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2010-05-24 01:31:42
I don't think declawing is the answer -There used to be a neighbor cat that was declawed and hugely fat and even had a jingly collar on near here - He almost always had a bird or bunny in his mouth. My cats fully clawed and at their athletic best could never catch anything...
2010-05-23 19:27:41
Yes this is a catastrophe. Caboodle Cat Ranch, near Jacksonville, Florida, has 250 to 500 cats on 30 acres of ground. It was built and is owned by a single individual who solicits donations to feed the cats. The cats are fed on donuts and Purina Cat Chow and it costs over $1000 a day just to feed them. I hope that all of the people that are donating to Caboodle Ranch are also donating to help the Red Cross and others organizations to feed the starving humans in Haiti, Ethiopia and elsewhere. I am sure there are a lot of children in refuge camps in Haiti that would love to get these donuts and I don't think they would turn down the cat chow either.
2010-05-23 08:04:41
I think you are correct, CrystalM, the photo probably was taken at the Caboodle Cat Ranch. I obtained a copy a while back from a woman that was passing around a petition to get a new city ordinance passed to limit the number of pet cats to three in any one household here. This is nothing more than a snapshot, and not particularly good at that, but I thought it might be of interest here. And also, these do not look at all like feral cats. Feral cats are primarily nocturnal and would never allow a human to photograph them in the open like this.
2010-05-22 23:40:12
Thankyou for letting us know that, CrystalM. So it's not a CATastrophe after all. I was right in the first place.. :)
2010-05-22 23:26:42
It looks like the Caboodle Cat Ranch to me: So relax - these cats are looked after, loved, neutered, and well fed :)
2010-05-22 11:04:43
While de-clawing would certainly help solve the probkem of feral and outside domestic cat predation, it isn't a very practical solution. For one thing it's a fairly serious and painful surgical procedure involing the removal of the entire last digit of each of the cats' toes. Once removed, they do not grow back. Picture Girl's cat probably just lost a nail, not the entire claw. While it might be feasible to routinely de-claw very young kittens soon after birth, de-clawing older kittens or adult cats would simply nor be economically feasible, aside from the ethical or humanitarian issues involved. I'm in complete sympathy with the concerns expressed by Ornithos and Audubon , however, and there may soon come a time when some very stern measures will have to be taken regarding large feral cat colonies or we will almost certainly see the extinction of numerous species of songbirds.
2010-05-22 10:14:20
Wouldn't they grow back again ? I once had a cat that lost her claw, but it grew back. In any case, I couldn't do that to my cats. I don't need to. They stay inside for most of the time, no matter what the weather. They are home cats and never go wandering around. The birds are safe where I live. My cats leave them alone....
2010-05-22 03:33:55
It could also be a place I read about at youtube. There's a woman in California who has 500 Cats on her land, all spayed, all rescued cats.
2010-05-22 02:38:22
Agreed..we don't allow people in civilized countries to go around armed to the teeth with deadly weapons: why should we permit cats to do so ?
2010-05-22 01:40:37
One thing that would help would be mandatory de-clawing of all cats at birth, and CNR programs should include de-clawing. In urban areas cats should be licensed and regulated. Owner registration fees could then support CNR and de-clawing campaigns.
2010-05-22 00:22:31
That is very sad that there is still a major problem with the feral cats and how spaying alone, doesn't solve the problem. I wish that the problem wasn't so real and that someone could find a way to fix this. My cats are always inside my flat each and every night. I would be worried sick if they stayed outside. Our council here brought in a law that they are to be inside at night, but I was doing that way before that law came in. When my cats are outside, they leave the birds alone. I'm so glad of that....
2010-05-22 00:07:53
The basic problem is that spay/neuter programs make such a small dent in the increasing number of feral cats. A study in Wisconsin, in the US, found a density of over 100 feral cats per acre in some areas. Another study estimated the number of feral cats in the city iof Chicago at over 500,000. Spay/neuter programs are very good programs and should be encouraged, but such programs alone are unlikely to solve the problem. Meanwhile, feral cat colonies increase in number and in combination with free-roaming domestic cats ( outside cats ) the toll on birds and other wildlife is horrendous.
2010-05-21 12:20:49
Yes, that's true. But spaying and neutering cats means that the birds and other animals will have that scenario happen on less occasions to them...
2010-05-21 12:16:28
Kudos to those who spay and neuter their cats: that's a responsible step in the right direction. But to a song bird a cat is a cat regardless of its reproductive capacity or lack thereof.
2010-05-21 12:12:02
This shows that cats should be spayed, if one can afford to do that, of course. Both of my cats are.
2010-05-21 12:08:36
A lovely mess at any rate. :p
2010-05-21 12:00:30
My apologies. I did not realize that they are feral cats. I then agree that this would sure be a catastrophe...
2010-05-21 11:57:03
If this is a feral cat colony, which it appears to be, it is a disaster for the local fauna in the vicinity, and especially for the birds. Audobon Society scientists estimate that feral cats kill literally tens of millions of birds each year in the US alone.
2010-05-21 11:34:58
Not to me it isn't ... :)