Feral cats dog residents - Hawaii News

Feral cats dog residents - Hawaii News

There are 324 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 26, 2009, titled Feral cats dog residents - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Al Alicea still visits Kakaako Waterfront Park for walks with his wife, but stopped holding family barbecues there because he's bothered by the feral cats.

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WhatAPussy

Troy, MI

#1 Oct 26, 2009
"What problem is the little kitty?" he asked. "I don't see a big influx of cats. I've never been attacked by a cat."
Sounds like you love cat houses.
sandy huihui hefferon

Adelaide, Australia

#2 Oct 26, 2009
At least common sense prevails......the cause of "feral cats" is the human who "dumps them when no longer cute or become too much bother".....thank
god for people who are kindhearted and care for these animals. These are God's creatures and have feelings and need aloha and care too...as we all do!
Von

Aiea, HI

#3 Oct 26, 2009
At night when there are no lights and when its pitch black take a picture in any direction and you will see a thousand eyes reflecting back at you after the picture has been developed. Some of the eyes are from the homeless people and some are from the cats, but what seems like a vacant empty space at night has a thousand eyes looking back at you from every direction. The same thing happens in the Ala Moana Park also. It makes you think that when you feel all alone and there is no one around you are actually being watched every step you take and from every direction.
pops

Pearl City, HI

#4 Oct 26, 2009
dam cats are everywhere, so far I have caught 18 and aloha they went to the HHS
ehh

Aiea, HI

#5 Oct 26, 2009
Uncared for dogs and cats lead to more dogs and cats and the resulting messes. Who wants to stroll through a park and come back with the smelly,sticky stuff under you and your kid's feet? How about playing in the sand and finding out that the animals have used the area as a bathroom?

What about seeing diseased, starving, or injured former pets wandering about? Ever seen a puppy or cat run over and is in the process of dying?

I guess it is going to take several tragedies before enough people are forced to do something about it. Lazy reactionary thinking is what got most messes in the first place. An ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure... Think about that.
Common Sense

Kahului, HI

#7 Oct 26, 2009
ehh wrote:
Uncared for dogs and cats lead to more dogs and cats and the resulting messes. Who wants to stroll through a park and come back with the smelly,sticky stuff under you and your kid's feet? How about playing in the sand and finding out that the animals have used the area as a bathroom?
What about seeing diseased, starving, or injured former pets wandering about? Ever seen a puppy or cat run over and is in the process of dying?
I guess it is going to take several tragedies before enough people are forced to do something about it. Lazy reactionary thinking is what got most messes in the first place. An ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure... Think about that.
The simple solution is to put down humanely these ridiculous cat colonies. Hawaii definitely has a third world mentality when it comes to such big enviromental issues as this. Not only are these cats spreading disease and filth but they are responsible for reducing our native bird population. Feral cats have been found as high as 11,000 feet on Mauna Kea. This is one of the reasons that Hawaii has the distinction of having the highest extinction rate in the world. We need to follow the lead of New Zealand and other progressive countries. Theirs absolutely NO excuse for these ridiculous colonies. Why dont these people that care for these cats donate their time to homeless outreach - are feral cats that have been dumped by their owners more important then people?. Its ridiculous and is deeply rooted in the narcissim of our time.
katz

Honolulu, HI

#8 Oct 26, 2009
Poor cats, they ARE Gods creatures and one day, we too might need compassion. It's not their faults. Wish we could figure out a solution to help these poor helpless animals.
Just Say NO Feed please

Aiea, HI

#9 Oct 26, 2009
The ignorance of many parents is somewhat overwhelming, especially when the allow/encourage their keiki to feed wild birds while eating out doors. Wild birds are just that "wild". When people feed the birds they become less skilled at finding their own food. Also, when people are absent from these areas the birds congregate on the tables, chairs and surrounding areas. I dont' know about you, but I'd prefer my table to be (mostly) free of dirty, shitting birds. Aside from hurting the birds chances of survival, feeding wild birds on Oahu is ILLEGAL.
The same argument applies to feeding feral cats. Feral cats are killing endangered birds far more than domesticated dogs are killing endangered birds. Don't get me wrong, the birds needs to be protected from both cats and dogs. I support the capture and euthanasia of feral cats colonies on Oahu.
Haas Picker

Yucaipa, CA

#10 Oct 26, 2009
sandy huihui hefferon wrote:
....the cause of "feral cats" is the human who "dumps them ...
On Maui, the human is the HSPCA. And they do sterilize them before taking them to the parks! Ever wonder what happened to the rare birds in the parks? Oh, you may not be old enough to remember any bird in any park! Auwe!
Common Sense

