There have been many strange things going on at Fort Hays since classes began. However, the thing that has bewildered me most is the huge presence of stray cats near Tomanek Hall.
At first, I took the cats’ presence as a joke. I told my friends they needed to come get their kids, or they couldn’t bring their pets with them to school. This provided humor between my friends and me for a good while. Then the joke died off and I came to realize that the cats have gotten out of hand.
These cats have scared me every time they come out of random places. On numerous occasions, I have been talking with friends and one of them ran between our legs. In an another instance, a stray popped out of a trash can I walked by and made me jump.
When I need to run some errands, I find the cats situated underneath a few students’ vehicles. I would not be surprised if there have been cases where the cats have gotten stuck underneath someone’s car.
When I get back from running my errands, the cats decide to run across the street. As a result, I have to swerve to avoid running them over. The black ones are hard to see at night, so there are times when I could have run over a stray cat. I am shocked that there are not bodies of dead cats lying in the middle of the road in front of Tomanek Hall.
One weekend, someone decided it would be a good idea to set out food for the strays. Within minutes, there were close to 20 cats gathered on the sidewalk eating. The cats were occupying the sidewalks, stopping any student from walking. If anyone attempted to walk where they were, the cats would get angry and attempt to attack the pedestrian.
I am not one to judge, but with all of these cats around, why has the university not taken action? Why has animal control not been called? There are probably more than 50 cats loose in the area between Jellison Bridge and Tomanek Hall. It is obvious that this is a huge animal control problem.
In the meantime, students need to be cautious of the cats when driving. Be sure to check underneath your car to see if a cat has gotten stuck there. Most importantly, do not feed, disturb or pet the cats. They are not your friendly house cats.