What risks face cats who go outside? Should cats be indoors or out? Is there a way of letting cats outside safely? What are some of the reasons why people keep cats indoors only? Is it okay to let my cat outside? Why do some people not let their cat go outside? Do indoor cats live longer?
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Many areas now have laws forbidding cats to wander off their owners property, while other areas have no laws regarding cat restrictions at all. But . . . should cats be allowed outside by their owners irregardless of the law allowing them out?
To start off with, unvaccinated cats and kittens should certainly never go outside. They face many risks, some of which are deadly. Even if only exposed to vaccinated cats, they can still contact deadly diseases--including feline leukemia (often called feline AIDS).
Additionally, cats who are not spayed or neutered should not be allowed out. Pregnancy might seem cute, but yearly millions of cats and kittens are euthanized in the USA alone because more are born than there are homes for. Cats who are not fixed also run greater risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease and are more likely to roam and be lost.
There is no reason an owner cannot prevent a cat from getting out by accident. Children can easily be taught that if the cat is by the door it must be moved before they can go out. Once children are old enough to go out and in by themselves they are old enough to understand this. A cat who is consistently not allowed out, and who is taught to stay away from the door will not get out accidentally.
At the point the cat is spayed or neutered, and fully vaccinated, the decision can be made whether it is to be let out at all or kept as an indoor-only pet.
photo by Author -
Some of the Risks of going out are:
- Disease. Even vaccinated pets can get sick.
- Parasites. Worms and fleas. Mosquitoes can spread heartworm to cats - for cat there is no cure for heartworm.
- Killing and Eating Mice and Birds. Not a risk to the cat directly, but this is one way they get parasites, as well; and particularly when they kill birds, it makes people angry.
- Angry Neighbors. It is not uncommon for cats to be poisoned, or go missing, due to angry neighbors.
- Cat Fights. This could be a major vet bill.
- Hit by a Car. This is the most common problem; owners are always surprised when their cat is hit by a car, often saying that the cat has been going out for years with no problems. Well . . . there is always a first time.
- Attacked by a Dog. Some dogs have a huge prey drive and will kill cats as part of their nature--Huskies and sighthounds being such dogs. Other times their owners actually encourage them to hunt and kill cats, or the dogs simply were not socialized correctly with cats. It cannot be assumed that a cat will run from a dog, in fact many declawed cats have been observed trying to fight a dog rather than run.
- Tortured for Fun. Along the same lines of the angry neighbor, it is not unheard of for people to torture pets for sick pleasure.
- Stolen and Resold to Research Labs. It is legal to take free pets and sell them to research labs. It is illegal to steal them for this purpose, but it does happen.
- Encountering other Animals. Such as skunks, who spray, or raccoons, who can kill cats. Kittens can easily be picked up and carried off by birds of prey. Coyotes will also kill (and eat) cats.
- Trapped in a Garage or Shed. Curious cats often enter garages and sheds, if unnoticed they could be shut in and may starve, or die of dehydration.
Cats who are indoors-only are safe, and no, it is not cruel. A person would never suggest it is cruel to keep babies and toddlers inside, and cats should be seen as no different.
If a person really wants to allow their cat out, they can train it for walking on a harness, or build a cat section for it. If done next to the house the cat can have a window access and come and go as it pleases.
Photo of one of my cats in a fenced in cat section, you can see the wire in the background.
Cats who are indoors only should have a place they can look out the window and should have a variety of toys. They might enjoy a companion to keep themselves exercised.
On the whole, cats who are kept indoors live longer, healthier, lives, but this is not to say that some people do not have very old outdoor cats, it just means that many who go outside will not have a full, natural lifespan.
The issue of whether cats should be allowed out has been hotly debated for some time. If you are going to let your cat out be sure it is vaccinated, spayed or neutered, has identification, and will be regularly dewormed. Try your best to prevent your cat from becoming a pest in the neighborhood. Never let a cat out on a cold day, if it becomes stuck outdoors it can freeze to death or lose its ears from frostbite.
