Lol, and I thought I was being a downer when I wondered if the cats might be miserable with fleas…(I didn’t think of cat poop, though I did wonder if everything smelled like Tom cat pee, then figured it probably rained enough to take care of that.)
I’ve lived in countries where the feral cat population has been huge due to ignorance, lack of help and downright cruelty by the locals. To see the pictures of Fukuoka is heartwarming indeed. All the cats are clearly cared for by the locals which is a delight to see and also a testament to those people for demonstrating humanity to the cats. I’ve also taken in five feral cats and domesticated them…. given time they do adjust to home comforts and they make lovely pets. All of my feral cats lived to a ripe old age too, one lived to 20, another 19, and 17. They have strong immune systems passed on by the feral parents. It’s a case of only the strong survive.
Cats are clean creature by nature and do not shit all over the place. In fact they are cleaner than than most other species including a lot of humans who can be filthy.
Finally, to say the are responsible for decimating other species is way off. If it wasn’t for cats most towns and cities would be overrun and infested by rats and cockroaches. Think of the plague and thank the cats for a job well done!!!
I do love birds and it does sadden me when a cat captures one but, think about the bird population and all the hunting birds that kill the other ones. It’s called survival of the fittest.
Just some FYI. I don’t live in that part of Japan, but I live in Okinawa Japan (due to being stationed here with the military) and the rate of stray/feral cats is RIDICULOUS. The biggest problem here is there is NO trap neuter release programs at all. It costs around $150 to neuter a cat and well over $250 to spay a cat and most vets won’t do it unless they are UTD on vaccinations.. which would be another $100 or more. I have trapped and spayed ONE female cat here … it’s all I can do. Sometimes all you can do is small things like feed and shelter them. There is a beach near me that has 20-30 cats living around it. Locals feed them whatever they have and sometimes Americans feed them. It’s not so easy like in the United States where you can sometimes get cats neutered and spayed for $10-20.