Roaming cats raise readers' ire

Roaming cats raise readers' ire

There are 49 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 17, 2009, titled Roaming cats raise readers' ire. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The roaming cats question two weeks ago made the fur fly. Most readers adamantly oppose allowing pet cats to wander.

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bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

#1 Mar 17, 2009
I have seen some of these little ones lying by the side of the road and somehow have asked myself if they are someones pet. I have a neighbor who lets his cats outside all the time in all kinds of weather. I ask him why and his reply was "his wife is allergic to them and they are not allowed in the house". Why have them? I see them wandering all over the neighborhood as if they were searching for food.
Professor Chaos

United States

#3 Mar 17, 2009
You're neighbor is an idiot. The cats are not looking for food, they're looking to kill something. If you don't have a birdfeeder please don't put one up. You'll be sentencing the birds you are trying to feed to death.

F'in cats.
bethlehem wrote:
I have seen some of these little ones lying by the side of the road and somehow have asked myself if they are someones pet. I have a neighbor who lets his cats outside all the time in all kinds of weather. I ask him why and his reply was "his wife is allergic to them and they are not allowed in the house". Why have them? I see them wandering all over the neighborhood as if they were searching for food.
Professor Chaos

United States

#5 Mar 17, 2009
NUKE WELFARE MOMS wrote:
<quoted text>f'in birds.
rats of the air.
fin you

rat of topix
mr moto

Allentown, PA

#6 Mar 17, 2009
Yeah well we all know the saying about opinions and a-holes.
Yosemite Sam

Allentown, PA

#7 Mar 17, 2009
One of them thar little putty tats beat up on my Pitt Bull and now all he does is hide in the house and whimper all day. Those kitty cats are mean!
Professor Chaos

United States

#8 Mar 17, 2009
Professor Chaos wrote:
<quoted text>
fin you
rat of topix
Sorry, that was out of line.
Really sorry that I wanted to take "Rat of Topix" as my new name and someone already scarffed it up.
Rasputinsir

Eatontown, NJ

#10 Mar 17, 2009
Roaming cats eat MICE,mice carry lymes diseae,If you are wacko enough to spend money on fish for your pond,you should adopt a dog to keep the cats away...of course,,a nice chow like mine would eat your fish too.Get back to the real world&stop whining like a bunch of spoiled brats.
Amused Crack-er

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Mar 17, 2009
Rasputinsir wrote:
Roaming cats eat MICE,mice carry lymes diseae,If you are wacko enough to spend money on fish for your pond,you should adopt a dog to keep the cats away...of course,,a nice chow like mine would eat your fish too.Get back to the real world&stop whining like a bunch of spoiled brats.
Maybe if these cat owners would be responsible, then there wouldn't much of a problem. People have a right to stock a pond in their yard to add to the beauty, so why should they have to deal with a cat that's out roaming the streets?

Then again, in this day and age, it's difficult to find someone who will be held accountable for their laziness and irresponsibility.
emjoy

Northumberland, PA

#12 Mar 17, 2009
Amused Crack-er, you are right. We need to be responsible in all aspects of our lives. House cats who are put outside because of owners' allergies don't do well. They aren't as much looking for food or for a kill as they are looking for a home.

My cats are indoor cats, primarily because I live on a main road. 2 wouldn't venture outside if you poked them with a cattle prod. One goes out on the porch and sniffs around. One would go off on an adventure, if I let him. I'm more worried about their health and welfare than I am about my neighbors' bird feeders and such. But some of my neighbors let their cats roam, and the cats come to my house to peer in the windows at my cats.
RonMania

Washington, DC

#13 Mar 17, 2009
emjoy wrote:
Amused Crack-er, you are right. We need to be responsible in all aspects of our lives. House cats who are put outside because of owners' allergies don't do well. They aren't as much looking for food or for a kill as they are looking for a home.
My cats are indoor cats, primarily because I live on a main road. 2 wouldn't venture outside if you poked them with a cattle prod. One goes out on the porch and sniffs around. One would go off on an adventure, if I let him. I'm more worried about their health and welfare than I am about my neighbors' bird feeders and such. But some of my neighbors let their cats roam, and the cats come to my house to peer in the windows at my cats.
They are just looking. I go to houses to look in windows also, does that make me a mouse hunter??
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#14 Mar 17, 2009
While I can see letting cats roam to a certain extent on farm properties to keep down the rodent population, I can't see for the life of me why anyone else would want to let their cats run loose. First of all, they could get hit by a car. Or, in certain areas, they could fall prey to predators such as coyotes, feral dogs, etc. And while cats DO kill rodents which carry disease, free-ranging cats can also carry and transmit diseases and parasites as well; fleas, ticks, worms, and so on. And I just LOVE that argument "my cat stays within so many yards of my home and won't stray." If I had money for everyone who's told me that and then their cat winds up missing or killed out on the road, I'd be rich. Some of my neighbors let their cats run "but only for a few hours a day." Well, during those few hours, I've seen their cats jumping in and out of our apartment dumpster; now wouldn't you just LOVE to know what germs those cats are picking up from doing that? If people don't want to be responsible pet owners and provide a safe environment for their pets, they shouldn't have them in the first place.
Atown

