Feral felines in Fitchburg - Sentinel...

Feral felines in Fitchburg - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 88 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 23, 2011, titled Feral felines in Fitchburg - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Roaming the streets, yards, parking lots and empty buildings of the city are an estimated 800 to 1,000 stray cats.

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Dirty Old Man

Gardner, MA

#71 Jan 24, 2011
Alzheimers wrote:
I haven't seen my cat for days but I noticed that I do have a furry new pillow.
That's your wife or girlfriend.
Resident

Gardner, MA

#72 Jan 24, 2011
Exterminate the ferals.
Alzheimers

Leominster, MA

#73 Jan 24, 2011
Dirty Old Man wrote:
<quoted text> That's your wife or girlfriend.
Or even worse it's your wife or girlfriend, get that stinky thing out of here. Just leave the money she owes me for my services on the kitchen counter.
Dirty Old Man

Gardner, MA

#74 Jan 24, 2011
Alzheimers wrote:
<quoted text>Or even worse it's your wife or girlfriend, get that stinky thing out of here. Just leave the money she owes me for my services on the kitchen counter.
Sorry, but I don't have anything smaller than a quarter. She said your tool was about as forgetful as your brain.
Vote On It

Fitchburg, MA

#75 Jan 24, 2011
Just a Thought wrote:
How bout we put an ordinance in place that provides financial incentive for exterminated feral cats? Perhaps a voucher system that can be redeemed at local businesses to help stimulate the economy?
Seriously, that's a great idea!
David

Leominster, MA

#76 Jan 25, 2011
Vote On It wrote:
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Seriously, that's a great idea!
Do you people think before responding? Putting a bounty on dead cats will get lots of household pets killed since they are much easier to find than the feral cats. When there was a bounty on coyotes it was easy, a coyote is a coyote...but in this case not all cats are created equal.
Vote On It

Fitchburg, MA

#77 Jan 25, 2011
David wrote:
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Do you people think before responding? Putting a bounty on dead cats will get lots of household pets killed since they are much easier to find than the feral cats. When there was a bounty on coyotes it was easy, a coyote is a coyote...but in this case not all cats are created equal.
says you
David

Leominster, MA

#79 Jan 25, 2011
Voter wrote:
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The city can require that all cats be licensed. Cats with collars/licenses won't be killed. It will be assumed that any cat without a collar/license is a feral and will be terminated.
Probelem solved. And the cuty gets to take in some additional revenue.
The only problem with this is that most experts caution about putting collars on out door cats, as they tend to get hung up on branches when the cats climb trees (to escape predators for one reason, and another is that cats climb trees because they like to), and the cats end up hanging themselves. It is a shame to put the lives of innocent cats in danger because other thoughtless people abandon cats.
David

Leominster, MA

#80 Jan 25, 2011
Voter wrote:
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The city can require that all cats be licensed. Cats with collars/licenses won't be killed. It will be assumed that any cat without a collar/license is a feral and will be terminated.
Probelem solved. And the cuty gets to take in some additional revenue.
I guess the city could declare "open season" on feral cats and tell all homeowners that the last week of a certain month is "open feral season" and to keep your cats indoors or on a leash for that week because ANY cat seen not attached to a human during that week will be considered "FERAL" and will be "taken"...no exceptions.
CONCERNED RESIDENT

AOL

#82 Jan 25, 2011
Garfield The Cat wrote:
I am going to track each and every one of you crazies down and scratch your darn eyes out.
SOUNDS GREAT !! let me know where the line is to do this ! they are idiots ! and sometimes i think maybe this online comment not a good thing because of idiots ! I am off here now i can't waste any more of my time with these jerks , but good luck to all the good people continue the great work !
Just a Thought

Fitchburg, MA

#83 Jan 25, 2011
Voter wrote:
David, you're on to something. As far as cats hanging themselves, that's the cost of doing business. If a few innocent cats have to die in order to rid our city of this feral cat problem then their lives wouldn't have been given up in vain.
We could erect a memorial in their honor by the gazebo, or at Coggshall Park.
Hey! I'm the one that opened the discussion about an extermination ordinance.
Larry

