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In Defense of Cats: Those Toxic Planet-Killing Pets


Animals  (tags: cats, animals, society, stupid, birds, animalrights, animalwelfare )

Julie
- 630 days ago - shine.yahoo.com
Why is everyone hating on cats? Some guy in New Zealand wants them banned from his country. Some other guy in England says they're destroying the planet. And now a study in the U.S. has earned cats the title of "cold blooded killers." All because--



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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 10:41 pm
As much as i like, and often admire, cats (and some of them were amongst my best friends, like family even) i'd point out that 1) i dislike the idea of holding any CARNIVORE as a 'pet' and 2) that cats are, in many places, an invasive (and often endangering native ones) species (but then, so of course are we, homo 'sap.sap')
 

Elizabeth S. (1)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:35 pm
It's not the cats' fault it's the people for not spaying or neutering their pets. There won't be feral cats eating native birds if it wasn't for too many cats, not enough homes, and neglectful owners who leave their cat to fend for themselves.
 

Danuta Watola (1205)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:50 am
noted
 

Ginger Geronimo (443)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:49 am
Ever since that idiot in New Zealand started his campaign against cats, it seems that cat haters to coming out of the woodwork.
 

Sheila S. (63)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:55 am
I'll take that 'little gang of hooligans" any day! (see photo caption)
 

Brian M. (199)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:23 am
I love cats, specifically I love indoor cats. Feral cats, however, are essentially a manmade problem. We have introduced these animals to many places where life has evolved free from feline predators. Cats in these environments behave the way all invasive, alien species do: they devastate the native wildlife. Surely, the fauna native to these fragile ecosystems has at least as much right to exist and to continue existing as the cats? Short of extermination, the only other solution is for cat activists to create facilities to rescue feral cats, sterilize them, care for them, and maintain them, because no invasive species has any right to disrupt ecosystems anywhere.
 

Gloria picchetti (296)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:13 am
Domestic cats should be inside. They can kill the couch or something.
 

Thomas P. (468)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:19 am
Noted...thanks Julie. I have news for those who speak negatively about feral cats. Every one of the cats I have ever had, except for one, was at one time a feral cat, and there are dozens of my friends that have taken in at least one feral cat. Moreover, they are definitely not an "invasive" species...where is the science behind that statement? Finally, I feel that no person who expects to be taken seriously can claim to love cats and say that extermination is a viable solution to the overpopulation of cats. I so agree with you Ginger G.
 

Michael T. (26)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:42 am
Thank you Julie
 

MĂłnica AYUGA (109)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:44 am
Some people are very, very crazy !!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:08 pm
We need to counteract their negative message with postive ones regarding the usefulness and the joy cats bring to our lives. Instant of bringing so much attention to the statement made by a handful of scum bags.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (183)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:20 pm
Ja kocham koty.
 

Christeen Anderson (513)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:31 pm
Cats rule.
 

Barbara D. (75)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:32 pm
Cats?? Let us not forget THE most alien, invasive, destructive invaders of all! Cats do not cause acid rain, climate change, cut down rainforests, destroy habitat, interrupt migratory patterns, shoot for sport, put up windows, drive automobiles, spray pesticides, destroy the ozone layer, etc., etc., etc. ~ all the major causes of avian deaths on this planet.
 

Veronique L. (213)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:41 pm
Noted Julie
 

Kye J. (41)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:53 pm
Thanks Julie.Good article.
 

cecily w. (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:04 pm
Cats who are kept indoors do not cause the deaths of birds and other wild animals. Cats who are kept indoors are face a much lower risk for injury and disease. New Zealand's problem isn't with cats; it's with irresponsible owners.
 

Brian M. (199)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:05 pm
Good point, Cecily.
 

Barbara F. (55)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:27 pm
Good article Julie, Thanks! From what I've been able to learn over the years, cats in New Zealand, are NOTHING new! They've been there FOREVER! It's been one of their DOMAINS and they've survived there and fought for their offspring to survive there as well. NOW, ALL OF A SUDDEN, SOME IDIOT, wants to get rid of them all, when, from what I can gather, THE CATS WERE THERE FIRST!! Of course, I could be wrong about the cats being there first, but does it really matter? WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO EUTHANISE ANY LIVING BEING FOR WHAT THEY DO NATURALLY?
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:28 pm
You would think that, like ancient Egyptians, we are demanding that people worhip cats as gods and goddesses, or submit to being lynched.

