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What shall we do with
these killer cats?

Washington Post, by Charles Lane

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 2/4/2013 10:50:12 PM

Former president George W. Bush’s dog Barney has gone to that great kennel club in the sky. But I’ll bet Barney died smiling. He lived to see the day when humans finally acknowledged that cats are a menace. In fact, government-affiliated scientists have produced statistical proof of feline perfidy, in a new study showing that cats stalk and kill 2.4?billion birds and 12.3?billion mammals in the United States each year, give or take a few billion. This “kill rate” is two to four times higher than previously believed

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: halfnorsk, 2/4/2013 10:54:39 PM     (No. 9158829)

Until this news came out this month, the reduction in song birds evoked the usual knee-jerk explanation: Global warming.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/4/2013 10:56:30 PM     (No. 9158832)

cop-killer cats

gonna need to tighten our national leash law...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 2/4/2013 11:17:14 PM     (No. 9158862)

I imagine most of the mammals killed by cats are what we term "vermin," rats, mice, moles, etc. so who cares? If fat cats equal less rats I´m all for it. I do hate it when one of my 6 cats kills a bird, especially a bluebird or cardinal, but there are plenty left, and occasionally they get one of those nasty blue jays which makes it all worthwhile. And we won´t mention Alabama snakes. If the cats keep them away from me I´m happy.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: DocH, 2/4/2013 11:28:16 PM     (No. 9158874)

You can have my cats when you pry them from ... nah. You can never have my cats. They are conservatives. They eat pests alive.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/4/2013 11:39:31 PM     (No. 9158886)

Declare open season on them the way we have on feral hogs in Texas.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jack44, 2/4/2013 11:42:51 PM     (No. 9158893)

Whenever I see a cat loose in the woods or fields while hunting, there is one less cat in the world. Dogs have to be on a leash, and cats should have to be also. Cats are responsible for the predation of countless game species.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: msjena, 2/4/2013 11:47:00 PM     (No. 9158900)

Cats on a leash--that´s a good one! I´ll bet cats haven´t killed nearly as many animals as cars have. As for my cats, they have never been outside.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: nocuol, 2/4/2013 11:47:52 PM     (No. 9158902)

I love cats as I do dogs. Despite their sometimes bad press they are kind, effectionate, and loyal friends. People who would do harm to them intentionally are sick, disgusting, bullies and need to be recognized as such.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lil dotty, 2/5/2013 12:13:01 AM     (No. 9158920)

The government, just looking for another way to spend their loot stolen from WTP. Cats are liberals in disguise. They speak their own language, live in trees and have nine lives I´ve nothing against cats - the keep the rat population under control. However, I´m more of a dog lover.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: mustang flyer, 2/5/2013 12:43:19 AM     (No. 9158938)

While stationed in Germany my hunting host advised me that cats are a major destructive force in the game bird population and are considered predators if found a certain amount of meters from the nearest dwelling and can be shot without restrictions as to numbers ´taken´...all hunting in Germany is very rigidly controlled so I was surprised when ´kitty´ was non-grata in the woods. Made sense to me, cutie feline was fed and slept at home but terrorized the nearby fields for sport to keep the hunter-killer instinct in shape...we ´removed´ all the offending tabbies we found and not a word was said by anyone ( other than ´good shot)... the pheasants, quails, grouse, woodcocks, and other aviary inhabitants got a reprieve from that quarter.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BreakRight, 2/5/2013 1:55:25 AM     (No. 9158971)

Beg to differ, number 9... cats will rustle their own dinner if you don´t provide one, choose their own friends, clean themselves, and amuse themselves. Dogs are needy, noisy, always looking for a handout or trying to get you to do something for them. Both are affectionate, dogs overly so. I like them both, but to me, cats are independents and dogs are the liberals.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: PChristopher, 2/5/2013 2:03:02 AM     (No. 9158975)

What progressive imbecile started this anti-cat campaign I´ve been seeing with increasing frequency?! Somehow, I don´t think we´re going to run out of birds due to cats. Cats also do a lot to keep the rodent population in check...I just wish there was something they could do about the two-legged rats in the ´White´ House.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/5/2013 3:00:12 AM     (No. 9159002)

