In the context of a feed donation to the animal and nature conservation association Unterer Vogelsberg e.V. Schulze Heimtierbedarf would like to draw attention to a current and important topic. The problem of the rapid and uncontrolled reproduction of wild cats (wildlings) has long been at the top of the list of topics of acute urgency for animal protectionists and animal protection associations. Nevertheless, it is a topic that passes the majority of society by, as many are not even aware that there is an enormous need for action in this area.
The animal and nature protection association Unterer Vogelsberg e.V., a non-profit and purely honorary association from Birstein (Hessen) explained the castration of wild cats due to the topicality to one of the highest association goals.
Cats belong to the most reproductive animals. Therefore it is important that the reproduction is subject to a certain control, because otherwise the wild offspring will be lost out of sight very fast. The kittens are born without anyone noticing and from then on they are largely left to their own devices and exposed to the whims of nature, including diseases and pests. Unlike wild cats, which have always been adapted to a life in the wild, domesticated cats do not genetically have the necessary equipment to live in the wild. As a result, they can also become a health hazard for outdoor cats, as cat disease and cat flu are very common in wild, outdoor cats. A fact, which is often underestimated: A cat can already become pregnant again when its first litter is 4 to 6 weeks old.
The Tier- und Naturschutzverein Unterer Vogelsberg e.V. tries to counteract this problem by castrating such wildlings. The cats are taken in and placed under a so-called protection contract, which includes the castration, identification and registration of the animals. "This year we have already castrated over 100 wild cats and tomcats. Since we live in a very rural region where the idea of "cat protection" has no political relevance whatsoever, we are dependent on donations. Even though the state of Hessen has created the legal framework for the introduction of an obligation to castrate, it is only being implemented very hesitantly in the communities and municipalities", explains Anke Feil, the 1st chairwoman of the association.
What can the individual do? There are many ways to support the various associations and help the wildlings. Of course, donations of any kind are always an enormous help, but there can never be enough active helpers. The first step has already been taken if you just look, keep your eyes open and contact the respective associations directly.
The food donated by Schulze Heimtierbedarf was gratefully received by "TiNa", as the association also calls itself, and distributed to the various feed suppliers as well as to the respective foster homes.