Infant stray cats born in an alley become distrustful of humans so quickly. Their mothers are given foods by humans, but most of people who feed stray cats are not supposed to touch stray cats. Stray kittens who see that sight grow without expectations of human love.
A lot of people who feed stray cats scatter the foods on the asphalt as though they are pigeons. The fact, which make the issue complicated, is they haven't kept a cat ever. They don't see a cat like their baby. After scattering foods and gathering stray cats, they will be satisfied and leave hurriedly. They don't make certain if some cats have health problems or the others who don't come over to eat. They also don't pick up leftovers, so it becomes rotten on the asphalt and makes the neighbor provoked.
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 pastes up a notice which says don't feed stray cats looks cold- blooded. But this is a prejudice.
People who don't like stray cats actually hate just the unhygienic environment and a foul smell in many cases. Cats almost don't have any body odor. Not a few people think smell of cat excretas is cat smell. This is a fault of whom feeding stray cats. They only give foods in passing by and force the neighbors to clean the excretas up.
Unfortunately, anger of neighbors who live around the feeding place often targets stray cats, not humans. They make a loud sound with foot pounding or hitting something to drive the stray cats away. Recently, you can see an equipment of ultrasonic deterrent where stray cats live in. Through these experiences, infant stray cats become distrustful of humans more and more. And it becomes harder to rescue them.
Some of infant stray cats show curiosity a bit for a person who try to reach them, but never across the boundary where the hands catch them. Most of them would die before they grow into an adult or would be cought as things of culling by a municipal government. Some of them, who survive fortunately, would come to the end of short life in a solitary without trust of humans.
This photo was taken on 17 May 2013, Tokyo, Japan. ©Naoto Shinkai