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.
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.courant.com ...
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.
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