Predators Vs. Pets -- Courant.com

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A month ago, when Bianca LaPorta's silver-gray cat, Timmi, went missing, LaPorta blamed it on the full moon.

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Teresa Gennett

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Aug 7, 2007
 
SAME THING....MY MANY CATS HAVE DISPPEARS OVER MANY YEARS..DUE TO WILD ANIMALS...EVEN COULD BE BIG BIRDS AS EAGLES, HAWKS, AND OSPREY TOO!!!
I MISSED THOSE CATS THAT HAVE BEEN GONE FOR YEARS!!! I HAVE ALWAYS WISHED THAT THEY NEVER TAKE CATS FROM ME!!!
I WISH I CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BUT CAN NOT AFFORD FENCES...SOMETIMES CAT CAN JUMP OVER FENCES!!! BUT HOW???? TO PREVENT DISPPEARING CATS!!!
Nature Lover

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Aug 7, 2007
 
Cats should be indoors anyway. I think we are lucky as a species to have rabbits, foxes, coyotes and other animals trusting us enough to co-habit with us. The whole tone of this article implies we are superior as a species and that these creatures are therefore "intruders." I am honored when foxes and rabbits and coyotes share our space, and have deliberately tried to make my suburban backyard a wildlife habitat. they have a much right, or more, to be on this land than we do. Maybe suburban towns need to change fencing ordinances to allow 8-10 foot perimeter fences, which would help keep wild animals out of unwelcoming yards. I grew up with raccoons, coyotes, skunks, deer and everything else in my backyard in a sururb in the California foothills. Sadly, the deer had disappeared by the time I was grown, due to housing developments on the hillsides. It was a wonderful experience. We need to find a way to co-exist peacefully with all these beautiful creatures. But, since we seem to be going in the opposite direction amongst our own species, I wonder what the prognosis is for inter-species co-existance.
John N in Hartford

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Aug 7, 2007
 
Why on earth people still feel it's okay to let "Puss" outside to roam is beyond me. The lifespan of an outdoor cat is about 4-5 years. Keeping your cat indoors keeps them healthier, and lets them live longer. My last cat lived happily indoors for 17 years. And dogs sholudn't be left alone outside, either. As pack animals, they prefer the company of their "families" anyway. If a person doesn't have the time to spend with their dog outdoors, maybe they shouldn't have a dog.
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Aug 7, 2007
 
kracknheadz wrote:
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its your chinese neighbor mr.wang, hes eating them
I love eating cats and so dsoent my husband
sincerly MRS wang
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Aug 7, 2007
 
Teresa Gennett wrote:
SAME THING....MY MANY CATS HAVE DISPPEARS OVER MANY YEARS..DUE TO WILD ANIMALS...EVEN COULD BE BIG BIRDS AS EAGLES, HAWKS, AND OSPREY TOO!!!
I MISSED THOSE CATS THAT HAVE BEEN GONE FOR YEARS!!! I HAVE ALWAYS WISHED THAT THEY NEVER TAKE CATS FROM ME!!!
I WISH I CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BUT CAN NOT AFFORD FENCES...SOMETIMES CAT CAN JUMP OVER FENCES!!! BUT HOW???? TO PREVENT DISPPEARING CATS!!!
I think your cats left because you are always shouting.
Animal lover

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Aug 7, 2007
 
Teresa Gennett wrote:
SAME THING....MY MANY CATS HAVE DISPPEARS OVER MANY YEARS..DUE TO WILD ANIMALS...EVEN COULD BE BIG BIRDS AS EAGLES, HAWKS, AND OSPREY TOO!!!
I MISSED THOSE CATS THAT HAVE BEEN GONE FOR YEARS!!! I HAVE ALWAYS WISHED THAT THEY NEVER TAKE CATS FROM ME!!!
I WISH I CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BUT CAN NOT AFFORD FENCES...SOMETIMES CAT CAN JUMP OVER FENCES!!! BUT HOW???? TO PREVENT DISPPEARING CATS!!!
You can do something about keeping your cats safe. You keep them indoors and let them use a litter box. If you clean it daily, you won't have a build up of
bad odors or cats who use your carpets for their bathroom. I find a lot of people are too lazy to have a litter box and having to clean it. My husband and I have been adopting cats for many years. We keep one to two in our house and we never have an odor, because we keep their boxes clean.
Personally, if you love your animals that much, keep them safe in your house.
And let the beautiful wildlife alone. We have taken too much from them as it is. You have an opportunity to care for all the animals.
Simsbury resident

