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    • Well said. Australia should face reality and practice well organised TNR and stop thinking about mass culling of feral cats.

  1. Interesting since so many restaurants allow dogs to freely overrun the outdoor eating spaces allowed by local laws.
    I haven’t touched the issue of dogs in shopping carts in a grocery store.

  2. Italy has special relationship with cats. Roman cats for example if in the same position. It’s against the law to kill a cat in Rome as they are considered part of the Roman “bio-heritage”, and cats they live in ruins is often the bigger attraction than the ruins themselves. Watch – “City of the wildcats” documentary on You Tube about Roman cats.

    • Yes, they are like the cats living amongst the ancient ruins in Rome. Good point. It does seems that Italians have a laissez-faire attitude towards community cats. They leave them alone.

  3. Beautiful cats and a beautiful place for them to be living.
    It’s obvious that they are well cared for.
    Do we know what the organization’s policy is for neutering? I’m pretty sure that I saw 2 intact males.
    I suppose that the organization calls them feral because they are colonized. The word doesn’t fit if they have been socialized. They’re, now, homeless cats.

    • I think “homeless” implies that all cats need to have homes which I think is pretty arrogant and is an American view rather than European. These cats are not used to home, probably have never been in homes. Their ancestors have probably never been in homes. They are much happier as they are even if they are used to humans by now. They don’t need us, they can take care of themselves, and the climate there is pretty mild. Incidentally, Sardinia also has local native wildcat so cats are not “invasive species” there.

      One thing I am curious about is if a couple of them aren’t neutered is possible interbreeding with wildcat, but I’d imagine the wildcat is in the mountains and nowhere close to the beach.

      • I like your approach Kitty. I don’t know if they do neuter them. I am going to guess and say they keep the numbers down to around 60 and in which case they probably do neuter some of the cats. These cats are neither feral or domestic or stray. They are somewhere between. I have described them as semi-feral. But they are probably more domesticated than that. They are the old-fashioned “community cat” something we do not have in the West. Cats sharing resources with humans in the community.

      • I used the word “homeless” because they have no defined place of residence, probably no address or a defined caretaker; only an organization that hasn’t spayed/neutered. Yet, they are friendly and sociable.
        That makes them nowhere near feral or semi-feral.

        “pretty arrogant and is an American view rather than European”. I will forgive that hurtful statement.
        Not an American view here since my work is with ferals, almost exclusively.

        Ofcourse, they don’t need a home. But, they aren’t feral by any means. From what these videos show, they aren’t even anywhere near semi-feral either.

        • I am an American too, but this is a view I’ve mostly heard from Americans, though of course not all Americans think this. I clearly misunderstood what you meant.

          Most Italian street cats are like this now. Not truly feral yet not pets. Back in 1978 when I first was in Rome, the cats in the ruins were shy. Now they don’t seem afraid at all, they look at us as a source of food rather than a threat. I saw a cat near Colosseum who was coming up to tourists – coming up to people, allowing petting, then, if someone didn’t have anything, the cat would decide this person was useless and go up to another person. I also saw a group of cats near Roman Forums eating spaghetti with meatballs someone left them. Sometimes they’d leave the ruins and go to local cafes.

    • It seems a perfect place for a semi-feral cat. The carers look well organised. They do seem somewhat or a lot domesticated which I guess means the world feral is not quite appropriate. I think semi-feral and friendly just about does it 🙂

  4. These cat appear to be Anatolian. The high number of SLH bushy-tailed cats supports that observation.

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