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My girlfriend lives in a neighbourhood with some people who feed stray cats. There is a population explosion of stray cats every year with some cats having as many as three litters. I think some winter under houses because I see some of the same cats year after year.
I don't see any as roadkill so I figure something is eating them or someone is turning them in to the animal shelter. I want to just consider them as vermin and not to worry about what happens to them but I get so mad about the situation.
Why do people feed them just so they can be gassed or eaten by raccoons? I don't care about the cat deaths as much as their suffering to be honest. Those kittens are so cute and harmless that it just drives me crazy to see people perpetuating the cycle that causes such bad things to happen to such cute creatures.
We have live capture traps for the adults but the neighbours have given us grief for sending cats to the pound before and it does very little because new cats just show up.
Recently a pregnant cat (named grandma) gave birth to a cute little orange tabby who was born without eyeballs. His/her name is Blindie. Half of me wants to protect this poor misbegotten creature and the other half wants me to give it the mercy of a clean death.
I don't know why his birth defect makes me feel so conflicted but it does. I kill mice and kill roaches because they transmit disease but I will capture flys and spiders to release them outside. I don't have a problem with killing an animal if it can endanger a person but I don't like it. (I only mention this so no one thinks I'm some deluded animal lover who thinks critters are better than people.)
I am not trolling and am kinda tore up over this situation. I don't know what to do. Can anyone offer some advice to me?