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The Streets Are a Battlefield for Cats

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Posted July 11, 2011 by peta2 staff

Every day, PETA’s fieldworkers rescue homeless and unwanted cats who are battle worn and weary after months or years on the streets or in the woods. Kind-hearted people often feed homeless cats to give them at least a little relief from the constant hunger that gnaws at their worm-filled bellies. But food alone doesn’t protect cats from the dangers and hostility that exist on the streets.

Two cases just this week exemplified the hard lives of homeless animals:

This cat, who had apparently been homeless for quite a while, had no teeth—leaving the cat with limited defenses and making it nearly impossible for her to get adequate nutrition.

This feral kitten was so weak that he could barely move. He was emaciated and suffering from a raging upper respiratory infection that prevented him from being able to see or smell his food. Without PETA’s intervention, he likely would have starved to death.

Many people feed neighborhood cats without knowing how the cats live and die when not at the food bowls. Cats have the potential to wind up under the wheels of a car, in the mouths of dogs or other animals, or at the hands of cruel people. That is, if they don’t succumb to one of the many ailments that kill cats on the streets when they don’t get treatment. Even a simple urinary tract infection quickly becomes deadly for homeless cats.

If you care about homeless and feral cats, please be strong for them and rent or purchase a humane box trap (read PETA’s full instructions on trapping feral cats) and bring them to a reputable open-admission animal shelter, where they might find a loving home if they’re friendly or at least a peaceful release from a hostile world if they can’t be adopted. It beats the alternative.

If you absolutely can’t do this, at least work with a local spay-and-neuter clinic to spay and neuter the cats and re-release them onto the battlefield. They will still have hard lives, but they won’t bring more kittens into a world where no homes for them exist and life is a struggle.

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  • 1946 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    my one cat was a stray, he’s now blind in his right eye and walks a bit funny.
    i’m so glad i could save him though(:

  • 1952 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats so sad

  • 1958 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have been managing feral cat colonies for over 12 years. You can go to http://www.straycatalliance.org or http://www.alleycat.org/ for info on low and no cost spay and neuter programs. I support a lot of the work that PETA does, but I totally disagree with their feral cat policy. With just a little effort, you can control the stray and feral cat population in your area and give feral cats a good quality life. Not all ferals suffer like the two pictured above. That is like saying all homeless people should be euthanized instead of offering shelters, food banks and free medical clinics.

  • 1961 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    For over five years I have cared for a colony of feral cats. I have trapped them all. They were spayed and neutered by Pets LifeLine in Sonoma, CA and I feed them every morning in the area where I found them. They have shelter and close neighborhoods where people have adopted and /or just fed some. There have been many cats, many have died and many just disappeared, but they are always there each morning waiting for me. One old man is at least 14 years as he was the garage shop cat for years. He is frail and thin and his days are few, but we are already making arrangements to take him to Bubbling Wells Pet Cemetary. He deserves a fine resting place. I wish more people would spay and neuterand care for those who are wild, sick and starving, They did not choose their life.

  • 1961 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    poor kitties. It’s such a cruel life out there

  • 1961 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    esa gente no merece vivir…..es algo sinsentido lo que hacen con esos pobres e indefensos gatitos, necesitamos hacer algo urgente para detener todo esto

  • 1961 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Man is the cruelest animal in nature.
    how can someone find this entertaining??
    that’s sick!
    heart breaking ):

  • 1961 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My little girl was a feral. My friend and I believe she was attacked by a big dog and now has PTSD. Whenever we go out together (my cat and I) if she senses a dog she becomes so incredibly frightened (not the normal cat response to dogs) that she’ll start crying and she’ll try to jump up onto my shoulders! When I found her, correction-SHE found ME, she had an infected bite mark on her furry little black behind. She’s fine now, thanks to vet care and some holistic aid from me.

  • 1962 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    omg thats horible

  • 1962 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have myself taken 3 feral’s to feline friends,they did get adopted,but 1 had to come back to me,he was not adoptable,he only trusted me,so now his name is Tippy,it took me 3 yrs for him to trust me,he was at feline friends and was so nasty to the girls,here at home he is such a love,but boy when someone comes over he is in hiding.He’s a mommy’s boy,I love him so much,he is not a young cat maybe 10 give and take.So I sure hope people will help and know all they want is love and kindness.

  • 1962 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    There used to be a mother cat who kept having babies next door to my old job. Since we were a restaurant, we always gave them leftover food, as well as cat food. After a certain amount of time had passed, the owner of the gas station next door took them to a shelter to get them shots, & spay/neuter services, & they ended up @ a farm on eastern Long Island:)

  • 1962 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    AYUDO A TODOS LOS GATOS CALLEJEROS QUE ENCUENTRO . ES TERRIBLE

  • 1962 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I love animals but I cannot see bringing them to a homeless shelter where they will be euthenized after a couple of days. I think that they are better off, in most cases, free in the wild. I took in a homeless cat a few months ago & she is happy as can be & maybe the other cats will come across the same good fortune. Sorry, but to me that is a better alternative than putting them to sleep.

