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(Orlando Sentinel)   One state is seeing a battle between feral cats and birds   ( orlandosentinel.com) divider line
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2014-03-30 08:23:58 AM  
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arkansized: As long as there are great owls and bald eagles in our neck of the woods, the feral cats don't have a prayer.

/.410 also

Feral cats and pigs are killing machines and should be shot on site.
2014-03-30 02:18:40 PM  
1 vote:
As much as I love cats, I recognize that next to habitat destruction, they are the greatest risk to our native song bird population.  When I was a child, our family cat was allowed to roam and would inevitably kill and bring home all sorts of birds and small animals.  The numbers were significant, and there is no telling how many creatures she killed and then ate or simply left for dead.

While I never liked the fact that my cat was killing all sorts of creatures, I never gave it too much thought, racking it up to natural cat behavior.  I never stopped to think how cats across the country were killing similar numbers of birds and how that aggravate number might compromise song bird populations.

That cat has long since died, but if I was to obtain another cat it would be confined to my house.
2014-03-30 12:34:13 PM  
1 vote:

SquiggsIN: BitwiseShift: Just looked up in rage from this article to see the feral birds eating the fixed feral cats food.

As far as fixing the problem, BP has a solution.

Fixed ferals being fed attracts non-fixed ferals into an unnatural population that will inevitably breed and you cannot catch and fix them all and you're an idiot if you think you can.  STOP FEEDING farkING CATS.  They are predators with teeth and claws and instincts, they don't need us, they are more capable in the wild than humans are!

I had a senile old lady next door to me who fed the ferals.  Every now and then the mobile neuter clinic would come by to trap and release, but as you say, non-fixed ferals still arrive and breed.

Cat colonies aren't nice.  Many are injured or diseased.  I buried more than one kitten that made its way to my side of the fence before passing on.  Once the old lady kicked the bucket and the feeding stopped, those that could move on did, the others (the sick and injured) died soon.

I think trap and release is the best way to deal with existing colonies, but the goal should be to prevent colonies and the way to do that is not put out food for them.  If there's a friendly one you like, take him to the vet and then bring him in.  We did that with our friendly fellow and he's been ever grateful.
2014-03-30 10:19:08 AM  
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TheDirtyNacho: Gotta love Peta's "ethical" solution is to kill them.

I do find it a little strange that they bemoan cats dying in the wild and their solution is to kill them in captivity.
2014-03-30 08:26:12 AM  
1 vote:
"I don't think any true cat lovers would like to see cats left on the streets, chased by dogs, shot with arrows and pellet guns, set on fire, poisoned or torn apart by coyotes. These cats do not die kindly on the streets."

I read that last line like a street-smart film noir private eye.  He's standing around with the cops at a foggy murder scene. Multiple plastic sheets are spread on the dark pavement.  He shakes his head, lights a cigarette, and says, "It's a damn shame, Captain Spade, but these cats do not die kindly on the streets." He walks off into the night as the overhead camera pulls away and a sad saxophone plays.
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