A Non-Lethal Solution for Both Wildlife and Feral Cats

10,000 Birds

What can be done to solve the intractable problem of wildlife and feral cats? Peter, who lives in New York State, noticed two feral cats living near his house. Peter, who loves cats, has saved two of them from the normally short and brutal life of a feral cat. And Peter, who loves wildlife, has saved hundreds – if not thousands – of birds and small animals from being killed by two more feral cats.

National Feral Cat Day Didn’t Go As Planned

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feral cat with a Golden-crowned Kinglet by Isaac Grant. Pity the poor souls at Alley Cat Allies. They have been so successful in suckering cities and other municipalities into believing that they can solve their feral cat problems through Trap-Neuter-Return (T-N-R) that now citizens of those towns have had their eyes (and their noses) opened to what happens when the inmates run the asylum. After all, someone is taking care of all those cats, right?

An Open Letter to Outdoor/Feral Cat Supporters

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Dear Outdoor Cat Owners/Feral Cat Supporters, Does the photo above sicken you? I’m allergic to cats, but in my lifetime I’ve rescued five of them. The last one, who took up residence under my house on a frigid January afternoon, is now a friend’s happy, healthy indoor cat. I have received countless numbers of wild birds mangled and/or killed by outdoor/feral cats, such as the Orange-crowned Warbler pictured here.

Feral Cat Advocates Lie

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I am so sick of the feral cat colonies that infest so many locations that I like to bird. And while I am sick of the cat colonies I am even more sick of the deluded people who believe that by feeding feral cats they are somehow helping them. Outdoor cats live short, ugly, violent lives. Mr Kerridge says it is a misconception that cats kill a huge number of birds. Feral cats kill huge numbers of birds. Keep your cat indoors.

HSUS Video about Feral Cat Rescue

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So here is a nice story and video about a HSUS rescue of a California feral colony. Tags: HSUS california animal rescue feral cats I've been way overworked and stressed lately. Haven't been into deep posts at all. It makes me want to get back into animal rescue, which is where my animal rights activism started.

Feral Cats in American Cities

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The other day, Minneapolis, Minnesota passed a feral cat ordinance. So I put together a “carnival” (of sorts) of Feral Cat Ordinances and Issues that samples current events across the US. From the Star Tribune : Feral cats win a round at Minneapolis City Hall. …a City Council committee voted 5-0 to recommend a new law that in essence licenses the care and feeding of free-roaming cats as part of a larger effort to reduce their numbers.

Helping Feral Cats in Your Neighborhood

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Cory Williams, of the famed "Mean Kitty" YouTube videos (which are really funny), has a good how-to video about doing a trap, spay/neuter, and release of feral cats in your neighborhood. The video was done on behalf of the Stray Cat Alliance. Tags: feral cats

Feral Cats More Important Than Humans?

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Be careful if you cross the feral cat freaks – they might protest your business, sue you, and drive you to suicide. Such was the sad fate of a New York City veterinarian who refused to release a stray cat she treated back to a feral cat freak who planned to release the cat back into a feral cat colony. News cats New York City

Feral Cats Eat Endangered Petrels

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The American Bird Conservancy announced a new study that feral cats prey on the endangered Hawaiian Petrel. Conservation American Bird Conservancy cats Hawaii petrels At the risk of sounding insensitive, duh. Scientists might find it more challenging to seek out evidence of which bird species, particularly non-Arctic, island-bound species, are NOT preyed upon by birds. That would be news.

A Dietary Alternative for Feral Cats?

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Much has been made in these pages about the havoc that feral cats wreak on native birds. Maybe Daleks could be trained to focus on feral cats?). A kindhearted SPCA worker took Frankie off the streets (or, rather, out of the carpark) and helped him adjust to more traditional cat food. Hey bird lovers, maybe getting feral cats addicted to fast food is an idea worth considering! No Kea were harmed in the making of this story. Image by Duncan).

