Cats rule the Internet, we all know this, but it is exceedingly rare to see serious depictions of the fine beasts. Beautifully counteracting this trend, yet still letting us look at cats, is Green Bay, Wisconsin-based photographer Jason Houge.
Houge has been putting up pictures of the colony on Instagram. He and his girlfriend have been feeding and caring for them ever since they moved into their home together with the help of a local organization called Cats Anonymous. Before cats would come and go, but in 2012 a family of cats stayed longer than the usual one season. This is how Houge’s cat family started which now counts more than 20 of them. 😀
The continuous reproduction of feral cats can be a huge problem and Houge’s explains this: “It’s likely most people have heard stories of hoarders who live with hundreds of cats. It only takes two intact cats and two or three years to get to that point. A female can have an average of five kittens three times a year and can become pregnant at about six months of age.” One of the most effective ways to keep this exponential increase in feral cats in check is through implementation of methods like “Trap-Neuter-Return” (TNR). TNR is a process in which volunteers, working both with organizations and independently, trap the cats, have them spayed or neutered, vaccinate them, and release them back into their colonies if they aren’t adopted, which most lifelong feral are not. Humane societies around the country support this by providing these services at no charge.
Despite the dedicated individuals who spend much of their free time to try and counteract cat multiplication, they are in no way ahead of the problem. The cats just keep coming.
Of course we have lived with cats for a aeons and Houge writes, “Some very notable populations came up in my research—Rome, Jerusalem, Tashirojima,—an island in Japan where cats outnumber humans, and of course the Hemingway polydactyls of Key West, Florida—all of which are healthy populations where the cats are protected by, interact with, and rely on the human element to survive.”
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