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Dear Edi­tor, The prob­lem is not the cats but the hu­mans who let a do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mal be­come feral or roam­ing and now these poor crea­tures are pay­ing the price of starv­ing, dis­ease, ac­ci­dents, vi­o­lent un­timely deaths and a very short lifes­pan. All this is on the hu­man who does not care for their an­i­mal by aban­don­ing and re­leas­ing them. The real is­sue is spay­ing and neu­ter­ing then there would be no feral cats once they died out.

Cats can live up to and over 20 years yet in the wild only about 3 or 4. They are sub­ject to con­cur­rent preg­nan­cies and ill­ness due to hu­man ne­glect, not by their own de­sign.

As for this cat bite I think some peo­ple have missed the point that this cat was not feral as it had a col­lar or at least the ar­ti­cle said that. If so the bite was not from a feral cat but one roam­ing who has own­ers.

Ev­ery cat should have to be spayed or neutered whether in the house or not. Fe­males get mul­ti­ple in­fec­tions if not neutered and not hav­ing lit­ters. Males roam and get into fights, spray and im­preg­nate fe­male cats. We need cheaper fees for neu­ter­ing an­i­mals and the spay and re­lease is by far the best op­tion, as these an­i­mals will not live long lives in the wild and then soon the prob­lem will not ex­ist.

Many farms in the area sur­round­ing Corn­wall have colonies of not neutered cats and I know some of the cats turned into SPCA are these and no doubt some of the wild cats in Corn­wall are these. I have wit­nessed farms who do not care for their farm cats nei­ther feed­ing, in­oc­u­lat­ing, nor spay and neutered so there are many loose wild cats all over my prop­erty and all the coun­ties around Corn­wall. I have taken some of these cats and kit­tens to the Corn­wall and Brockville SPCA.

How can a civ­i­lized so­ci­ety treat crea­tures with such dis­dain as to want to eu­th­a­nize them for the crimes com­mit­ted against these less for­tu­nate cats. We have caused this prob­lem and now we blame the cat! Shame on you. We can judge a so­ci­ety by how it treats the crea­tures in it care, and I would say Corn­wall and sur­round­ing area are ne­glect­ing their duty to these an­i­mals. Please ad­dress the real prob­lem, hu­mans not cats.

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