Warszawa ( mapka )
ul. Chrzanowskiego 13
tel.: 535 870 225

What threatens the free-living cats?

Unfortunately, mostly man.

Urban cats found a place in our urban system. They greatly limit the rodent population - not only the hunting cat, but already the cat's scent is an effective repellent for rats. This is the most important argument favouring the presence of the cats in cities, I guess. We must respect them since they are our neighbours not by accident.

But what does man do to ensure that the cat will not have a good life in the city? Firstly, he/she does not spay/neuter the free-living cats. And what happens with such an uncontrolled growth? Every year, thousands of cats die in basements and backyards due to some diseases, lack of food and cold. And yet, we could control their population. Please, do not worry - there will always be cats in cities. If one not-spayed female cat can give birth to up to six kittens, it is easy to calculate what can happen if at least one female cat, able to give birth, remains in a yard. The road to the above situation is so far away.

Natural selection takes place - the weakest animals die, for example, the last of the litter. But the human being - as the most cruel creature on the earth - closes basement windows in the winter. Cats do not have any place to hide. You will surely agree that -30 ° C is not the temperature in which any living creature can survive without a shelter. In addition, they starve from the lack of food and water. It would be great to give them a bowl of warm water. Neither a cat nor a dog can satisfy its thirst with the snow! And our pets? Unfortunately, in Poland a permit for owning a dangerous dog breed is not required yet. There are plenty of dogs, such as amstafs, Argentine dogs, rottweilers that walk without a muzzle or leash. We do not hold anything against them, as long as their owner raises them wisely. A wise and well-balanced dog says much about its owner. But what if the owner fulfils his/her ambitions through egging the dog on cats? It is not difficult to associate this situation with aggression towards people.

Man as a creature of the unlimited imagination can come up with all sorts of ideas on how to get rid of a cat. On the entire list of those ideas "worth to mention" are, among others: placing snares, throwing blind kittens in a plastic bag in the trash, burying alive cats in the ground, poisoning cat food (if you do not know in what sufferings the cat is dying, it would be a good idea to acknowledge the facts), or even - an example from Warsaw - closing the basement windows and creating a sort of ghetto for the cats. As a result of the last example many cats have died since they did not have any place to go to.

What does Koteria do? Yes, we favour a reduction of the cat population, but in a humane way! The idea is to provide the urban cats with the good living conditions. They will also help us to function well in the city. Let's be good for them - the animals will pay back with the same. Let's just be human beings.

ARGOS Foundation for Animals, 04-886 Warszawa, Garncarska 37A st., KRS: 0000286138
+48 22 615 52 82 | e-mail: fundacja@argos.org.pl | http://www.argos.org.pl
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The KOTERIA neutering clinic for feral cats in Warsaw, Chrzanowskiego 13 st., Warszawa, +48 535 870 225
Manager of KOTERIA Anna Wypych: tel. 603 651 044 | Chief vet Iwona Kłucińska-Petschl tel. + 48 502 642 932