I agree with #8 and #12, in spades, and had to chuckle at #2, given his name!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/5/2013 3:02:44 AM     (No. 9159003)

Also agree with #7 and my cats are also always strictly indoors.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: SpencersMom, 2/5/2013 3:46:44 AM     (No. 9159017)

I get ferociously angry at the lack of leash laws for cats. Dogs can´t roam free why not cats also? The average life span of a cat allowed to roam outside is 3 years. Why is it considered a life of torture for a cat to be inside? I have 5 treasured babies who are very happy living indoors.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/5/2013 4:10:40 AM     (No. 9159024)

Phooey on WaPoo and if anyone dares hunt one of my cats, they will be hunted down, tortured and killed. You do NOT dare touch my children. I have 17 because, besides our own cats and a couple of rescues that were abandoned, I take care of a feral family which I performed TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) on. Now they are all fixed, they keep the rats and vermin away, they so NOT hunt birds, and they give me lots of love. Cats are conservative...they believe in Freedom and deserve it. If I ever catch someone harming a cat, it will be the day they regret they were born!!! I am a strong advocate of TNR. If you find feral strays, please contact Alley Cat Allies. They will send someone to do TNR which is not only the most humane way to deal with them, but it keeps the population down as well as stops other ferals from moving in.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/5/2013 4:15:56 AM     (No. 9159025)

One more thing...when people previously thought cats were a nuisance and got rid of them, the rats brought the plague (the Black Death) and half the human population died. That is probably what this lefty is hoping will happen again. Leftists want to get rid of a large portion of the population...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/5/2013 4:58:40 AM     (No. 9159038)

I´ve seen a lot less birds over the past several years,especially sparrows which have all but disappeared. My understanding was that its caused by different stains of the bird flu killing them by the millions.
This problem with cats has seen to come out of no where.

When you start messing with people´s pets,it´s the same or worse than messing with people´s guns.But nosy liberals never know when to reel it in.

A lot of my customers are elderly and when I go to their houses,I can see they see their dog or cat as a kid.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: toodles3956, 2/5/2013 5:59:47 AM     (No. 9159066)

It still all goes back to people not spaying or neutering their pets resulting in over population of feral cats and they need to eat, hence-bye bye birdie!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: kOok, 2/5/2013 7:27:58 AM     (No. 9159166)

The tendency to kill vermin is precisely why I have cats in the first place. My beloved Kookette and I have four cats, and the only small animals that tread in our garden are those who are depressed and are looking to commit suicide

And, oh yeah, they are wonderful, loving companions. Count me as one guy that is a cat person! If the libs come after our furkids, well, they´ll have a fight on their hands.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: civilservant, 2/5/2013 8:59:38 AM     (No. 9159343)

To say that cars- which have been around for approximately 100 years- have killed more animals than Cats-which have been around FOREVER- is insipid.

One may love cats, but please keep a firm grip on reality.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: anotherctyankee, 2/5/2013 10:48:18 AM     (No. 9159589)

#14 reply is right on and I forgive all the times I don´t agree with you. LOL. My little rescue was neutered as was her kittens. My vet found the kittens a home, but the momma stayed here.


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Reply 23 - Posted by: anotherctyankee, 2/5/2013 10:51:19 AM     (No. 9159598)

...as were..
How embarrassing.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/5/2013 10:54:13 AM     (No. 9159601)

So let me get this straight, #6 and #10, you don´t want cats to kill game species because it deprives you of killing them yourselves?

I live on a small farm in an old house and I´m happy that my cats take out the local vermin. If you´ve ever had mice get into your house, you know that they cause all kinds of damage and are also a health hazard. My cats rarely kill birds as there is an abundance of rodents in the fields and woods on our property. In fact, I´ve been watching one of my cats out hunting in the back pasture as I´ve been reading Lucianne this morning. She´s just doing her job and what comes naturally. I thought libs were all for ´natural´.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Hammock, 2/6/2013 12:47:34 PM     (No. 9161945)

I had a couple of cats who killed mice and rats in the yard. They lived well into their teens. One day one of them asked to be fed, but I was busy in the yard, so he went to the back fence line, killed 2 mice and ate them in front of me. I resolved to feed him later and later.

Present kitty is too naive to let loose so she is lying on the deck right now in her harness and on a leash.

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