I criticize for feeding stray cats. However the person who could give a home to a homeless cat easily than anyone else is who has been feeding, actually. In fact, stray cats depend on humans who
I have recommended them several times to pick the cat up from the alley and keep it in their house. But their answer was always, “No.” They said like: “My husband hates cats.” “It is odd that cats aren't in outdoors.” “These cats are already my children, even though they are out.” The most likely answer is, “No, I won't. Because it's just a stray cat.”
It is not less people who think that house cat means being sold in a pet store with a pedigree paper and stray cat means no worth to sell. They assume a house cat and a stray cat are different species. My explanation, “A cat is a cat. People call a cat in different words such as a house cat, a stray cat, a community cat, but they are all the same species,” would be slightly laughed.
Once in a town, I met a stray cat whose foreleg was broken. I guessed from the situation, the cat had been given foods from a bar. I knocked the door and met the owner and asked if he wants to cure the cat. I was supposed to offer that I would pay for half of the treatment cost. But when he heard the word ‘
My conversations with people who feed stray cats give me an insight. Currently, I think reducing the people who feed stray cats is the first step to help to reduce homeless cats and their tragedies. They are almost middle-aged or elderly. If the next generation doesn't feed stray cats in outdoors thoughtlessly and welcome a stray cat as their family member, miserable stray cats will be less and less.
Regarding a cat as a family might be laughed and be criticized as anthropomorphism. But I think that if we humans have no sense of anthropomorphism we have no love for everything.
This photo was taken on 20 August 2013, Tokyo, Japan. ©Naoto Shinkai