10 Stupid Arguments People Make for Outdoor Cat Roaming
It is perfectly possible to love cats without creating ridiculous arguments for cats roaming at large.
Many cat lovers actually feel that confinement promotes the cat’s welfare as the outdoors hosts many dangers for them. But even if you think that freedom outweighs these risks, if you ignore the impact that allowing pets to roam has environmentally and morally, you’ve gone beyond loving cats and entered the territory of delusionally obsessing over them to the point that you will undermine our society. Essentially, cat whacks are those that only care about cats and nothing else.
You might be a cat crazy if you:
- Allow or support pet cats roaming outdoors
- Find their torturing of small animals cute or funny.
- Become angry that a dog or coyote has killed a cat.
- Hold up photos of your cats when they disappear as to imply it is the fault of others.
- In the event of a cat attack you always blame the victim ("they kicked snow at the cat, they looked at it provocatively, ect.).
- Find the term 'animal welfare' to mean cat welfare because no other animal matters to you.
- Become irritated with people who do not want your cat on their property.
- If you have ever said "dogs have owners, cats have servants" or any variation.
- Make any of the arguments in this article.
Cat crazies only care about cats
1. Cats are wild animals
Pet cats are not wild animals in any shape or form. Period.
- No animal, domesticated or not, is truly ‘wild’ if it has been raised as a pet.
- No animal, wild OR domesticated, should ever be introduced to an environment it is not native to.
- Some cats are feral, which technically means ‘wild and domesticated’. So while domesticated animals can become 'wild', this provides an argument for their free-roaming about as much as it does for lions and tigers in zoos.
Ironically, since people believe cats are ‘wild animals’, that is just another excellent reason why exotic pet owners should not be stripped of their freedoms, as that would make cat owners exotic pet owners, and their animals are already ridiculously destructive (if not more so than most exotic pets) yet cat owners enjoy acceptance everywhere.
The concept of domestication is difficult to define given the enormous variation of animals bred under human influence, many lacking significant distinction from their wild ancestors. So the fact that a debate exists as to whether or not cats are ‘wild’ reveals holes in the argument that so-called wild animals should be treated differently and be made illegal as pets to the public.
2. They’re just doing what cats do. That’s nature!
Nature is cruel and not something anyone should be seeking to replicate.
Morally-challenged cat lovers have decided that the circle of life is the reason it is OK for pet cats to predate (read: torture) numerous small animals even while their caloric requirements are satisfied by the livestock animals in cat food, yet it is typically never OK for cats to die for the same exact reason.
Cats are essentially awarded ‘human status’ in the eyes of cat nuts because, like humans, the ‘circle of life’ is not allowed to touch them. This particular brand of cat-loving troll is perhaps the most insidious and perplexing.
When dogs kill cats, even though this comes completely natural to them, there is often outrage. Cat whacks demand that the dog owner is brought to justice and their dog muzzled and confined, perhaps even killed. Cat whacks will scoff at a neighbor that complains their roaming cats are harassing their caged birds or any other small animal they might happen to keep on their property.
Killing wildlife to protect cats
You might be a cat nutter if...
Cat nutter logic
- Man whose unregistered dogs killed neighbours' cat to be prosecuted, Invercargill City Council says
A man whose unregistered dogs killed his neighbours' cat will be prosecuted (FOR DOING WHAT DOGS DO??)
- Coyote blamed after cat turns up dead in College Park | News - Home
3. Cats control rats, mice, and snakes
All invasive species are undesirable.
There is only one possible benefit of free-roaming cats; amongst their pile of dead and dying victims a there might be some species that are just as invasive as they are. Big deal. Cats kill indiscriminately and are not magically seeking out the species humans happen to find undesirable. Some cats might specialize in killing creatures humans don't like, but that is not an excuse for keeping cats outside overall, and even less so when these 'undesirable' species are actually native species.
Not all rodents and reptiles are non-native, and native snakes, regardless of how people feel about them, are beneficial predators and have important roles in the ecosystem, one of those roles being rodent control!
