It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees. ~ Emiliano Zapata
The kitties has experienced the outdoors, they have tasted the freedom and independence that I only find on vacation. I am jealous and I never want to be responsible for taking that from them. This situation has made me think a lot about why I am vegan. Ironically, much of the advice that I can not believe I am hearing, is coming from the vegan community. The "pet" mentality is rampant everywhere it seems.
After some long research and deliberation, I have come to some temporary conclusions. Tonight, with the assistance of Ashley, I will attempt to catch all the kitties. I will bring them inside to spend a few weeks with me. I feel extremely uncomfortable with forcing this on them but I do not see another reasonable option and all options include me forcing my will on them in some way. Once they seem comfortable with me and are a few weeks older and wiser, I will let them back outside.
If they opt to stay, they will be welcome and if they leave, that is their option. They will know that they can be safe with me and there will be no need to fear me and I will not be afraid of them. If they want to come inside at times, they are welcome. They will not be indoors cats with me. I will not force that on them.
"I will not force myself or domestic life on them for longer than I feel is necessary." This statement is that wreaking of species dominance, which is a major reason why veganism is important to me. However, as feral cats, they can not live under my house. It is a danger to everyone. Even as babies, the runt bit me last night and broke the skin.
I feel that I am choosing what is best for another sentient being and it makes me sick. I also realize that they can not stay undisturbed forever and this seems like the least intrusive option. I hope they agree.
Life is life -- whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage. ~ Sri Aurobindo