Fitchburg, MA

#84 Jan 25, 2011
Garfield The Cat wrote:
I am going to track each and every one of you crazies down and scratch your darn eyes out.
Here kitty, kitty, kitty.
I've got a nice dish of food for you.
Larry

Fitchburg, MA

#85 Jan 25, 2011
Indeed wrote:
<quoted text>.
Yes. A feral cat that was on my property. I have since found you get way more distance and greater trajectory if you grab them by the tail and windmill-toss them.
I looooooooooove pulling cats by the tail. It really makes them angry. My neighbors cat freaks out when I grab him and lift him upside down by the tail. He cries and whines, tries to claw me. But I yank him a few more times and then give him a heave ho from the second floor porch. Strange thing is he keeps coming back for more. I'm going to miss him once the D Con kicks in.
Really

Leominster, MA

#86 Jan 25, 2011
HMMM wrote:
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1 Your cat should not be outside. Average cat who goes outside only lives about 8yrs where a cat that doesnt go out lives 13+..... And 2 if your cat does go outside it should have a collar and I.D. tag on it so if your cat gets hit by a car or something else happens to the cat someone will know who to call ! Bring your kitty in :( My 4 yr old cat I adopted 2 yrs ago use to be an outdoor cat til his 3 legged kitty friend got eaten by a coyote and she had 5 kids who always left the door open and didnt want him to get eaten as well. I have had him for 2 yrs now and he does not go outside unless on a harness with adult supervision !
A harness and adult supervision? I have an 8 y/o cat who is outside more than shes inside. I would hate for something to happen to her but Id also hate to see her cooped up 24/7. Shes is fully clawed and climbs up a tree when in danger. She seems to be doing just dandy. You are probably the same type of person that trains their dogs to go to the bathroom inside on a "potty pad". Let animals be animals.
Barn Cat

Fitchburg, MA

#87 Jan 25, 2011
Cats wrote:
We have several feral cats placed as barn cats. They use to be very stand offish when we first got them and now they are total love bugs.
Can you adopt a cat from a shelter as a barn cat? Without commenting on all the nonsense posted here -- I really want to know... can you go to a shelter and actually say you want to give a "barn" home to a feral/abandoned/non-house/frie ndly cat? If so, which ones? There ARE people looking to help and have the ones no one would think are adoptable. Shelters usually require the best home for house cats and exclude any other options for the "less-wanted". I just lost my "barn" cat to old age. He chose my barn - I didn't choose him - and he was just as well taken care of as my 2 indoor cats - more so actually because he didn't choose the "cushy" home. Would like to give a good home to another "feral".
YES

Leominster, MA

#88 Jan 25, 2011
You can probably get a cat from the Sterling Animal Shelter. It will probably cost you $350 but it's well worth it.
Garfield The Cat

Gardner, MA

#89 Jan 25, 2011
Larry wrote:
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Here kitty, kitty, kitty.
I've got a nice dish of food for you.
Geez, you think I'm buying that? Speak to my agent and body double.
Hmmmmm

Gardner, MA

#90 Jan 25, 2011
YES wrote:
You can probably get a cat from the Sterling Animal Shelter. It will probably cost you $350 but it's well worth it.
$350 for a POS cat? That's funny. Hunt them and kill them. Problem solved.
cat woman

Leominster, MA

#91 Jan 25, 2011
Cat's are people too. When I'm home I put on the animal planet shows and my cat loves it. He will lay on the couch for hours watching the different shows.
CONCERNED RESIDENT

AOL

#92 Jan 26, 2011
YES wrote:
You can probably get a cat from the Sterling Animal Shelter. It will probably cost you $350 but it's well worth it.
oh my god , i don't think it is that high ... i know many shelters are getting like 150.00 or less and that is with all up to date shots , sprayed / neutuered , mirco chip , and i think if u tell them u are looking for a outdoors barn cat they will work with u as they are looking for homes for some ...
but go onto i think it is petfinder.com or call your local petco or petsmart and they have adoption days ... i think the 350 is for dogs .. of course there is questions they ask and a couple forms to fill out as they need to make sure a good home ...

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