Discussion » Ask a Foreigner » anyone has/had a yard: what to do with stray?

  • Row
    Row wrote:
    i moved in this house with a yard recently. this is my first time live in hutong. sometimes there will be some stray cats wander in the roof and upon the wall.

    so i was thinking..... should i left them some food? i heard that most stray cats can't live through the winter. i thought the food was the best thing i could offer. but i fear that food will make them stay and never leave. I had a dog and a cat myself. I cannot adopt anything anymore. Is there a solution to this? or should I just leave them there?
  • pommie
    pommie wrote:
    Beijing has too many stray cats - more than a million, can you believe? In my experience, they can live through the winter.

    I think whether you feed them or not is a matter of conscience. I feed and give medicine to hutong cats because I love them so much. They don't cause a lot of problems so why not let them live?
  • Row
    Row wrote:
    I want to feed them. I just fear that they are gonna stay in the yard permanently if I provide them food. I can't let that happen as I explained....
  • Repoman
    Repoman wrote:
    Of course they can live through the winter.

    In my experience (not in Beijing), most of the stray cats get fed by the retired ladies.

    Too bad they don't spay and neuter them too.
  • Gullekian
    Gullekian wrote:
    I guess if you can't adopt them at least you should feed them if you can... that's a good gesture..
  • Row
    Row wrote:
    I did put some food -actually throw some food onto the roof today. and I saw a weasel walking by a few hours ago.
  • Gullekian
    Gullekian wrote:
    I didn't know we had weasels in Beijing... put the food in the court in a plate... it's better..

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