- Cats were in the spotlight at the Qatar World Cup.
- There are approximately two to three million stray cats in the country.
- Life for cats in Qatar can be very hard.
French winger Ousmane Dembele is reportedly scared of them, England defender Kyle Walker is doing his best to adopt one, and despite a brutal attempt to send one off, even Brazil’s press conference couldn’t get them. steal the show.
According to Trap Neuter and Return (TNR), a voluntary organization working to improve the lives of street cats in Qatar, they face a lifetime of food shortages, summer temperatures that regularly exceed 45 degrees, roads crowded and human cruelty.
According to a report by Hamad bin Khalifa University in Qatar, cats were introduced in the 1960s to deal with a “significant rodent problem”.
A colony of feral cats in Qatar. Source: Provided / www.tnrqatar.com
With plentiful access to water and food, their numbers quickly exploded “uncontrollably”, increasing the risk of disease for felines and humans alike.
According to the TNR website, trapping feral cats, neutering them, and returning them to their colonies helps protect Qatar’s cats by controlling the cat population. Castrated males tend to be less aggressive, leading to “less injury and less disease transmission”, in females it reduces the risk of tumors and infections associated with childbirth up to three times per year. year.
The England team adopted “Dave”, a stray cat that roamed their training base, as their team mascot. Source: Getty / The FA/Eddie Keogh
Dave the cat has become an icon for England and its fans, with the team describing him as their “lucky charm”.
TNR says many cats living in shelters and on the streets will be “euthanized or die of trauma, exposure, starvation or disease”, things they say can be prevented with humane methods of control. population as their “trap, neutralization and liberation approach.