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These cats are identified as an invasive species, and have continually made the list of global invasive species list of any sort, being dangerous to other animals, most especially birds, some of which are already on the endangered list, such as the Palila and the Ua’u. Even humans are not left out of the negative impact of these nature cats. This is because, despite their nature as predatory cats, they also spread what is called Toxoplasma Gondii, a parasite that is dangerous to terrestrial and marine life. The parasite, which is found in the fecal matter of this cat, has been triggered as the cause of death of a number of fishes and birds. As for humans, this parasite also presents a danger, most especially to pregnant women who are advised to stay as much as possible away from them because it can even harm the fetus.
All these add up to the dangerous nature of the cat, and continually makes them hunted down for neutering.
Danger to the habitat
Feral cats have been observed to be a threat to the environment in which they live. In Hawaii, where they can be found in the right major islands, these cats have been linked to the extinction of no less than 30 species, and also a threat to 8% of critically endangered animals. And also, they serve as the host of the Toxoplasma parasite, which affects birds and mammals.
The idea of a feral Spiritual Retreats Hawaii is necessary due to the fact that the cats are being targeted as a result of their impact of the environment. Already, some companies offer what they refer to as TNR ( trap – neuter – release) in a bid to check the population growth of these animals. Some even go to the extent of applying euthanasia on these cats. Although such practice has been highly protested against.
These retreats are signed up by persons voluntary with the aim of providing a better life for these cats, specifically with the aim of socializing with them, and providing them with food and other forms of care.
The Island of Hawaii offers this opportunity for a number of reasons. One of such is that the Island is home to quite a number of feral cats scattered across the many regions. Also is the fact that these cats are indeed posing a danger to the animals in the country, through their predatory actions and their spread of the toxoplasma parasite.
A retreat offers the opportunity to take care of these animals, which have been described by some people as misunderstood. Some of these cats have been taking into what has been called ‘sanctuary’, where they roam freely, under protection, and also out of the path of birds and other animals. So it’s like a win win situation, since most times, releasing them after neutering doesn’t prove so effective.
In Hawaii, one of such sanctuary is the Lanai Cat Sanctuary, home to over 600 cats, affording them the opportunities they have in the wild, but this time without posing a threat to the environment.
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