Pro­tect wildlife, keep cats in­doors

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -


I am a cat-lover and I have two pet cats that started life as res­cues. I also love our na­tive wildlife. I de­cided a long time ago that the safest and only way to keep my cats was to keep them in­doors.

We hu­mans brought do­mes­tic cats to this coun­try and we have cre­ated a sit­u­a­tion where we have a huge num­ber of well-fed and cared-for preda­tors (cats) stalk­ing and killing mil­lions of wild an­i­mals — wild birds in par­tic­u­lar. Trap-Neuter-Re- lease is not the an­swer, as has been proved many times over. Feral cats live short, mis­er­able lives, out in the el­e­ments, caus­ing pub­lic health prob­lems and be­ing at­tacked by other wild an­i­mals, such as rac­coons. These man­aged feral cat colonies fre­quently tend to draw more and more stray cats.

At this time of year, cats are a spe­cial threat to young fledglings just learn­ing to fly. These lit­tle ones don’t have a chance when stalked by a well­cared-for house­hold cat. If you care for all of our crea­tures, birds and cats alike, please keep your cats in­doors.

The Amer­i­can Bird Con­ser­vancy web­site ( pro­vides a great deal of use­ful in­for­ma­tion and data on this topic, in­clud­ing ideas for keep­ing happy in­door cats.

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