2016年3月22日火曜日

Stray kittens who have a distrust of humans


Infant stray cats born in outdoors become distrustful for humans so quickly. In many cases, their mother has been given foods by humans, but most of the people who feed stray cats are not to touch a stray cat. Stray kittens see that scenes and grow without expectations of human love.

A lot of people who feed stray cats scatter foods on the asphalt same as to pigeons. The fact which makes the issue complicated is they have no experience to keep a cat. They don't see a cat like their baby. After scattering foods, they would be satisfied and leave hurriedly. They don't care if some cats have health problems or why the other cats didn't come over the day. They also don't pick up leftovers, so they become rotten on the asphalt, and the neighbors get angry.

We tend to assume that a cat lover is humane and a cat hater is inhumane. A person who feeds stray cats looks kind and a person, who puts up a notice which says not to feed stray cats, looks cold-blooded. But this is a prejudice.

People who don't like stray cats only hate the unhygienic environment and a foul smell. Most cats don't have body odor. The people to think the smell of cat excreta is cat smell isn't fewer. This may be responsible for people who feed stray cats. They only give foods in passing by. Then the neighbors have to clean up the excreta.

Sadly, the anger of neighbors, who live around the feeding place, often targets stray cats, not for humans. They often make a loud sound with foot pounding or hitting something to drive the stray cats away. Recently, you can see the equipment of ultrasonic deterrent where stray cats live. Through their experiences, infants become more distrustful for humans. So it becomes harder to rescue them.

Some infant stray cats often show curiosity a bit for a person who tries to help them. However, they never cross over the boundary where the hands reach them. Most of them die before they grow up, or caught for culling by a municipal government. Some of them, who fortunately survive, would come to the end of short life in solitary without the trust of humans.


This photo was taken on 17 May 2013, Tokyo, Japan. ©Naoto Shinkai