Why start a cat blog?
As a New York City native, I’ve always seen LOTS of rats. They’re everywhere and it’s disgusting to say the least. Step in the wrong area and you can get bit! Rabies from a rabid rat is what we all want to avoid but what about the unlucky ones? You never really hear about them but believe me — they are out there!
I was throwing out Garbage in a now upscale neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City called RAMBO. The acronym stands for Right Above the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Anyway, it was late at night and I had to pull all the garbage bags out of the trashcans so sanitation could do their pick-up.
After opening a garbage can — a rat jumped straight at my face!
Luckily, I got my hand in the way and the karate-chopped rat hit the floor and scurried away into a construction site. Lord have mercy. I really could’ve been forever fucked. Having spent nearly forty years living in the city trying to do nothing but stay out of trouble, I could’ve lost my life to a rat attack. That’s not the way you want to go out.
The residents of Duffield Street had a rat epidemic on their hands since a skyscraper was being built and the unearthing of land had displaced a multitude of rats into the surrounding streets. A few locals began feeding ally cats in an attempt to introduce natural predation and it worked like a charm.
I thought it would be great to get cats out of shelters and on to streets where they were needed in rat-infested areas. The FCAR (Feral Cats Against Rats) organization was born. It never really expanded how I would’ve liked, but I still think it’s a good idea. Similar programs have been employed in Chicago and a few other places. Do a search… you’ll see.
An alternative that is arguably better, is the Trap-Neuter-Return program. The best article I found about it is at pets.thenest.com, or you can just read it below:
trap-neuter-return programs for feral cats
Trap-neuter-return (also known as trap-neuter-release) is a kind way to minimize the troubling homeless cat overpopulation in neighborhoods and cities across the country. Feral cats are essentially wild and are in no way socialized to human interaction. Therefore, the little guys are very difficult — if not impossible — to adopt out into homes. Trap-neuter-return efforts aim to get the cats fixed, then release them back into the habitat to which they are accustomed — the outdoors.
Trap-neuter-return missions not only focus on neutering and spaying cats, but also on getting them vaccinated against potentially dangerous infectious diseases such as rabies, panleukopenia, herpesvirus, chlamydiosis and calicivirus. These shots aren’t only intended to protect the kitties themselves, but also any people they may encounter while outdoors.
Why Ear Clipping?
When a feral cat gets trapped and neutered, the veterinarian also will lightly clip her ear as an easy identifying marker. This process is sometimes referred to as an “ear crop.” According to the animal rights organization PETA, approximately one quarter of an inch is always taken off the upper portion of a kitty’s left ear. Doing this notifies other concerned members of the community that the cat has been altered and vaccinated. If you’re interested in spaying a feral cat, all you have to do is look at her ear to make sure the surgery is still necessary. Ear clipping prevents you from bringing cats in that have already been fixed.
If you’re interested in trap-neuter-release but are worried that the ear tipping will be painful and traumatizing to the feral cat, don’t be. While the veterinarian is clipping the ear, the little one won’t be aware as she’ll be under general anesthesia. She won’t feel a thing, so rest easy, relax and get to rescuing — stat. Your neighborhood’s cats are counting on you.
In case you’re still reading and have time to kill, you can check out the original article I wrote after I was just attacked:
Let it be known. Spread the word as much as you can and every time it comes up in conversation, make sure and tell folks that somebody decided to do something I saw it here first. Lol Cat Research has founded FCAR, which stands for Feral Cats Against Rats. If you live in a bustling metropolis the way we do here in New York City, it doesn’t take long to figure out that rats are everywhere. Feral cats? Hardly anywhere.
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If you think rats are not that big of a deal. Or maybe you think they don’t bother humans — think again! This is no joke. Watch the following video and please be aware it’s NSFW and NOT for the weak and squeamish. You can read the Daily News article (click on that link) or click the video below: