Today, down my country road, I saw a clowder (a group) of cats. There were about a dozen cats in this clowder, most likely inbred and feral. As much as I love cats, I believe that they need to be spayed and neutered. In my experience, a spayed/neutered cat makes a better companion and can live longer because they don't roam from the safety of the barn. My cats, like all outdoor cats, are prey for many predators. The largest predators in my area are birds - peregrine, hawks, vultures, etc., and, of course, coyotes.
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Dr. Smith and his family had many cats during his lifetime. Milliron Clinic saw a lot of cats, including Hairball (above) - the cat that sat on the clinic's counter and welcomed clients. I'll write more about Hairball and Dr. Smith's pets in upcoming posts.