Granted feral cats are a problem, by definition that problem is man-made. Trap, neuter, release programs are in my opinion the best way to deal with this. Not only a better life for the birds, but also for the cats.
 

paul m. (93)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:37 pm
Nice one Julie,,Love cats,,,
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:38 pm
Feral cats arent the underlieing problem, its the people who dont spay or neuter and the people who just toss their cats out when they arent kittens anymore or just toss cats out period and allthough even i an avid feral cat activis, must admit that cats DO hunt just about everything however thats their nature its just what they do! Do we blame sharks for eating other marinelife or the occasional swimmer even? NO, because its their naure! You cant fault an animal for displaying their very nature and instincts however you CAN help save other willdlife from becoming a victim of your cats feral or house cats simply by attatching a jingle bell to thir collar as well as buying a brightly colored collar so that wildlife can both see and hear your cat coming! Every house cat i have (6) was once a feral cat and they are some of the most loving loyal cats ive ever seen and i wouldnt change them for the world! I also care for a feral cat colony all of whom are spayed neutered vetted UTD with shots and they all have bright colars and jingle bells. Thomas i agree with you as well!
 

Dianne D. (460)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:39 pm
The feral TNR cats around the University I work at control the rodents around the school. They also take care of the insects and scorpians. The school seldom has to spray for bugs and you know how messy students are. I work at the largest University in the nation with 4 campus's and over 73,000 students, so this isn't a little neighborhood campus we are talking about here. Dogs around campus serve no purpose.
 

Brian M. (199)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:41 pm
This appears to be one of those unfortunate divides between animal rights activists and environmental activists. Who profits most by dividing these communities from common cause?
 

Terry V. (22)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:03 pm
Oh Please People! There are bigger things to handle right now. Other animals in trouble.
 

Waltraud U. (83)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:10 pm
noted
 

Ana Fontan (16)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:15 pm
The Number one predator and killer of all the planet and its species is the man, not the cat!! Thank you!
 

AniMae Chi (412)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:28 pm
Humans passing the buch again!!!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/143/252/796/no-cat-ban-in-new-zealand/
 

AniMae Chi (412)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:29 pm
.... that's buck
 

AniMae Chi (412)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:29 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Julie because you have done so within the last week.
 

Vicky P. (466)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:12 pm
love cats, will always love them, dogs are carnivores too Frack :/ I don't understand the hate for any animal..
 

Brian M. (199)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:18 pm
I didn't realize that there was a hate issue involved. My understanding was that once again, a human-created problem, namely the negligent release of a domesticated predatory species was having a negative impact on wildlife. If humans create the mess, then somehow they have got to clean it up.
 

Nyack Clancy (445)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:25 pm
They CAN clean it up, Brian- speaking of "invasive" tell all the white folks who planted themselves in New Zealand, bought invasive sheep, goats, pigs, cows, and RATS, along with 50 invasive plant species- and 10 deadly pesticides that kill more birds than cats do- to leave New Zealand.

Why cats? People bought the cats- people are the problem- people are ALWAYS the problem. And they cant seem to amuse themselves enough with killing as many animals as possible. This week, it just happens to be the cat.
 

Cathy Aronson (62)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:48 pm
Noted. Like many have said, the problem lies not with the cats, but rather with the irresponsible owners.While I am a dog person, I have had cats, and there were all indoors cats, never a bother to anyone other than my dogs, and there were all spayed or neutered. I think the countries that have packs of "wild dogs" roaming, have the same problems...poor ownership to begin with.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:57 pm
When it comes to killing animals, humans are the real villains.
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:03 pm
Such rubbish. The cell towers that we clutter the landscape all over the world contribute to more bird deaths than all the cats combined.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:05 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Allan Yorkowita (445)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:32 pm
The bottom line is,yes, the feral population needs to be controlled, This is because of the stupidity of thousands of owners who let their un-altered cats out during the day.
 

