woman trapping peoples cats

woman trapping peoples cats

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concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#1 Dec 9, 2009
Has anyone heard about this lady or had a cat go missing in college park?
Go Blue

Lake Worth, FL

#2 Dec 21, 2009
You mean cats that are allowed to roam free into other people's property? Those cat's whose behavior is foisted onto it's neighbors?
concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#3 Dec 24, 2009
Go Blue wrote:
You mean cats that are allowed to roam free into other people's property? Those cat's whose behavior is foisted onto it's neighbors?
You've heard about this? I do worry because I live in the area and know that many residents have multiple pet cats that I see outside sunning themselves quite often. Their owners should be warned if there is a chance someone will trap their pets and possibly dispose of them. Many people think of their pets as family members.
It also worries me because I see so many people walking their dogs... This has always been a family and pet friendly area and I hate to hear of someone trapping pets. What could they be doing with the animals they trap? This used to be a safe place to raise our families.
I do know that there is no leash law for cats as nobody believes them to be a hazard. I also know that there is a trapping ordinance in place to protect residents from feral cats not other people's pets.
Maybe this isn't happening... I hope not. This has always been such a nice place to live. I find it hard to believe things have changed this much.
Go Blue

Lake Worth, FL

#4 Dec 24, 2009
concerned, many people are out of line, to let their cats runfree. They have killed many songbirds, at and around my birdfeeder and others. I think there are several citizens who have had enough of this rudeness by socalled responsible petowners and have decided to fight back by capturing and eliminating the problem pets....people will learn, eventually to respect others rights and property. I suggest you either walk your cat on a leash, or keep it inside always.......
concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#6 Dec 24, 2009
concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#7 Dec 24, 2009
concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#8 Dec 24, 2009
concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#9 Dec 24, 2009
Go Blue wrote:
concerned, many people are out of line, to let their cats runfree. They have killed many songbirds, at and around my birdfeeder and others. I think there are several citizens who have had enough of this rudeness by socalled responsible petowners and have decided to fight back by capturing and eliminating the problem pets....people will learn, eventually to respect others rights and property. I suggest you either walk your cat on a leash, or keep it inside always.......
Also, I think I'll see what I can do to get the abuse of the feral cat trapping ordinance stopped.

Maybe I'm a naive old lady or maybe I'm just old fashioned but, I don't think it's very neighborly to settle a dispute over birds by "eliminating" or threatening to "eliminate" peoples pets.

"Elimination" is quite a sentence for a trespassing kitty. I'm sure as civilized adults it could be handled without all the underhanded cloak and dagger techniques. Also, traps have to be baited, don't they?
concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#10 Dec 24, 2009
cats and dogs singing Christmas songs:
Go Blue

Lake Worth, FL

#11 Dec 25, 2009
Best way to keep your pets safe and alive, is to keep them at home........nuff said...
concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#12 Dec 26, 2009
Go Blue wrote:
Best way to keep your pets safe and alive, is to keep them at home........nuff said...
I have to agree with you. Times have changed in Lake Worth. It's not even safe to be a kitten here anymore. It's a shame.

I brought this up with a couple friends and their opinion is that this is Florida. There certainly is no shortage of birds and many people think of them as pests. Especially when paint jobs on expensive cars/homes/business/boats are destroyed by their disease carrying feces (much of the diseases they carry are air born).

We all love song birds but to lure flocks of birds into residential neighborhoods could cause property damage and disease. Like all animals, birds like to roost and congregate where there is ample food.
http://www.mybirdcontrol.com/residential_bird...
http://www.articlesbase.com/home-improvement-...
http://www.birdpestcontrol.net/bird-control/b...

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/6164...
There are over 60 diseases that birds and their droppings can carry. The problem is especially worrisome in residential areas, as many of them are airborne and can be transferred to humans just by being around droppings.

Birds carry: Histoplasmosis, Candidiasis, Cryptococcosis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Salmonellosis, E.coli, West Nile Virus, Yellow mealworms, Bed bugs, lyme disease.

Feeders are attracting rats.
Rodents are attracted to seeds dropped beneath feeders. Once a population is established, it can be very difficult to discourage.

Blue Jays from chipping the paint off of house?
Blue Jays have been observed chipping off and consuming house paint.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent...

photos of damage birds have done to private property:
http://britannicaroofing.com/bird2.jpg
http://sgrl.csiro.au/storage/stores_equipment...
http://ajservicesllc.com/myPictures/swallows1...
http://www.aecinfo.com/1/pdcnewsitem/01/91/31...

Birds destroy gardens. Both flower and vegetable:
http://tomatoville.com/showthread.php...
concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#13 Dec 26, 2009
Go Blue wrote:
Best way to keep your pets safe and alive, is to keep them at home........nuff said...
But, I must say that any American who huddles inside or any American who tells another to huddle inside out of fear of and/or threats made by their neighbors to do horrible things to their loved ones needs to take a civics class.

So, some people want to lure wild, sometimes aggressive, unregulated, un-vaccinatable, disease carrying, private property/farm/garden destroying, feces dropping birds onto their property and in turn onto their neighbors property for their own enjoyment. Which also bring other vermin like rats along with them.

