Dropping domestic cats at barns places an unfair burden on farmers

To the Expositor:

Recently, I seem to have acquired another cat. Not at the house, no, at the barn. While generally I have no issue with that (after all, the cost in additional food isn’t going to be that much), this is a feral cat and I am unable to determine whether it is male or female. Now, I have a domesticated cat at the barn (female and spayed) and that’s all well and good. What troubles me is this: If this feral cat turns out to be female and bears kittens in my barn, I’m in a whole lot of trouble, aren’t I? Not only will I have to feed the little ones, but unless they are neutered/spayed they will produce offspring.

For years I have found it incomprehensible that spay/neuter clinics are offered in urban centres (Barrie, I believe is the closest) but not in rural communities where is probably is most needed.

I have no intention of taking on another animal. I am well aware of the time/emotional/financial commitment it takes to look after any animal. To take in an animal is not a decision I make lightly. Be it a dog, cat, horse, etc.

Here’s the thing. If there was a way to have this new cat spayed/neutered (for the amount charged at a neuter clinic), I would probably go ahead and do it. As it stands, there’s no way I will spend $200-$300 on an animal I never asked for.

Make neuter clinics available in rural areas. Otherwise, please do not come whining and complaining if farmers shoot unwanted animals.

Gina Geick