Feral cats? In my backyard? That doesn't sound good. But they're so cute.
So I started to do what we all do now—Googled it!
Oh, my goodness. I couldn't believe what I found out. There is a serious
problem with feral cats (and dogs, too). They kill birds and spread
disease. They do whatever they can to survive. All because people have just thrown out unwanted domestic pets
to fend for themselves. And to my shock, I discovered that a female cat
could have up to 4 litters each year. With 2-4 kittens in a litter
surviving to have more litters, do the math. That's a LOT of cats!
Running around neighborhoods and downtown areas all over the country.
But I was just doing my own
backyard math. I already had nine. And both
of the daddy cats were hanging around. So sad.
were we going to do?! I couldn't stop feeding them. Winter was close
and Nashville winters can
be very cold and snowy. So I Googled again.
And I found out that there are people everywhere who are not only dedicated to taking care of feral cats but are also trying to eradicate the problem, humanely. I'll talk about that later. But for now, we had to help these babies through the winter.