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You Can't Fix Stupid, But You Can Fix Their Cats


Offbeat  (tags: animals, pets, protection, environment )

Cher
- 632 days ago - heraldtribune.com
Every day, irresponsible people decide they no longer want that kitten (now a cat) that looked so cute when they bought it for their child's birthday.



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Barbara D. (79)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:54 am
TNR efforts are remarkably effective when funded and regulated properly. In my small township we have 23 active colonies. All residents are neutered, vaccinated, fed daily, and routinely vetted. Any new strays (local barn cats and *dumps* ~ therein lies the STUPID factor) are promptly trapped and vetted. Our populations are stable and the cats are enjoying a nearly 100% success rate. IT WORKS!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:41 am
If people would just neuter their pets, thw world would be a bettet place.
 

Karen Avery (118)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:54 am
I hope people will become more educated!! Personally I don't know how anyone could abandon their pet so cruelly!
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:58 am

My mother, one of those has an allergy to everything. Loves feeding the stray cats around her apartment building. I bought her a catch and release trap. San Antonio has a program for Seniors that gives a special rate for spay and neutering, and a couple of "trucks" that come through neighbors each month and offer vaccines for $5.00. All of her strays are "fixed" by about 2 months. I think that is a part of the problem, it costs me over $150.00 each year for vaccines, and it costs me around $200.00 for every stray I take to the vet's for "fixing". If we can reduce the costs of both "fixing and vaccinations" it might help keep "Fluffy and Fido" in their homes.

Though overall, I think that a shot for "fixing" stupid, would be mankind's greatest medical break through in the history of the world.
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:00 am

BTW...I do realize that of all medical professionals Veterinarians are the least greedy, money chasers.
 

Chris C. (151)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 10:44 am
I've had several vets - some whose prices were ridiculously high, and their vet care and techs were TERRIBLE. In one case, this idiot botched my cat's euthanasia - and still had the damned nerve to charge me $135 - and that was many years ago. I finally found a wonderful vet. He doesn't charge his current clients for euthanasia. When I had to put my beloved Squeeky down, he spent 15 minutes, on an EXTREMELY busy day, talking with me, helping me make my decision. He's the first vet that allowed me to hold her as she went to sleep. He had used his new ultrasound machine on her (we were new clients) to discover her cancer and he charged me nothing for this,nor did he charge me for her euthanasic. His vet clinic has foster kitties. His techs are some of the best and he's the best and his prices are reasonable. Not to mention, he's easy on the eyes! ;-)
It wouldn't surprise me if he's involved in a spay program. He & I have often discussed how stupid people are with their pets! It's very frustrating for him, dealing with these people.
 

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (55)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 11:07 am
Great article,Thanks for sharing
 

anne s. (23)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 11:40 am
I really think that mandatory spay/neutering should be free to all owners of cats and abandoned cats. Raising funds for this will help not only control the populations but save lives of others and more adoptions will take place. Right now, there simply are too manyo ut there to have homes so they get abandoned and starve (if they survive outdoor problems (elements, abuse, starvation, etc.).
 

Cathy P. (96)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 12:54 pm
Great article? Please! I read this paper every day and Ernst's columns are hit and miss at best. I agreed with him about The Cheetah but don't agree with this one. He lost me at the first sentence. Does he really think people "buy" kittens? Do they do that somewhere? I don't think they do here in Sarasota where this columnist lives. This sounds really out of touch.
Cats kill wildlife rather you feed them or not. We have lots of feral cats in our neighborhood thanks to an idiotic woman on our street that feeds them (without even spaying them!). We used to have baby bunnies in our yard every spring from the vacant, uncleared lots next door. Haven't seen even one bunny this year or last year. I know it isn't the cats fault but colonies of domestic cats are hunters and are not a good mix with our threatened wildlife. The same people that think cat colonies are a good idea usually reserve their compassion for pets. They don't care about coyotes, they don't care about farm animals, and they don't care about "vermin", but I do!
He is indicating that this TNR stuff is successful and from everything I see at work and at home, it doesn't work. PETA does not support this bill and even though I don't always agree with them. I have to agree with them on this one.

What I would like to see in Florida is mandatory license for cats as well as dogs and mandatory spay and neuter laws. If you don't fix your pet, the license should be at least 10 times as much. If you don't register your pet, the fine should be very heavy. THAT WILL ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND SAVE LIVES OF PETS AND WILDLIFE!
 

Dianne D. (462)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:05 pm
I've spayed and neutered neighborhood cats. All of my ferals are fixed as well as some of my neighbors cats. There are organizations that will help financially. It only costs me $20 a cat. Some organizations will only spay and neuter feral cats, but if a domesicated cat is trapped, they act like a feral and the Vet can't tell the difference, so that is how I get some of those cats in for a nominal fee. They will get their ear tipped, and the owners will wonder how they lost the tip of their ears, but assume they were in a fight. I like the title of this article very much.
 

michelle t. (41)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:36 pm
Spay and neuter all pets ie dogs and cats
 

Jaime A. (35)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 2:32 pm
Noted, agree.!!
 

