Many people love cats, it is true. We can see this from the almost constant flow of cat photo's on Facebook. We know that cats are good for keeping rodent populations under control. However recent research has indicated that the humble house cat, is responsible for the almost total destruction and extinction of many species. In the Galapagos Islands the cats have been exterminated because they caused so much destruction. It is not surprising that cat's have caused the extinction of so many other species, they hunt. The problem stemmed from humans introducing them. Do you still love cats.
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Yes and people are stupid. My neighbors have told me that they don't care about controlling cat pop. Maybe they should be spays to stop more stupid people. Hahaha..that's a joke.
I have seen the same thing. People 'love' their cats until it is time to move or the animal becomes a pain and then they just dump them.
We had a neighbor move and just left 13 cats to fend for themselves. The pound came and got them but I think they put them down.
I have seen that as well. Not all cats are interested in hunting and some are plain hopeless.
Not all owners share your view. They feel that their cat is a free spirit that should have it's freedom, to come and go as it wishes. I understand your point though.
Cats some would argue can never be fully domesticated. That is their appeal to many people.
Their ability to care for themselves consists as their appeal to me. However, cats who go outside eventually never come back. I would rather know the fate of my cat and allow them to live a long and healthy life.
It certainly is a mess, but it does appear that cats are killing millions of birds every year too.
It is commendable that you help our fellow creatures. Why did their irresponsible owners throw them away?
I couldn't agree with you more. We really do need to stand up and be counted if we wish to continue to have such potentially destructive 'pets'.
There are several countries that are doing similar things to NZ in terms of controlling alien species.
Hello Lady Guinevere, you make some very interesting points that these animals are living with us. They do not need to hunt and yet they do?
It is in their instinct to hunt. Watch how they play and how they get ready to pounce on their toys. Here is the link to the pesticides hub: https://dengarden.com/pest-control/Mouse-and-Rat-P...
You mention owls and snakes "killing" mouse populations, but fail to realize that owls and snakes are a part of this and most places' natural ecosystem. They are supposed to do that. Cats, on the other hand, are not. They were brought here by us.