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We’d be worse off without cat people

June 18, 2013

Dear Sir,

The recent letter ‘Feral Cats Cause Harm’ from ‘How Would You Vote’, is worthy of response.

If the writer will allow me, let me answer the questions he raises. I should declare first of all, that I am an ex-Volunteer for BFAB, although I actually prefers dogs to cats. But don’t let that worry you; for me, BFAB does a good job because of what they achieve, and the way that they go about it, hence my support for them.

1. Cats are territorial. And that includes domestic as well as feral. There is nothing that you can actually do about that; it is the way it is.

2. Trapping is usually successful, but not always at the first attempt. But the writer should not despair; call BFAB on 291-1737 (or ask someone to call on your behalf if you prefer your anonymity) — and the trappers will call you.

3. Because cats are territorial, they cannot be moved far. But, that does not mean that the feeding station (and by definition, the cats) cannot be moved to a better position in the area. It takes a little time and patience. Again, call the number above and tell them where the feeding station is, and they will do what they can.

4. Reducing the feral population by culling or other means, is a failure waiting to happen. Just ask the person whose pet cat was poisoned recently, and you will know what I mean. Domestic cats wander around their territory too. We have to reduce the population by humane means, which BFAB is doing.

Over the last 20-plus years, BFAB has spayed/neutered around 23,000 cats.

It has done so without any Government help. If you want to imagine what Bermuda would be like without BFAB, just imagine if half of those, ie 11,000 were female. Capable of having up to three litters a year, with up to six kittens per litter over (say) a ten- year life, you would be up to your armpits in cats.

Don’t knock BFAB — work with them. As long as people on the island continue to dump their unwanted pet cat, BFAB will be in business.

YOUR CALL BERMUDA

Hamilton Parish

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Published June 20, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm)

We’d be worse off without cat people

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