The Adjectival LFB wrote:lshall05 wrote:LFB have you seen how many stray (feral and house that have been abandoned) cats and dogs there are in Crete?
Yes, but I personally don't think that human beings are in a position to play "God".
I'm in favour of helping an animal out, but not in interfering in it's life to make myself feel better - certainly not if it endangers the animal's life.
Kilkis wrote:Start with a single fertile female. After ten years you are likely to have in the region of 1,000 cats. Work it out for yourself ALFB.
andheath wrote:Well said Warwick. Top man.
Kilkis wrote:I had factored in early mortality. Cats typically come into season every six months. They ALWAYS mate! Typical litter is 4 or more. Typically half are female. As Martin points out that leads to a much higher rate of expansion. I assumed that early mortality from various causes would reduce that figure so that the population doubled every year. That's where the 1000 figure came from.
OK so it's less than 1000. At what number do you think the poison meat goes down? I presume grabbing them as newly born and putting them in a sack in a waste bin isn't playing God in your world? I guess waiting until there are twenty or thirty and then putting down poison meat killing all the local cats and any other animal passing by is not playing God in your world? That's the reality of life in Greece. To spay and let them live an otherwise normal life is a better option in my philosophy.
We were adopted by a mother cat and its three kittens. We paid to have them all neutered. We provide shelter, food, water, tick and flea treatment, worm them regularly and take them to the vet if anything happens to them. Otherwise they live the life of feral cats. They wander wherever they want and chase all their natural prey. That freedom led to one of them being run over and killed last week but at least his life was good. If they had been merrily mating for the last two years they would all have been poisoned by now.
The Adjectival LFB wrote:andheath wrote:Well said Warwick. Top man.
andheath, are you related to Ken1? your post is scarily similar to many of his. On second thoughts I'm sure you're not. I'll just put it down to cabin fever. BTW, what's happened to your mate R.I.C.?
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