Feral cats in Le­an­der

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 14 States­man Watch ar­ti­cle “Le­an­der neigh­bors want city to en­force ban on catch­ing cats, fast.”

The city of Le­an­der is right to dis­cour­age peo­ple from trap­ping and re­leas­ing feral cats. Trap-neuter-re­turn pro­grams, how­ever well-in­ten­tioned, can­not pro­tect cats from the rav­ages of life on the streets.

Cats left out­side to fend for them­selves rou­tinely in­cur ghastly in­juries and in­fec­tions, con­tract deadly con­ta­gious dis­eases, are poi­soned and shot by peo­ple who don’t want them in their yards, and are hit by cars, at­tacked by wildlife and worse. Even eas­ily treat­able con­di­tions can be­come deadly for cats who can­not be han­dled.

Feral cats kill count­less birds and other small an­i­mals just in play. It’s also im­por­tant to note that food left out for cats can at­tract rats and other an­i­mals com­monly con­sid­ered “pests.”

The only hu­mane way to ad­dress the grow­ing feral cat pop­u­la­tion is by re­quir­ing all guardians to have cats spayed and neutered and to keep them in­doors. To learn more, visit www.Help­ingAn­i­mals.com.

Teresa cha­grin

Peo­ple for the eth­i­cal treat­ment of an­i­mals

nor­folk, Va.

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