This irritates me. For fun, this stupid boy, egged on by his mates, provokes and torments a community cat who quite naturally becomes aggressive and strikes back. Eventually the boy runs away with the cat in pursuit. It’s all stupid and as I say irritating, at least to me.
It’s hard to tell where it took place. It looks like North Africa but I could be wrong. I feel sorry for the cat. I feel angry at the boys. If I was there I’d have spoken to them and asked a few questions. I’d have tried to educate but almost certainly failed and perhaps got into trouble with their parents!
Life for community cats in many developing countries is generally harsh. There is a good aspect to community cats in that they are accepted and cared for to a certain extent by the community but dangers abound. There will be no veterinary care so lives will be shorter on average. It’s just another variant on failed cat domestication. It makes one slightly despondent about cat domestication to be truthful.
When assessing the success or otherwise of cat domestication we have to look at it all – visit all the countries where there are domestic cats. In most the standard is poorer than in say the US, UK or Northern Europe. The standard can be plain bad such is the state of play for the domestic cat on planet earth.
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