I am grateful that my readers are so passionate about the subject of feral cats and the proper treatment of them. But I have not been clear, I see now, and readers that are not familiar with this blog may not appreciate the situation here, so please let me clarify (not that I expect to change any minds).
I live in a desert. It is probably a place that you can barely imagine. In the summer the temperatures soar to over 50 Celsius (120 + Fahrenheit), in the winter they drop to below 10. There is no rain to speak of.
The native population of humans love to hunt. Most of the indigenous species - from oryx to desert mice are extinct locally. One species that has survived the extermination sprees and has adapted to co-habitation, is the sand cat, felix margarita sp. These are indigenous 'wildcats'.
Our golf course cats are unlikely to be pure 'wildcats', but they show characteristics of those species, mixed with some Arabian domestic cat signs.
My use of the words 'feral cats' has no doubt conjured images of monstrous domestic cats that decimate local wildlife populations in places like Australia. Cats such as these are a menace and should be controlled.
Some of our population was also made up of pets who live on the compound, and sadly former pets, who have been abandoned. A few of us have tried to look after these cats, feeding them, taking them to the vet when they are sick or injured, and having them neutered and spayed.
One of the comments from the previous post maintained that TNR programs are also cruel and seemed to suggest that it is more humane to euthanise the cats immediately. I can see this argument; however, cats are territorial animals, and believe me, there is an unending supply of them here in Exile. We hoped that by maintaining a stable population of neutered and spayed cats, they would look after the newcomers and chase them away.
If 'all' the cats are eradicated, in a few weeks we will have a new population to dispose of. The idea of an endless treadmill of catching and killing cats does not appeal.
We all know that the world is far from perfect and there are many many calls on our charitable natures. Perhaps for some people, caring about starving animals is frivolous. Perhaps for some people seeing a kitten die a wretched death from poisoning is 'ok'. I am not one of those people.
As for the abusive comments ... I can see that the subject is one that arouses passions - quite rightly. I am happy to listen to your point of view, whether you agree with me or not. I will not resort to name calling or personal nastiness, and I expect the same of you. I have not blocked any readers nor deleted any comments, yet, but if you are unable to be rational and reasonable, I would prefer you did not read my blog.