Beth M. (244)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 2:54 pm
And it so much healthier for the animals.
 

Barbara D. (79)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 2:57 pm
Cathy P., Believe it or not, people do frequently buy kittens from pet stores and breeders when thousands of animals are euthanized every day (including purebreds!).
I like your idea of mandatory licensing, but from my experience in the field there are two issues: enforcement and non-compliance. The majority of dogs I see at the hospital and most dogs surrendered at the shelters where I work are not licensed. Enforcing cat licensing would be difficult due to their low visibility. I know, I know, they're all over the neighborhood, but when Animal Control shows up they will be under the beds and any outdoor cat will not be claimed.
Cats have killed wildlife since the beginning of cats ~ they're predators ~ but well-fed TNRd cats do not kill excessively, at least not in my experience co-ordinating 23 feral cat colonies.
I'm interested in your input on this.
 

Ruth M. (252)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:28 pm
It's so sickening that we live in a throw away society which included animals!!
 

Thomas P. (468)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:29 pm
Noted...thanks Cher. Thanks Barbara for all you do to help animals, especially feral cats. Thanks also to Dianne D for all you do for ferals, and great comments by Anne R. Those that doesn't support TNR either don't understand it or take their talking points from the American Bird Conservancy or some other discredited organization. I'm too am a PETA member and I understand PETA's logic on TNR, but happen to disagree. The reason TNR may fall short is almost always because of a lack of resources, not because of its premise.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:31 pm
Yes, the word is :stupid". I have been at my shelter for over 3 years. Our fersl colony has grown from 20 plus cats to nesrly 50. People just dump their animals into our colony. Most are not "fixed", and we have to suffer the cost. Fortunately in NJ, there are several low cost neutering facilities. They even have a neutering day 4 times a year - $15. regardless of how many cats you bring in.
These are who we call the angel vets.
 

Christeen Anderson (553)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:37 pm
Good title and very true. This is a working program and we should have it everywhere. Thank you.
 

Cher Away Moving (1470)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 4:17 pm


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Christine Stewart (133)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 4:34 pm
I am glad there are people who will spay/ neuter these animals and help control the population. I agree that feral cat colonies should not be allowed near endangered ground-nesting bird/ small animal habitats, and not near water that goes to the ocean (toxoplasmosis from cats can kill sea otters)- but spay neuter is at least one humane solution to unwanted cats- better than mass slaughter, which never keeps the population down for long.
 

Connie O. (44)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 4:46 pm
Over the years we have had many kittens dropped off ... hoping they would find the way to the barn. People really need to take responsibility here. My mother just had spayed 5 cats, that just wandered in (not cheap to do). She is keeping them as barn cats, but the cat house is now full!
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 4:47 pm
Barbara....I owe you another star. Just curious...how big IS your ''little'' township? There must be untold millions of feral cats out there.....slaughtering birds and other wildlife.

 

Barb Knight (1684)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 4:48 pm
Great article!! When I lived in Easly, SC where I had my cats, there was there was this female cat who was always pregnant....she was the epitime of the saying 'scardy cat' yet she'd bare her teeth and hiss at my cats while they ate and sometimes succseeded (sp?) into getting them to back away from their food so she could eat. She was always pregnant so my neighbors--and I--called her 'Mama Cat.' We once set up a cat trap but the wrong cat got trapped--God bless its little heart!--so we had to, of course, set it free. If there ever was a cat that needed to be TSR it was 'Mama.' Rumors were that she belonged to someone in the apt. complex, but God knows that I am the one who took care of her. Thnx Cher!
 

Barbara D. (79)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 5:09 pm
Hi, Pam! My *little* township has a population of of +/- 2500, but that's spread out over about 65sq mi, mostly farmland. So for every 3 sq mi we have a colony of less than 20 cats (well, my largest colony has 21 cats). That doesn't account for barn cats that get neutered and return home. But believe me, the barns cats and ferals here are VERY well fed!
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 7:29 pm
I really wish we could fix stupid. That would truly make the world a better place. I guess it is too subjective.
 

Edith B. (145)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:48 pm
I wish we could fix stupid,too. One stupid thing I would fix is blaming cats for the loss of birds and bunnies. If any animal is hungry, it will feed on what it can find and cats are no exception. However, pesticides and destruction of habitat kills more birds and bunnies than cats ever could.
 

Billie C. (2)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 10:07 pm
we have local spay neuter places that give discounts and even free care to people who can't afford to get their pets fixed or their shots. our county also offers every spring an 8.00 rabies shot for pets taken to 1 of 4 different locations in the county. they also help people get their pets fixed. local vets volunteer their time to do this.
 

Joy Wong (76)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 1:28 am
Yes, fix the stupid.
 

Quinton Smith (40)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 1:31 am
Spay an neuter needs to be a public service "FREE" to all like what is being done in the city of San Jose,Ca I am willing to pay a litter more in taxes for this to be made free across the country it will be my tax dollar being used for some thing good. =^..^=
 

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 2:08 am
Noted.
 

