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The Life of a Wild Cat

Discussion in 'Cat Discussion' started by Nathan J Winograd, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Nathan J Winograd

    Nathan J Winograd The No Kill Blog RSS Feed

  2. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Interesting read.
     
  3. Imran574

    Imran574 Banned

    Wildcat is a small native Eurasian and African cat that is typically grey with black markings and a bushy tail, noted for its ferocity.
     
  4. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    Winograd is a nut. Sometimes I wonder if people with this attitude have ever actually seen the illness and injuries that feral or outdoor cats commonly have, or seen how much wildlife one cat can kill just for something to do. By his logic I guess everyone should go ahead and release their pets to the wild whenever they feel like it because who gives a rip about "native" wildlife. There's far too many cats, is that their fault no but something needs to be done about it and letting a bunch of feral cats run around is not the answer.
     
  5. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    I don't have a problem with TNR for feral cats but if they become a problem people have every right to treat them like nuisance animals and get rid of them by whatever means necessary.
     
  6. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Says that studies prove detractors of TNR wrong.



    Provides actual evidence of none of them.
     
  7. PocketPal

    PocketPal Big Dog

    I was going to write a lengthy piece, but I'll just jot down my thoughts and .02 cents.

    Domestication
    the process whereby a living organism is changed at the genetic level that ultimately benefit humans. The by-product of domestication is the dependency in the domesticated organisms, so that they lose their ability to live in the wild.

    Feral
    a wild beast--an animal living in the wild but descended from domesticated individuals.

    If the human has lost the ability to care for it's animal, it (the animal) should be responsibly disposed of. To not do so is the avoidance of acountability and responsibility of us people.

    As for Winograd'as argument..it's a cop out from his responsibilties because he doesn't want to feel "bad" or morally obligated.
     
  8. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    i could honestly care less about whether or not the cats have a long lifespan, what concerns me is the damage done to the environment
     
  9. Terri

    Terri Puppy

    There is a wild cat living in my neighborhood: Some people think it is mine but it is not: it just sleeps in my shed at times. Once in a while I get a glimpse of it.

    Looking at it I would say it is a tom cat, so no kittens. If it were reproducing I expect something would be done, but as it is nobody will bother. It yowls outside our window some times and when he does we put food out.

    I have no problem with neutering and releasing a feral cat *IF* there is not too many already in that area. Like all other animals, management is in the hand of mankind. They can be managed well (One cat is not a problem) or they can be managed badly, overpopulate the area, and spread disease as any overpopulated species will do. Mother Nature uses disease to thin out overpopulated species all of the time.

    As for cats killing wild life, yes they do! The thing is, tame, well-fed cats hunt for pleasure also, it is not just wild cats that do this. The urge to hunt is something most cats are born with, and if they go outside that is exactly what they will try to do!
     
  10. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Which is why they shouldn't be outside. Domestic cats pose a well known and researched threat to native wildlife. At this moment, outdoor cats and feral cats are much more of an invasive nuisance species than anything else
     

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