Sigh .... whatta doofus.
I've shot HUNDREDS of cats on my land. And the only thing a bullet ever went through was a cat.
Well, there was that one time a cat was standing in front of a recycled ice-cream bucket that I use for water for the fox, raccoons, skunks, etc. The bullet went through the cat's heart and into the bucket. Pissed me off. Was the last disposable bucket like that that I had. Someone needs to breed a sturdier breed of cats so .22s can't go all the way through.
For those facing similar cat problems: Outfit your rifle with a good large-aperture, illuminated-reticle, zoom-scope for use during times of day when they are most active, dusk to dawn. I also outfitted mine with a laser-sight. With both of those I didn't waste even ONE bullet on a cat.
One of the very last cats I shot was in the dead of winter. Spotted it outside my door in the middle of the night. I tried to quietly open the door so as not to scare it away (how I shot most cats by me), but this one started running down my shoveled path out to the road. As it rounded the bend in the path about 90 yards away, at full-tilt, nothing but the light from the laser-sight bouncing off the snow, I drew the right lead and fired.
Found it the next morning not more than 2 ft. from where I aimed into the dark that night. It must have dropped in mid-bound.
If there's one thing I found cats to be exceptional for -- turning you into an expert marksman!
And that's the ONLY thing they are good for. They're not even good for rodent control. If you read up about cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasite that they crap everywhere, it is meant to infect rodents. It alters the minds of rodents to lose their fear of cats and actually be attracted to cat-urine. Having cats around only attracts an unending supply of diseased rodents right to you.
I did try feeding a shot-dead cat to a family of opossum, in the hopes that these cats could finally give back something to the food-chain that they managed to annihilate during their stay.(Nearly every last prey animal and predator on my land was gone due to cats. Prey tortured to death for cats' play-toys, predators all starved to death from cats destroying all their foods. This is why I was feeding the last few survivors during my cat eradication project.)
Unfortunately, that family of opossum, 2 adults 3 offspring, promptly died from cat-meat (the very same one mentioned in the story above). Alarming in that opossum, due to their cooler body temperatures cannot contract nor transmit many common diseases, not even rabies. Yet some disease in that cat killed them all. Leaving any cat out in nature, alive OR dead, is no better than intentionally poisoning your wildlife to death.
That very same cat was also the key to an interesting discovery I made. It was the ONLY all-gray cat I had ever shot. I had tried to get the few surviving wildlife here to put cat on their diet, but any time a cat would enter my yard they'd all scatter, as if a bear entered the yard. It wasn't until that opossum family tried to eat that all-gray cat that this all finally made sense.
Due to the bold-patterns bred into cats, all wildlife perceives bold-patterned cats as being toxic or having hidden defense mechanisms. A universal symbol throughout nature. Any unknown animal sporting bold patterns must be dangerous. This is why you can find reports online of how someone's docile Mr. Fluffy managed to scare that "nasty" coyote out of their yard. The cat's false bravado had nothing to do with it. It was the cat's coat-pattern alone that scared that larger predator away.
It finally made sense how cats could so effectively wipe-out the whole food-chain on my land. From smallest of prey to top predator.
Don't let it happen where you live.
2 years later and NO cats have replaced them. CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there's none to attract more. If even one show up again? Shoot on-sight before you have hundreds. Simple as that!