What about all these cats?
We are pretty new to the rural life (5 years living here on our 58 acres now) and see our neighbors all seem to have 12-15+ cats. They don't alter them. They feed them but don't let them indoors. I once thought that was insensitive but now I understand. We got our first (dropped off) litter several years ago. We fed them and had them all altered only to have all but two become 'coyote lunch' several weeks later. We don't have deep pockets. We had those two for three years until we had another 'drop-off'. Well, of course, she had kittens and once again we had them all altered, including the mom.
Now we have 7 cats that we feed. That is pretty expensive but since the weather has been in the single digits, we have let the kittens into the guest house. I have a big kiddie pool in the downstairs garage for them and man - are they ever using it! I clean it twice a day and can't seem to buy enough litter. Fortunately, they are doing no inappropriate peeing but I'm starting to understand the total outdoor living for cats.
I made outdoor cat shelters out of Omaha Steak coolers and am thinking that maybe I need to force these kitties to start using them before the raccoons discover them.
And ---- we are noticing a stray cat hanging around. Does that mean another litter in the spring? Where does it end?