Trailer Estates opponents of feral cats barking up wrong tree

January 5, 2014 

Residents in Trailer Estates are using animal traps to try to catch the roaming feral cats which are in the 'non-pet area' of the neighborhood. Elizabeth Williams feels very strongly that some of her neighbors feeding feral cats is causing a problem in the neighborhood, and that the felines are creating a mess with their waste. HERALD FILE PHOTO

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After reading the Jan. 1 article in the Local section entitled "Cat spat bares claws," I was compelled to write this letter.

The people of Trailer Estates who are so angry about their neighbors feeding feral cats are so ridiculous I couldn't believe it! People, get a life!

With all the problems in the world today, you are upset about some feral cats in your neighborhood!

As to the claim by one resident that she has to "clean her patio walkway with bleach, since there is so much cat feces there," I say this is either a gross exaggeration or she probably has dogs or coyotes visiting her patio. Cats like to bury their feces in the dirt; they do not just deposit their feces anywhere, the way dogs do.

I would suggest these people should endeavor to "live and let live." These animals are merely trying to stay alive. Cats do not do any harm to your yards.

In fact, you should be grateful to have them there, as they will help keep the rats and mice at bay. Rodents can be a real problem in trailer parks.

As to the claim by another resident that 25 cats were in his driveway, I'd like to see that! Cats are by nature quite solitary animals.

In the article, it was stated that there will be meetings of the board and county officials on Jan. 6 and Jan. 20 to address this issue. How completely ridiculous! These people obviously have a lot of time on their hands; perhaps they should consider volunteering at an animal shelter.

Mary Anne Keenan

Bradenton

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