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Q: I need some help with cats

August 2, 2009 | By john w. | 6 answers | Expired: 1957 days ago

I need some help with cats

For quite a while I have been taking care of a group of feral cats here in Columbia MO. I've been trying to catch them and get them spayed/neutered. I missed one mom and she had kitties this spring. There are about 8 to 10 cats that roam the area and stop by for food.

The neighbor across the street has decided to start trapping the cats to remove them from the neighborhood. They don't like cats. See no benefit to them and say they are a nuisance... that they cause dogs to bark and turn on the motion lights at night. I don't know if she is killing them... she says she is taking them to a farm but wont tell me how they will be cared for.

I am just beside myself. I don't know what to do. She has the right to do this I suppose...

Is there anyone out there who will befriend these cats and has the room to take on some. They are pretty feral but there are a couple who I think could be domesticated as they have learned to allow me to touch them.

I put a few pics of the cats in "my zoo".

I'd rather place them with someone I know will care for them.

I know there has got to be some good people out there who will love these cats as much as I do... please find a way to help me. If you can't take a cat perhaps you can email a link to this page to a friend....

Thanks

I don't see a way to respond to what others have posted ... so I'll update the original post:

Columbia's animal control will put the cats down if no one adopts them.

The neighbor is not really on good terms with me. Their state of mind really, they think I'm doing the world a great dis service in caring for these creatures. They are not going to tell me anything about this "farm".

Columbia Second Chance is a great organization... we adopted Cody using them. My wife is good friends with a person who volunteers there.... they age great with dogs... unfortunately not with cats.

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Jillian
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Aug 05, 2009

what a shame. you spent all that time fixing the strays you do have only for your neighbor to ship them off.

let her know that when you remove cats from their colony, it allows room for more cats to come in - cats that are not fixed and will start to breed, creating a higher population in your area than what previously existed. if she is willing to make this a lifelong mission of hers, then i guess she can have her hands full doing what she wants.
if she wants to lower the numbers and keep the colony in check, then she will have to let you care for them and have them all fixed. as long as the cats don't die or multiply {or get relocated}, you will have maintained the problem in your neighborhood.

www.alleycatallies.org for more information.

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Christinamccullen
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Aug 05, 2009

Hi John,

Columbia has no leash law for cats so neighbors are not allowed to steal cats and take them to farms. How does your neighbor keep from catching people's pets? I smell a possible lawsuit. Consider putting collars on some of the cats. There is a 4 pet limit in Columbia but you are not legally required to tell animal control how many pets you "own" without some sort of legal compulsion. You also do not have to allow them in your house or yard to look around - Just say no! Columbia Animal Control also does not pick up cats unless they are injured or have bitten.

Another way to make cats safer around traps is to make them very scared of traps. It is a last resort, but if you trap them and take them for a scary drive etc, they will be more difficult for someone else to trap. Also, make sure they are very well fed with nice stinky food like tuna or mackeral until your neighbor figures out that this may not be worth their while. We all know what happens to animals that are brought out to "the farm." One cranky neighbor should not be able to determine the lives of you or these cats.

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Marla J.
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Aug 03, 2009

You might talk to Columbia Second Chance about them. I know that they run the SNAP program. They might be able to give you some advice on what you can do.

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jerrie  y.
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Aug 03, 2009

I wish I could help-I myself am trying to place some kittens I found starving last fall-after bottle -feeding them, and attempting (with some success) to teach them to go on the human potty-there are no homes for them, and for health and financial reasons I just can`t take care of them. I have saved quite a few cats in the past but am no longer able to do so-, I don`t face the kind of oppostion you do-everyone seems to like cats but has no room or help for them. I went to the local Humane society to ask for tips in placing ads which would not place the cats in danger, as I vaguely know sometimes the cats are abused if placed in a free ad. I was told-they are cut up and used for muskie bait(I would not joke about such a thing)in addition to being used as bait for training fighting pit-type dogs. Please everyone, neuter your animals-and I hope there will be more programs to help people like me afford the neutering! it costs a lot just to drop animals off at the shelter(I am not faulting the shelter-they are stuffed with cats ). The only hope for you to be able to help your cats is to find out if here is a foundation somewhere-some of these are well-finded-to help you with your terrible dilemma. Bless you heart for the help you have already given.

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Linda B.
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Aug 03, 2009

Surely there is someone in the CMHS group who lives in a rural area and can take some of these cats. You might do a post on the group message board. I hate to see any animals go hungry, but am more cautious since reading about the ordinances that discourage caring for ferals. Keep us posted!

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MICHELLE G.
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Aug 02, 2009

I wish you the best of luck in helping all these beautiful cats. What does your city's Animal Control do with the cats they pick up? If they take them to a S.P.C.A., then I would notify them as to what your neighbor is doing. Or maybe you can find out just what farm it is that shes taking them to. Also if you have a no kill shelter in the area call them to discuss the problem. I sure hope these cats get a chance of being placed in good homes.

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