Newsday Tuesday – Community Cats: Welcome or Not?

I sometimes talk about and feature office, warehouse, library, and shop cats in this blog. Today I want to focus on community cats—often considered feral, stray, or abandoned. But first, I’d like to introduce you to a giant beauty named Bone-Bone. Have you seen this cat on the Internet? He’s popular on Instagram. He lives in Thailand and evidently everyone who meets him wants their picture taken with him. He’s gorgeous—probably at least part Persian—and he’s very large.

I tried, but was unable to locate information about his weight, but you can see from some of the pictures that he’s no light-weight.

While Bone-Bone has a home—he’s out in the public only under supervision—there are millions of cats throughout the world known as community cats. Some of us enjoy seeing a stray or a neighbor’s cat wander through the yard, stop to curl up in our birdbath or under the patio umbrella, but others consider free-roaming cats a nuisance. Here’s a link to some good information and ideas for those abandoned cats in your community. No matter which side of the cat-fence you’re on, you’ll probably gain something of value from this article.


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2 Responses to Newsday Tuesday – Community Cats: Welcome or Not?

  1. Duygu says:

    Dear Patricia,
    I have read the article you’ve recommended on conflicts over community cats. As a person living in Istanbul, a city famous for its stray cats, we face the conflict daily. I take care of about 30 stray cats along with my neighbors but that many cats of course cause disputes among residents of my neighborhood, given that all of them are not fond of cats climbing on their cars, entering their yards, etc.
    When I read the article, I noticed that most of the quarrels about our community cats arise from lack of empathy. I am definitely changing my attitude from today on and adopting a more understanding demenaour. Moreover, the article is very good at emphasizing the importance of TNR, which is also the priority in my community. Thank you for the eye-opener!

    • Patricia says:

      Hello Duygu,
      Oh my, it sounds like you have your “paws” full of cat-responsibility. Bless you for all that you do for the cats. It can be a heart-wrenching and a heart-warming activity all in one.

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