Ruth S. (298)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:06 am
Please everyone we must always promote to spay and neuter to everyone we know.
 

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:33 am
Thank you for the article, there are two animals on two legs and very feral, but sadly they cant be taken to the vets to be spayed and have their nuts harvested down under for nutting removal season. It would do everyone a favour if feral two leg animals were nutted. A lot of abusive ones here. :-(
 

Many Feathers (133)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 5:20 am
spay and neuter
 

Tanya W. (55)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 5:48 am
Desex is the way forward!! I would like to suggest that a labotomy might fix the stupid!!!
 

TRISH GEIDEL (214)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:08 am

TNR, IS A GR8 IDEA & I GIVE PRAISES, TO THOSE WONDERFUL,
WOMEN, ( & MEN) WHO SPEND MANY HRS & LOTS OF $,
DOING THIS VERY HUMANE ACTIVITY !!!

IT IS AN ONGOING, NEVER ENDING ACTIVITY, B/C, AS SOME
HAVE ALREADY SAID, PEOPLE KEEP ON DUMPING, THEIR
UNWANTED, FERTILE, INTACT, KITTEHS, INTO A COLONY
OF ALREADY ** FIXED ** KITTEHS !!!

SO THE CIRCLE (CYCLE) KEEPS ON TURNIN !!!

THE AUTHORITIES, NEED TO GET REALLY TOUGH ON
BREEDERS, SELLERS, OWNERS, : MAKE SOME
HIGHLY RESTRICTIVE LAWS, WITH HARSH PENALTIES,
FOR NON COMPLIANCE !!!

NO KITTEH SHOULD BE GIVEN, OR SOLD, WITHOUT
BEING ** FIXED ** FIRST, : PEDIGREE BREEDERS,
MUST BE REGISTERED & VETTED & MUST BE ABLE,
TO AFFORD TO TAKE GD CARE, OF THEIR BREEDING
STOCK, & ANY FUTURE KITTENS !!!

THEY SHOULD ONLY BREED, WHEN THEY HAVE ORDERS,
TO FILL, : ANY LEFT OVER STOCK, MUST BE KEPT, OR
** GIVEN AWAY **, AS A ** FIXED ** PET !!!

PET SHOPS, MUST ONLY SELL, KITTEHS FROM OVERCROWDED,
SHELTERS, : NOT ALLOWED TO ACCEPT, ANY BACKYARD
BREEDERS KITTEHS & MUST REPORT THE PERSON, FOR
BREAKING THE LAW !!!

ADVERTISING, OF KITTEHS ON THE INTERNET, TO BE MADE
ILLEGAL, FOR *CRAG'S LIST* ( & SIMILAR ) FACEBOOK, ( & SIMILAR ),
: ONLY THE REGISTERED, VETTED BREEDERS, CAN PUT UP,
APPRAISED WEBSITES !!!

A LIMIT OF # 4 KITTEHS, PER HOUSEHOLD/FAMILY, UNLESS,
U ARE A FOSTER CARER/PRIVATE SHELTER !!!

ALL KITTEHS TO BE INDOORS/CONFINED, FOR THE WHOLE NIGHT !!!

ALL KITTEHS ARE TO BE REGISTERED (LIKE THE DOGGEHS) WITH
CONCESSIONS & REBATES, FOR MICROCHIPPING, **FIXING **,
& INDOOR ONLY/CATTERY KITTEHS !!!



OK, SOME OF THESE, IDEAS OF MINE, WILL BE DIFFICULT TO
ENFORCE & A CPL MAYBE, ONLY POSSIBLE, IN A PERFECT WORLD,
BUT, AT LEAST, I HAVE HAD FUN VOICING MY OPINION !!!

( BAD EYES=BIG TYPE, SORI !!! )
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday April 5, 2013, 10:39 am
I just re- rescued a rescue- the man said he didnt want him anymore because they have a baby now, the cat was neutered and chipped. he opened the door and let all 4 of his rescues out to fend for themselves!!! the one I found out in the cold now has a forever home with me along with my 7 other rescues!! the are all indoor cats and all are fixed!!
 

Nancy Black (304)
Friday April 5, 2013, 9:32 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, shared. It is irresponsible not to neuter your pet; it is also irresponsible to adopt a pet without being willing to take care of it for it's life time.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 12:31 pm
Noted. Octavio Feline Foundation, Syliva is great!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 12:40 pm
Trap and kill doesn't work because you loose the volunteers.
 

Debbie Crowe (78)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:48 am
Our neighborhood is mostly dogs. We have 5 indoor cats, and our neighbor has 1 she also keeps inside. All of ours are spayed or neutered, but hers is NOT. I asked if she is going to neuter him, but she says 'No.' I don't consider her "Stupid', but I do worry if he gets out.
I've discovered a long time ago that cats (or dogs) behave better if they've been spayed of neutered.
 
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