If you travel at all, particularly to undeveloped countries, you’ll notice a lot of suffering.
Poverty isn’t limited to humans, of course. Animals suffer greatly under the harsh conditions, plagued with disease, injuries that will never be treated, and lack of food.
I learned a lesson when I visited Cambodia back in 2012. I saw a starving kitten, scrounging around in the dirt for something to eat. Anything. There was nothing I could do about it, and the memory haunts me still.
If you do go abroad, it’s not a bad idea to take along a little bag (or a few cans of) cat food to keep in your backpack.
I don’t recommend feeding dogs, as they can be wild and dangerous, but cats are generally pretty harmless as long as you don’t mess with them while they’re feeding.
If you stay somewhere for a long time, you can make loyal cat friends that will visit you every day.
If you’re worried about parasites, diseases, and the like, you don’t have to touch them. Many of them, however, have been ignored for most of their lives and love a little interaction.
I won’t post the awful things I’ve seen, but these are a few examples to show how happy you can make a cat by just sneaking a piece of chicken out of a restaurant, or buying fish at a fish market, or even having a small bag of cat treats on hand.
I get a lot of strange looks whenever I do this, especially from the locals. They are struggling to survive themselves, after all.
Maybe it’s pointless. After all, it’s only one day, one meal. But, why not?