Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests. The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually. Writing in Nature Communications, the scientists said stray and feral cats were the worst offenders. However, they added that pet cats also played a role and that owners should do more to reduce their impact. The authors concluded that more animals are dying at the claws of cats in the United States than in road accidents, collisions with buildings or poisonings.
Comments: The annual migration of woman to fit into that "Cat Woman" outfit at Halloween takes a toll on those of US approaching retirement age. [I guess it beats a heart attack during an earthquake].
Lets get rid of all the cats in the world and then the dogs and then the cows, pigs, goats and horses, but first lets get rid of all the morons, socialists, communists, and all enemies of freedom. That would include Oppressive Politicians, maniacal "religious" groups who wish to kill all who do not believe in their brand of paganism. And last all the animals listed above, unless popular opinion has changed.
We recently had a Python round up here in South Florida, all of the captured non native snakes were destroyed. My plan involved catching them alive, placing tracking chips in them, then releasing them in areas with large feral cat populations. So far no one from the state has returned my calls.
How come EVERYTHING I like is someone else´s anti crusade?? Cats, tobacco , adult beverages, fast hot cars and motorcycles, church , trans fats, salt , butter, guns, ammo , marriage with a member of the opposite sex, , American military and her Consritution , big pharma, big oil ..??
Seriously, 50 years ago I had a cat that would lie in wait in weeds near a pond while swifts raced across the pond eating bugs. When the birds came overhead he would leap up and get one nearly every time. Lots of fun to watch.
From my point of view, it is arguable that Egypts´ problems began when they killed all the pigs. Literally sent the whole country into a tailspin when the pigs weren´t there to eat the edible garbage which led to garbage pile up and all that that brings. They will never recover. Screwing with the status quo just to be doing something is never a good idea.
Just like killing all the cats would bring back the plague because plague carrying rats began to proliferate when they didn´t have cats to keep them in check. Look it up.
#1, We moved to Durham, NC, in 1992 and licensing was already in effect. Here in the Charleston metro area there is a three-cat limit but no licensing.
Because we have indoor cats we have no insects in the house. The only mouse that made it in was held in the mouth--gently--of a 16lb cat who proudly presented it to me. I was able to release it outside.
The outdoor cat from next door takes care of the voles and moles who dig in the yard and kill plants. I understand she also keeps the flying roach population in check. While I have found a number of vole and mole bodies, I have found only one unfortunate bird--and that could have flown into a nearby window first.
If you ask me about hawks and other meat-eating birds, I can tell you I´ve seen them catch untold numbers of birds, as have many of my neighbors.
I´m of the opinion that those who don´t like cats have a lot to do with this movement. Anecdotally, I have observed that the vast majority of people who dislike cats are liberals. Not all, but a majority. Honest! I think it´s because most cats tend to be less "emotionally" needy than dogs and have an independent nature. If they voted, most cats would vote Republican.
I would like to kill all those nasty SOB´s. I spend alot of time in the woods deer hunting and feral cats are by far the most frequent animal I see. In virginia, you used to be able to kill them, but now its against the law.
No cats prowl our neighborhood but the songbirds have all disappeared over the past two years. (I´ve never seen a cat, no tracks in the soil or snow, don´t know anyone nearby who owns one, etc.) The only addition to the neighborhood was a red tailed hawk that became proficient at picking off the little birds. The hawks might also have something to do with keeping the cat population down.
I miss having my own little vole and mole eater. He also kept the rabbits away from my garden. We used to have a bunch of semi-feral cats down the street, but their home (a disabled truck) was finally removed. Saw one of them get a baby rabbit last spring from my neighbors yard. They keep down the varmits for sure.
Living near the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach I can testify to the fact that Norway rats are a gigantic issue. Were it not for the feral cats these packs of big rats would intimidate people, dogs, even pit bulls! One, alone is almost as big as a cat, yet the cat wins the fight.
Yeah, liberals ´´win.´´ Kill off the feral cats. Let the Norway rats have the cities.
I probably have 25-50 wild mice in my basement right now (cold outside). The only thing that is keeping them down there and not upstairs with me is two cats, which both want to go down and visit the mice.
I have indoor cats. They kill a lot of red lights, stuffed toy mice and rabbit fur balls. However, they do kill spiders. I HATE spiders and I will not discourage their behavior. One cat in particular likes to pick them up in his mouth, bite it once, spit it out on the lanoleum and then play with it to death. Works for me.
We used to live in Marin County, CA. About 15-20 yrs ago a housing development was proposed in San Rafael near the wetlands. The environmentalists went crazy because of some endangered mouse that lived in the area. So the county issued the permits with the stipulation that none of the buyers could have cats. I kid you not. We have since moved, but the last I heard they were being taking over by rodents so they were rethinking the policy. Gee, you think! You can´t make this stuff up.
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