Looking ahead to the upcoming kitten season, it's important to
take action to help stray and feral cats. Taking steps to contain a nomadic cat
may help reunite a lost cat with his family, alert a cat's owner that didn't
know the animal's roaming tendencies, or prevent a stray from birthing kittens
in a backyard.
Besides worms and fleas, the urban drifter faces many hazards
outdoors. When people see an injured homeless cat, it is important to call a
cat rescue for help. Common injuries for an outdoor cat's lifestyle include,
being hit by traffic or mauled by dogs after tight-roping a neighbor's
Without receiving veterinary treatment after an incident, injuries
could escalate and lead to an untimely death. Medical care costs can detour
most any “rescue hearted person” or an animal charity's budget
without the pubic pledging to replenishing their donations.
At the Community Animal Network (Newport Beach,
California), I witnessed far too many injured outdoor cats. Their x-ray
images, riddled with BB pellets, indicate that many cats are living with metal
objects encapsulated under their skin after being shot. Decades of calls
received by the rescue, prove that outdoor cats have been deemed a nuisance.
Many cats have been deliberately poisoned with anti-freeze, which is a
particularly cruel death.
If you can help a cat, your neighborhood could avoid the many pitfalls
some housing communities face. To stop your area from becoming a birthing
ground for feral cats, those untouched by loving human hands, animal lovers
must act. Sadly, feral adult cats have little chance of finding rescue, and
death often awaits them at municipal shelters across America.