Sunday, December 18, 2011

A sad tail.....!!

I know it's a common problem in many parts of the world, this very pretty little pussy cat is one of the many, many feral cats surviving around the marina. It looks quite healthy with a shiny coat and bright eyes..if only it had a happy, loving family to care for it, but not so.  You often see them ducking and diving in the rocks near fishermen, hoping to pick up a morsel here or there. It breaks my heart to think of them out there in all sorts of weather, thankfully Perth has a relatively mild climate....
The solution to this problem could be as simple as owners taking responsibility and having their cats neutered, and if someone has a cat that they decide is impossible to keep, they should do the right thing and either try and find it another good home or take it to the RSPCA to see if they can.  DON"T take it and dump it somewhere and leave it to fend for itself, that's just too horrible.. OK rant over, but hey, I'm sure you all agree right.....!

41 comments:

  1. Oh, yes! I do so agree! It breaks my heart to see how many cats and dogs that have no homes, that have been abandoned. Great photos and a great post for the day! Thank you!

    Sylvia

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  2. I agree... but you're right, this kitty looks healthy and clean...

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  3. There are many cats and dogs over here making a living on the streets. Usually people living in the neighourhood provide them with food - one dog made it even to the Time magazine.
    Please have a good Sunday.

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  4. I had better stay away then, as, perhaps I may end up with more rescue cats!

    Some humans, quite frankly do my head in, no thoughts at all for the animals in their care, dumping, or, worse does not seem to phase those sorts of people at all, perhaps we ought to turn the tables and dump them somewhere!

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  5. Can only agree Grace. At least this one does not look like some that roam in the bush. They would not make a nice picture!

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  6. This reminds me so much of one we had years ago...I'd be really tempted to take it home, but it's too far! :-)

    The problem of unwanted animals is massive. I saw that one country, in anticipation of the Olympics, killed 27,000 plus stray dogs!

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  7. All of our animals have been strays that ended up in our yard. Spayed and neutered all...know unwanted babies in this house!

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  8. I visited my parents last night and there were 3 feral cats in the tree in their front yard. Neighbours across the road started feeding feral cats a couple of years ago and the cats have been breeding and so now there are a lot of them! It was -8˚C last night - I felt so bad but they aren't tame and won't come near you. Heartbreaking!!

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  9. Agreed. Perhaps compulsory resitration plus heavily subsidised de-sexing might help.

    I was once walking around the Dove Lake track at Cradle Mountain, around 7pm on a nice summer night. At the far end of the lake, I saw a cute tabby kitten. As much as I felt sorry for the poor kitty (I'm a softy when it comes to cats), I was also mindful of the fact that cats don't belong in national parks for a very good reason. I told one of the rangers afterwards, and he just said "yep, wherever there's a road, there'll be feral cats".

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  10. I couldn't agree more! Our cat Shadow is so loved! But she wandered in with a matty coat and a plaintive hungry meouw! Not sure who adopted whom first! But she stayed and now is a stunning looking grey long-haired cat! (She has her own sound for wanting a brush!) No animal should be given a home and then discarded! We all have a right to be loved and cared for consistently! Such a beautidful cat in your photo!

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  11. I agree with you completely. This cat might be the best-fed feral cat I have seen.

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  12. Agree!

    Yes, a world wide issue...


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  13. And here I was expecting the Little Mermaid. But then the climate would be all wrong.

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  14. I totally agree with you. Even here in Al Ain, there are lots of homeless cats and dogs and they usually stay beside the big trash bins.

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  15. Indeed, Grace. This is absolutely irresponsible and extremely cruel. I cannot stand people being cruel to animals and this abandonment is cruelty to the extreme.

    Lovely photo, though...

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  16. Redcat has it right. Take pity and feed the poor devils and more are attracted and they all make more kittens. That is the dilemma. I suppose rounding them all up to be neutered might help but until pet owners take responsibility there is not much to be done. That sort of black and white cat is sometimes called a tuxedo cat, or a Silvester cat. I have had a couple myself over the years. They are, I believe, always male, as the tri colored calico cats are always female. Corect me if I'm wrong.

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  17. am with you right through Grace!

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  18. We came across the same problem and behavior while living in Cyprus, dozens of cats living in the rocks of the marina. We adopted one of them. And had him adopted by someone else when we left Cyprus, as we could not take him with us to India. He's a happy kitty.

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  19. He/She is very clean for a feral. I would have tried to take it home. So cute.

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  20. It is a beautiful cat, I may actually be okay, sure that if someone would take care of the cat, it would be better!
    Un abbraccio.

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  21. Oh, I agree soooo much with you! this poor little guy would deserve a much more better life!

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  22. I agree with you, in Singapore, I joined a Cat Cafe which does exactly what you suggest.

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  23. I agree with you completely, poor cats!

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  24. Cats are the world's greatest survivors. I worry more about the diet of a roaming cat that keeps it is such a healthy condition.

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  25. Yes it is a worldwide problem, but fortunatly there are people who care about them.

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  26. My heart usually breaks more for endangered animals but yes, it is sad that so many people get their kids kittens or puppies for Christmas and then abandon them. Then again, it's yet another sign of how little responsibility our current society accepts... Rant over! :-)

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  27. Thank you for posting this .. our vet has a fund The Toby Project which neuters cats/dogs for free.. they have an RV equipped for it and travel around the city neutering strays and pets whose owners can afford to go to a vet practice and pay for it

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  28. Agree completely! It is such a shame that they are all alone in this world and are treated as a nuisance when it's really our responsibility.

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  29. I live right by the ocean & people come down & buy their children "summer kittens." They leave them right at the beach & head back home in early September. ~Mary

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  30. Impressive: I have almost identical pictures taken in our port, cat included.

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  31. We have this same issue in our harbor cities. I once rescued one of the cats because it hadn't reverted to feral-dom. Spay and neuter - spay and neuter - spay and neuter

    I'm showing solidarity in joining your rant

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  32. Hi Grace! I understand about the cats. Do you think they would come for food. Surely wouldn't want to grab one and have it scratch your eyes out!

    Re your comment on The Villages...the bridge is part of a road in and out of the "downtown" area. In the background you see a replica of a train station but is actually used as a waiting area for a local gas-powered tram service.

    The Villages is what I call a "Disneyland for Adults." It was created a few years ago and all the supposed "old" buildings are, in reality, quite new. Same for this bridge. I guess I should have put "olde" in capital letters... :-)

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  33. Agreed! And you're right -- that cat does look quite healthy from the picture.

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  34. Feral cats are a tremendous problem here as well. The current strategy is to capture - a vet checks them over for disease, spays/neuters, vaccinates, etc - and release back into the colony, where volunteers leave food and keep an eye out for trouble (cats that appear sick or injured, etc). Eventually the colony dies out... but it takes dedicated volunteers to make this happen.

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  35. My son's cat got out of his apartment almost 10 days ago now. She had been feral before she was caught and taken to the humane society, where he adopted her. She became an indoor cat. She seemed to be happy but something compelled her to run out and we didn't notice that she was missing until 15-20 minutes later. In that time she was completely gone. We haven't seen her since and it is very heartbreaking to me.
    I do agree with you--all pets should be spayed/neutered. It isn't like there will be a shortage of them anytime soon!

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