Laurie H. (718)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:00 pm
NO QUESTION ABOUT IT----"HUMAN BEINGS" are the problem, always create the problem-always have, always will!!!! If "Humans would at least spay & neuter neuter their pets & take responsibility for them-- a great deal of problems would be solved. Thank you Julie for this one!!! PS---I Love Cats--Always Have, Always WILL!!!!!~~~
 

Freya H. (306)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:08 pm
The real problem is irresponsible people who let their cats have unwanted litters and then turn the kittens loose, or allow their cats to roam outside and hunt and reproduce. My cat is a strictly indoor pet who has been spayed. She was once a stray who got tossed out by some thoughtless ay-hole; by the time I found her, she was quite pregnant. I took her in so her babies wouldn't add to the feral cat population. They all found responsible forever homes, and my dear Ragamuffin has been my constant companion since. She is a wonderful cat!

Besides, cats are great for controlling rodents and snakes. I have heard time and again about people and organizations who had a vermin problem that some cat(s) gladly solved. In addition, feral cat colonies that receive food regularly from people do less roaming and hunting.
 

Esther Z. (96)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:54 pm
Noted. Every feral cat has the potential to become a domesticated, loving cat; they just need to be exposed to responsible humans, who can teach them the social skills to become domesticated. I should know, since every cat that's become part of my family has been a homeless cat or feral rescue. Instead of banning cats, how about banning cat haters, starting with that guy from New Zealand!
 

Valerie H. (135)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 7:09 pm
ummmm??
 

Diane K. (136)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 8:14 pm
Noted. thanks, Julie
 

Cynthia Scionti (46)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 8:42 pm
I love cats. Please don't harm them.
 

Dee C. (209)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 8:44 pm
I don't believe there is any hate for any animal going on here..You have to understand there are people who have a great love for birds..and or the environment..Just as there are those who have a great love for cats.. or dogs..It isn't going to help by everyone fighting over which is more important..It is all important..isn't it..
What we all need to do..since we all care about "all animals" is find real solutions to controlling the feral cat population..Irresponsible people should be held accountable for just discarding these cats..and or letting their cats roam free nu-neutered..

Thanks Julie..
noted..
 

Christine Stewart (132)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:21 pm
I LOVE CATS! But I do think that feral cats should not be allowed to have colonies near endangered ground nesting birds, and also not by the ocean, as the toxoplasmosis parasite in their stool can kill sea otters.
 

Julia R. (295)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:43 pm
It is humans who have made cats feral let us not forget that! It is irresponsible owners who have caused cats to have to feed on birds and cats are just doing what they need to do in order to survive! Mankind is the species that is responsible for killing the most birds on the planet with telephone lines, buildings, fireworks, and interfering with the birds own internal navigation- plus all the other species we have been responsible for in contributing to their great decline in numbers, even to their extinction! I would say humans are probably the biggest invasive species on the planet not cats! Cats make great companions and they enrich our lives in countless ways!

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian painter, writer, and inventor
"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."- Albert Schweitzer, German-French theologian, musician, philosopher, physician and humanitarian who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953

"I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul."- Jean Cocteau, French film director

"God made the cat in order that humankind might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger." -Fernand Mery, French writer
 

Cristina M. (132)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:04 pm
humans calling any animal a bloody killer, a pest, etc. it{s stupid and ridiculous since WE are the only bloody killers and pest that destroy everything. Bunch of morons
 

Helen Porter (40)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:38 pm
So what are the homeless cats supposed to do? Lay down, let the birds peck at you. Die.

If we would only allow the animals to live in peace extending our protection over ALL of them, there would be no problems. Nature had it set up 'til greedy, hating humans messed it up.

the most dangerous animal on the planet is not cats or lions or bears.

It's the human race.
 

Katka Oelmann (212)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:22 am
The most dangerous animal on the planet is the human race!
 

Shirley S. (175)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:29 am
A CAT LOVER FROM WAAAAAAAY BACK!!!
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:31 am
Brian M. you mean they are not an important part of "the ballnce of nature" like a wolf? and keep the rodent population in check, so they are nessesary?(see key largo wood rat)
*sarcasm*
i could be wrong, but I think Toxoplasmosis does have a plus side.
 

Joy Wong (75)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:52 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Janet R. (34)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:53 am
If a cat kills a bird, we need to ask the question - how is the cat outside? Does the cat live with a family and they are letting it outside? Is it a stray or feral cat, abandoned by a human? In all cases, humans are to blame for any bird killed by a cat. It is human irresponsibility and we need to properly place the blame. The cat is exercising his natural instinct but he is outside because of humans. I am a bird lover, I hate the fact that millions are killed annually by cats but I don't blame the cats.
 

