Skip to comments.Are cats bad for the environment?
Posted on 07/13/2011 9:08:14 AM PDT by smokingfrog
According to this Mother Jones article, cats kill birds -- many of which are vital to the ecosystem -- at an alarming rate. Wind tunnels have nothing on Kitty.
Also, feral cats are disease-toting menaces -- and their population has tripled over the last four decades. Efforts to staunch the numbers with trap-neuter-return aren't enough.
(They do not, however, suck the breath out of new babies. At least give them that.)
Seems harsh, yes? I am not a cat lover. In fact, I'm a card-carrying not-cat lover, though I've owned cats -- if you can actually own a cat. I once wrote about my disgust that my house had acquired two cats at the same time, but I've never stopped and thought about their impact on the environment (just as I haven't stopped to think about a horse's impact, or a gerbil's).
But you can read more here or here.
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They kill mice and rats too.
Who the frak comes up with this type garbage?! What a frakin’ waste.... =.=
Then one day the problem was solved permanently.
The crap that passes for blogs these days. What a loon. My cats are serial killing death machines but not birds. Mice and chipmunks who would otherwise wind up in my house.
They do their job and I do mine.
Yes, the are, and lesbians are, also.
Science is NOT a friend of liberals.
H*ll, the two are not even on speaking terms.
Let’s see which is more environmentally harsh, rodent pellets or cats? My cat catches many rodents and since he’s a big cat (17 lbs with little to no fat), he also keeps away the raccoons. Hunting rabbits, raccoons and mice with pellet guns doesn’t really do the trick and using rodent pellets would poison the environment and make the food in my garden inedible. Sorry, kitty stays. My kitty doesn’t contain rat poison...
I don’t have a cat. I have a neighbor’s cat, he’s my buddy. Two ways to go with a cat. The cat can manage you or you can manage the cat.
Cats are part of the environment, for cryin out loud.
More environmental wackoism.
For every occasional bird my cat catches, he catches about 10 mice/rats. I’d say that’s a good trade-off.
If you look at anything through a large enough magnifier; its HUGE! This is a non-problem. Ive had cats my entire life. Mostly, they didnt mess with birds. Oh, I had one whod get them riled up and then swat them out of the air when they attacked, but mostly they eat rodents. If youre feeding them they seldom even eat the rodents, they just catch them. Im all for rodent population reduction.
We live in an age where the requirement for problems is insatiable. Problems sell products. Remember the made up heartbreak of psoriasis? This is one problem we dont need to take on. Especially, we dont need a $10,000,000 government study on the impact of feral cats to ecosphere.
I see mocking birds and bluejays attacking cats all the time. The morning doves seem to be easy prey for the cats, but we have too many of them around here anyway.
Gee Maw, the dang ol’ cat don’t hardly touch his food but he’s at least two pounds heavier than he wuz last year.
And to those of you who own cats and live in urban areas, but allow them to roam freely, you are a feral human.
Keep your damn cat in your home, or don't whine when something happens to it. If you want to be a good neighbor, then act like it.
The only cat we ever had, spent it's entire life in our home without ever walking on our neighbors car, crapping in their yard, screaming wildly outside a bedroom window at 2AM, spraying urine on the hedge right next to our entrance...etc.
God may not be too happy with them either.
Lesbians are bird killers? I think not.
Every time I see one of these pseudo-scientific articles about how domestic cats are killing the environment by eating all the birds and rodents, I generally reply by posting a photo of a bobcat with a bird in its mouth.
I’m just too lazy to do it this time. Fact of the matter is that domestic cats have simply taken over the ecological niche of bobcats in the urban areas. If it wasn’t Puss that was eating the little birdies and micies, it would be Robert Cat.
That blog is in a newspaper that is in my homestate. What was Ms. Campbell SMOKING at the time!?
Also with Slings and Arrows not being able to do much in the way of PINGING, I did ask to take over on a temp basis for the kitty pings.
Attach windmills onto their back sides for a double threat...
Hear hear!! Feral cats should be hunted and killed with .22 caliber rifles. People who feed feral cats should be shot in the ass with a b.b. gun. I hate the assumed moral superiority of people who wreck the environment with non native species.
"I know a guy, who knows a guy" that recommends .22 air rifles which are legal to shoot in your backyard in just about everywhere in the US.
If you love cats, keep them in your home where they are safe.
Dexter, the cat?
Cats have been in the US since AT Least 1000 ad when the Viking ships of Leif Ericsson brought Norwegian Forest cats which evolved into Maine Coons after being left behind. That makes them a lot more of a “native’ species than you, bucko.
Most domestic birds and rodents are prey species, meaning their survival strategy is to make as many of themselves as possible so as to ensure few survive predation to make another generation.
Given the decline of their natural predators such as raptors, owls,foxes, coyotes, bobcats, wolverines etc, the domestic cat is actually filling a needed ecological niche by controlling those populations
That’s true. I heard the Norks had a bad rat problem. Why? They ate all the frickin cats.
Cat was fine until she started bringing in her trophies alive. The day she deposited a live snake to the living room (snake, meet cast iron skillet) was the last of her outside hunting days. The smaller dog now takes care of anything that moves in the yard. Just a few nights ago, she was playing catch with a freshly killed coon.
The story is from Mother Jones.
I could have posted the Mother Jones article, but did not want to give their website any hits.
Her precious wind farms have a FAR more devastating effect on birds then cats ever will.
Feral cat sh*t contains parasites that wash down the storm drains and out to the beach. They kill rare native species of birds and the cat sh*t parasites kill otters. Native species like bobcats are ok. Have you ever had a feral cat moaning outside your window at night?
Not only are feral cats a pest, feral pigs, and feral horses (flame away) should be eradicated. There was one fish farm in Arkansas that allowed non native Chinese carp to escape. Now about 10 years later they are taking over the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and are headed for the great lakes.
A cat can start breeding as early 4 months in age, and they may have 2 to 3 broods a year with 3-5 kittens in each brood. Start with a male and female kitten and you could produce hundreds of feral cats within a couple of years. You’ve got to get those critters fixed.
Pigeons used to be a real menace in our neighborhood. Then we started letting our cats out.
My barn kitty routinely brings her “trophies” to the front step to show them off before dining. Mice, voles, a rat every once in a while, but no birds. They must be too much work. The two house kitties keep the place free of mice. Works for me.
Idiot author needs to look up the difference between a wind tunnel and a wind turbine. I've never heard of a wind tunnel that killed birds.
He's a little guy ... Mojo ... 25 lbs+ and feared by all rodents in the area
Since Jul 13, 2011
Welcome to FR. I doubt you ever replied with a photo of a bobcat with a bird in its mouth here before.
IB4TZ! My first one under this SN!
I found just such a pic.
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