Apr 9, 2005, 6:31 PM
Post #9 of 12
You can get a cat sterilized at the Society for the Protection of Animals here in San Miguel for 270 pesos, about $24, and we do it with every cat we can catch, 14 so far.
If they're really sick we've taken them to Dr. Vasquez, who has charged as much as $80 each for all their shots and keeping them and treating them until they are well.
The "easy catches" are gone, now all we have left are the wily old males, and the arm scratches to show for it. Unfortunately, the ones we have fixed often disappear, and then we get a new batch to catch.
I read that the average life expectancy for an outdoor cat is three years, for an indoor-outdoor cat it's seven years, and for one kept totally inside, 17 years. So we're into our second generation of feral cats now. Maybe some day we'll see the numbers reduce through the sterilizations, but so far they just keep coming.
If you had seen the sickly, skinny cats in our area when we moved in, and how healthy and happy they are now, with bright eyes and sleek bodies and glistening coats, you couldn't even think about letting them starve again. No way could I stop feeding them. I hope to live another 20 years, so they've got a cushy ride for that long.
Our two indoor pet cats detest them as they line up on our stairs and porch at 6 pm each night. Oh well, can't keep everybody happy!