I was exchanging emails with a caregiver this afternoon. She has been helping out with some people who would otherwise not sterilise though they feed. She mentioned that she thinks that they're being kind, but that if the cats get caught or anything happens, then the feeders think its just fate.
I just had another such conversation with another caregiver who told me the same thing happens in the estate she is helping out with. They will sterilise only if she pays for it and arranges everything - otherwise it doesn't get done.
I was thinking about the concept of the cats' fate. I'm not a philosopher or a religious scholar in any way but it occurred to me that by feeding the cats, the feeders are already meddling with fate. If the cats were really left up to fate, and have no interference, it would seem that they shouldn't even be feeding because that is interfering as much as sterilisation or mediation is!
The second caregiver told me that some of the feeders tell her that they feed so that they'll strike the lottery. I told her that if that was the case then caregivers wouldn't always be so broke and she agreed!