Fight Looming For Feral Cats

Although not exactly riverfront dream property, this feral cat sanctuary does okay by the ferals.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Although not exactly riverfront dream property, this feral cat sanctuary does okay by the ferals.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

(WINDSOR, ON) – A battle is taking place in a serene, purposefully naturalized area along the city’s shore of the Detroit River, not far from the Ambassador Bridge. A sanctuary built to provide food and shelter to a colony of feral cats is under attack from the neighbouring flock of Canada Geese.

The shelter, a makeshift arrangement of old wood and straw, is the kind of place the ferals love. It is, admittedly, not pretty. Ward 2 councilor, John Elliott, told The Square that, although it is not exactly loved by the city’s administration, it is being tolerated.

For the cats, it is out of the way and there is always food on the table. But that is the problem. The geese have discovered the hideout and are encroaching on the ferals’ territory. It looks like a battle the geese might win in the long run if kind citizens don’t stop littering the place with food.

Signs posted at the site, surrounded by red tape for emphasis, are trying to change the behavior of the many “cat helpers” who drop in with food. Because of the goose problem, the helpers are asked to refrain from pouring dry cat food on the housing straw or a table, which is on site.

It is, warns the notice, not the cats who are eating the haphazard buffet of feline food but the geese.

So far the geese who threaten the feral cats have not succeeded. One resident stood on watch while The Square was in the area.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

So far the geese who threaten the feral cats have not succeeded. One resident stood on watch while The Square was in the area.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

The situation is problematic, because the cats fear the geese. Normally the geese spend their afternoons quietly resting on a manicured lawn only a few metres from the naturalized area. It is when they get hungry that they wander into the cat’s territory.

Steps have been taken to keep the Canadian flyers at bay, and the volunteers can help by putting food only in the designated areas. So far, the system seems to be working.

One of the residents came out of the heavily bushed area to see what The Square was doing. Cats are inquisitive.

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Robert Tuomi

After initially succeeding as a broadcast journalist and achieving senior level assignments, Robert branched out into marketing communications. As a senior executive, primarily in the high-tech industry, Robert created award-winning and comprehensive, multi-faceted initiatives to enhance sales and expand market awareness for some of the largest companies in their fields.

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