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Approximately 300 cats loll around virtually anywhere on campus, sometimes splayed across a staircase or on top of a wall.Cats entering public buildings are violating AUB's six-point, sternly worded cat policy, which is published on a special "Cats on Campus" section of the university's website.Against official policy, people continue to abandon strays and unwanted pets on AUB's campus, which is seen as a cat sanctuary of sorts, according to veterinarian Rosemarie Jaouhari, whom AUB contracts part time to oversee the cats' health care.Every morning, student affairs assistant Zena Jureidini, who volunteers as the feeder, arrives on campus around 6 a.m. Over two hours, she works her way through four official feeding stations that cater to the 250 cats on the upper campus."They are stray cats, and we should treat them [as strays]; they are not pets," Jaouhari said.The average life span of a stray cat is about 5-6 years, she said, as surviving the wild requires much more energy. Jureidini, who has 14 cats at home, sees the AUB cats as her "children," and brings them extra food, she said.
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