June 14 – Going Wild

This feral cat in Greece lives off of the kindness of fishermen (My camera)

This feral cat in Greece lives off of the kindness of fishermen
(My camera)

There are about 200 million cats in the USA alone. Surprisingly, only half of those are pets; the remainder are feral cats. both dogs and cats can adapt easily to being feral. They are capable hunters and have plenty of places where they can shelter. And part of the reason for this is because both dogs and cats reproduce like rabbits; a single mother dog and her brood can add 67,000 puppies to the world in six years. Cat lovers, your best friend is even worse; a single mother cat can easily give birth to over 100 kittens in her lifetime and can have a family of more than 420,000! Currently, many groups are attempting to reduce this problem by instituting “Trap-Neuter-Return” programs that catch feral dogs and cats, neuter them, and them release them back into the wild. (Why not put them up for adoption? Sadly, most feral animals cannot be tamed after they reach adulthood – sort of like teenagers.)

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