Letter | Stray cats ruining Conway’s ambiance

June 18, 2013 

We moved to Conway in 1979. It’s a lovely southern town or was then. It was a tree and bird sanctuary to us. We love watching them in our little place, but the bird sanctuary is now a feces sanctuary due to feral cats. We went to Tractor Supply and bought a trap before 2007 and we just caught our 70th one last week.

We have neighbors who feed them and our yard is their commode. It has become an obnoxious problem all over Conway. Yet, the only person who has faced consequences was a young woman whose dog escaped and killed several cats nearby. She was fined.

Quoting The Sun News, May 27, one cat and her kittens (in 7 years) can have 420,000 cats. Nicole Boone, Channel 13 News at 5 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2012 said “millions of parasite eggs in cat litter or feces get into storm drains and get into marine life such as oysters or mussels cause mental defects in babies, loss of hearing and blindness.”

Enjoy those oysters on the half-shell, I say.

We’ve had cats and dogs in our 46 years of marriage. We kept them inside. We also walk almost two miles a day and see these cats everywhere. What happened to leash law?

Thanks all you good-hearted cat lovers. Where you get planted or interred one day, a cat may decide that’s its commode. Just saying … consequences.

The poet James Thurber put it best.. I love a kitten until it becomes a cat.

Patty Taylor

Conway

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