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to Phil. In general cats do not wander more than a few blocks if they are spayed or neutered, it is the cats that are not fixed that are often the problem. Breeding - fighting, and so forth.
I use to live in the city, before there was a by law about keeping your cat on your property I had an angry neighbor who told me if he saw a cat in his yard he would shoot it. Where I lived at the time shooting cats was against the law, also I knew my cats were not the problem (there was an unneutered cat that was owned by people across the street, he use to spray my front door), as well as other strays... cat haters are one reason why cats are safer in doors. Even if cats mostly stay in their neighborhood there is still a risk of a cat hater moving in, or of cars hitting them or of diseases and worms spreading.
It is a risk people need to be aware of. I had my yard fenced so my cats could not leave it.
In our tiny town for some reason all the cats are let out. That makes me glad that most owners here have enough sense to spay/nuetere and vacinate their cat, or we'd have about three thouthand cats without owners. Most cats are split up by the streets they live on and do not leave them, because all the cats protect their streets fiercely. Does that make the problem better or worse?
Whoops I did not notice that last comment cut off. As far as
birds go - sky scrapers kill millions of migrating birds a year,
major cities have crews that come in and clean them up in the night
- also in countries such as Cyprus and Pakistan they are netted by
the thousands and served up as food.
uh, Dave, did you not read the part where I say cats should be
indoors or in a cat enclosure? If you want to talk about "age old
excuses" I think you need to look at the one made by cat-haters,
who blame cats for killing other species and forget about the
damage humans have done. As far as
Ah yes, the age-old excuse of cat-advocates everywhere so they
never have to take responsibility nor be accountable for all the
destruction their cats cause and all the diseases they spread and
all the species they are forcing to the brink of extinction (it's
not just birds you know) ... it's everyone else's fault so they
never have to do anything about it nor even stop it. They just find
ways to justify it and make it continue.
Yep, got it, loud and clear. We all already know this about all
cat advocates. No accountability, no responsibility. No need to
prove it yet again. It's boring and common of all of you. Oh so
Dave, of course you can clearly see that I support having people
keep their cats indoors, or at least contained in a cat enclosure.
However.. I must point out that in the USA there are no humane
slaughter laws for birds, rabbits, or fish. And No it is not
illegal to torture animals worldwide - bullfighters are not the
only entertainment where animals are tortured to death, let us not
forget "animal testing" in which toothpaste is put in rabbits eyes
and so forth, surely that is torture? Or what about eating monkey
brains while the monkey is still alive? or kicking Karakul ewes
until they abort their lambs? Dog owners in most areas CANNOT be
fined unless the dog is off the owners property but if an animal
enters the dogs property and the dog kills it, they usually cannot
be fined. Now.. we must not forget, when we talk about the killing
of birds and other animals, it is not the cats who do most of the
killing. Most large cities have work crews that come in from 3-6 am
and clean up thousands of dead songbirds durring migrations, killed
my smacking into buildings. It is estimated that these buildings
kill more birds in a week than the city of cats kills in a year.
Also deforestation has meant birds no longer have nesting areas...
poisons used on "pests" in farmers fields kill farm more animals
than a cat could, and so forth. I think if you want to talk about
an Ecological disaster you should start talking about 7 BILLION
people because on the whole people have way more environmental
impact than do pet cats.
If it's illegal worldwide to torture animals using any method
(bullfighters seem exempt), then why are cat-owners allowed to
torture ALL wildlife with their cats? Cats don't just kill wildlife
humanely (like one can kill a feral cat with a well-aimed bullet),
cats torture any animal to play with it while it's still alive and
twitching with its entrails hanging out. It seems that the longer
they can keep an animal alive the more enjoyment that cats get out
of it. Shouldn't outdoor-cat owners and all TNR groups be charged
with this crime of animal-cruelty, fined heavily, and all of them
serving severe jail sentences? There seems to be a drastic
double-standard going on. They may not be torturing other animals
with baseball-bats or other weapons in their hands, but their cats
are just as much a tool of theirs.
