Protect wildlife, keep cats indoors
FROM: SUSAN L. PETERSON ELKTON
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 (www.abcbirds.org/cats) provides a great deal of useful information and data on this topic, including ideas for keeping happy indoor cats.