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Tech’s resident felines elicit action and affection

March 28, 2013

 

DANIEL GETSINGER
Staff Reporter

 

Bulldogs are not the only animals roaming Tech’s campus.

 

There is an abundance of cats that live here as well, and people are beginning to notice their presence.

 

Some students like Zach Land, freshman chemical engineering major, said he feels the cats give Tech a more homelike feeling instead of seeing them as a nuisance.

 

“It reminds me of my home because my family lives in the country,” Land said. “We always grew up giving homeless animals a place to live since we owned a lot of land.”

 

The cats may be free but some people enjoy seeing the animals running around Tech’s campus.

 

Other students like Portia Owen, a freshman basic studies major, said she believes cats are a problem and an even bigger health concern.

 

“I’m allergic to cats, so I really don’t like that they hang out by my dorm,” Owen said. “They use to feed them but someone eventually made them stop; I think something should be done about them.”

 

Some students may not like the cats, but they do not see them as a distraction.

 

Sean Sumlin, a freshman kinesiology major, said he feels the cats are not too big of a problem as long as there are not too many to handle.

 

“They don’t really cause a problem,” Sumlin said. “I always see them running around by Harper when I’m going to biology, but I don’t think anything should be done about them as long as there are only a few.”

 

Some faculty members have barely noticed the cats around campus while others expect the cats and their presence at Tech.

 

James King, vice president of Student Affairs, does not believe the cats cause a problem for anyone.

 

“I haven’t seen them as a problem,” King said. “If the situation gets worse, I believe something should be done to control them.”

 

Robin Evans, the Ropp Center supervisor, said she is a friend to the cats and she feels they are just as much a part of Tech as the students and faculty are.

 

“I’m an animal lover, so I feel like it’s not their fault that they got left here and are now running free around the campus,” Evans said. “If we could spay and neuter them then I don’t think anyone would have a problem with them, and they wouldn’t get over populated.”

 

Some faculty members are taking action to get the cats spayed and neutered.

 

“I trapped a few of them and had them spayed and fixed and got them shots so that they couldn’t reproduce and get out of hand,” Evans said. “A group of professors also helped with the process of getting them fixed, so that shows that there are others on campus who care for the animals.”

 

Evans said the fixed animals are easily recognizable.

 

“The ones that have been fixed and treated have a small clipping out of their ear so that students will be able to see that they can be handled without catching any kind of disease or illness.”

 

Evans said she has seen the students playing with the cats.

 

“I also had two or three students ask if they could catch the cats and keep them as pets.”

 

Evans said she has some concern with Tech students wanting to keep the cats as their own though.

 

“When students keep the cat, one of the problems I have is that when they go home for breaks there are no places for the cats to stay other than outside,” Evans said. “If students want to keep them they need to know the responsibility that comes with taking care of an animal.”

 

She said she believes the cats trusting students could potentially be dangerous for the animals.

 

“When the cats begin to trust the students they may follow them to their cars or across the street and could end up getting hit by passing cars,” Evans said.

 

Since Evans is an avid animal lover, she said she feels strongly that people should take good care of the cats and not mistreating them.

 

“I just want people to know that if you’re going to throw them out at least have them fixed,” Evans said. “It’s sad to see people just let them go, because they should be treated with as much respect as any other animal.”

 

Email comments to dge004@latech.edu.

 

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One Response to Tech’s resident felines elicit action and affection

  1. Ken Bruce Reply

    April 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Could someone explain to me the “ear clipping” part. Do they literally cut a piece of the cat’s ear off (similar to “tagging” wild animals)?

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