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Old 11.07.2015, 17:56
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Kittens in Geneva

I read in "Le Matin" yesterday that Geneva SPA is inundated with little kittens who have been born and nastily been abandoned and luckily taken to the SPA.

They are up for adoption. So for people who want a kitten - this is the time to go. They are vaccinated etc.

But at the same time, don't forget the older cats also looking for a good home.

I would if i could but i can't at the moment.

I still don't understand why people don't spay or castrate their cats. I am sure it is lovely to have a litter of kits, but you have to take care of them. And then they start bouncing around and eating... So you dump them. Not in my world.
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Re: Kittens in Geneva

Thanks for highlighting the problem in Geneva. Hopefully these kittens, and older cats, will find homes.

There have been articles from several animal protection groups published recently pointing out that while castration of outdoor cats is not mandatory there is indeed a provision in the TSchV that requires an owner to prevent uncontrolled breeding. So essentially those who allow their uncastrated cats to roam could find themselves in trouble.

(That is, if the local authorities can be bothered to enforce the law... But the disappointing animal welfare record of many of our communes is perhaps a subject for another thread...)

It is estimated that there are between 100,000 and 300,000 stray and feral cats in Switzerland. Many are sick, starved, and die an awful death, simply because there is no place for them. Too many are born, often because owners can't be bothered to look after outdoor cats properly. 'Looking after a cat properly' includes preventing unwanted kittens.

It is imperative that cat owners start to take responsibility for the population explosion, and more importantly take responsibility for the lives they allow to be created.

An article from the Tier Im Recht foundation highlights the problem, with a link to their flyer, 'Kastriern Statt Toten' (Castration irather than killing):

http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/news/2...ngerkatzen.php

Paws crossed that responsible homes can be found. Again, thanks for bring this up, Patsycat.
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Old 11.07.2015, 19:25
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Re: Kittens in Geneva

I had no idea there were so many stray and feral cats in Switzerland.

But i do remember going to a friends house years ago and she put food out for cats. The "feral" ones. the food was gone the next day.

They also slept on her garden chairs. So they were semi feral, but would never go inside nor get a cuddle. A bit sad that. They were just too scared for human contact.

But, at least they got their Whiskas every day!! And the dry food.

We called them the Pikeys. And they were fat, so, perhaps, did the whole neighbourhood.
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Re: Kittens in Geneva

I always leave a bowl of water out for whatever creatures wander by at night. Not food though. They'll find plenty of voles & stuff around. Got some strange holes in the lawn which must house something rodent.
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