Fighting fire with more fire is absurd, and 10 dead house sparrows does not negate one dead golden finch.
When a cat nutter proudly tells you their pet is killing snakes, they are actually just celebrating the destruction of native wildlife at the claws of their animal that doesn’t belong there, which is particularly reprehensible.
- In the Florida Keys, cat lovers smell a rat | Miami Herald
Feral cats obliterate native population of Floridian wood rats.
Well, wildlife kills birds too!
The snake is NATIVE WILDLIFE. The cat is NOT.
4. There is no evidence cats endanger species
Privileged cats enjoy the burden of proof while blatantly killing in front of us.
"Alan asked “Is the cat the most dangerous destroyer of birds” and Roger replied no, we are the most dangerous animal. Roger said that he is both a naturalist and cat specialist. Roger pointed out that in the US positions over cats and wildlife are much more polarized than in the UK, where the real test is not numbers caught but whether cats are affecting species survival."
A 'cat specialist' OKs killing birds because he thinks the species isn't affected as a whole.
When a cat gets killed by a dog or even a coyote, why do free-roaming supporters not make this same statement?
While it is agreed upon that removing any and all invasive species (if possible) such as Burmese pythons, lion fish, and kudzu is a desirable action, cats are the only animal that researchers need to definitively prove are impacting the native species in question otherwise, as a cat nutter will tell you, they should be left alone.
Q. Are invasive species bad for the environment?
Q. Should cats be removed and banned from being outdoors?
A. There is no evidence they are harming anything.
There are laws put in place that make killing or harassing many native U.S. species punishable by law. This is just another reason that letting cats roam and kill is an acceptable form of poaching.
Even without evidence for species decline in Great Britain, ethical people feel that animals should not be killed for entertainment purposes, and this is essentially what happens with cats that have an abundance of food. Just ask the cat lover to envision that the pesky chipmunk being disemboweled alive is a kitten being mauled by a dog, and they can perhaps see that perspective. All of the sudden, the ‘circle of life’ and the fact that there is no evidence (nor will there ever be) that cats will go extinct as a result becomes irrelevant.
By default, the introduction or acceptance of non-native predators in the ecosystem must always be held to the highest scrutiny. We should not wait for catastrophic results to the already compromised ecosystem to take action.
5. Stop the killing/ this study will make people kill cats!
Cat 'advocates' object to science if it threatens outdoor cats.
"Yet an overwhelming majority of Americans believe it is more humane to leave a cat outside than to have her caught and killed, according to a 2007 study conducted by Harris Interactive for Alley Cat Allies."
From the website of Alley Cat Allies, the wackiest of the cat whacks, appeal to majority logic is used no matter how asinine the conclusion. According to their survey, tossing cats outdoors to either die early, or NOT die early and kill wildlife, is more humane than humane euthanasia.
Cat advocates suffer every time an independent study tells them what they won’t to hear, and they spin every logical fallacy at their disposal to try and suppress it.
- The Wisconsin Study: Bad Science Costs Cats’ Lives
- Breaking Down the Bogus Smithsonian Catbird Study
"Americans are angry that an institution receiving taxpayer money would fund a study that declares war on a beloved companion animal"
- NYC veterinarian driven to suicide after cat custody fight - NY Daily News
Dr. Shirley Koshi, a Bronx veterinarian, committed suicide after apparently being harassed about 'veterinary abuse.' A stray cat had been brought to the clinic, Gentle Hands, but a woman claiming to be the owner — she fed 'Karl' and other felines li
It can be objectively stated that regardless of whatever the truth out there might be, you will never get anything other than opposition against any study that paints free-roaming cats in a negative light. Organizations like Alley Cat Allies do not even advocate keeping pet cats indoors, which does NOT cause their deaths. In fact, it does the opposite, it lets cats live longer, and keeps them away from people who might want to shoot them with crossbows.
6. Humans/dogs do more damage
Cats ARE a human impact!
Who said humans aren't destructive? Who said pollution and overdevelopment aren't consequential actions worthy of being regulated? That's right, no one.