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Aug 7, 2007
 
Cats should be allowed to go outside. I have a 17 year old cat who has been in and out the entire time. DON'T DECLAW YOUR CATS, THOUGH! They are absolutely defenseless if they do get out. Plus, it's inhumane. Because my cats go out, I'm aware of the risks - but it's worth it. I'm not so selfish that I need to lock up my pets just so they can make me happy for years.
Fed Up

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Aug 7, 2007
 
Theresa,

There are inexpensive deer fences and esolar-powered electric ones that are lightweight and east to put up and move. Check out your local Agway. the electrified fences do a good job of doiscouraging intruders - but they'll also shock your cats....who should be indoors anyway.
you should have had a V8

Burlington, MA

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Aug 7, 2007
 
Simsbury resident wrote:
Cats should be allowed to go outside. I have a 17 year old cat who has been in and out the entire time. DON'T DECLAW YOUR CATS, THOUGH! They are absolutely defenseless if they do get out. Plus, it's inhumane. Because my cats go out, I'm aware of the risks - but it's worth it. I'm not so selfish that I need to lock up my pets just so they can make me happy for years.
I agree that if you let your cat outside you should not declaw them, but check with your vet and they'll tell you that it's not inhumane to declaw. I wouldn't suggest it and my cats are indoor cats, but to each his own. If they scratch things up, get them used to getting sprayed with a water. That stops them. Bottom line, if you can't handle a pet, don't have any.
Too far

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Aug 7, 2007
 
The cats I own would lynch me if I tried to keep them indoors. From very early they made it clear to me they are going outside and I respect that. They are just naturally outdoor cats and who am I to keep them locked up.
Now, I have a question that I hope someone can answer. We have had a couple of cats go missing very recently and we suspect coyotes but we have never heard any coyotes. Does one thing have anything to do with the other? In other words if we have coyotes around would we necessarily hear them howl from time to time or is it very possible that we may never hear them? Any info will be greatly appreciated.
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Aug 7, 2007
 
Our beloved Sam had to be an out door cat - he was a stray that adopted us. If it didn't move he sprayed it. all of our other adoptees (and severe rescues)have been indoor. We have a balcony with bird netting to keep them safe. They love the indoor life and lead long a happy lives. Unfortunately for Sam, he was so sweet (17 pounds of sleek gray panther) never realize he was prey.I will always miss my garden buddy.

Still I highly advise IF YOU LOVE THEM - KEEP THEM INDOORS!
Animal lover

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Aug 8, 2007
 
Too far wrote:
The cats I own would lynch me if I tried to keep them indoors. From very early they made it clear to me they are going outside and I respect that. They are just naturally outdoor cats and who am I to keep them locked up.
Now, I have a question that I hope someone can answer. We have had a couple of cats go missing very recently and we suspect coyotes but we have never heard any coyotes. Does one thing have anything to do with the other? In other words if we have coyotes around would we necessarily hear them howl from time to time or is it very possible that we may never hear them? Any info will be greatly appreciated.
We have coyotes and you don't always hear them. They live on our street and they have been spotted sitting on porches and watching all the small animals go by, just waiting to pounce on them. They sometimes have their litters with them. My neighborhood has lost several cats and we are positive it is due to the coyotes.
By the way, most vets will now tell you to keep the cats indoors for safety reasons. If you do that from the very beginning, most of them will have no idea what is outside. They are very content to curl up beside you or to play with you. I have one cat who follows me wherever I go. She is so loving and can't get enough cuddling. The other one doesn't care for a lot of cuddling, but loves to be brushed and will return her love when she feels like she wants to do so. She is mostly happy sleeping on a shelf we have built, in front of a window.
You can keep a cat happy indoors and I think it is loving to want to keep them safe from wild animals. Have you ever seen what a fisher can to to a cat? We have more and more of them in CT. also.
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Aug 8, 2007
 
Why was she letting her cat roam? Roaming cats kill millions of songbirds and get hit by cars among other things. Please don't let your pets roam.
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Aug 8, 2007
 
Since I was a little Squeenter, I've been able to call my kitties into the house at night. If you're leaving your pet outside at night, you are not being a responsible pet owner. It's not that hard to do.

