cats are even worse than an oil-spill of continent-sized proportions. They not only kill off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from run-off carrying cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasites, they destroy the complete food-chain in every ecosystem where cats are found. From smallest of prey gutted and skinned alive for cats’ tortured play-toys, up to the top predators that are starved to death from cats destroying their ONLY food sources. (Precisely what cats caused on my own land not long ago.)

    FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive species like these cats that can breed 2-4X’s faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

    FACT: In _TWELVE_YEARS_ Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only reduced feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (as the months go on that percentage becomes more insignificant), allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to exponentially breed out of control. Here’s how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES’ deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 get flattened by cars this translates to 75% fewer feral-cats everywhere. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can’t even reduce cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution. Then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

    FACT: When researching over 100 of the most “successful” TNR programs worldwide, JUST ONE trapped more than 0.4%. Oregon’s 50,000 TNR’ed cats (the highest rate I found) is 4.9% of all ferals in their state. Yet, by applying population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% they will have trapped only 0.35% of all cats in their state sometime this year. Less than 0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: Their mythical “vacuum effect” is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived “vacuum” is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there’s no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats’ resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of “vacuum effect” at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void.

    FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

    • Dear TNR con game.
      I can see you are clearly passionate about the issue of feral cats. Passion is a great thing. However, to be effective passion needs to be combined with knowledge. Unfortunately in your case this isn’t so. Many of the things you claim as ‘fact’ are simply nonsense. What’s worse, you
      appear convinced that your opinion is always correct. I
      suggest you combine further research with a good dose of humility.

  2. You merely prove what I’ve witnessed all my life. Some of the MOST stupid and ignorant people have a PhD or Dr. attached to their names.

    Do go take some courses in biology, ecology, and study invasive-species laws (not to mention the very reasons they are in place to begin with). Your BLATANT ignorance is harming our world and all the life on it.

    • Dear Woodsman 001,
      Thank you for your original contribution. I for one love to give differing opinions a platform on my blog. I think it enriches the discussion and adds new perspectives. After all, we could all learn from people who think differently then us. I think you should try it too.

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