Kahului, HI

#11 Oct 26, 2009
Just Say NO Feed please wrote:
The ignorance of many parents is somewhat overwhelming, especially when the allow/encourage their keiki to feed wild birds while eating out doors. Wild birds are just that "wild". When people feed the birds they become less skilled at finding their own food. Also, when people are absent from these areas the birds congregate on the tables, chairs and surrounding areas. I dont' know about you, but I'd prefer my table to be (mostly) free of dirty,**** birds. Aside from hurting the birds chances of survival, feeding wild birds on Oahu is ILLEGAL.
The same argument applies to feeding feral cats. Feral cats are killing endangered birds far more than domesticated dogs are killing endangered birds. Don't get me wrong, the birds needs to be protected from both cats and dogs. I support the capture and euthanasia of feral cats colonies on Oahu.
You hit the nail on the head and we should also eliminate pest birds such as pigeons etc that are no different then feral cats. You are correct that these birds should not be fed. Thank you for some rational level headed comments!

Since: Sep 09

Honolulu, HI

#13 Oct 26, 2009
Despite their names, some people here have no common sense whatsoevah. Brah, you want less ferals or strays running around? 1) Tax, fine, and jail the suckas who dump their pets in the first place. 2) Make all breeders and pet sellers registered and get a license. They should pay annual taxes and fees from the selling of their dogs and cats. 3) Make mandatory neutering/spaying of non-breeding pets/animals a State law. 4) Support people and organizations who actually care and make a difference for the animals. Give to no-kill shelters, animal rights charities, or feral cat feeders. None of them gets pay to do what they do, unlike HHS.
Rita

Kailua, HI

#14 Oct 26, 2009
Add Koko Head Regional Park and Hanauma Bay to the list of areas with out of control disgusting feral cat populations. My dog picked up hook worm in the park. These animals are diseased, they carry parasites and contagious eye infections. The entrance of Koko Head Park reeks of cat urine. Feces are everywhere including the ball fields where children play. Park personnel regularly clear cat corpses. Everyone dodges responsibility. Thank you Star Bulletin -- someone is finally noticing.
KAT

Kamuela, HI

#15 Oct 26, 2009
If these cats are eliminated from parks then the rats, mice, roaches and other pests will rise and become the problem. Take your pick.

People always abandon their cats but not their dogs, what gives?
SatansCreatures

United States

#16 Oct 26, 2009
Toxoplasmosis, Feline FIV, parasites...they don't always bury their shit and the psychos can bite and scratch too.
changalanga

Mililani, HI

#17 Oct 26, 2009
Since the last millenium we have invented something called digital photography. We don't "develop" pictures anymore.
Von wrote:
At night when there are no lights and when its pitch black take a picture in any direction and you will see a thousand eyes reflecting back at you after the picture has been developed. Some of the eyes are from the homeless people and some are from the cats, but what seems like a vacant empty space at night has a thousand eyes looking back at you from every direction. The same thing happens in the Ala Moana Park also. It makes you think that when you feel all alone and there is no one around you are actually being watched every step you take and from every direction.

Since: Sep 09

Honolulu, HI

#18 Oct 26, 2009
And no, feral cats don't reduce the wild or native bird populations. Last I checked, wild endangered birds don't hang out at residential neighborhoods, fast food restaurants, dumpsters, or local beach parks hoping for some scraps. Want to know who really destroys the native bird population? Us humans. It's us who pollute their environment and destroy their ecological habitats then blame it on the ferals. Hey, just look around. Without shining flashlights at night everywhere, do you see more ferals or cars and people?
Bottom Line

Honolulu, HI

#19 Oct 26, 2009
Feral (homeless) cats need care...just like us someday.
Wacko

Wahiawa, HI

#20 Oct 26, 2009
Why waste money on signs, thats stupid. The simple solution is to trap and take the cats to the humane society.

Trapping works.

Common sense solution works.

Remove those that cannot think of good solutions and the government would be better today.
Common Sense

Kahului, HI

#21 Oct 26, 2009
Rita wrote:
Add Koko Head Regional Park and Hanauma Bay to the list of areas with out of control disgusting feral cat populations. My dog picked up hook worm in the park. These animals are diseased, they carry parasites and contagious eye infections. The entrance of Koko Head Park reeks of cat urine.**** are everywhere including the ball fields where children play. Park personnel regularly clear cat corpses. Everyone dodges responsibility. Thank you Star Bulletin -- someone is finally noticing.
You are absolutely correct - contact your council person to put down and humanely get rid of these cat colonies...
Common Sense

Kahului, HI

#22 Oct 26, 2009
KAT wrote:
If these cats are eliminated from parks then the rats, mice, roaches and other pests will rise and become the problem. Take your pick.
People always abandon their cats but not their dogs, what gives?
Sorrry you have your facts wrong - these feral cats are the problem and not the mice and rats.

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