That darned cat...
The cat you can’t pat that keeps coming back!
The breeding season has rolled around again and the daily calls in regards to stray cats and noisy Tom cats have sprung back in.
Sadly, there is an ongoing problemwith stray cats in the community, largely due to people failing to de-sex their animals or abandoning them, often eventuating in sick, injured cats/ kittens and motherless kittens that require the services of the SPCA.
Healthy stray cats are not anyone’s legal responsibility— they are a community concern.
It is not fair on a feral cat to be confined in a small cage and sadly due to their temperaments they are not suitable for rehoming. It is not the role of the SPCA to euthanise any perfectly healthywild cat who is out there minding its own business, albeit they might be annoying and/or problematic to some people.
Nine times out of 10, people think they have a ‘stray’ but it actually has a home that it periodically graces its presence at.
This presents another tricky situation, the one of ‘ownership’.
Catching a healthy cat, which one may believe to be stray or just plain being a nuisance and bringing it to the SPCA is not the appropriate way of going about the matter.
Ringing the centre first, and discussing the SPCA procedures, such as our collar and tag procedure which aids in establishing ownership, will save a lot of time and potential frustration.
Other solution-orientated points to consider in keeping stray cats away could be:
1) Food sources: if a roaming cat can rustle up ameal at your place it will try— via a rubbish bag, through an open window or food left out.
2) Consider the attraction of a female cat that has NOT been spayed. They give off pheromones that can be irresistible to an intact male. De sexing is the answer to that.
3) Using deterrents: Without causing the stray undue stress such as cat repellent or simply a spray of cold water so the cat finds your home unpleasant can help.
Please remember if you find an animal that is sick or injured, we will always help!
■ Tauranga SPCA, visit 43 Alach St. Phone 578 0245. PO Box 2087 Tauranga. www.taurangaspca.co.nz Facebook www.facebook.com/SPCATauranga