Tanya W. (53)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:18 am
Cats are just doing what comes naturally so here's a thought - Lets all be responsible cat owners and desex them and keep them inside where the wildlife and your cat are safe!!! Cats Rule!!! Let them rule form indoors....
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:34 am
Janet R. some say it is mean to not let cats kill.

also felis cattus came with europians. what? like some hundred years ago? You think the cats came befor the Maori? or domestic cats were there from the last ice age?

NZ had almost no mammals aside from bats. It is/was a land of birds, reptiles, amphibains and such. they also have a cool animal called a Weta
 

Kerstin Strobl (355)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:43 am
Thank you Julie
 

Fi T. (16)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:55 am
They're in our hands and they deserve to be better treated
 

Ruth S. (304)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:02 am
The only creature that is destroying the planet is, THE HUMAN!!
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:18 am
The article is bit over the top, tries to be funny and serious at the same time.
Feral cats also kill invasive species such as starlings, pheasants, house sparrows, pigeons, etc. (in N. America, don't know about what invasive species they kill in New Zealand but I'm sure there's some). So is that good or bad? They also control mice and rats that eat farm crops. Again is that good or bad?
As usual not a simple black or white, life or death, cull all or nothing situation. Generalities never work and are often harmful.
 

Sandi C. (234)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:31 am
Noted.I love cats.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:53 am
Not too long ago, Care2 causes had an article about cats killing endangered bird species on an island. Now that's a load of crap. The birds in that island must be unusally stupid if that's the case. Birds are very smart and know better than to come near a cat. Anybody having a cat knows birds will not come around if a cats outside in the yard. Birds watch and analyze, they know which cats are dangerous and which are not. The birds in my yard come down to bathe and drink water when I let my dogs outside because they know that the dogs won't bother them and the feral cats are hiding under the house when the dogs or out. Smart birds!
 

Lis T. (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:06 am
noted...
 

Evelyn B. (80)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:25 am
Noted Tks Julie.. Blame the human race that is where the blame falls period...
 

Valerie W. (52)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:26 am
Read, noted & commented on, great article! Anyone who knows anything, knows that humans kill more animals than all other animals, cats included, combined! Any "problems" are human caused. Over breeding, not getting pets spayed or neutered, discarding them when we don't want them anymore/abandonment, oh, & let's not forget all those who mistakenly feel that their cats "have" to roam loose, outside! Domestic cats belong inside, unless, like my mother, you have taught your cat to walk in a cat harness & leash, with you on the other end, or perhaps, you have a farm & need rodent control. Cats are far superior & better than using toxic chemicals. As for all the poor feral cats, as I said, it's a human caused "problem", & as such, we need to take a humane responsibilty, by catching, spaying, neutering, vaccinating, adopting out those that are adoptable, & returning the rest to either live out their lives in peace, or, better yet, let's create a large, no-kill animal sanctuary, like Best Friends in Utah!!
 

Amy E. (66)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:55 am
noted
 

Dot A. (133)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:03 am
It's so difficult for me to wrap my head around this one,... It's like the world seems brain-dead or something,... !!! For eons, cats were treasured for their ability to fend for themselves and control the rodent population. Now, some dim-wit wanna be on the news moron - (geez) is informing us of the hunting instincts of our beautiful pet: the feline. Get a bucket of cold water, and pour over this lost soul's head. Get real! If people allow cats to breed and run free, then cats are smart enough to take care of themselves and do what's necessary. Duh,....[and if you get a mouse as a gift, -what did you expect, from a CAT?]
 

jan b. (3)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:08 am
It is not easy to catch a bird unless the bird is old and sick. I owned outdoor cats for decades. They brought home a lot of mice and had some good mousers. One cat was a siamese and a terrible hunter at that but brought home a live robin to me & I took it out of the cat's mouth and let free.
The idea that cats kill all these birds are nonsense and there are people who hate cats enough to start a rumor like that.
 

. (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:10 am
It's because some people are plain mean and stupid. I guess its been forgotten that during the Black Plague it was cats who saved the day, by killing off the rats, etc.
 

. (7)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:30 am
How stupid can they get? I'm with Ruth S, the only creatures destroying the planet are humans! Noted, thanks Julie
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:31 am
Thanks, cats are cool!
 

