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March 21, 2014

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Rascal and Rocco

He doesn't know everything? Very shocking. But, is he sure these cats he takes pics of around the neighborhood have no homes?

My kitties roam freely, but come in to sleep & eat.

They refuse to wear collars. They are Houdini's at removing them, so I got tired of buying them.

They have microchips if someone did pick them up, but I think it's pretty obvious they have a home. Just curious.

I agree it's unconscionable to leave a pet behind. Same as leaving a human child behind.

Pet and TheBengalBrats

Kiril, Elvira and Sneakers:

This problem is not only in Houston, it's all across America.
I volunteer for Bengal Cat rescue.
It's an epidemic made much worse by the failing economy. Many hearts and hands are needed to draw attention to the issue.

Good on you!

Glad your doing the pet parade!

XmasDolly

Kitties are too cute, but I'm a dog lady. I have a Black Lab we call "Baby"! Have a great weekend.

Kiril Kundurazieff

Thank you Pet & Leah of Rascal & Rocco.

Leah,

It is more socially & culturally acceptable, in America, and many other nations, especially in the west, for cats to be allowed out of the house (not just on farms, either).

It probably goes back hundreds of years, well before commercial cat litter (1947) and cat foods (dry probably 1890's, canned 1930's) were invented allowing for cats to come indoors on a more permanent basis.

Unless the cat looks rather scruffy, or acts in a less that sociable way, there is no way for me to know if the cat is a true stray/feral cat.

There is no way to know if the cats I see live on the property I see them on, unless I learn that information from someone or see the cat go into a house or garage (and even then they just could be visiting).

There is also no way for me to know if the cats are fixed or micro-chipped, unless told.

I have seen cats do many interesting things and photos I took of a Mother and her 2 kittens (proper parenting in action!) were once noted by a local journalist for the OC Weekly, in Santa Ana, Ca.

While cats are safer and healthier indoors a first step toward getting a handle on the crisis of too many animals on the streets, I think, is education about proper care, including getting animals fixed and also licensed where required.

Rascal and Rocco

Thanks for your reply. I wasn't sure if you were assuming every cat outside was stray, so thanks for clarifying.

It is definitely a problem, too many strays that have not been fixed.

I'm so glad you're bring attention to this matter and working to make a difference.

Brian

Hopefully all of the attention will give everyone the excuse they need to work together.

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