By Joseph Parish
Traditionally a good number of people often judge cats as a municipal nuisance. This perception likely stems from the outward determination towards their free will and their independent nature, however I would like to communicate a brief article here in support of the felines during extended periods of crisis.
Without reservation it can be said that when the balloon finally goes up most people will aspire to be with their family and this is rightfully so. Police and fire protection will be at a scant minimum. The majority of our local utility company personnel will be at home with their wives and children as well. This certainly introduces the proposal of having extended lengths of time without functioning utilities. Most of the cities public servants will either take the day off from work or flat out refuse to go in. Instead we can count on them being at home for the duration of the emergency.
With this said you can imagine the tribulations that we will swiftly begin to face. Trash pickup will draw to an immediate halt. This stand still of a vital community service will rapidly deteriorate into a public clutter on or once clean streets and lawns. Thus, folks who do place the trash receptacles at their curb will quickly come to understand that there simply are no workers to pick it up. We have witnessed a similar scenarios in many of our major cities during the trash workers strikes in the past however, consider for a moment that this diversion will not be over in only a week or two but may last for many months down the road.
As most people will agree when you have a vast accumulation of trash and debris being assembled you establishing an invitation to rodents and in particular to the rat population to feast out on what is readily available for them. Within only a few short weeks the rat population would be tremendous. Disease will quickly spread throughout our communities and deaths may start to occur at an alarming rate.
This scenario is not some far stretch of my imagination. It could and likely would happen when TSHTF. Realizing what is at stake here and the consequences of what could happen I have found that I am more then disposed to encourage both feral and pet cats to inhabit my immediate neighborhood. I have found that I gain a slight feeling of safety from the thought of the potential rodents when viewing the felines residing close by. I encourage everyone to think carefully about the usefulness of these animals and perhaps feed them in the event that they would have to come to our aid during a major time of crisis.
Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish