Feral Cats - Society's Problem ChildrenWritten by Cris Mandelin-Wood
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or discarded like disposable lighters. Similar to any wayward teenager of a family, special measures and tolerances have to be adopted in order to get loved ones through a difficult time in their lives and bring them back into fold of family unity. Cats are a bit different in that they are wayward children for life, however, they can be conditioned to accept a house-bound lifestyle. Having them spayed or neutered (we're talking about cats now - not teenagers) will help temper their wanderlust a little, and there are some great outdoor "playpens" and containment systems designed just for benefit of felines. Some cats can even be leash trained for nightly walks, however, that may not be particularly healthy for you or cat if there are too many unleashed dogs in neighborhood.
Do what you can to help alleviate problem of cats turning feral. The animal welfare organizations and volunteers are doing what they can to deal with current populations by using TNR, rescuing and adopting of cats. But flow of new, fertile domestic cats into feral communities must be stopped at family, neighborhood and regional level. This is accomplished through public awareness campaigns, teaching school children about responsible pet ownership, social pressure and individual involvement.
It's a long uphill road, yet it can be accomplished, one or two kitties at a time.
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Mind Over Matter…Written by Patricia Reszetylo
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Because of this horrific incident, Gwen vowed never to forget “that horses are people, too ... just in different bodies. They are kindred spirits with more generous hearts than any human can ever realize.”
In her efforts to reach and educate humans, Gwen is holding a two-session teleseminar that focuses first on understanding psychological underpinnings of horse, and in second session, on what to do with that understanding. The sessions are scheduled for June 22, 2005, and July 6, 2005. There is a fee of $49.95, which includes both sessions, class materials, and some unannounced bonuses.
For more information, or to sign up, individuals should go to http://www.EquineTeleseminar.net.
Patricia Reszetylo has been a horse-addict ever since she first met horses in 1978. Visit her at http://www.EquineTeleseminar.net.