Kudos to the Cat Coalition! I love cats and have since childhood, when I loved hearing my father read Kipling’s story, The Cat Who Walked Alone. My attachment to cats has always been sentimental, as well as affectionate. This was fine for 35 years when I lived in the city and had 1 or 2 indoor cats at a time. Living with cats in the country is different however, as Laddie and I quickly learned, after moving here 3 years ago.
Cats came to us in various ways and we fed them. In return, they have helped take care of the property by keeping away snakes, rats and mice. They are also beautiful and amusing. Nevertheless, these outdoor cats presented some new realities. The unspayed cats reproduced exponentially. Each litter that was born moved to a new location, making them harder to catch as they multiplied. In the beginning, exhausted from our move and with no prior experience dealing with outdoor animals, the stress of our situation was almost overwhelming. If it were not for the Blanco County Cat Coalition, we could not have managed.
The Blanco County Cat Coalition has helped us tremendously to contain our cat population. They have offered patient support and help to trap, spay and neuter all of the feral cats that have come to us at discounted and affordable rates. They have provided moral support, time, labor and instructions, as well as a body of people who attend their meetings and have a wealth of experience dealing with similar situations. This ongoing experience of human kindness is one of the best things about living in Blanco and validates the decision we made to move here.
Our relationship with our cat population has become less romantic and more substantial, and so much easier. Now we can enjoy them without the previous anxieties. Thanks to the Cat Coalition, the cats do their job and we can do our job of containing them and caring for them more easily.
I highly recommend anyone else with feral cats on their property to seek out these good people for help if they need it and that we, as a community, continue to support this wholesome and successful effort in Blanco County to care for and control our feral cat population.
Many thanks, dear friends of the Cat Coalition, for all of the help that you’ve given us. Thanks, also, to our community for supporting this wonderful organization.