Louisiana is being overwhelmed by stray cats this summer, according to city officials and animal enthusiasts.
“They’re all over town,” said Tammi Smith, president of the Community Animal Protection Association known as C.A.P.A. “It’s very bad, an especially bad year.
“We have three litters of kittens right now that we are bottle feeding,” Smith said. “People need to take care of their pets.
“The No. one thing they can do is spay and neuter their pets. The city also has an ordinance that says they can’t run at large.”
Making the problems worse is three diseases traveling through the city’s cat population, Smith said.
“There is a lot of feline leukemia in town. People need to vaccinate their cats,” Smith said.
Also present is a FIV, or feline AIDS, and an upper respiratory infection.
Louisiana Animal Control Officer Wiley Harrison is dealing with the diseases at the John Cotton Memorial Animal Shelter behind the city work shed on 30th Street.
“We have feral cats running through town and if they mate with the tame cats, they’ll give them diseases,” Harrison said. “That’s why people need to get their cats shots.
“We just put a cat down because it had leukemia. You don’t have a choice. The (veterinarians) recommend it because there is no cure.”
The animal shelter is also jammed with stray cats filling up the cages.
“We have so many, they’re having kittens in the pens,” Harrison said. There were 33 cats there on Friday, Aug. 16.
Harrison said the public could help the situation by adopting a cat.
Anyone wanting a cat or dog can contact the Louisiana Police Department at 573-754-4021 to set up an appointment, Harrison said. For more information, see the Louisiana dog pound site on Facebook.
To have cats rescued, contact C.A.P.A. at 573-750-2767.