Garbage cats are not of a specific breed or type. They are simply the ones that happen to live in neighborhoods where residents consider them urban fauna, and nothing else.
residents consider them urban fauna, and nothing else.
Any cat can take care of herself in any environment, this is what most people think, and as a result, stray cats never get the attention dogs do. It is partly true actually – a cat can definitely take care of herself, and this is one of the reasons why there is no such thing an “emaciated cat rescue”.
Unless the cat gets sick, ran over, or blinded, it will find food, and even provide for its offsprings. The question is, what kind of cats we want in our neighborhoods. Given the fact that we simply can’t rescue and rehome them all, we are meant to live among them. They will always be part of our everyday life, lurking in corners, feeding off our garbage and hiding under our cars.
Any cat can take care of herself in any environment, this is what most people think
There are no official statistics, but there are estimated to be around two to five million stray cats in Greece. They are everywhere, they breed faster than you can imagine and it is almost impossible to pass by a garbage bin, without spotting a cat or two searching in the rubbish for their dinner.
The question is, what kind of cats we want in our neighborhoods
Garbage cats are everywhere, and most volunteers actually check the bins in their neighborhood, for cats accidentally being stuck there – or deliberately locked inside. It is one of the reasons why they ended up being considered dirty by many people. But cats are not dirty, in fact they are some of the cleanest animals in the world.
it is almost impossible to pass by a garbage bin, without spotting a cat or two
Clean or not, they need to feed themselves, and since hunting is impossible, for a cat living in a big city, they will resort to looking for food in the garbage. And this annoying for many people. The more they are and the less they are taken care of, the more they will mess up the rubbish in our front yards.
cats are not dirty, in fact they are some of the cleanest animals in the world.
SCARS is a Greek charity very involved in cat rescue and TNR, and one of its main goals is to inform and educate people on how to have a quality relationship with our feral neighbors. The “Dear human” photo series, is a effort to remind people that the garbage they resort to is not about them being dirty, it’s simply about them being hungry. Every now and then, we keep repeating it as a mantra, hoping that it will convince as many people as possible.
Dear human, the reason I’m on garbage bins is that I’m HUNGRY not DIRTY. If you find that annoying please feed me and neuter me. Thanks, the stray cat in your neighborhood
Taking care of our feral neighbors, feeding and neutering them is not just about animal welfare; it is about welfare in general, about the well being of us all. Keeping a steady, healthy, and well-fed population makes our neighborhoods cleaner and our lives better.
feeding and neutering them is not just about animal welfare; it is about welfare in general
And care for your neighborhoods feral colony. It will make your life prettier and it will also make you a better person.