Cats have few takers in city, say animal rescuers

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Bengalureans have a preference for dogs over cats when it comes to pet adoption, animal rescuers say.

The city may be animal- friendly, but cat shelters have a harder task of finding adopted homes for the feline strays, owing largely to the superstitions and misconceptions.

Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, whose home is a shelter for 14 rescued cats and 10 kittens, pointed out that people are unable to read the different ways in which cats show their love from dogs.

Satyamurthy, author and musician, and his wife Yasmine Claire, a teacher, are ardent animal lovers, who opened their homes to rescued cats and dogs 10 years ago.

“There are eight to 10 cases of rescuing abandoned cats a week. Also, people adopting dogs are twice as much as those accepting cats,” Satyamurthy said.

He said cats express their affection by rubbing themselves against a person’s legs and by tiny bites that are often mistaken for aggression.

While the number of cats being abandoned and injured is on the increase, there are not enough shelters to house them. Satyamurthy and Claire are planning to establish a cat sanctuary that would accommodate more felines, but the plan is on hold due to lack of funds.

The Bangalore Cat Squad regularly holds cat adoption drives. “There are people who come forward to adopt cats, but they prefer kittens,” said Vijaya Sitaram, a founding member of the squad, who shelters 20 cats; five of them have a disability. “But the adoption of adult cats is rare.”

Satyamurthy said activists and rescuers are able to raise limited funds compared to cats due to the low level of awareness about them.

“There’s a greater need to create awareness about cats as they are as loving as dogs,” he added.

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