Springtime Kittens

Trapping feral cats can be really fun ... really!

Have you seen the "I love cats and I want to hug them all" video on Youtube? The one about the woman who loves cats way, way too much? I laughed so hard I cried, so of course I had to watch it over and over. Seriously, I don't love cats as much as this girl does. 

We have a feral cat colony on our block in Westhampton. Thanks to the wonderful Operation Cat Program run by ARF, we're able to get the new additions spayed and neutered in Hampton Bays. We bring them back to the neighborhood where we provide them with shelter and food.  The cats have different names at different houses, and have a daily neighborhood buffet of tasty food. Their biggest problem is obesity.

In spite of our best efforts one of our neighbors found these kittens today. I got some advice from ARF about the best way to handle this situation. Keep an eye out to see if the mother is coming around, and seek help if the kittens are abandoned. If you feed mom (she's eating for like 5 after all) make sure not to put the food near the kittens. (Other animals may be attracted by the food and harm the kittens.) The kittens can be brought to be spayed/neutered when they're approximately 8 weeks old. You'll need to trap mom and dad too! 

Operation Cat is totally amazing. They've fixed over 10,000 cats between Westhampton and Montauk in the past 10 years. Just 2 feral cats and their un-neutered offspring can produce 420,00 cats in 7 years. You can see what a really impressive statistic this is because then a dozen cats ... yikes! 

So you don't have do be a crazy cat lover to see that it makes sense to spay and neuter the cats that may be roaming your neighborhood. It’s really easy and very rewarding. We've even gotten to know the neighbors better and will be having a yard sale on our block next month. 

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Virginia Whitelaw May 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Great job, Patti! I wish all would spay/neuter their animals!!


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