In fact, introduction of non-native species is just another anthropogenic environmental impact.
Since cat advocates cry foul over human activities, they should all be perfectly fine with making it illegal to allow cats outdoors as it is for littering, killing or possessing migratory birds (dead or alive), and not picking up after your dog.
7. It is impossible to keep a cat inside
If zoos can keep in chimps, you can keep in a cat.
If you can’t handle keeping a cat indoors, then you should look into a different pet. Those controversial exotic pet owners with truly non-domesticated animals and even wildlife sanctuaries that house actual wild animals all manage to keep their animals confined properly. They would have the book thrown at them otherwise.
So perhaps some of the most baffling claims of cat crazies (and trust me, all are 100% ridiculous) is this idea that people cannot successfully keep cats inside, that they will find their way out eventually or become destructive. This is the battle cry of a bad, lazy and intolerant pet owner that expects a pet to be fully adaptable into their lives instead of having to carry out some basic husbandry like allowing the animal outdoors in a supervised or confined setting, and keeping the cat sufficiently entertained indoors.
Some people with the room also opt to construct catios or tunnels. If you aren’t willing to step up to the plate to deal with a genetically high drive cat, you should either adopt a cat from a shelter with a known history of being a couch potato, or consider a small pet like a ferret that can meet its energy needs indoors.
8. Cats mainly kill wounded and sick animals and not many birds
Some of the prey being injured and sick doesn't justify those which aren't.
This argument runs off the mentality that cats are special and therefore we should consider any possibly that cat predation might not be ‘that bad’. Only in the mind of a person with deluded favoritism does this argument spring forth.
No reasonably intelligent environmentally responsible person tries to create reasons for an invasive species to remain where it doesn’t belong, given the myriad of potential negative impacts, many of which are already known or proven.
Do cats kill mostly small rodents and less birds? Yes. Why is it that these bird deaths do not matter, when even one cat death matters so much? If wildlife was given the same treatment as cats, ONE dead bird or even those shunned small mammals dying per year would be UNACCEPTABLE. And if cats are killing wounded animals, that could have been prey for other native species. The number of cats are at completely unnatural densities, and they do not substitute for extirpated predators.
9. Would you like to be cooped up all day?
All pets, being pets, should be confined.
Would I like to be tortured and killed by a mountain lion? No. A cat whack cannot see their impact beyond cats. They simply cannot. To them, a perceived cat's boredom is more important than a dead wild animal, or even hundreds of them. If killing animals and annoying neighbors is what needs to be done to make kitty optimally happy, then there is no question that there is no choice other than to comply with its 'needs'.
Even the free-roaming rights of dogs are not allowed to interfere with a cat's. Cats, and cats only should be allowed to roam as their instincts are the only ones important enough to warrant free-reign over the land.
10. You just hate cats/stop blaming cats!
Cat nutters must hate wildlife and property rights
At some point in the argument every cat crazy will tell you this. I don’t hate cats, but it wouldn’t matter if I did. This is just an example of ‘poison the well fallacy’ to make you look bad in the face of other cat crazies. Don't trust a cat hater, there is something wrong with people who do not obsess over cats.
Many cat lovers hate dogs, and that doesn’t make them wrong in saying that dogs should not be running loose or defecating without the owner cleaning it up. Numerous cat lovers maintain their sanity and believe in responsible pet care for all pets, including cats. They do not perceive cats as an exception for no reason.
As for placing the blame on a clueless animal, the same way we’re not blaming plastic bags for ending up in the GI tract of wildlife, we’re not blaming cats for what they do, we are just demanding the humans resolve the problems they’ve created.
If a feral cat needs to be euthanized, apologize to it, curse the humans that allowed the problem to get out of control all you wish, but do what needs to be done, and prevent future cats from suffering the same fate.
- Note: there are also dog, reptile, and horse crazies, but they are not as prolific as cat crazies.
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Once upon a time I had a cat named Lucky, and the name fit. She turned up on our doorstep as a stray and stayed with us for 10 years, until her rather gruesome demise.