Feral cats in Leander
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.
People for the ethical treatment of animals