. (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:33 am
the idiocy of man and truly infinite!!!
Him is completely devastating his habitat and is concerned because cats are killer of small birds or small animals
But we're kidding??
noted - ty Julie
 

Brian M. (199)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:36 am
One of the mechanisms by which humans are destroying this planet is by exporting species native to certain continents to other continents where the native species have not evolved defenses against them. Two examples would be: a. the release of pythons and other exotic species into the Florida everglades and b. the release of cats and dogs onto islands that were previously free of such efficient predators. Humans, of course, will always choose their pets over the indigenous wildlife. Apparently, humans give animals rights the same way that they give other humans rights: some will always have more rights than others to exist.
 

Care member (1)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:41 am
Noted
 

Dany Strakova (119)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:15 am
the the most dangerous specie, that cause death, wars, climate change, enjoy dog fights, fur industry, slaughterhouses are Human beings!

Those stupid cat haters belong to the medieval times! they want to plant the seed of hate towards one of the most beautiful animals...that is the cat!
This is the 21st century for god´s sake! in the medieval times people hated cats, persecuted them and tortured them....the consequence was the infestation of rats and the black death. I truly believe cat haters are stupid and maybe in a former type of life they were rats!

" God made the cat in order that humankind might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger."
Author: Fernand Mery
 

Julie E. (364)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:40 am
Terry V, yes we have bigger things to deal with. There is no way that I could deal with just "bigger" things, negative things. I am going to speak for most people. If we just focus on the bad, what good are we doing to ourselves by all the negative energy that is going into our brains. We will be depressed and eventually be worthless. -worse case scenerio. I am on Care2 a lot. I enjoy the small part I am contributing.
Cats are so therapeutic. They ae awesome!

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE COMMENTS!

I love reading feedback on petitions and articles. We can learn so much. Everyone, keep up the great work. You are doing here on Care2. I know that most everyone here loves animals and will treat them well and protect them like they would children. I know this by reading your comments. Big HUGS!

TONS of green stars to you all!
 

Renee Paxton (2)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:58 am
everyone has already been so clear in defence of our kitties, i just say thanks
 

Quinton Smith (40)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:58 pm
The only cold blooded killer on earth are not cats they are "HUMANS" if all humans wore wiped off the face of this earth there would be world peace for all life. It is time for we humans to step up an face the facts that we humans have made this earth a living hell for all non-human life an for being on top of the food chain "HUMANS" have no roll in Nature kill off all humans the world gets better kill off a cat or bee the world will die. Think about it humans before crying about stray cats digging up your yard an getting into you trash cans. =^..^=

Take in a Moggy (stray) kitty today an save a life make a new friend


Quinton The Crazy Cat Man
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:01 pm
Love cats, except one black cat in our neighborhood, he uses the front of our garage door to P--p !!
 

Elizabeth M. (31)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:24 pm
They have no right to go around killing these poor animals...They are only obeying there instinct. The problem is that there are too many people who don't look after their cats the way they're supposed to, they don't neuter or spay their cats and as Florence said , just toss them out to fend for themselves! What do you expect them to do!
 

Muriel Servaege (48)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:27 pm
I have nearly always lived with cats. Abandoned cats we rescued. And I love birds: we feed sparrows, bluetits, ... all year long. We have two cats at the moment. A male and a female the mother of which happened to be wild. In 99, she had 4 kittens on a neigbouring roof. We rescued a grey baby female when it was around 8 weeks old and it had learned, like its mum, how to be an outstanding hunter. Every day, it went in the garden at 6 a.m. and half an hour later she had caught a bluetit. We tried everyting: a collar with a bell, but the kittie managed to move without making it make a single sound, then she hid behind a low hedge of box trees. When a bird came close enough, she jumped above the hedge (30 cm high!) and caught it. Finally, I threw a glass of water on the cat when I saw her in her hiding place. I have never seen her bring a bird since then. And we have more sparrows and bluetits every year. There were 6 in the garden 10 years ago and now, there are 60 to 70 of them. Having a cat that's been taught not to hunt has another advantage. Cats can't bear to see strangers - I mean other cats - in their territory. So, those 'strangers' can't come and can't hunt birds.
Fortunately for the birds the cat caught, there is a hospital for birds in the next street!
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:20 pm
Noted, thx for the info
 

