Feeding the stray cats of Swieqi
I am the cat feeder whom Marie Wagner attacked in her letter (Cat Feeding Practice Getting Out Of Hand, September 25). Mrs Wagner and the friend she mentions each rent an apartment in a block of flats. Their so-called garden is a small corner in the common area where they have planted a few flowers. It is a few metres away from a field where I feed eight stray cats. The field does not touch their rented property.
The truth is that the cats used to come to their so-called garden from the field long before I started feeding them. They never bothered to do anything to control the situation. I was the one who caught all the cats and neutered them to stop them from multiplying, dedicating hours of patience.
Mrs Wagner attacked me because she saw a few flies in the area. What does she expect the cats to do, knock on people’s doors and ask if they can use their toilet? This is a small price we have to pay for taking over the land which God also intended for them. We have built everywhere. Where will they live?
As for her complaint about rats, it is hard for me to believe that rats will go into a field where cats are hungry and waiting for their food.
I will continue to do what I am doing, keeping the area as clean as possible to make sure I abide by the law and I will continue to abide by Christ’s teaching and feed the hungry, even if they are the least of the animal species, for in Christ’s words “What you do with the least among you, you will be doing with me”.