By: Elena Grace Flores Our village is not new to the problems caused by stray cats. This is also a very common dilemma in many Filipino communities. The local government can only catch and liquidate these poor animals when they become a nuisance due to human negligence. Cat lovers can only wish that there are animal rights group that would spearhead in rescuing these lovely creatures. When criticisms abound in my area for feeding and nurturing these cats, connections from Japan allow this advocacy to continue. The goal is to manage stray cats by neutering them to limit their population. Then prepare them for a possible sustainable cat cafe project. z
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[VIDEO]: Stimulating the kitten to trigger peeing.
Cat Population Control
It costs around 50 to $100 for neutering just one cat. This is a substantial amount for most average Filipinos with only about $10 daily wage. This can be manageable for domestic pet cats. However, it would be very hard for the masses to draw money from their pockets for stray cats. Therefore it is crucial for the Stray Cats Management Project to build connections with animal welfare groups here and abroad.
The project maintains the feeding and garage-lodging arrangements with these animals at a minimal level for 3 years. As a normal practice, when a cat gives birth to numerous kittens, they are taken to homes that are willing to adopt them. This is not the best way because cats end up homeless again after a while. They are seen in the security house posts and abandoned lots – if not killed by people with different perspectives. They just frequent to our place when they need food. The span of time allows many learnings on how to take care of them in the most sustainable way. On the night of Feb 18, 2019, a cry was heard in the night. It was a two-year-old kitten with eyes still closed.
Stray Cat Care Straight from Japan
“Gift” as the new kitten is called arrives exactly on the night of the founder’s (yours truly) big 5-0 or 50th birthday. Like a baby, she cries when she needs something. The only difference is, she needs to be stimulated to be able to pee. This prompts my Japanese mentor to send a YouTube video showing how it should be done. On top of that, she also sends specialized milk and nutritious cat foods straight from Japan.
I have known that caring for such helpless kittens needs a lifetime commitment. It is awe-inspiring that a Japanese cat rescuer becomes a role model. She also has limited space but very knowledgeable and well-connected. This prompts the allegiance of making this advocacy, not just a reality because it is already is – but to expand this campaign into greater heights.
The Sanctuary, Cafe and Hotel Dream for Stray Cats
The world’s ecosystem is composed not just of scavengers, predators, but also therapeutic beings. Nature can only be destroyed when men fail to consider the co-existence of other non-living and living elements. If people need to tolerate insects like termites to be in harmony with the natural balance of the earth, how much more with the compassionate creatures like stray cats? In today’s digital world when depression is rampant, cats can be a great help in therapies. That is why they need to be rescued first. Then everything would follow. Perhaps, not just to have cat cafes like in Japan but a cat hotel where people who are stressed out can help take care of them in a cozy cat hotel. That would be a very sane world when that happens.