Is it safe to catch a cat?
The Sydney Cats and Dogs Home suggest it’s not safe.
It is dangerous to handle wild, feral or abandoned cats people who decide to catch cats place themselves at risk.
A wild cat isn't a domestic pet abandoned and living on instincts; it's a wild animal and in and of itself can behave in a very unpredictable and totally different way to a Felis domesticus, your domestic cat.
A wild cat is a dangerous animal. It’s an apex predator. Within the wild it'll move far away from you before you see it however if you trap it you will have an unpredictable and dangerous wild creature that you simply cannot handle or hold or easily befriend. Telling the visual difference between a house cat, a stray cat and a feral cat isn’t simple or easy. Motives for trapping cats that are not owned should be critically examined.
Animal lovers are appalled at the proposition of scavenging abandoned cats and feel compelled to do something good about it. It is a deplorable act to abandon a cat or a litter of kittens. It's really hard to understand why a litter would be abandoned in a park or woodland area. Generally to young to care for themselves and as an intrusion are likely to be attacked by other animals.
What are you able to do? The solution starts by understanding what you can’t do and why. To understanding why it's necessary to understand that cats represent groups. One group or class may be a domestic cat. This tiny feline is a darling and is loved by house owners, played with by children and in many cases is a component or even a complement to the family. For older folks they're a source of comfort and friendship.
Owners of domestic cats feed and look after their needs and wants protecting them from harm, parasites and danger. It is important to keep a rational perspective on what to do when attempting to trap a cat, kittens are probably a bit different and if recently abandoned may come easily. What you do next is the decision that needs to be made. Just to collect a litter of abandoned kittens is just the start. Can you care for them all, vet's, food, find homes for them. It may be possible. Maybe a cat shelter is the place to take them to be adopted out. What ever you do it's not enough to save them from being abandoned, there is the responsibility to care for them.
Abandoned cats are scavengers. Not by choice but still they are still scavengers. They socialize and group into colonies inhabiting both rural and suburban areas. Sadly an abandoned cat’s lifestyle promotes illness inside the colonies. Overrun with fleas, disease and parasites there is little opportunity or no probability of a reasonable quality life style. Homeless cats live short arduous lives.
This such a quandary. What can be done. To take an unrealistic approach that all cats have a right to life is probably not very balanced. The responsible thing here is to know what the right thing to do is an at is not always easy. You cannot got to a textbook and get an answer for all situations so we must try and step back and assess what to do - not from just an emotional perspective but also a socially responsible perspective.
Animal lovers feeling concerned and sense of duty could feel duty-bound to try and do something concerning this appalling scenario by being active and supporting stray cat colonies trapping, neutering and returning them back to the colonies. The question is: is this a correct practice? What do the animal organisations say regarding this?
PETA is an organisation - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals – The article. The kindest thing to do for a feral cat is euthanasia. Read the article here
There are some who advocate catch, neuter & release. The motives of people that care for cats this way are compelled by a high sense of animal rights it is a practice of great concern. PETA has publish an article on this practice
People safety and animal welfare are topics of great concern. People are becoming more aware of the issues of feral,stray and domestic cats.
If you are concerned or have an opinion you can post this article on your Facebook page. This is a global issue and will continue to affects us all. We cannot in a realistic way contribute to a global conversation. However as responsible cat owners we can raise the issue in our local community - who today does not have a Facebook account. Unfortunately this conversation can end up with so called - "cat lovers talking at cat haters" No good can come from that because it seems the effort goes into talking and not listening.
A much better approach is for people who appreciate the value of cat company to discuss what it means to be a responsible pet owner. This by extension opens the conversation to ration responsible comments and reasonings.
Use your Facebook to share your understanding of this issue and take the opportunity to explain to those that do not agree with you.
By building understanding and consensus on what is right, bridges of sensible rational thinking starts to be built.
The starting point for consensus is to understand that there is another perspective on this subject and attempt to understand the other point of view. That is different from accepting it as correct after all it is anothers point of view.