BTW, we should be thankful for our hunters for helping to keep the deer population, and thus the predator population down. More deer hunting, if you please.
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Aug 8, 2007
 
Teresa Gennett wrote:
SAME THING....MY MANY CATS HAVE DISPPEARS OVER MANY YEARS..DUE TO WILD ANIMALS...EVEN COULD BE BIG BIRDS AS EAGLES, HAWKS, AND OSPREY TOO!!!
I MISSED THOSE CATS THAT HAVE BEEN GONE FOR YEARS!!! I HAVE ALWAYS WISHED THAT THEY NEVER TAKE CATS FROM ME!!!
I WISH I CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BUT CAN NOT AFFORD FENCES...SOMETIMES CAT CAN JUMP OVER FENCES!!! BUT HOW???? TO PREVENT DISPPEARING CATS!!!
When u get new kat?
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Aug 8, 2007
 
I think that we will only see more of this type of thing in the future. We know that the habitat of wild animal is decreasing as humans develop it into housing and resorts.
I also think that the culling of such animals is not as agressive as in years gone by. Hunting is not as prevalent, trapping for the pelts is limited and so on.
Predation will turn to the domestic pets as they are easy targets and often found enclosed in a yard where they have no where to run!
Dave

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Aug 8, 2007
 
What we really need around here are some wolves and mountain lions to eat the deer. If they get a few cats too, so be it. These deer are totally out of control and so are the people that think they are cute. They wouldn't think deer were so cute if a full grown one decides to charge their car by leaping out of the woods onto the windshield as you drive by, spraying glass and deer parts all over you and your kids. Deer are stupid car magnets and there are WAYYYYY too many of them around here. They destroy the environment almost as much as people by eating every type of plant from ornamentals to the most endangered natural plants in CT. If anyone knows how to get a mating pair of wolves from Canada or Yellowstone, please do so let them go here in CT.
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Aug 9, 2007
 
Too far wrote:
The cats I own would lynch me if I tried to keep them indoors. From very early they made it clear to me they are going outside and I respect that. They are just naturally outdoor cats and who am I to keep them locked up.
Now, I have a question that I hope someone can answer. We have had a couple of cats go missing very recently and we suspect coyotes but we have never heard any coyotes. Does one thing have anything to do with the other? In other words if we have coyotes around would we necessarily hear them howl from time to time or is it very possible that we may never hear them? Any info will be greatly appreciated.
We have coyotes, and I've never heard them howl. I see them from time to time, though, so I know they're there.
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Aug 9, 2007
 
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mr. wang please leave fluffy alone. i told you many times, no more kitty fu yung for you. no matter how many times you tell me i know its not chickety china the chinese chicken. leave the kitty alone
How bout new dog then? Special Pork tasty... Coyote to lean, no fat...
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Aug 9, 2007
 
Dave wrote:
What we really need around here are some wolves and mountain lions to eat the deer. If they get a few cats too, so be it. These deer are totally out of control and so are the people that think they are cute. They wouldn't think deer were so cute if a full grown one decides to charge their car by leaping out of the woods onto the windshield as you drive by, spraying glass and deer parts all over you and your kids. Deer are stupid car magnets and there are WAYYYYY too many of them around here. They destroy the environment almost as much as people by eating every type of plant from ornamentals to the most endangered natural plants in CT. If anyone knows how to get a mating pair of wolves from Canada or Yellowstone, please do so let them go here in CT.
Yeah Dave, those deer are so rude for purposely charging our cars. Let's kill them all. Idiot.

Let's look into more humane ways to alleviate the assumed deer overpopulation problem. This can be done through sterilization efforts throughout the state.

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