2016年5月3日火曜日

Give them not only foods but a home


I criticize for feeding to stray cats. However, the person who could give a home to a homeless cat easily than anyone else is who has been feeding. The stray cats depend on humans who feed them. Unfortunately, as long as they continue to feed, another person would be difficult to close the cat.
Even if that the person is truly a cat lover.

I have recommended them several times to pick up the stray cat from the alley and keep it in their house. But their answer was always, “No.” They said, “My husband hates a cat.” “It is odd that there is no cat in the town.” “These cats are already my children, even though they are out.” The most probable answer was, “I don't think so. It's just a stray cat.”

It is not fewer people who think that house cat means selling stuff 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 laughed.

Once in a town, I met a stray cat whose foreleg broken. I guessed the cat had been given foods from a bar. I knocked on the door. Then I asked the owner if he wanted to cure the cat. I intended to offer that I would pay for half of the treatment cost. But when he heard the word ‘cure,’ he immediately spread displeased look in his face. “I only feed,” he said. “It's a stray cat. That's none of my business. And I've got to set about preparing right now!”

My conversations with people who feed stray cats give me insight. Currently, I think decreasing the people who feed stray cats is the first step to help to reduce homeless cat 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 member might be laughed and 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