There is a program in Winnipeg that traps adult cats for TNR (trap, neuter, return), which I think is an excellent idea to reduce the feral cat population (http://www.craigstcats.ca/colony-manager-program.html). I also think farms need to re-think their views on cats. My parents do not want to fix their female cats because than they won’t catch mice. This is an area I need to do more research on. Is it only female cats, that are intact, that catch mice? Farms don’t want mice, but at the same time don’t want 100 cats roaming around.
This is the problem with cats and I threw in bunnies also to show that cats aren’t the only overpopulated animal on this earth:
This is one of my parents farm cats. She was dumped in the country and wandered onto my parent’s yard. I first thought she was de-clawed, but her nails were just cut really short. She is a gorgeous cat and the people who dumped her are idiots. I was trying to name her Kautje (Cute Ya), which is Low German for kitten. Everyone though I was calling her: Kota (Co-ta) which means male cat in Low German. She is very much a female so they thought I was crazy giving her a name which meant male cat. So I decided to just give her the English name Coda.
He either wandered onto their yard or he was dumped. I’m amazed at how many people dump their cats in the country. It’s so sad seeing these abandoned cats and it’s not a good idea to dump cats in the country. The dog my parent’s has knows which cat belongs on the yard and which doesn’t. He usually runs strays off the yard. Also some farms only want a certain amount of cats and will have to kill kittens/cats once they go over the amount. Also farm cats can have a rough life (lots of fighting and sickness) and have a life span of 5 years (whereas indoors have a lifespan of around 15 years). In our area there is no animal shelter so people have no place to take their unwanted pets. My parent’s spend over $100 (which is way way more than what they want to spend) a month on cat food and don’t want no more cats so I hope no more will be dumped on their yard.
We know Allen use to be an indoor cat because he was well taken care of and is fixed. He is a spoiled rotten cat and is well taken care of at my parent’s place. Allen is one big tomcat and loves to TALK. I always thought I would love a talking cat, but after being around Allen I don’t want a cat that talks. You can have a nice conversation with Allen, but after a while you wish for peace and quiet. Whenever you walk into the barn, Allen makes his presence known and if you respond to his meowing he gets louder. Luckly my three cats are for the most part quiet and if they start meowing non-stop, they get to go for a walk outside (they hate being outside) and that quiets them down.
This link lists the 9 most talkative breeds of cats: http://www.vetstreet.com/cats/meet-9-chatty-cat-breed So before you get a very chatty cat make sure it is something that you can handle. I get stressed when my cats start meowing non-stop because I know what they want (FOOD) and they won’t get it because I don’t want obese cats. I am sensitive to sounds so non-stop meowing would make me go batty.