Would a dog owner be fined with the crime of animal-cruelty if
they continually let their dog attack other animals? Of course, and
it's already happened, many times. Fined and convicted. It's in the
This drastic double-standard needs to be corrected. With the
fines that all cat-owners and TNR groups would have to pay we'd
have the money to clean up this ecological disaster they created.
Think of all the new jails that would have to be built to house
them all too, all the new jobs. We could turn this ecological
disaster into an economic recovery by finally making some use of
Throw some more red-herrings in front of you, they haven't
distracted you nor anyone else from the FACTS yet.
I'm amazed at the convoluted lengths you'll go to to protect the
parasites in your brain. You might be useful as a test subject in
the future, just to see how much control a lowly parasite can have
over the mind of one human.
Throw some more red-herrings in front of you, they haven't
distracted you nor anyone else from the FACTS yet.
I'm amazed at the convoluted lengths you'll go to to protect the
parasites in your brain. You might be useful as a test subject in
the future, just to see how much control a lowly parasite can have
over the mind of one human.
to Al D Too Funny. But I suppose if I were a parasite that
needed to infect cats, I too would try to alter a mouse's brain.
Now.. if you want to talk about mind control and turning people
into "pod people" you need to look up some facts on Floride! At
least toxoplasmosis is only temporary. I do think you are
Exaggerating a bit here, going a bit over board.. we have more to
fear from diseases spread by other humans than this one sometimes
spread by cats.. but then again.. the human overpopulation is a tad
out of control.. even the United Nations would agree with that
Why TNR and Cat Advocates Even Exist ...
It has been found that Toxoplasma gondii parasite is capable of
changing the brains of whatever organism it infests. In mice, they
lose the fear of cats and fear response to cat-urine. Making the
asexual portion of the Toxoplasma gondii life-cycle faster to
complete in order to replicate more quickly into its sexual
reproduction phase in all host cats. This loss of fear and
apprehension manifesting itself in humans in a similar manner, even
when common sense tells them they should depend on that sense of
fear or doubt for their own survival.
Here are other ways that this parasite have been known to alter
the thinking patterns of humans:
I strongly suspect that it might even be responsible for all
cat-lovers' wholly contradictory behavior of putting cats, all
other animals, and even all humans in harms way through their
adamant insistence of promoting TNR programs, just to ensure the
survival and spread of more Toxoplasma gondii parasites throughout
the food-chain and in more humans. They are, in effect, being
controlled against all reason and common sense by the very parasite
that is reproducing in their cats.
The stuff that sci-fi used to be made of come to reality.
Real-life "pod-people". They can't think nor reason beyond the need
of ensuring the survival of Toxoplasma gondii. It won't let
Way off.. I had one kid then had my tubes tied, because just as
I preach about spaying and neutering pets I also talk about human
overpopulation. The risk to pregnant woman is TINY when you really
understand the cycle of toxoplasmosis, the cat ONLY sheds it once
in its life and ONLY after becoming infected from an infected
mouse.. so its not like cats are walking around shedding this all
the time.. AND the woman then has to get it on her and AND put her
hands into her mouth - easily avoided, dont you think? AND even
then the risks are not throughout her pregnancy.. with the typical
problem being eye problems in the child. You are blowing your
paranoia out of proportion - stretching your information to scare
people.. would it not have been easier just to agree - that YES
cats should be kept indoors AND should be spayed or neutered to
reduce the growing unwanted cat population?
I suggest you educate yourself on Toxoplasma gandii. You've
displayed extreme ignorance in the matter. You fail to mention all
the pregnant women who lost their newborn to this disease, or the
extreme neurological damage it does to a fetus by causing
hydrocephaly and microcephaly. But then, cat-lovers care more about
themselves and their cats than even human infants. Thanks for
proving that again. What's the deal? Are you barren so you want all
other women to be barren too? You self-centered self-serving
Woodsman are you aware that most adults have already been
exposed to Toxoplasmosis? You are trying to say it is deadly, but
it is not, only a person with Aids or some other immune problem is
really at risk. As well I remind you that a person can get it from
eating beef, pork, and lamb. Now to say that you fed an infected
cat to wildlife I ask "infected with what" and "how do you know"
did you test the carcass to see if it was infected.. toxoplasmosis
would not kill wildlife, and if you fed wildlife a carcass with
something that would infect them you are possibly committing a
crime depending on the laws in your area. I am trying to encouage
people to keep cats indoors, you call me a moron, but what you say
makes you like like a Nutcase.
