by Jonathan Weaver
The number of feral or pregnant cats running through Manor Township without a home has diminished since last month, but a local resident said the problem could quickly return.
Supervisor Don Palmer said he has seen a “very small” number of cats in his neighborhood, estimating there are about four
Resident Barb Bittinger agreed that neighbor complaints are also diminishing, but warned cats may quickly become an issue again if support doesn’t continue.
“There are a lot pregnant, and I’m hoping to nip it in the bud before (the problem) gets too big,” Bittinger said. “You don’t see any (cats) now, but it’s going to be crazy. There’s going to be a problem.
“Some areas there are a lot of cats and some there isn’t.”
She said within six months, baby cats can also become pregnant.
Bittinger, who described herself as an animal lover, couldn’t identify why the number of cats has diminished but has heard rumors of residents killing them on their own.
“I was never even a cat person – I just got involved because a couple people told me a petition was taken, people were concerned about the overpopulation of cats and I didn’t want to see them destroyed,” Bittinger said. “I wanted to be a voice for the cats.”
Last month, supervisors pledged $250 toward the issue and made the township building available for a rummage sale to raise funds, but no date has been scheduled.
The same amount was pledged by a local resident.
Bittinger began attending township meetings in December discussing the “epidemic.” She said she is trying to catch all the cats near Park Avenue before some do become pregnant and chase male cats away.