Feral Cats—Another Perspective

August 22, 2012 Christine McDonald Animal ConnectionsDogs and Cats

Your local humane society likely has many cats looking for a good home. Many smokie the catof them have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves. If they do not find good homes they often become feral or wild cats or have offspring that are feral. There are more cats now than any other time in history and the feral cat population keeps growing.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many feral cats? Your local human society will likely tell you feral cats result because we have failed to spay or neuter our cats. I used to think spaying or neutering was the right thing to do until I connected with a male cat recently. This seven year old grey and black Tiger stripped male was the king of the neighborhood and had no problem challenging other cats, dogs and even its human companions. Despite loving and good care he bit and scratched.  I was asked to see if I could help the situation.

What was communicated was how unhappy this cat was as a result of being neutered. He did not want to lose his reproductive rights. He would rather be a feral cat and have nothing to do with humans. I was completely overtaken with a deep sense of compassion when this information came through as it had a powerful aftershock I have never forgotten. Since then I have wondered how many other cats are choosing to be feral or wild because they do not like all of the human restrictions.

I am not suggesting spaying and neutering are not appropriate.  What has happened over the past 20 -30 years it has become a standardized way of thinking. The animal has no other options or choice. The cats in my home and many others I have connected with are better companions because they are not subject to the hormonal cycles and impulses. Each cat is an individual and needs to be treated as such.

As a kid growing up on a cattle ranch we always had wild cats in the barn.  I would spend hours watching them and trying to get close to the kittens. Not just the cats but all of the animals taught me something about nurturing and play. Having a litter of kittens or puppies may be just what you or the family needs.

I connected with an older cat recently who wanted to come back as a kitten and be part of the same human family. The cat was concerned that it would only be possible if it was a wild cat because all of the cats in the neighborhood had been spayed or neutered. Twenty years ago before all the standardized way of thinking, it would have been easy to have found its way into the family, but things have changed.

One of my first dogs as an adult was a Birthday gift from my husband. Ollie was a purebred lab with lots of energy. We had no intention of having puppies at the time and followed our veterinarian’s advice to wait to have her spayed until after she went through her first cycle. She lived in our house for the most part but we also had a kennel and we were very careful to keep her from getting near the neighbor’s dog, a large good natured husky looking mutt named Lumbo. Lumbo would go with us on our walks and come over and play. They liked each other. Destiny took a new course and despite our efforts to keep them apart it happened. Ollie was in heat and Lumbo dug her out of her kennel one night and off they went into the remote Arizona hills. They were gone for three days. For weeks after they come back, Lumbo would come back every night and sleep with Ollie. They were so sweet with each other it looked like love. Four months later we had 10 lab mix puppies. We kept one of them and she was the best companion I ever had.

If you’re considering spaying or neutering your cat or dog, check in first with your gut and see if the decision feels right. A simple way of doing this is to find a place free from distractions. Take a few deep breaths, feel your body and then invite your dog or cats presence into the room (this exercise may be more effective without them physically present in the room). Focus your attention on your gut and see how your body responds to an image of your companion neutered or spayed or not. How does your body respond to an image of them with a litter of puppies or not. Does your body settle or become unsettled as you bring the images into your awareness. Trust your body’s reaction. It may be the beginning of a new relationship with yourself and your animal companion.


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