Recently, there was an article in The Globe about how the feral cats on campus are being treated and given food and shelter on campus. While I understand the mindset of those who feel this is a worthy cause, in reality it is a grave mistake.
In the article, it says, “Thompson and Kristin Johnson, the club’s faculty advisor, point out that these are wild and feral cats.
“‘This is really important, they may perceive attempts to touch them as attacks and react accordingly,’ warns Johnson.”
So, by allowing these cats on campus, the school and organizations involved are putting their students in danger. Not only are they in danger because of possible “feral, wild cat attacks”, but there are also many students with cat allergies, as well as risks of disease from the cats themselves.
Also, these 25 cats came from somewhere and more will continue to come to the campus, especially if they have homes and food. The school would be overrun by “feral” cats in no time.
Further, according to the article, “In four months, eight campus cats have been successfully trapped and released.” Only 8 in four months?!? At that rate, the other 17 will take about 8 months.
Let’s do some quick math. Cats are pregnant for 9 weeks before having their litter of between 2-5 kittens. 8 months is approximately 32 weeks. If only 5 of the remaining 17 cats end up getting pregnant, that’s another 10-25 cats on campus. Add this to the amount that comes from outside places, and anybody can see how this is a problem.
Lastly, as I walked to class today, I saw a dead mouse on the sidewalk with its head ripped off. There was blood on the cement where the body of the mouse laid. I took a photo of it with my phone because I was so shocked.
Although it was gross, if there is any benefit, this may have been one for having wild cats on campus. By giving them homes and a “designated buffet of kitty food,” these cats will no longer have any reason to eat the mice on campus.
What is the benefit of keeping the cats on campus? There is none. Housing and feeding these “wild, feral” cats brings no benefit to the student body, but possible disease and attacks that threaten the students of the campus.
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