Tortured By Feral Cats
(Peterborough, Ont., Canada)
We moved 100 miles from Toronto to a lovely town home to retire with our little dog. One neighbour started to feed a couple of cats and they had a litter of six.
When they were old enough I phoned the humane society and asked if I could bring them in. They refused. My little dog of 10 years was incensed by these cats coming onto my porch to the point that he broke his back at the sliding door and we had to destroy him.
Two neighbors started to feed them and one neighbor’s porch is attached to mine. Of those six cats, 5 were female and they had 5 litters the following spring.
These cats were counted and including the little ones we had 32 cats.
I did not want to hurt these cats so I went to all the resources I could go to. I talked to one municipal council member and he told me to talk with their lawyer about getting a program like most places have nearby, where it is catch, neuter and release (TNR – trap-neuter-return).
I also was invited to come to the council and talk for 7 minutes about the problem and how I can’t use our porch as they will attack at times and never did I feel that I would be frightened.
I got some people to take the kittens but low and behold we are left with 13 adult cats.
I have asked my neighbor when the weather was warmer to stop feeding them. They were breaking into the rafters and they had 3 litters in one house and one fell through into the drywall.
She would not stop and put large basins of food out twice daily. They poop in my garden and I did it up. Now I have a new little puppy and quess what he goes after?!
We payed for a fence to keep our pet in and we are tortured. The pet store stated they would give me a trap and my husband knows 2 farmers who will take the cats. I have approached everyone for help and it is taking over our lives. When the window is open they spray through into my house.
We are tortured. Also I have put out hundreds of dollars for “cat-off” – garlic and lemon, it only works for a few days.