Allentown, PA

#15 Mar 17, 2009
I have three cats who stay in the house most of the time. I have collars and leashes and put them out when the weather is warmer. The fresh air does them good. But my complaint is the stray cats who wander my neighborhood and wander right up to my doors and windows and do nothing but drive my own cats crazy!! These are the cats that need to be removed and taken care of!
catbirder

North Wales, PA

#16 Mar 17, 2009
TNR is neither humane nor effective. More at www.TNRrealitycheck.com
M Jones

Emmaus, PA

#18 Mar 17, 2009
We have had problems with roaming cats in the neighborhood. A few of them came into our yard (through a 3' chain-linked fence). One time, this white cat was not lucky. Our dog (a pointer) chased and killed it.
Luke Thomas

Winter Haven, FL

#19 Mar 17, 2009
Trap-Neuter-Release is *NOT* humane. These cats suffer countless parasites biting their body (fleas and ticks) and every wild animal they eat such as lizard team with countless parasitic worms. The cats suffer horribly from these biting parasites and literally drains their blood until anemic. I know I rescued two homeless cats (and they are my beloved pets) and they were COVERED with fleas and even their feces had blood due to worms (all treated and now they live in my home all the time). CATS BELONG INDOORS!!! Period. These ferals live short brutal lives, and have you ever seen cats fight? I seen cats whose eyes were blinded from a vicious cat fight. Deep lacerations. Where is your humanity in this???
Most will die from predation, human cruelty; people poison them with antifreeze (or lick it unintentionally such as a leaking radiator), shoot them, or they get hit by cars. It's far more humane to take them to the pound and have them destroyed. Trap-Neuter-Release alleges it's "cheaper" to have cat colonies. I beg to differ considering the cost of feeding is not cheap. Besides, FEEDING IS NOT ENOUGH-they never get treated for diseases, and they only get a ONE TIME rabies shot (they will never get trapped again after one time).

There are countless examples where Trap-Neuter-Release FAILS. See many examples of this on this website:

www.TNRrealitycheck.com

How do you know which cat had rabies shots? NO WAY OF TELLING. WHich means if a cat so much as scratches a child, they will require the entire rabies series. There are more cases of rabid cats (approximately 300 CATS ALONE suffer rabies in the United States each year is reported to the CDC).

IF A CITY OR MUNICIPALITY sponsors Trap-Neuter-Release, they are 100% responsible if any child gets sick from the fecal diseases or rabies or get attacked by a cat. And YES IT HAPPENS. I have multiple examples where cats did just that-attack somebody. Especially if it gets rabies the cat will lose all fear of predators.

In addition did you know cats can get BIRD FLU? It only takes one migratory bird to set it off. And they can spread it to other mammals including humans and this was proven.

TNR is a BIG MISTAKE.
Luke Thomas

Winter Haven, FL

#20 Mar 17, 2009
Did you know these wild bird team with parasitic worms? The cat eats the birds and also eats the intestinal worms, which prolificate and the cat uses childrens' sand boxes for their personal litter box. You know, what children play in.

Cats can also catch and transmit bird flu to other mammals, including humans. This is a proven fact.
It only takes one migratory bird and cats find sick birds easy prey.
TNR IS ANIMAL CRUELTY as these cats live short brtual lives and die of parasites and disease, or human cruelty, or under the wheels of a car. CATS BELONG INDOORS. PERIOD!
Professor Chaos wrote:
You're neighbor is an idiot. The cats are not looking for food, they're looking to kill something. If you don't have a birdfeeder please don't put one up. You'll be sentencing the birds you are trying to feed to death.
F'in cats.
<quoted text>
Luke Thomas

Winter Haven, FL

#21 Mar 17, 2009
I have very serious ethical and legal problems when you trap a cat, treat it, feed it, fix it-then ABANDON IT back in the streets. I have a very serious problem with that. It's called pet abandonment. It is also animal cruelty.

TNR is a crock of S**T!
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#22 Mar 18, 2009
Luke Thomas wrote:
I have very serious ethical and legal problems when you trap a cat, treat it, feed it, fix it-then ABANDON IT back in the streets. I have a very serious problem with that. It's called pet abandonment. It is also animal cruelty.
TNR is a crock of S**T!
I agree with you 100 percent. What in the world is humane about putting the animal back on the streets?
snowman allentown PA

Nazareth, PA

#23 Mar 18, 2009
Trap them, kill them, and eat them. Taste like a rabbit with a long tail. My kids didn't run loose, my dogs didn't run loose, and my cats did n't run loose. (and my wife made sure I didn't run loose).
Amused Crack-er

Bethlehem, PA

#24 Mar 18, 2009
snowman allentown PA wrote:
Trap them, kill them, and eat them. Taste like a rabbit with a long tail. My kids didn't run loose, my dogs didn't run loose, and my cats did n't run loose.(and my wife made sure I didn't run loose).
Actually, throw some brown sauce and sesame seeds on and they tastes just like Sesame Chicken! Good eatings!

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