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Letter : Responsible cat owners wanted

Re “How to cope with Concord’s feral cats” (Monitor editorial, Feb. 21):

I am disappointed by the unreasonable and biased stance the Concord Monitor has taken on feral cats. The editorial rightly acknowledges the contribution owned but free-roaming cats make in wildlife destruction and creation of feral colonies, but it then labels requiring cat owners to license or leash their cats “a bridge too far.” This makes no sense.

Feral cat colonies will never be eliminated as long as a community contains free-roaming, unaltered pet cats – the source of feral colonies. Rather than vilify feral cats and their caretakers (who are attempting to clean up a problem started by far less responsible people), the Monitor should advocate responsible cat ownership.

The editorial argues that feral cats should be trapped and either kept indoors as pets or kept in outdoor enclosures. Let’s start this approach with pet cats – they are already living in homes and already have people responsible for them. If the community could accomplish this, we’d cut the flow of new cats to feral colonies. Then feral caretakers could alter and vaccinate their colony cats (perhaps with the help of supportive community members) and feral cat colonies would disappear, humanely, over time. But ignoring the lack of responsibility shown by many cat owners is antithetical to solving the problem of feral cats.


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