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  •  Cat comments unscientific! (2+ / 0-)
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    Cats do enormous damage to native species--not a joking matter. We have artificially increased the cat population, and then allow them to roam free part of each day. Some allowed to become feral. This isn't nature, it's even more an aberration than the pythons in the Everglades.

    Love your cats--and keep them inside. They aren't native species and have no business hunting in modern suburbs.

    •  We're not all in the suburbs. (6+ / 0-)

      Outdoor cats have an important role on the farm.  Vermin are real and a health threat.  I would rather have a cat or two than deal with poison to keep rodent populations down.  

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      by fayea on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 12:10:39 PM PST

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      •  I do understand that but (0+ / 0-)

        there are many other native animals that serve the same purpose. Breeding cats to do what other small predators should be doing isn't natural. Minks, ferrets, fox, snakes...many other species, depending on your location.

        You also have the big problem of toxoplasmosis, a disease brought into the home when cats hunt outside. It is not insignificant.

        Cats are a lot like whitetail deer--way, way more than the environment could reasonably handle, due to human intervention.

        •  WTF? Breed minks? (0+ / 0-)

          I agree with your take on cats even though I am a violator, but no way in hell should one release mink or ferrets if you are concerned about birds.    Cats are better, because it is at least possible to control or eradicate a cat population.  

    •  my best cat always loved going out (1+ / 0-)
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      when it was raining: not a downpour, more like heavy mist (and i'm a bird, but could never understand) and mostly in temperate weather. could have been the memory of having been saved as an eyes-yet-open tossed-in-a-yard unwanted (and VERY loud) tuxedo, followed by a gentle clean-up in the bathroom sink, and undiluted infant animal formula from a toy/doll bottle, followed by warming up/drying off by amazingly motherly mutt (named Mutt) ...

      so it was permitted. overheard lots of territorial bickering with a feral tom, never saw inkling of urge to ... no, wait, there were some "mouse-leg" offerings, presented with radiant loving pride ... not many, rarely done ... i should have simply purchased a fine-mist spray bottle to use on those days, with nice warm water, and learned you to like being combed. (brushes pull knots.)

      until the sudden seizures, flopping and flailing like trophy salmon, sick but what is it ??!! ? ... then dead best cat. unvaccinated. if not pre-vaccine.

      feline immunodeficiency virus. how! so suddenly! so hidden! so long... i miss you every day, little best cat, and hope you forgave me. i was stupid, not careless but a wuss. we shared a lot, you're not forgot, but there will not be a one like you.

      feral tom was probably a carrier ...

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      by greenbird on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 02:29:46 PM PST

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      •  Don't get me wrong. LOVE cats. (0+ / 0-)

        But domestic cats belong inside, not outside hunting and bringing back toxoplasmosis and a host of other parasites along with their "offerings."

        Domestic cats have been bred to be our companions (in their own way) for four thousand years. Love them, protect them, just don't dump them on the environment.

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