"Toxoplasma gondii is a species of parasitic protozoa in the
genus Toxoplasma. The definitive host of T. gondii is the cat,
but the parasite can be carried by many warm-blooded animals
(birds or mammals, including humans). Toxoplasmosis, the disease
of which T. gondii is the causative agent, is usually minor and
self-limiting but can have serious or even fatal effects on a fetus
whose mother first contracts the disease during pregnancy or on an
immunocompromised human or cat."
"The life cycle of T. gondii has two phases. The sexual part of
the life cycle (coccidia like) takes place only in cats, both
domestic and wild (family Felidae), which makes cats the parasite's
primary host. The second phase, the asexual part of the life cycle,
can take place in other warm-blooded animals, including cats, mice,
humans, and birds. The hosts in which asexual reproduction takes
place is called the intermediate host. Rodents are the typical
It is the CATS that are infecting the rodents you fool. It
cannot replicate in rodents NOR ANY OTHER SPECIES. Get rid of all
CATS and poof --- Toxoplasmosis becomes a thing of the past. No
rodents anywhere will ever have it again after those that have been
infected BY YOUR CATS have finally died. You pathetically IGNORANT
The time for just shooing them off your land is over. Now add a
T to the word “shooing” — if you value your life,
your family’s life, and that of all wildlife.
Cats pass disease to wildlife, even in remote areas.
Now tell us all what to do about your cats when they crap in our
gardens or on our lawns or in our woods (never-mind how much
wildlife they have already destroyed just by their behavior) so no
humans nor other animals die from it.
I know what I'll do, use my rifle again, but I'll be much more
careful of how I dispose of that carcass, to make sure that no
other wildlife nor humans can ever come in contact with it
Who do we send the bill to to clean up this massive ecological
disaster that you have created? Alley Cat Allies? It'd be a good
And for you hunters that shoot them for target practice (like
all hunters here do), please bury them now. If a wild animal eats
an infected cat carcass it will die from it. I know because I fed
some cat-meat to some wild animals here once, hoping I could make
use of a cat for something, and I never saw those animals again.
There's no other reason they disappeared, they were in my yard
every night for 2 years straight and then they never came back
after feeding them cat-meat. 2 adults and 4 of their offspring,
gone. If I had only known then what I know now.
As for the rest of you? If you don't want to die, your children,
pets, or have your wildlife die from a cat just defecating in your
yard or garden, the time has come to shoot all cats on
sight–-everywhere. It's the only way we'll be able to get
this problem under control. Whether anyone else condones it or not.
It's the only viable solution now. Buy a rifle, go take a firearms
education course, and start shooting. If your aim is good (get a
laser-sight to make this near fool-proof) this is a FAR more humane
method than any animal-shelter methods. One instant they are
enjoying stalking some prey to destroy and not eat (even more at
night, the laser-sight comes in handy then), the next moment they
are unconscious and DEAD DEAD DEAD. It doesn't get more humane than
that. And don't go telling me otherwise. I've done it many many
dozens of times now.
After you've shot all of them that you can find then be sure to
wear gloves when disposing of the cat-carcasses. Dispose by
incinerating them or burying them deeply enough so their remains
won't infect any more animals nor humans.
Either that, or take the namby-pamby pissant route that got us
to where we are now ... catch every one that you see (and don't
see) until all your lands and neighborhoods are 100% free of any
roaming cats. Then have them taken in to be tested and then
disposed of. OR put under MONITORED QUARANTINED living conditions
where they'll never again step foot outside, lest you have to catch
them and repeat this process all over again. And we all know what
happens when cats are put back in the hands of cat-lovers, don't
we. You know, your pissant solution we've used for decades. We're
dealing with that problem right now. YOU ALL FAILED, BIG TIME.