  • 1962 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We took in a stray almost 3 yrs ago and he is now enjoying the luxury of being pampered. He was very sick and cost us a lot of money but he was worth it…..he is my husbands suck loves to cuddle with him and has a I don’t give a darn what you do to me attitude…. very gentle cat( I say it is because he has a loving caring home now)

  • Kay

    1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m so glad that PETA wrote up an article on feral cats. Before I adopted my two kittens (who used to be feral kittens) I didn’t really know much about them and how hard their lives are out on the streets. The best way to help them is to not feed them, spay and neuter your cats, and support groups like the Homeless Cat Network who humanely capture feral cats and adopt them out to nice people who care for cats.

  • 1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    These pictures tug at our hearts! We must get these strays neutered and spayed asap! If there are health problems, they must see a vet to get treated for their ailment or otherwise die a very sad death! Can we sit by and let this happen? We must be responsible for those who are not and save these precious animals!

  • 1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This trully saddens me… I do wish I could be more helpfull to the cause

  • 1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    please wherever you live if you have feral cats contact the local humane society. They can usually spay and neuter for free if you can catch them in the traps they provide. If they can not help you they may give you names and numbers of organizations that will have monthy meetings to bring in ur trapped kitties and again spay and neuter for free. Do not let them hang out and reproduce or the blood is on your hands to. Feeding them is not the answer. HELP them and help prevent more ferals from suffering.

    • 1963 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      *too– sorry!

  • 1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve spent thousands out of pocket since there is no tnr program here, and my local shelter won’t take any cats- they actually advised me to shoot the feral cats! My vet has given me as many discounts as she can afford to. The combo has resulted in an entire colony now spayed and neutered. I provide regular food and have been taming them to hopefully find homes as wells building feral cat shelters- something I’m surprised you didn’t mention! Feral cat groups have various easy to follow plans to build shelters- many from recycled scrap wood. Some include room to drop a heat lamp into. These shelters can be the difference between life and death in the winter for feral cats!

  • 1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I try my best to help the feral cats around my house, but my population is always growing. Where are the cat shelters that will take the cats and not kill them, they need to live their long lives out somewhere. It is very costly to keep feeding them and the cats inside my house as well. I am pretty much the cat lady on my block, I don’t want to have my neighbors complaining then the animal control come and take them away, I heard they keep them only 4 days then the put their lights out. Please help me out, I love them all dearly, but I am not sure how much more I can take and do for them. My heart always goes out to them

  • 1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    disgusting

  • 1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Feral cats have VERY little to NO chance of adoption at Animal shelters.At least 9/10 are un-adoptable and when you bring them in the shelter can (and usually will) put them down immediately after you leave OR these sweet little things will be SOLD to Labs for testing!Believe me-I have seen it and it makes me MAD!If someone is feeding them and taking care of them,to me,it sounds Stupid to take them to a shelter to be killed.Would you do this to your G-ma?Sister?Brother?Or any other breathing,caring,feeling,loving and living life force?Bad advice to me.If they are sick slip them some antibiotics in the food you give them!It’s not hard!I can’t imagine ANYONE saying a peaceful release is better than living and enjoying what pleasures they do get being taken care of by someone.I am 39 Y.O. and have seen much more than your “average” animal rights protester. Main thing to remember is-Let your conscious guide you and ALWAYS think before you act!

  • 1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have 5 beautiful cats that I just love so much. they are in door cats. I wish people would get their cats castrated and neutered and keep them in it is a very cruel world out there for these poor little animals. very sad
    Patricia Stanley

  • tlt

    1963 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We have an overabundance of strays in our neighborhood. We have taken in two (which are and always will be indoor cats) and taken 4 to no kill shelters to be adopted out. We are in the process of trying to rescue 2 more. This story really hit home for me. I have 5 cats, all spayed and nuetered as well as being forever indoor cats. They are the greatest companions. I don’t understand how someone can just walk by and not try to help. I guess I never will.

  • 1965 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The blind kitten made me cry at a public library while I was on this website I’ll do whatever for animals and the thought of stray animals being treated like this really does upset me 🙁

  • 1970 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    cats are so negeletced, but they are also the nicest animals you will ever meet.

  • 1971 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    we took a cat off the street four years ago, she’s been living happily with us since then. she’s quite spoiled too!

  • 1971 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Now Im Holding My Cat Very Close To Me, Ive Always Been Afraid She Would Get Outside. There Are Tons Of Stray Cats Across The Street From My House, During The Fall. When They All Died In The Winter, I Felt So Helpless 🙁

  • 1971 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My bf…has this feral feeding problem… :/ and they keep reproducing. The mom tried to get the kittens to let her touch them so she could find them homes. I took two and found them homes… but getting them fixed is costly. And she won’t let me take them to a shelter cuse she’s convinced they’ll die. -_- sigh…

  • 1971 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s terrible! 🙁

  • 1971 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    omg! how could that ever happen!? I love cats too much to ever let that happen to mine :[

  • 1972 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is so heart breaking. like, if you dont love animals why bother getting one unless you give them love & care. <3

  • 1972 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awww, poor kitties….:(

  • 1972 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    its such a shame it isn’t manditory to have pet animals neutered and sprayed. Some people are just careless

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