Jacey, Koji, and I are in some ways fortunate felines. We have never had to worry about living outside, fending for ourselves. Oh, sure, we get annoyed at the human sometimes. But we are very happy that he is around to take care of us.
But there are many felines who live outside. And many kind humans want to to help these feral cats. One group in St. Louis is doing a lot of good to help these feral cats. You may remember St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach from the summer, when the baseball team in St. Louis wanted a feline taken in at the baseball stadium. But they do a lot more than that.
The city relies on them to help keep the feral population under control. Every day, many kind humans who do not get green paper things help St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach feed feral colonies and trap those felines who need to be fixed.
“If you feed them, fix them,’’ said one of the humans at St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. “Because if you’re feeding them you are making it easier for them to sustain a pregnancy and a litter of kittens, which is only going to multiply and get worse for you. Feed your cats, but bring them to us or to your vet or make whatever arrangements you can and get them spayed or neutered and break the cycle.”
And it works, furiends. So far this year, St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach trapped and neutered over 1,000 felines. After these felines recover from their surgery, they go back to their colonies. When they return, they do not fight as much.
But most importantly, they do not produce more kittens. You see, one feline can be responsible for 67,000 tiny felines over the course of its life. This cannot be sustained, and it means many felines live in bad situations. And that is why trap, neuter and return programs are so important! They help stop this.