I've heard that up to 90% of all feral cats either have or are carriers of FELV and the feline verison of HIV. Which means that they are even more dangerous to people who let their cats outside.
after reading another discussion on another board you are probably more accurate them i am. apparently MANY people who manage feral colonies do not even test the feral cats ... out of the ones who DO test they release positive cats back out into the colonies as long as they are asymptomatic at the time of testing.
nothing like perpetuating the diseases and allowing these animals to eventually suffer a slow miserable death from the disease.
Well Scout, they may be sick and producing litter after litter of more sick kittens. But according to Diesel, they are happy starving to death outside no matter what the weather, so we should just leave them be.
You make a good point. I never thought accurately of how many litters cats have compared to other animals. Well, I didn't know how many litters wild animals have per year. I hope to God one day that people will come to their senses and just get their animals fixed. During my life span (between me, my mom and my sisters) we have had over twenty cats. They have all been fixed. Mind you my mom had 12 cats at one point, most of them were rescues. She found good homes for 9 of them and they were of course all fixed. My sister has two beautiful cats and she wated to let her one cat Annie go outside and breed cause she figured she'd have beautifal kittens. I told her if she didn't fix her "yesterday" then I would. So she did.
Diesel-sorry for being so mean, but cats are really a sore spot for me. I live out in the country, so I see first hand what happens to cats when people just drop them off thinking that some kind farmer will take them in. In just the last 2 years, I have personally taken 12 cats in to be spayed/neutered that weren't even mine. Some were tame, some were incredibly wild and took forever to get them. But they are all now taken care of. My brother in law lives about a mile away, and he has the same problem. He also is on a first name basis with his vet, lol! I'm glad you take care of your cats. Hopefully, now that you are volunteering at a shelter, you can get the word out to more people that cats just aren't safe outside any more than a dog would be.
Diiesal Brown, i et what you are trying to say...since cats can fend for selves, why bring them to shelters and have them euthanized???
The sad thing is, in shelters, cats are almost never adopted...whenever I am volunteering at an SPCA, all the visitors there are crowded around the dogs...there is never anyone in the cat room...
Here's what I think. When someone finds a stray cat, they bring in to the SPCA...then the people there take it to the vet to have it castrated...and then returns it back into the "wild". This way, the cat gets to continue living...but doesn't breed and start a big mass of feral cats, as Dusty said...
READ THIS : The offspring of an unspayed female cat can total over 80 million cats! An unaltered male and female cat, plus all their kittens and their kittens' kittens producing two litters a year can add up to 80, 399, 780 feral cats!!
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In Dallas,TX they are going to make it a law that you have to have a permit to feed feral cats. The city is rounding them up and euthanising them, even though there's a lady willing to feed them and trap them to spay neuter. Go figure.....
For starters, no pet should be expected to go out and fend for themselves it is just cruel. Just as wild animals should not be kept in captivity. Cats aren't lions or tigers......they are little domestic animals.
Secondly, I have suggested to some the possibility of cat ownership because they do not want to take the time or the patience that comes with owning a dog. You can't tell me that me training my dogs to go to the bathroom outside, proper manners around strangers, not to chew up things, crate trainging etc... is just the same as cat ownership.
I own two cats. So before I get flamed for being a damn cat hater, let me just say this.... I enjoy the fact that my cats are so independent and do not require as much of my time as my rockhead dogs. I love all animals, but it is a proven fact that a busy schedule and or apartment life for some, is easier with a feline companion.
Diesel, how are things going with the pup? Also with you and your boyfriend?
there is a feral cat program. They catch the cats fix them then let them go. In some places they put a notch in there ear that way they wont be killed. People are leaving food and water out for them too. I think they shoudl to that everywere I wish they had a program like that her e
Cat Predation Americans keep an estimated 60 million cats as pets. Let's say each cat kills only one bird a year. That would mean that cats kill over 60 million birds (minimum) each year - more wildlife than any oil spill.
Scientific studies actually show that each year, cats kill hundreds of millions of migratory songbirds. In 1990, researchers estimated that "outdoor" house cats and feral cats were responsible for killing nearly 78 million small mammals and birds annually in the United Kingdom.
University of Wisconsin ornithologist, Dr. Santley Temple estimates that 20-150 million songbirds are killed each year by rural cats in Wisconsin alone.
Feline predation is not "natural." Cats were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians and taken throughout the world by the Romans. Cats were brought to North America in the 1800's to control rats. The "tabby" that sits curled up on your couch is not a natural predator and has never been in the natural food chain in the Western Hemisphere.
Cats are a serious threat to fledglings, birds roosting at night and birds on a nest. Research shows that de-clawing cats and bell collars do not prevent them from killing birds and other small animals. For healthy cats and wild birds, cats should not be allowed to roam free.
Work with your local humane society, veterinarians and state wildlife agency to enact and enforce free-roaming cat regulations. For more information:
Free Roaming Cats. American Backyard Bird Society, PO Box 10046, Rockville, MD 20849.
Cats: A Heavy Toll on Songbirds. by Rich Stallcup. Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 4990 Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach, CA 94924.
Is there a Killer in Your House? by George Harrison, National Wildlife Magazine (October/November 1992).
Beware of Well-Fed Felines. by Peter Churcher and John Lawton, Natural History Magazine (July 1989).
If your letting your cat run free you are being ignorant of a serious problem!
***Edited By: foosdog on 3/1/2006 4:45:47 PM*** Reason: typo
well would like to live on the street not knowning if ur going to live or die not knowing if ur goin to eat that day or not or anyother thing that can happen thats why people with compassion take cats to the shelter so they wont die a bad death