Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Six Albany Cats Fixed Today

Today, I took up six more Albany cats to be fixed. Three males and three females.

One was a beautiful owned young black female. The couple also has two males but got help from a relative to fix them. The couple is experiencing financial hardship at this time. No photo of her. It came out terribly blurred.

Then there is Emma, now officially a stray but fed by a woman. She was pregnant at spay today, sort of. Just barely pregnant while still in the heat cycle. A few houses down, lives a little girl, who brought Emma home as a kitten. She'd taken her from a classmate giving away kittens, without asking her mother. Her parents didn't want a cat, and kind of kicked her out, but not before she had a litter herself. They gave all but one of Emma's kittens away. They kept a calico and while Emma lived down the block, her calico kitten grew up enough to go into heat and get pregnant. In fact, both Emma and her daughter were just barely pregnant.This is Emma's adult daughter, who was also just barely pregnant, when fixed today.
This is Emma, now living as an outside cat, but fed and cared for well.

I set a trap for one of several males roaming the area, impregnating, and caught a brown tabby with a clouded right eye. He too was fixed.This is that guy, now fixed. I call him RBT for "Random Brown Tabby".

Across the street in a duplex, live at least two unfixed Siamese, but probably more. I also ran into a woman, two blocks from there, for whom I'd gotten cats fixed before, who had taken in another male, who now needs fixed. And she knows someone else with a cat who needs fixed.

So anyhow, three from that area, near the hospital were fixed, Emma, her daughter, and the brown tabby male, with more to come.

The other two cats fixed were both boys. One was a shaggy black male, and new arrival living at that apartment complex I keep going back to, to catch more. One woman there now has bought a trap and was excellent in catching him.The latest stray male living under that complex.

The sixth cat, another young male, was yet another stray at Heatherdale Trailer park and coincidentally, the woman who took him, had a home lined up for him, after he was fixed, she told me. This is him.

When I'd knocked on that duplex door, over near the hospital, when picking up Emma, after seeing two Siamese in their yard, I intended to talk to the owners about spay neuter. But the young woman who answered said she was just the babysitter. Then she added, "But my new cat is getting fixed tomorrow?" (which would be today).

I said, "Oh? Where are you getting that cat?"

"On Airport Road, from a woman there," she said. "Oh," I said. "Small world. It's me taking him in to be fixed."

It is a small world.

I still have to talk to those duplex people. I left a card but have not received a call back.

See how the problem spreads when people let their cat have kittens and give them away unfixed? Emma was given away as a kitten by somebody who didn't fix their cat. Who knows how many kittens have been born to the other kittens, who now also would be adults, given away by those same people. Then Emma had kittens. The only one I've encountered is the calico, whom the people whose kid brought home Emma have kept. They gave away the rest. Now they're probably out there reproducing, as the calico was aobut to do. That's how feline overpopulation happens and it happens quickly, in tangents. And it is a direct result of irresponsible behavior by humans.

I would like to track down Emma's sisters and brothers and their kittens. I would like to track down the rest of Emma's kittens, long given away. But that probably isn't possible.

This is all the result of a family who didn't fix their cat, and whose unfixed female had kittens, Emma one of them, and then were handed out free to anybody who would take one, including to a little girl.

Do they understand the tangents of feline suffering they caused? Or the cost to others? Would they care if they knew? Would they change their behavior if they knew?

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