Feral cats the answer
I want to second Sue Schamp’s opinion (Aug. 31 Letter to the Editor) about the usefulness of properly managed feral cats in the control of rats and other rodents.
We have a group of five feral cats which we’ve had trapped, neutered, vaccinated, and returned to our yard over the years. These cats have divided up the yard among themselves and routinely patrol it. In return for the shelter we’ve provided (cat door into a garage) and regular feeding, they “gift” us weekly with mice and moles they’ve caught in the yard. We no longer lose fish in our koi and lily ponds to herons and egrets, because there’s always a cat guarding each pond.
These cats are always within calling range, so they obviously see no reason to leave our yard and roam the neighborhood. After all, why should they? They have a good home here and serious work to keep them occupied.
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Our local Friends of Felines organization does a fantastic job of TNVR (trap/neuter/vaccinate/return), and I know there are other groups in Wichita who also perform this function. The city would do themselves and the rest of us a huge favor if they would support and work with these groups.
Susan Kandt, Wichita
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