Cats get a bad rap in North Iowa. Most farm places treat cats like wild animals, livestock at best. Cats don’t get to live in houses, they barely get in a barn. Some of them get fed but most likely a cheap dry cat food if that. Cats are supposed to earn their keep and kill mice. You can’t imagine how many times I’ve heard people say that they don’t feed their cats because that will force them to hunt for mice. Nothing could be further from the truth! My cats are well fed, fat and healthy and they are great mousers. They hunt for the fun of it and rarely eat their kill.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of anyone spaying and neutering their farm cats. Nor do they get any shots. Inbreeding is rampant until the cats become so sickly and frail that they all succumb to one disease or another and then the homeowner starts over again. Kittens are expected twice a year and if they live, fine, if not, that’s no big deal. There’s always more cats.
Our local shelter has over 100+ cats for adoption. They simply cannot take in any more cats or kittens and it appears that not very many ever get adopted. Might the fee be too high? Are too many restrictions placed on families wanting to adopt? Nobody wants a cat. Some people MIGHT want a kitten but what about all the cats living their lives in a cage at the shelter?
The kitten that wandered here yesterday and sadly lost it’s life was feral and too thin to have had any semblance of care. It was likely hungry and showed up here in search of food but it was terrified.
I have 19 cats – all rescues in some form. Rick doesn’t care for cats but I love my cats and he tolerates them. When they misbehave, it’s always YOUR CAT did this or that. I defend them every day.
So – in a perfect world – this stray kitten would not have died. It just might have had a good life and not even have shown up here. Or I would have been able to coax the kitten into a carrier and delivered it to the local shelter. I feel badly that the kitten died. Honestly it was so thin and frail I might have caused it harm just picking it up.
In a perfect world…….sigh.