Today, we have put up a notice near the feeding point of the UTown cats to deter rogue feeders from irresponsible feeding. UTown Management Office has supported us in this in order to reduce the mess that these rogue feeders have caused. Even as we put up this poster, two slices of bread were found on the metal grille close by, unreachable to us. The two slices of bread were already rotten and covered in mould, leaving an ugly sight.
Near the end of last semester, there have been a few incidents of rogue feeding for the UTown cats. Most of these were incidents where people have fed the cats inappropriate foods or inappropriate amounts of food, and the end-results were photographed. Irresponsible feeding has repercussions, not just on the cats they were intended to do good for, but also for human users of the area.
a) Milk intended for human consumption should not ever be fed to cats. Once fully grown, cats are lactose intolerant, and can fall ill consuming milk with lactose in it
b) Fried foods and other foods intended for humans should not be fed to cats. Foods with bones, such as fish, should also not be fed, as these contain bones that could choke or hurt the cats if swallowed.
c) Uncleared food, regardless cat food or not, will attract pests eventually. Ants are the main pests, and can be attracted to food very quickly, especially wet foods. Food covered in ants will not be eaten by the cats, resulting in an unsightly mess. This act is also considered littering, and can have consequences if attributed to a perpetrator.
Food intended for purely human consumption should never be fed to community cats.
Occasionally, you may have walked past a community cat and wondered if it was hungry. You might be then inclined to go purchase some food from a nearby food stall and leave it behind, thinking you’ve done a good deed for a hungry stray animal. This action, however, actually does more harm than good.
Many passers-by take pity on our community cats and leave food behind for them. These foods tend to be made for human consumption only, but some people think it is okay for cats too. However, there are in fact unhealthy substances in them that will harm and possibly even kill cats.
Cooking oil is generally bad for cats, as is the relatively high levels of sodium in our human cooked foods. Some foods like onions, garlics, chives, chocolate are toxic for cats. Even dog food is sometimes unhealthy for cats. In the future, unless you are sure that what you intend to feed them is perfectly safe, do not feed any stray animals.
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