Many cities in this county and around the world have laws in place to stop people from feeding birds due to the above reasons. They have been deemed a hazard.

Others want to own cats that are regulated, vaccinated, but may dig in gardens or leave their droppings but, eliminate vermin.

Why is it that you feel that luring disease carrying, destructive birds into your neighbors property is ok?

Do your neighbor rights matter so little that you feel it's your right to infringe upon them by luring loud, property destructive, disease carrying, unregulated, un-vaccinated animals to their property while throwing a tantrum and "eliminating" little Frisky for being in your yard?

“searching myself”

Since: Sep 09

In Charming CA

#14 Jan 1, 2010
We have a cat. We also have a colony of feral lovebirds, peachface, and some dutch blues, that winter in our yard. Would you suggest we stop feeding these beautiful little birds?

http://s567.photobucket.com/albums/ss117/aloh...

Would you?
On the other hand, there is a vacant house next door which is the home of about 30 feral cats, and gets new members monthly. We shoot them, when we get the chance, because the city sets one trap per year, and never sends anyone to check it. We were told if we 'vandalised' the trap (by springing it when the carcass began to smell and throwing the dead cat in the garbage) we could be fined $100.00 if apprehended. However, the city waited another 2 WEEKS to send someone out to remove it. As I said, we shoot them.

“searching myself”

Since: Sep 09

In Charming CA

#15 Jan 1, 2010
concerned neighor wrote:
cats and dogs singing Christmas songs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =aoishsVv2nQXX
You've GOT to be kidding.
concerned neighor

Lake Worth, FL

#16 Jan 2, 2010
shovelhead72 wrote:
We have a cat. We also have a colony of feral lovebirds, peachface, and some dutch blues, that winter in our yard. Would you suggest we stop feeding these beautiful little birds?
http://s567.photobucket.com/albums/ss117/aloh...
Would you?
On the other hand, there is a vacant house next door which is the home of about 30 feral cats, and gets new members monthly. We shoot them, when we get the chance, because the city sets one trap per year, and never sends anyone to check it. We were told if we 'vandalised' the trap (by springing it when the carcass began to smell and throwing the dead cat in the garbage) we could be fined $100.00 if apprehended. However, the city waited another 2 WEEKS to send someone out to remove it. As I said, we shoot them.
no, no. Like I said, everyone loves song birds. Forgive me, I was a little hot under the collar. I was replying to someone who thinks it would be ok to trap your cat and have it "eliminated".

They said the reason that it's ok to do so is that cats have killed songbirds.

I think it's kind of harsh to "eliminate" people's pets (not feral cats or cat carcasses) for crossing boundaries it doesn't know are there.

Since we live in a relatively small city (7 square miles) I brought it up with a couple friends of mine who pointed out that they have had troubles with many birds and that they are indeed destructive.
Florida has a huge number of birds from parrots (6 different species), herons and scrub jays to vultures, Pelicans, gulls and pigeons.

Ducks, geese, loons, grebes, albatrosses, cormorants, egrets, ibises and spoonbills, storks, hawks, kites, and eagles, five species of caracaras and falcons, cranes, sandpipers, terns, doves, owls, swifts, 10 species of hummingbird), king fishers, woodpeckers, crows, magpies, and ravens, larks, swallows, chickadees, starlings, thrushes, cardinals, finches, etc, etc...

My whole point was that many people have now and in the past owned pet cats. Even indoor cats can get out. Maybe "eliminating" our neighbors pet cat because they wandered into our yard is a little harsh.
Just a thought.

“searching myself”

Since: Sep 09

In Charming CA

#17 Jan 2, 2010
My apologies for the high consternation content of the post to which you replied. I agree that one should be very sure that a wandering animal does not belong to a neighbor (or to SOMEONE) before taking action against it. Also, that there is only so much one can do to thwart an animal's instinct to be out-of-doors, especially a small cat's.
It is certainly advisable to keep cats indoors, not out of fear, but out of common sense; cats are excellent predators (unfortunately for songbirds) but they are also prey to coyotes, dogs, and cars. We should be keeping our unleashed cats in the house as much as possible, in my opinion.

You seem to be quite knowledgeable concerning the wildlife in your area. Thank you for sharing this with me, and I hope you have a very nice day.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

“searching myself”

Since: Sep 09

In Charming CA

#18 Feb 3, 2010
concerned neighor wrote:
Has anyone heard about this lady or had a cat go missing in college park?
nope.
Gods Warrior

Stuart, FL

#19 Feb 3, 2010
Stupid birds, stupid cats; shoot, shovel and shut up I always say.:)

“searching myself”

Since: Sep 09

In Charming CA

#20 Feb 4, 2010
'Bout time you checked in on your own forum, man. See you in the funny pages...

;)
Gods Warrior

Stuart, FL

#21 Feb 4, 2010
shovelhead72 wrote:
'Bout time you checked in on your own forum, man. See you in the funny pages...
;)
ha, ha, ha

I reinstalled windows and 'Lake Worth' was at the top so I clicked it for once. I don't read the papers or TV stations linked to this forum so I never comment here.

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