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OK now that is out of the way I want to talk a little about feral cats, and cats in general.
All of the cats in the photo section are ex- ferals, all now live a happy life, indoors, lounging around on beds with there dog buddy’s Roth and Bear. They are all fully clawed, fully toothed, spay/neutered, and happy to be here
Out of all the ferals I have brought in, tamed, and rehomed, or in some cases kept only 2 out of all of them remain unhandlable, One is Angel face evil kitty, who will allow me to touch her when she is eating or around the other cats only. She is a rip your arm off kinda gal who has no bite inhibition, She spends her days out and about in the house with her 3 sons, all of whom are wonderful affectionate cats, Jasper , Masky, and Tabster (mommy’s boy)
So you see to say feral cats are unreachable is untrue.
In a rash of stray/feral cat problems arising it would seem that those in authority would like nothing better than to just “Kill Em All” (Trailer park in WV, Randolph Iowa to name but 2)Read more about feral cats at http://www.beachcatrescue.com
TNR for ferals is the way to go, This has be proven to work time and time again.
8 FACTS ABOUT FERALS
Fact1: They are homeless domestic animals who have no choice but to survive “in the wild.
Fact2: Cats fall subject to illness and death just as we do, even when cared for in loving homes. The solution is not to kill any living being who might suffer and die, but to treat any sentient individual with kindness and respect.
Fact3: Rabies is not commonly found in feral cat colonies. Where humans are concerned, the danger of rabies is relatively slight.
Fact4: TNR was created to solve a problem. A properly managed feral cat colony provides the cats with daily food, water, shelter, and medical care when needed. Therefore, the very people — feral cat colony caretakers — that some groups oppose are actively working toward minimizing the struggle. Granted, the “struggle” is not completely eradicated, but TNR is working toward that by spay/neutering all feral cats, thus phasing out feral cat colonies.Certain Animal Rights Groups state “TNR programs are acceptable only when the cats are isolated from roads, people, and other animals who could harm them; constantly attended to by people who not only feed them, but care for their medical needs; located in an area where they do not have contact with wildlife; and located in an area where the weather is temperate.”
Fact5: There are virtually no feral cat colonies that fulfill all of these conditions. Although TNR caregivers provide food and necessary veterinary care, colonies are often located in urban areas where people dump animals, and any animal who spends time outside is at risk of harm from roads, people, or other animals, including wildlife. Do not accept any group’s insistence on these impossible conditions when they claim that they do not oppose the practice but rather want it to be done only under utopian conditions. There are no utopian conditions. Support for the work of feral cats and their caretakers means opposing TNR bans.
Fact6: Feral cats are not “wild animals.” A bobcat is a wild cat; a feral cat is a homeless domestic cat who is afraid of humans.
Fact7: We acknowledge that outdoor cats do occasionally kill birds and other wildlife, the main cause of decline is habitat loss, which is caused by humans, not cats.
National Geographic News reports that the declining bird populations reflect growing threats to many bird species resulting from habitat loss and fragmentation caused by development and other human activities. Conservation groups and government biologists estimate that communications towers (cell phone, television) kill from 4 to 50 million birds a year — and at least 50 species are threatened or endangered. The construction of new towers creates a potentially significant impact on migratory birds.
Furthermore, two French researchers Moller & Eritzoe examined birds killed by cats vs. those that met accidental deaths by crashing into windows. They examined the birds for various factors, the most significant of which was the health of the bird. They found that while windows were non-discriminating and killed healthy and sickly birds equally, the birds cats killed were significantly sicklier than those who crashed into windows.
A 2005 study predicts that reducing cat populations would actually cause more harm to birds due to a resulting increase in rat populations.
A Columbia University study found that “reducing cats’effect on the ecosystem may actually have a negative impact upon some native species due to the possibility of ‘mesopredator release effect’. The study also recommended that we confront the cat population problem with a combination of methods: “enlist the “trap-neuter-return” style of feral management and combine it with incentives for owners to sterilize their pet cats.”
Wildlife biologist Roger Tabor, who is considered by his peers to be one of the world’s leading experts on cats and has studied feral cats for over 30 years, is quoted as saying, “The clear leading animal that’s really putting wildlife at risk is the human population. We just don’t like to acknowledge that it is our fault. It’s not a case of the cat being the worst offender. It isn’t even remotely the worst offender. It’s us.”
Most important of all: Even where cats might be observed hunting, killing the cats fails to address this issue because trap and kill does not set its sights on the long-term goal — ending the homeless cat crisis.