Cat lovers take note: a cool and effective documentary about cat overpopulation airs tonight on Global at 8 p.m. Justine Pimlott's Cat City follows cat lovers and rescuers as they comb the city to tend to feral cats, either by feeding them, giving them shelter, or getting them spayed.
In some cases, the cats stay in their own feral colony, like the felines on the Scarborough Bluffs, who are visited every day by their caregiver Robert Brydges.
Interesting that it's a guy doing the feeding. Usually cat rescuing is a female pursuit. In fact, the documentary Cat Ladies (Christine Callan-Jones) that screened at Toronto's documentary festival Hot Docs this year looks specifically at women who call themselves cat rescuers when in fact, they're cat hoarders.
Cat Ladies, a much edgier film than Cat City, makes the cat lovers the stars of the movie and, crucially, portrays them as very close to insane. Cat City takes a different approach. It's respectful to the point of reverential when it comes to the cat rescuers, but more important, it makes the animals themselves the stars - the film is extremely well shot and goes right down to the ground to get face to face with the furry creatures.
It also has a political goal: to expose the shameful fact that over 4,000 cats are killed by animal services in one year alone and to urge the city to make available accessible and affordable neutering services. It also fights back against neighbourhood opposition to the Scarborough Bluffs cat colony and the follow-up from the city's Family Services.
Not for cat lovers only. [rssbreak]