It's your time and money. Which way do you prefer to solve this
massive ecological-disaster that all these sociopathically
irresponsible and pathetically idiotic piece-of-s*** cat-lovers
caused for the whole world? If you're not going to be part of the
solution, then you are just as big a part of the problem.
The time for this action of shooting all cats on-sight was 20
Everyone needs to take this matter into their own hands now.
Lead or get the f*** out of the way. And we've all already seen
what everyone else's SPINELESS LEADERSHIP has caused.
Woodsman, you are hilarious, and thanks for proving my point,
that cats should be indoors because there are so many cat haters
who will hurt them if you let them out. However some of your points
are untrue. Cat lovers can be animal lovers - although not all are,
I agree there... some only THINK they are, but a real animal lover
would NOT let their cat wander the neighborhood to piss off people
like yourself.. You are misguided when you talk about cat poop in
the garden killing people! Cat poop can contain toxoplasmosis, this
comes from infected mice, so having a cat around reduces mice and
therefor reduces the risk over all.. a cat will ONLY shed the
toxoplasmosis ONCE in its life - when it is first infected.. AND
people can easily get this from uncooked meat, as well it is hardly
"deadly".. so you are WAY off the mark with that point.
Here's a little information to help you understand the behaviors
of cat-lovers and their cats. Now you'll know exactly why
cat-lovers do what they do. It really has nothing at all to do with
their concern for cats, nor even the lives of anyone nor anything
else, quite the opposite.
Human Territorial Behavior By Expendable Proxy
I have come to the inexorable conclusion that the vast majority
of cat-lovers and cat-owners that let their destructive
invasive-species roam free, and especially those that defend the
rights of feral cats to overtake public property and wildlife
areas, are only (cowardly) using cats as a proxy for their own
territorial behavior. Not unlike uneducated inner-city youth that
will disrespectfully and inconsiderately use loud music to
stake-out a territory for themselves. As long as they can have one
of their cats defecate in another's yard or destroy their property,
animals, and wildlife; and the yard-owner not have any recourse;
the cat-owner owns that territory. It's time to put a stop to them
using their "cute kitty" excuse for usurping and stealing others'
property. If they want territory they can damn well buy it just
like anyone else. Instead they're using underhanded, disrespectful,
and manipulative means. By putting (and sacrificing) live animals
in the path of their envy and greed. Again proving why they don't
care about cats nor anyone else at all. Cat-lovers only really want
your yard, garden, or forest while making all others and all other
animals suffer for what they can't have nor own. Bottom line--they
want to control you and your property. That's ALL that "cat-lovers"
are really after. It's why they don't care at all if their cat nor
any other animals, nor even other humans, get harmed by their goals
and (lack of) values in life.
The time for just shooing them off your land is over. You now
need to add a "t" to the word "shooing". Please read this. Your own
life as well as all wildlife is now in jeopardy.
Let's call this all for what it really is...
Cats pass disease to wildlife, even in remote areas:
Dear members of Vox Felina, members of Alley Cat Allies, and any
other feral-cat advocates and feral-cat relocation groups,
Here’s something that you really need to read:
biological warfare n. (Abbr. BW) The use of disease-producing
microorganisms, toxic biological products, or organic biocides to
cause death or injury to humans, animals, or plants.
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/biological-warfare
Given the above information about cats harboring dangerous
biological agents that are harmful to wildlife and humans (of which
you all were previously aware), as well as the cats themselves
being just as harmful if not more-so (this too of which you were
all aware), and the information about your TRUE territorial motives
(if you weren't aware of it before, you most certainly are now);
the fact that you want to infest public and private properties with
these harmful biological agents means that EACH AND EVERY ONE OF
YOU CAN AND WILL eventually be held responsible for the crimes that
you have committed and are committing against all of humanity and
all of nature.
May you all rot in prisons as soon as possible.
And as for the rest of you? If you don't want to die or have
your wildlife die from a cat just defecating in your yard or
garden, it’s time to shoot all cats on sight--everywhere.
