When you think of Maryville having an over abundance of one animal, most think about the colony of squirrels we have on campus.
There are hundreds, always startling the students on campus with how comfortable they are with a close human presence. But let’s take a look at how many cats are in the town of Maryville. Not house cats, but the feral cats that are constantly roaming the streets of Maryville and reproducing as if they are rabbits.
The term feral is defined as in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication.
Many think feral cats just fend for themselves without really harming the town. The truth is these cats can be a huge economic burden for the people and businesses of Maryville.
The New Nodaway Humane Society located on South Depot Street, takes the biggest financial hit when it comes to these stray felines.
When speaking with the manger, Jennifer, she tells us that “We receive roughly 350-400 feral cats a year.” This is a massive number, considering each of these cats could be costing the shelter thirty dollars for each cat.
These stray cats come to the shelter usually with medical issues, that require urgent treatment, are at the expense of the Humane Society. This is wonderful for the cats, but if they are not immediately adopted, they will usually just be given to local farmers as farm cats.
The company won’t even break even, causing a financial strain for the shelter. New Nodaway Humane Society does, however make profit off of the fixed, domestic cats that are brought in and not to mention the other animals.
You can see how this would be an issue for the town, implementing a financial strain. Most of the locals aren’t directly effected by these feral cats, but in some cases can be.
Zachary Callahan, a local resident, says his interactions with the cats are not the friendliest.
“They are always digging through my trash and making a mess on my driveway. This occurrence happens multiple times a week, I wish the town would do something about all these feral cats.” stated Callahan.
Another local, Allison Geringer, tells about her disturbing experience:
“Sometimes they effect my driving, because they are running in the middle of the road and I have to swerve. There was a very instance when I dodged a cat and then hit a curb and it popped my tire, all because of a cat. I was not a fan of spending money on a new tire just because of a feline.”
These cats have an impact on this town and economically making it difficult for local businesses and residents.