Wednesday, August 30, 2006

ABC report on outdoor cats

American Bird Conservancy just released a multi-state review that looks at the impact of outdoor domestic cats on birds.

This report reviews cat predation impacts on rare birds in the states of New York, New Jersey, Florida, California, and Hawaii, reviews government-authorized programs and ordinances affecting feral and free-ranging cats and their management, and makes recommendations on better ways to manage cat overpopulation problems.
The review looks at species such as Piping Plover, Common Tern, Florida Scrub-Jay, California Clapper Rail, Wedge-tailed Shearwater and numerous Hawaiian endemics.

After reading the report, please consider sharing details with local trap/neuter/release programs (perhaps a veterinarian can point you to them) and with the staff at pet stores, who can encourage customers to keep their cats indoors. (Besides, indoor cats need more toys and other products to remain stimulated and happy ;)

Just to clarify: I have nothing against cats, just the humans who let them roam outdoors. Kitties should be contained in safe environments where they can't be harmed or harm other critters.


Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

Amen, amen!

August 30, 2006 4:14 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yay, another member of the choir speaks!

August 30, 2006 4:16 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Don't tell the neighbors, but I have been known to pop the neighbor's cat in the hinder with air-soft pellets. I love cats but I will not have them hunting in my yard.

August 30, 2006 6:07 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Lynne, has the cat learned its lesson??

August 30, 2006 6:23 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Amy, the cat flew over the fence and out of the yard and I haven't seen it since!

August 30, 2006 8:17 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

LOL! At least it's a smarty cat (c:

August 30, 2006 8:24 PM  
Blogger catbird said...

Whenever people tell me they can't keep their cats inside because they love to be outdoors, I say, based on that kind of logic, kids should be allowed to play with matches AND in traffic.

September 04, 2006 3:18 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

I toss my flip-flops at them!

An even quicker way to get them out of the yard is to call to them sweetly, "Here kitty, kitty" - they run off twice as fast if you sound like you want to pet them, rather than harm them.

September 10, 2006 8:07 AM  

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