It’s the only way we’ll be able to get this problem
under control now. Buy a rifle, go take a gun course, and start
shooting. Wear gloves when disposing of the cat-carcasses, by
incinerating them or burying them deeply enough so their remains
won’t infect any more animals nor humans. Either that, or
catch every one that you see until all your lands and neighborhoods
are 100% free of any roaming cats. Then have them taken in to be
tested and then disposed of. Or put under monitored quarantined
living conditions where they'll never step foot outside ever again,
lest you have to catch them and repeat this process all over again.
(And we all know what happens when cats are put back in the hands
of cat-lovers, don't we. We're dealing with that problem right
now.) It’s your time and money. Which way do you prefer to
solve this massive ecological-disaster that all these
sociopathically irresponsible and pathetically idiotic
piece-of-s*** cat-lovers caused for the whole world?
Don't, for even one moment, fall for the song and dance about
cat-lovers being animal-lovers, they are anything but that. They
don't give one damn about any other animals nor even other humans.
Cat-lovers are just like cats, the only thing they care about are
Their TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs are a dismal failure
too. A smokescreen and time & money waster. Don't let anyone
try to convince you otherwise. Do a search online for the truth
about all TNR failures. Cats are a human bred and engineered animal
for man's purposes. They are NOT native to any continent nor
habitat on this whole planet. They have no more place out in the
natural world than some genetically engineered insect that, if
released out in nature, would devour all life in the countryside.
JUST AS CATS DO.
Those invasive-species that are released will still be
decimating the food-chain for all native wildlife. In most areas
predators that could destroy these invasive cats have also been
destroyed. If you feed a TNR cat colony they kill even more
wildlife. A well-fed cat kills more animals than a starving one.
They don't stop killing other animals just because they're no
longer hungry. The healthier they are the more they kill. It's what
they do, it's what they are. Lousy little killing machines, nothing
It's not just the loss of bird populations either. Feral cats
and farmers that let theirs roam free have decimated the natural
food-chain in my woods. The resident foxes, owls, and other
predator animals no longer had a food source. The feral cats
destroyed all the smaller animals that all others depended on. The
native species all starved to death. That's what cats do to ALL
I live where it is perfectly legal to defend your property and
animals from destruction by others' animals. I lost count after
dispatching the first 20 piece-of-s*** vermin with a good .22,
outfitted with laser-sight and zoom rifle-scope. I didn't have to
waste even one bullet, making this solution highly economical as
well. Think of how many dollars and hours of your lives that you
have spent trapping, transporting, calling, complaining, restoring
damaged property, et.al. ... and still all the problems that these
useless cat-lovers have caused remains. If your aim is good this is
far more humane than methods that "humane" societies use. Instead
of dying a slow death by animal-shelter methods they don't even
know they've been shot. It is now the preferred method for
disposing of feral cats in many states. (In fact, shooting is too
good for them. By all rights, to make things perfectly even, they
should be made to starve a slow death, just like they caused to all
the predator wildlife. Or maimed to die a slow death, just like
they did to all the prey they destroyed. But I'm not as inhumane as
cats and cat-lovers are.)
It's time to give cats and cat-lovers the same consideration and
respect that they have for all humans and all wildlife--that means
NONE. Don't waste your time arguing with disrespectful,
inconsiderate, and ignorant cat-lovers either, as I stupidly tried
to do too many times in the past. Just do what needs to be done and
there'll be nothing to argue about.
This year owls and foxes have returned to my woods. Through a
large effort of my own, including raising and releasing native mice
and voles to help repopulate the species that their piece-of-s***
cats destroyed. Their lousy cats are finally gone. But I'll shoot
again on first-sight the first chance I get (and anyone who tries
to stop me from doing what needs to be done). The rewards for
ridding one's land of ALL cats and restoring the native wildlife
population are far too great.
If you don't live in an area where a firearm can be used legally
then I offer another humane method to counter the myriad problems
that disrespectful and inconsiderate cat-lovers cause for everyone
and all wildlife.
