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By Barbara Bennett, For Kaua‘i Owner and Publisher

If you haven’t notice, there has been a lot of hubbub about feral cats on Kaua‘i lately. How did this come about?

I’m not sure but I do know that we have some very dedicated volunteers on the island who have taken their time and personal resources to protect and help our furry friends.

I wrote a column in For Kaua‘i in December of last year, titled, Life’s Changes, which explained how I got involved with ferals.

When I started trapping the feral cats that I had been feeding in my backyard and taking them to be spayed or neutered at the Kaua‘i Humane Society, I realized my expenses were a lot more than just food.

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This has been quite an education for me from having home pets. There is a program called TNR — Trap, Neuter and Release — as it is called in the world feral cats.

When I was at a meeting about feral cats earlier this year at the County Building, I heard from another homeowner who was also feeding ferals.

He and his wife where appealing with the same concerns; the cost of feeding and other related costs. They where spending about the same amount monthly as I was, and were wondering how long they would be able to keep up with household expenses and children to care for.

I have trapped and neutered eight females and four males. With eight females fixed I figured I saved our neighborhood from at least 41 more feral cats.

Watching these energetic, absolutely joyful and beautiful kitties play in nature and care for each other has been a joy for me. I’ve watched how they protect each other from chickens and other threats to their lives.