Bonita Annis (20)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:28 pm
I AM truly sick of the "cat hate".. I work closely with a LOT of rescues and different shelters and HARDLY EVER are the cats in the shelters given the same respect as the dogs! Or the EXPOSURE to get adopted out! In the U.S. alone 10,000+ animals DAY are destroyed nationwide! Pooches with parvo get the medical treatment they need and often still succumb to the disease. Yet a cat tested and found with any of the "F" diseases i.e. Feline Leukemia, etc are immediately put down! For the life of me, I cannot remember the last time I saw an article about a cat attacking and killing a person! Yet we see stories often on the news about dogs (and they do not discriminate on their victim) killing a baby, a child, an elderly person, etc. I love cats, I like dogs, but this new "CAT HATE" thing has got me seeing RED! It is going to start a war on the ferals who are just someone's "yesterday" cat whose been dumped..They eat what they can catch and it is more often ON the ground..Cats are a great little creature to have around..I have two..one 10 year old that I adopted last fall. She was slated to be put down cause she was too old..I wish they could see her now! She's funny, and loads of energy and she has finally learned that she can cuddle, cause she's not going anywhere! Jack - he's a HUNTER - he's keeps the whole neighborhood free of moles, voles, critters that destroy flowers and gardens..I am extremely fortunate, as my neighbors think he's great! He sits on the porch railing 6 feet away from my bird feeder and never bothers them..In other words, a well-fed cat will NOT kill when he has an easier meal on the ground. He is inside-outside. But a feral needs to survive, they can't go to the store, heck, they aren't even allowed a "dumpster" meal..It is unreasonable to think that a prey animal will not kill to survive. Just take a walk thru the meat section of your supermarket..those animals DIED so folks could eat. Are people on a different "plane" than animals..don't people understand that we kill too?
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:27 pm
I really wish people would be responsible enough for their pet to have them spayed or neutered so there wouldn't be a population of feral or unwanted cats and dogs. These are domesticated animals(by people) so people are the only ones to be held responsible for them, all of them. They are all domesticated, or came from a domesticated line.
 

Lori U. (3)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:30 pm
Before all these people start with their cat hating let us remember what happen when they killed all the cats a few centuries ago in Europe.Ever heard of the Black Plague when millions of people died because rats took over spreading fatal viruses.
 

Sandra Watson (75)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:55 pm
Thank you for sharing this info :)
 

Justin M. (2)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:14 am
I'll gladly note any articled called "In Defense of Cats". I hate when cats get flak. I have a cat myself and of course I love it. Showed up one day at my house clearly abandoned and very sick. Took it to the vet and roughly five years later, it's in my dining room right now.
 

Barbara D. (75)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:26 am
Cats primarily kill invasive pest species such as starlings, house sparrows, and house finches that monopolize feeders, natural foodstuffs, nesting habitat, and frequently spread avian diseases. They effectively drive off our beloved sondbirds and migratory species. So don't damn cats too much! Now let's talk about what mankind is doing to the birds................
 

pirjo sundqvist (160)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:57 am
Keeping Your Cats Indoors it´s best for everybody, they live longer and healthier lives and the local frogs rats and birds stay off the meny :)
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (183)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:12 pm
Na szczęście nie wszyscy nienawidzą koty, jest wielu miłośników kotów, m.in. ja.
 

Anna Z. (1)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:15 pm
noted
 

Sheila S. (63)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:47 pm
I just read Bonita A's comment, which I really appreciate. I rescued a wounded cat that had been living outside - he would not let any of the neighbors near him due to fear. He survived bad weather and the wound healed on its own -leaving one side of his face and neck badly scarred. He was also blind in one eye, and as it turned out when I took him to the vet - tested positive for both feline diseases. Last October was our 2 year anniversary and I continue to marvel at the joy this little guy brings to my home - a cat many would have "put down" immediately. Love and good care can go a long way.
 

Bonita Annis (20)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:56 pm
Blessed Be to you Sheila Stevens,,you saved a life! That truly makes my heart smile!
 

DSimplyAnnoying O. (191)
Wednesday May 21, 2014, 5:32 pm
Cats, like many other animals are purrfectly wonderful with their own characteristics.

Humans are responsible for matters pertaining to their overpopulation.

In Europe, there was the religious insistence at one time that cats were 'evil' and many cats were destroyed. Then the rat population went up and the Black Plague ended up killing so many people since one of the rat's natural predators were severely limited.

I have no problem with having an obligate carnivore for a purrfect friend and pet.
 
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