I’m at my wit’s end with the wild cats in the neighborhood. These wild cats, or feral cats, are becoming a danger to my children and my pets, and they have got to be stopped.
Look, I’m a cat owner, and I love cats. I have two sweet felines. My older cat prefers to stay inside all the time, sleeping, purring and playing. My younger cat comes in and out as she pleases through her little cat door. They’ve both received their shots and boosters and are fixed, because I believe in being a responsible pet owner. I guess that’s why I don’t understand people who dump litters of kittens in the empty fields behind our neighborhoods. They don’t spay or neuter their cats, and when they end up with a litter of kittens that they can’t give away, they just let them go in the fields, figuring they’ll fend for themselves or nature will take its course. After a generation or two of felines, our neighborhood has a real problem with wild cats, or feral cats, as some people prefer to call them.
I took my two toddlers out for a walk today, and we saw several wild cats in the neighborhood. My daughter, who adores animals of every kind, immediately ran after them, trying to pet them. Fortunately, I was able to catch her in time before a feral cat scratched her. Wild cats don’t like to be chased by two year-olds. Instead of enjoying a sweet, leisurely walk through our quiet streets, I had to educate my children on the dangers of wild cats in the neighborhood. Yes, they can pet our cats, because our cats are safe and clean, but wild cats can carry diseases. They’re dirty, they can bite, they can scratch, and they can really hurt them. My son, who’s a little more sensitive, had a nightmare about cats at naptime. I guess I don’t need to worry about him running after the wild cats in our neighborhood, but I really need to watch my daughter. She’s likely to have to learn that lesson the hard way.
Feral cats use certain areas in our backyard as their litter box, so before I can let the kids go out and play in their own playground, I have to go out first and inspect the ground. They can go outside and play only after I’ve had a chance to pick up all the cat poop. As a cat owner, I know diseases can be spread through cat feces, so I’m very careful to make sure my children aren’t exposed. It’s frustrating, because I’d love to be able to let the kids run out in their own backyard when the weather’s nice, without making them wait until I have the time (and, frankly, the energy) to go out and sanitize the area first.
And, then my little cat came home once with scratches on her face and ear. I’ve had it with the wild cats in the neighborhood. It’s time to do something about it. I’m calling in a professional service to get rid of the feral cats. Maybe I can convince the city to do something to stop people from dumping their cats in the empty fields. In the meantime, though, let’s get rid of the wild cats in the neighborhood and have a fresh start.