Authorities in Orange County, California have developed a plan to trap Feral Cats at two Santa Ana elementary schools, traps will be set at Frances E. Willard Intermediate School and El Sol Science and Arts Academy in the belief that trapping Feral cats might - wait for it stop the spread of Typhus.
It might sound odd to most reasonable people, but the authorities have stated that they believe that Feral Cats might be carrying fleas infected with Typhus and that those fleas might spread the disease to humans. I hope you caught the word 'MIGHT' there, it appeared quite often didn't it!
Sadly after being caught the Feral Cats won't be tested for Typhus or indeed any of the fleas that they may have oh no they will simply be will be sedated and then euthanised.
The reason why all of the Feral Cats in the area will be killed is simple last month, one person living in the area contracted Typhus and that person might have been in contact with a Feral Cat who might have had fleas, and the fleas might have be carrying a Typhus virus - so many 'mights' again. And yes you read that right just one person contracted Typhus, there isn't a plague!
Apparently the person who contracted Typhus was hospitalised but has since made a complete recovery. Which all seems a pretty thin reason to exterminate all of the wildlife in the area don't you think dear cuddly readers?
The same happened at JFK Airport a few years ago although the Feral Cats there weren't accused of an possible public health violations they were just living at the airport, minding their own business but The Port Authority of New York who manages the 5,000 acre facility decided that hundreds if not thousands of Feral Cats that lived on their property were best dealt with by exterminating them.
The reason this time because no one had been clever enough to think up the public health wheeze was air and passenger safety. The Port Authority claimed that "the wild Cats were a danger to aircraft and passengers," if you can believe that and so they trapped them, and then killed them.
Most owners of large plots of land discover Feral Cats living on the bits that they don't use, to be perfectly true it's probably untrue that the wild Cats would pose much of a threat to humans or their machinery as humans seem to pose to them and that is because Feral Cats tend to stay away from humans and have no idea how to fly aeroplanes or operate other machinery airport related or not!
These land owners will of course throw up their hands in despair and say that Feral Cats are un-adoptable, this is not true. What is true is that it would cost a lot more to tame, feed and then find homes for the Feral Cats and would cost too much, so killing them is the best way because it is cheap.
Well I have news for all land owners (and I am not the only one) Feral Cats can be 'tamed' and can make great house Cats. Cats aren't stupid they respond to love, care, attention and most of all food. It's true that humans can't get a Cat to do what they want them do, when they want them to do whatever it is. That not because Cats are wild it is because they aren't stupid!
Below is a photograph of a very good friend of mine who was a Feral Cat for most of his life who was 'lucky' enough to get knocked down in London and while most humans just stared at his body lying in the road my translator stopped to actually help the stricken animal, he ignored the call from one old scrote to "kill the stray and put it out of its misery". Instead he carefully picked the crumpled Cat up and took him to a Vet.
Six months later after fixing, breaking and re-fixing a broken leg 'Bumper' came to live with John Woodcock in the English countryside where he used to sit in the sun, sniff plants, lie out stretched on John's desk while John was working and generally and make the most of his retirement.
Bumper was the gentlest, calmest, nicest Cat anyone could share a house with and never once fought with any of the other Cats who he lived with let alone attacked any humans who came to visit and never once gave anyone or anything an infectious disease.
The only naughty thing he ever did (and he never got tired of his little joke) was when lying full out on John's desk he would occasionally without getting up knock a pen or rubber of the desk and look up at John just to make sure he was not being ignored and when you said 'Oh Bumper look at what you have done" He would grin and go back to sleep safe and sound which is exactly what he deserved.
Poor Bumper died of cancer, probably from all of the pollution in London, one of the most polluted cities in the world, caused of course by humans!
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