SHARON NOTTINGHAM: Reader: Stray cats need more care

TO THE EDITOR:

I live on the north side of Manistee by the river. Every night, I see more and more cats and kittens wandering in the street in front of my building. They are dirty. They are emaciated. They don’t walk, they crawl with their tails between their legs. They starve. They are killed by other animals and humans. They die of diseases.

I hear them scream when they fight or mate. Yup, here comes another litter. They have no control over their lives, because someone brought this cute cuddly kitten home and raised it. Oh well, cats can take care of themselves. So long grown up ugly cat, you’re on your own. These animals ask for so little and give so much. Has our humanity dried up to the point that we can see this and just let it roll off our backs?

I found a sick one laying on the sidewalk in 90-degree-plus temperatures and crying. He was emaciated and had a terrible skin disease. When I picked him up, he snuggled me and started to purr. I put him in my car so he could cool off and called animal control.

They would not even pick him up for euthanizing. There is no cat law. Had he been a dog, they would have been right there. I was told to let him go and let nature take its course. That is not nature. That is indifference and cruelty.

There are many of us who care but not enough to make a difference. The cat was taken by a very special lady, but his fate is still uncertain.

It all boils down to money, I guess. These animals just are not important enough to bother with.

Sharon Nottingham
Manistee

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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