Google for: pot mod laser. Get these blue or green lasers for
about 5$-$10 off of ebay. You can easily increase their output to
100mw or more. I find that filing a small hole in the side of the
barrel makes it easier to reach the potentiometer than disassembly
and risking ruining it. I also found the blue lasers are more
powerful than the green ones when pot-modded, lighting a match much
Anytime you see a cat off of an owner's property use a
pot-modded laser on it. If you blind a cat in one eye they'll lose
their depth perception, unable to hunt as effectively. If you blind
them in both eyes they'll stay home near their food dish. This is
instant and painless. It's even more humane than declawing. Plus
the cat owner can still lavish all the attention it wants on the
cat, even more now that it's staying home. This method is also
anonymous. In daytime nobody will even know it happened or who did
it -- for those of you who don't want to confront the inconsiderate
cat-lovers. Just treat that laser carefully at all other times so
you don't harm the vision of any other life out there or yourself.
(Google for high-power laser precautions.)
I keep one in my pocket for those cats that are too difficult to
shoot cleanly with a .22. I don't like to see any animal suffer. If
I can't get a clean shot then they get blinded.
The drastic problems that cat-lovers have created by their
blatant disrespect and lack of consideration for their environment,
all other humans, and all animals now requires drastic actions by
all those who actually care. It takes real strength of heart to do
the right thing. Now that the cat-lovers know this will happen to
their cats, maybe they'll keep them indoors where they damn well
belong, to prove they actually care. Win win all around. Blind a
few cats in your area, see if any of them actually do care about
their cats or your property and wildlife. I bet they'll still not
really give a damn.
Problem solved. I lost count after 20 of the lousy vermin were
dispatched with a .22. No sense arguing with
animal-lover-hypocrites. It's a waste of time and their
irresponsible and disrespectful ideology will not change. They're
MORONS, pure and simple. The best part? I found a family of
opossums that will take advantage of a cat-carcass as a food
supply. It's about time that cats were finally giving back to the
very food-chain that they've been decimating for decades. Let more
of your cats roam free, I know of some healthy opossum offspring
that would like some protein.
To Woodsman While I dont generally support cats being outside
(especially in the city) to blame them for the destruction of
wildlife isnt all fair... human activities have more to blame than
cats. Indeed people should keep better care of their cats and try
to keep them indoors or in a enclosure (similiar to dogs)... But..
let us remember foxes and owl are also eating animals that have
eaten herbicides and pesticides (by eating insects, rabbits,
etc...) and this is also responsible for their demise... in many
areas owls will even catch and eat cats!
Cat-lovers are the purest form of hypocrite. They claim to love
animals but they don't care about any animal but their self-serving
cats. Their cats which destroy the food-chain for all native
animals. Once they set foot outside they are nothing but an
invasive and destructive species to the native habitat. I haven't
heard an owl in over 15 years nor seen a fox in 10 years due to
lousy cats destroying (not eating) all the owls' and foxes' food
sources. They also decimate any pheasant, grouse, wild-turkey, and
any other ground-nesting birds' nests. TNR (trap, neuter, release)
policies have been proved to not work. It doesn't reduce their
numbers one bit and they're still out there decimating the wildlife
populations. You need only search the net to find out what a dismal
failure they are and what a useless burden they are to the
tax-payer. The best way to get rid of cats is with a 22 rifle.
Strap a little laser-pointer on the barrel and just wait for them
to pass through your yard at night. They are regularly used for,
and only good for, target practice in the area where I live. All
good hunters and environmentalists know to get rid of them. Shoot
on sight. It would help too if there was a mandatory $1000 fine for
every person who allowed their cat to roam outside. Cats without
bells and tags would then be fair game for target practice. Those
with a tag and found outside get the owners fined, with incremental
$1000 increases in fines per violation. These irresponsible and
hypocritical self-serving pet-owners will not change unless they
are forced to.
I don understand why people can be so comfortable with their
cats going outdoors alone. Diseases can be healed but torturing
from humans is so horrible. I never let my cat go outside without
I think it's sad really that so many people allow their cats to
roam the outdoors. I used to this, but not anymore after my cat
came back beat up. There are so many cats that roam wild around my
area, so it always worries me if I let mine loose.
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