Friends of Felines
Are We Foes or Friends of Felines?
Some folks don’t give a flying fig about cats or any other animal for that matter. They certainly can’t even remotely be described as friends of felines. Others even resent out four legged friends or have the opinion that they are good only to be used either as a food source or as working animals. In the latter case they are often abandoned once they are no longer useful or even put to death. It is no secret that some Eastern cultures still eat cats (and dogs) as a staple part of their diets. Friends of felines all over the world who consider themselves compassionate human beings continue to campaign as the have done for many years to stop this cruel butchery. We won’t go into the suffering that these poor unfortunate animals endure or dwell upon the inhumane way that their lives are taken from them. But needless to say any civilized country that treated its farm animals in such a way would soon find itself on the receiving end of the strongest possible criticism.
Cats Need Friends of Felines
Even in the so called “civilized” countries of western Europe cats in particular are regarded as a kind of vermin. This is ironic when taking into consideration how they actually keep the vermin populations of these countries down. In fact, in some parts of the Mediterranean there is documented history to show that cats were actually imported from Egypt for this very purpose. Friends of felines are well aware that in some of the Greek Islands and Cyprus poison is often put down around the dumpsters especially on the holiday resorts. This usually goes on right under the noses of the local Municipalities (some have even suggested that they are the main culprits) under the guise or rodent control. There have been countless reported cases where the banned substance “Lanate” has been used. This induces the most horrible slow lingering death and is far worse than Warfarin (rat poison). I won’t go into the symptoms it causes here because they are so disturbing and horrific.
What Can Friends of Felines Do To Help?
Friends of felines hate to see cats suffer and their first impulse is to feed as many strays or feral cats as they can. This unfortunately does not offer a long term solution to the problem. The answer often lies in some tough love in the form of an organised neutering programme. In many places around the world cat lovers have set up “capture stations” amongst cat colonies to collect cats for sterilization. This maintains a stable cat population and ultimately serves to reduce the suffering brought on by the completion for food sources. One fringe benefit of this kind of programme is that any animals caught that are diseased can be removed from the colony at the same time. The other positive of course being that less cats means less of a perceived nuisance as the animals compete for food around the restaurants and hotel complexes. Attitudes in some of these places are slowly changing thanks to the relentless efforts many unsung friends of felines like Lynn at Cats in Cyprus have put in over the years and some businesses are now taking part in these capture programmes. Maybe they have realised that the public perception of their more humane actions can only be a positive PR move.