A group of feral cats and kittens stole the Prairie Feline Fanciers cat show on September 24, 25 in Winnipeg MB Canada. A contingent of former alley cats rescued by Craig Street Cats took 29 of 100 ribbons available for household pets according to Wire Service Canada In addition, three of ten judges selected one of the group as their choice for ‘best household pet’.
This nod to feral cats comes at a time when feral and stray cats have come under attack by the American Bird Conservancy. The national bird protection group issued a press release on September 21 entitled, Feral Cat Colonies Present Perfect Storm for Rabies Risk. If you read what is actually written, you’ll find little validity. But clearly, ahead of National Feral Cat Day, their intent is to fan flames to an already tenuous relationship between “bird people” and “cat people.”
ABC says the feral cat colonies are a “perfect storm” for creating vectors for rabies.
Of course, this makes little sense when the colonies undergo TNR or trap, neuter, return because these cats are also vaccinated for rabies, or at least supposed to be. I submit those colonies are a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.
I bet the percent of feral cats in managed colonies vaccinated for rabies is far higher than the percentage of pet cats in homes vaccinated for rabies.
No matter, it’s a fact (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that cat to human rabies transmission hasn’t occurred for over 30 years.
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the barrage from bird groups. And it makes me really sad, because like many cat owners I also love birds and love nature in general.
In my CATalyst Column for catchannel.com, I describe a bit of the TNR history, where we are today, and how the “bird people” can work with the “cat people,” and how together we can succeed at creating change.