Matthew Patchen, 15, has built six feral cat shelters and has collected 600 pounds of cat food to give to the Solano County Feral Cat Group. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Matthew Patchen, 15, has built six feral cat shelters and has collected 600 pounds of cat food to give to the Solano County Feral Cat Group. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Cordelia Boy Scout helps give feral cats a warm, dry winter

By From page A3 | December 8, 2011

FAIRFIELD — Some of Solano County’s feral cats will get a decent meal and a place to stay out of the cold this winter thanks to the efforts of Cordelia Boy Scout Matthew Patchen.

The 15-year-old is planning to deliver more than 600 pounds of cat food he collected and six cat shelters to the Solano County Feral Cat Group when it holds one of its spay and neuter clinics at the Solano County Animal Shelter this Sunday.

“I own six cats and have always liked cats,” Patchen said when asked why he took on the project as his Eagle Scout project.

The member of Boy Scout Troop 482 got the idea after hearing about a friend who did a similar project for the feral cat group, but did not include going around the community and getting friends and merchants to chip in to provide the cat food. Donors included Cub Scout Pack 474 chipped in a lot of the cat food.

He talked to businesses such as Costco and Home Depot to get the cat food and wood donated for the shelters, and passed fliers around his neighborhood to get support.

“It was not that hard,” Patchen said. “Everyone was willing to donate.”

Patchen designed the cat shelters with a roof that can open and close as well as handles so it can easily be carried to wherever the feral cat colonies are located.

“While working on the project, I heard a lot from people who said they had a problem with feral cats and were trying to get them removed,” Patchen said. “I figure if we could help (the Solano County Feral Cat) Group lower the population without killing them, it would really help.”

Michelle Bartlett, a member of the Solano County Feral Cat Group, praised Patchen for his help.

“What he did was really amazing and he exceeded our expectations,” Bartlett said. “You could tell he did this not just for the Eagle Scout project, but because he has a passion for cats.”

Bartlett heard from Patchen earlier this year after the group had posted on its Facebook page that they could really use cat food.

“The shelters will go out to our feral cat colonies in areas where the cats basically have no shelter to keep themselves dry and their food dry,” Bartlett said. “This will keep some kitties warm this winter.”

For more information or to help out the Solano County Feral Cat Group, go to http:/www.solanoferals.org or call 421-5515.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected]

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • Carolyn DeMarseDecember 09, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Thank you Matthew.

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  • Kathy GDecember 10, 2011 - 7:56 am

    What a wonderful young man to take on this noble project. Thank you for being a great person!!

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  • MarciDecember 15, 2011 - 7:43 am

    Kudos to a great kid!

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  • WoodsmanJune 03, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control. FACT: Trap & Sterilize (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because they cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today -- FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague -- Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.) FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive-species like these cats that can breed 2-4X's faster than any naturally occurring cat-species. FACT: Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only managed to reduce the number of feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (and as the months go on that percentage becomes even more insignificant), thereby allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to continually and exponentially breed out of control. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can't even reduce the number of feral cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution, then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it. FACT: When researching all the most "successful" TNR programs around the globe, JUST ONE OF THEM has managed to trap more than 0.4% of cats in their area. Oregon's amazing 50,000 TNR'ed cats (the highest rate I found) is only 4.9% of all feral-cats in their state. Yet, by applying advanced population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% of cats they will have trapped only 0.35% of all feral-cats in their state sometime this year. <0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective. FACT: Their mythical "vacuum effect" is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived "vacuum" is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there's no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats' resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of "vacuum effect" at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void. FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being -- IF A CAT-LOVER-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

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