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  •  Actually, yes. (1+ / 0-)
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    emelyn

    She was quite a well known pianist. The cat came in through an open door and went nuts inside the house when she tried to safely guide it out.

    Look: I'm a cat person. I love cats. I've got no axe to grind in this story--I don't even live in Florida and didn't like the food at the Sundy House. But all the loveable lady with cat stories aside sure you can be a hoarder and simply busy yourself keeping up a working feral population.  She apparently only gave up fostering the local population and "adopting them out" when she had to because others were trapping and killing them.

    I wish people wouldn't get so passionately attached to the idea of cute furry creatures. Abandoned cats are not a good thing. Feral cats in the middle of a complicated urban area are not a good thing. Just because the OP's friend has a hobby and is fixated on the cats doesn't mean its the most meritorious act ever or that everyone else in the story is the most evil person ever.

    aimai

    •  Unless the cat was rabid, or she decided (6+ / 0-)

      to chase it around and cornered it, that story is just ridiculous.

      That's got nothing to do with any debate about TNR.

      This place needs a PVP server.

      by JesseCW on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 11:04:31 AM PST

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    •  Yes, (9+ / 0-)

      Cats don't attack something bigger than they are unless they are both threatened and cornered.  If something the size of a human scares them, they RUN.  So the friend had to have put her hand deliberately in harm's way, which argues something on the order of stupidity where a strange cat was concerned.  I might put my hand down next to a strange cat, but I've spent forty-five years learning cat behavior and acquiring resistance to damned near anything a cat can carry in its claws.

    •  Ya think? (0+ / 0-)
      Abandoned cats are not a good thing
      Gee, thanks for filling me in on that.  Animal rescue is not hoarding.  It's an expensive, thankless job foisted upon people who are attempting to clean up the mess made by irresponsible pet owners.

      Living in a very rural area, we've rescued at least 6 dogs/puppies, a number of pet cats who were dumped, and are trying our best to deal with the ferals which have resulted from dumped pets producing wild offspring.  You think we ENJOY doing this?  We've spent a lot of money, a lot of time, and we can't even go on vacation because there is no one to take over these caretaking duties here.  We've also spent a HUGE amount of emotional capital dealing with the results of people's idiocy regarding their pets.  We've seen people dump aged pets that are in pain, and probably just want to die in their own homes , and we've taken them straight to the vet to be put down.  That's a nice way to spend a Sat. morning, right?  We have put off a move to another state that we've looked forward to for three years because we refuse to abandon animals that depend on us.  

      You do know that feral cats are much different than dumped pets, right?  You can't just "adopt them out".  It's possible....with some...after months of work and taming, but they are probably not going to be someone's "fluffy love bug", and may never fit into a house with children or other pets.

      The basic difference between an animal rescue person and a hoarder is that hoarders want more and more and rescuers want less and less.  Hoarders would never neuter an animal.

      If you're going to make authoritative sounding pronouncements in a public space, you should at least make an attempt to understand what you're talking about.  Loving cats is not a qualification to talk about rescue.  Experience is.  There are many people here with direct experience telling you that TNR for feral colonies is not something a hoarder would do.  

      So, yeah..abandoned cats and the offspring they produce are a problem.  Some of us are trying to fix that.  Some other people like to spread all kinds of misinformation about it and denigrate people who sacrifice quite a bit to help the situation.

      I wish people wouldn't get so passionately attached to the idea of cute furry creatures.
      And I wish there was some kind of test for pet ownership.  Looks like neither of us is going to get what we want.

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