The feral cats of America and Australia attract the most interest based upon Google Trends which in turn collects data from Internet searches.
It’s an interesting thought that the feral cats of these two countries attract by far the most discussion about feral cats whereas in many other of the world’s countries there is almost nothing, little internet interest and people just accept them. So why is this?
For Australia, the answer is straightforward. For several years now the Australian authorities have been heavily involved in finding ways to eradicate the feral cat population on the continent because of their impact upon native wild species. It appears that at one point in time the authorities became alarmed at the loss of their native species and decided to blame the feral cat while ignoring what humans were doing which is having a far greater impact.
Nevertheless, the reason why feral cats in Australia are a trending topic and have been for a while is because of their impact upon wild animals.
Concerning America, Google Trends does not tell us why the feral cats of America are much more widely discussed than those of other countries. But they are. For instance, you hardly ever see a discussion about the feral cats of the United Kingdom or, to take any other country such as Russia. Although Russian’s are quite involved with their cats and have a lively cat fancy (purebred cat breeding organisations).
My guess is that the reason why the feral cats of America is a trending topic is because the cats of America in general are more widely discussed than the cats of any other country.
America has the biggest cat loving community in the world and the American climate over large parts of that country is conducive to the procreation of feral cats and their survivability. There appears to be a far greater awareness of their existence in America than elsewhere.
There is a high-profile discussion on the Internet, including on social media, about how best to deal with America’s feral cats. The discussion becomes heated. We know that there are millions people sensitive to their plight and at the other end of the spectrum there are those who have an Australian attitude towards their presence, which is to kill them, to get rid of them, because they pollute the environment and spread disease (that’s what they think).
The citizens of the vast majority of countries on the planet simply accept feral cats and don’t get hot under the collar about them. Israel is one country where, for ages, they have accepted feral cats but in doing so have created a problem for themselves which they have recently woken up to.
The “feral cat problem” needs to be dealt with at source and governments and local authorities need to be aware of the issue and should tackle it through driving up standards of cat ownership. That’s the root cause of it and to simply take reactionary steps in terms of killing feral cats or TNR programs is obviously less good than taking preventative action.
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