Urban Cats and Factory Cats

Urban Cats
The new developments of the center of the cities since the sixties and the decadence of the industries in the eighties contributed in a great measure to the growth of the urban population of wild domestic cats. In many countries, the families moved into big and tall apartment buildings in which animals weren’t permitted. In many factories there were cats that the employees would feed kindly, but when these were shut down, numerous workers and cats where left on the streets.

The collapsing of the industries turned extent zones in the big cities into an ideal territory for wild domestic cats that lived inside this big prescient.

In another occasion, the people in charge of the cleaning of a big publishing house organized turns to arrive earlier to work to be able to feed the wild domestic cats of a near by abandoned building, even during week ends.

There are many cases in which kind people maintain and support wild domestic cats.

Factory Cats
In s steel factory at Sheffield, England, the worker used to retire during their rest pauses to some barracks to disconnect themselves from the noises of the factory, and the noticed that they always received the visit of wild domestic cats on the adequate moment; it became adequate moment; it became into a habit during their resting pauses. Since they worked in shifts, the cats had the possibility of receiving food three times a day.

On the other hand, there are psychiatric hospitals and residences for old people that help cats living in their respective precincts because it seems that observing the cats has therapeutic effects in patients.

A Precarious Existence
However, most of the wild domestic cats have to take care of themselves, often in hostile environments. The life of these cats is vulnerable and generally shorter than that of a domestic cat.

Few wild domestic cats pass the ten years of age, although females live a bit longer than males.

Most of them are a bit smaller and with less weight than the domestic cat of similar constitution. This is not so much due to deficient nourishment in their diet but of the fact that these cats have to pass their time hunting their food and trying to protect them from the cold, in this way they consume more energy than those with a comfortable life.

The greatest danger that a wild domestic cat confronts is the uncontrollable propagation of diseases such as the viral respiratory infections (feline flu) that can have devastating effects. Other less serious illnesses but with equally weakening as the favus or the intestinal parasites, are frequent on this type of cats.

The wild domestic cats, because of their way of life, have more risks of suffering car accidents and of other type: falls, poisoning, being trapped in sewers, etc. and also they have human enemies, as are some pitiless rifle or gun owners and we must not forget the official opposition. In the golden age for hunting in Great Britain, the game wardens used to kill these cats, because they suspected that they hunted young birds of prey.

Actually, the municipal governments and the land lords are sometimes preoccupied for wild domestic cats, usually due to hygienic motives, and they capture them with traps and then asphyxiate them with gasses oil, if they are looking for a more humanitarian solution, they take them to an animal reservations.

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