15 October 2007

The Cats of Baghdad

This is kind of a depressing editorial about feeding the stray cats of Baghdad. It makes the people feel better, but many believe it ultimately hurts the cats. There are not many practicing veterinarians who can fix the cats to keep the population from increasing. The people living in the various compounds rotate so frequently that a cat can only be guaranteed table scraps for a few months, then is left behind. Only so many people are able to rescue them fully and bring them home.

Interesting footnote: Not only is Iraq the cradle of human civilization, but 10,000 years ago the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers were also home to the felines that eventually became our modern housecats.

What Cats Know About War
By JOHN F. BURNS
Published: October 14, 2007
A reporter adopts cats to reconnect with life amid unremitting death.

cross-posted at what would grendel do?

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