I was speaking to one of the people I dropped newsletters off to yesterday and she mentioned that she had been trying to trap community cats in her area. However there is a woman who feeds cats in the vicinity. She has offered to help her trap those cats many times but the woman refused. The woman I spoke to decided to just focus on the cats near her who recently appeared - and then she realised that the feeder had started expanding the radius of the feeding to include the area where the community cats she is trying to trap hang around.
As a result every time she goes out with a cat trap, the cats are so full, that they don't go into the trap. The food is also never cleared up. She said talking to the feeder does not help - all she wants to do is to feed.
When I spoke with a caregiver today, she mentioned the same thing. She said she was having problems in some areas with trapping because of the feeders. Two women insisting on leaving piles of food out and repeated attempts to advise them were futile. The caregiver tried to explain that she needed to trap the cats for sterilisation and they had to starve. The feeders retorted that the cats might be giddy with lack of food and it was especially important to feed them before surgery. The caregiver said her friends who were helping her were so incensed they were contemplating calling the police to fine the feeders.
The caregiver also told me that she had been trying to trap the cats in an area and had been speaking to yet another woman who was feeding but not sterilising. The woman refused to listen and kept telling the caregiver how much she spent every month feeding. The caregiver in turn told her that she had spent much more on sterilisation - and that she wanted to do it to help the cats. The feeder said she only wanted to feed - and even though the caregiver was willing to help with the money, the feeder was not interested.