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Easter 2012 - The Port Cats

 

On the corner of the port and the old town in Alghero, below the old wall is the Port Cat colony.  The colony lives amongst the wave break (man made) rocks, as well as a number of makeshift shelters built by volunteers.  It’s a popular tourist area, and many people are surprised as they round the corner and see the cats.

Its difficult to tell exactly how many cats live at the port.  Silvana has made considerable efforts to neuter and spay as many of them as possible and this seems to have paid off in a reduced number of new arrivals.  However there is still lots of work to do and the plan is to try and really go after 100% neutering in this colony.

While we were there several cats were taken to the vets, some for spaying.  One poor little girl was clearly not well and was easily caught.  At the vets (see later) she was diagnosed with a serious infection of the womb, and had to have an emergency hysterectomy.

The pictures show the two sides of life for these cats.  On the one side the cats getting fed and surveying their domain, but on the other the suffering of some though untreated ailments such as eye infections and skin disorders.  It’s hard to understand how these potentially easily solved problems go untreated.

All I can say in the end is that more help is needed.

 

Colony From The Old Wall

Colony From The Old Wall

Colony Shelters

Colony Shelters

Eye Problems

Eye Problems

Older Eye Problems

Older Eye Problems

Feeding Time

Feeding Time

Keeping Watch

Keeping Watch

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