Outdoor/Feral Cat Problem? Call the SWAT Team

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This is what we need for birds, whose rights as government-protected species are violated every day by free-roaming cats. Thanks to groups like Alley Cat Allies, outdoor and feral cats have become above the law. Neighbor B has nine outdoor cats. Neighbor B’s cats are constantly on neighbor A’s property, urinating and defecating all over her garden, spreading disease, maiming and killing the birds who flock to her feeders.

Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

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Just as the ranger was telling us that we might see wild cats – well, not wild cats, but rather, Wildcats , the wild version of the domestic cat, Felis silvestris lybica , one of those cats popped its head out of the brush about 50 feet beyond her. The most interesting thing about this cat was lack of kitty-cat-ness. It was not a kitty cat, even though all of its relatives in the Americas were. I once knew a guy who kept and raised cats.

Great News! Feral Cats to be Removed from Plumb Beach, Brooklyn!

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The National Park Service is finally going to remove the feral cat colony from Plumb Beach, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. As is only to be expected, the cat crazies are out in force trying to stop this wholly rational and logical action. They are filling up comment sections on blogs , rallying on Facebook , and doing everything they can to stop the removal of cats and allow the continued slaughter of wildlife by said cats. (If

American Mayors Asked to Stop the Spread of Feral Cats

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We here at 10,000 Birds are firmly on the side of those who want to keep cats indoors. The American Bird Conservancy has been at the forefront of that fight and they have written a letter to the mayors of the fifty largest cities in the United States asking them to help stop the rising tide of feral cats.

Do Fence Me In: Protecting the Hawaiian Petrel

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Part of the threat to the birds’ existence has been ravaging by feral cats , which eat both adults and chicks alike. In hopes of protecting the Petrels without slaughtering cats, the National Park Service, American Bird Conservancy, and other groups spent a lot of time and money putting up a 5-mile-long, 6-foot-high fence meant to keep the cats out. That means about 600 acres will hopefully become cat-free, leaving the birds to breed and live in peace.

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Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

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Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes cats and birds both. He likes books too, which made him the ideal reviewer for Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. Marra and Chris Santella, authors of Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer (Princeton University Press, 212 pp., They argue for the elimination of free-range cats entirely. It’s not just the effect of cats on wildlife that should be alarming, “Cat Wars” says.

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No-Kill Conference Already Sold Out

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Tags: spay and neuter feral cats animal welfare us

Financial Resources for Cat Care

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Thanks to Alley Cat Allies , one of my favorite groups, for posting this web page with financial resources for people struggling to care for pets or feral cat colonies. Tags: spay/neuter cats animal rescue feral cats These guys are just awesome.

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Alley Cat Allies Wins Recognition for Financial Efficiency

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We've been supporters of Alley Cat Allies for years, ever since we rescued a feral cat colony living in our apartment building's parking lot 14 years ago (5 of those clowns are aging nicely with us with us now.including Charlotte who's on the masthead). They do excellent work on feral cat issues, but I'm glad to see that they are recognized for their financial efficiency too. Tags: activism feral cats donations advocacy nonprofits

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That Awkward Moment With Feral Cats and Family

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Case in point: some of my family members have become active with feral cat colony organizations. It started with donation requests for spay and neutering cats but then quickly transferred to a trap, neuter and release organization. On the one hand, it’s better than doing nothing with a feral cat colony. But I don’t agree with the supplemental feeding that happens with feral cats–if you’re gonna call them wildlife, treat them as such.

Ingrid Taylar: Bridging the Divide Between Cat and Bird Lovers

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Years ago, I became a wildlife volunteer and advocate because of a cat who caught a bird. Now, he lay frightened and ruffled in my hands, his tail tattered, his feathers damp from the maw of a cat named Puck. Back then, I didn’t know enough about birds, but I knew a lot about cats. I’d been volunteering at rescues through my young adulthood, and I was training as a cat socializer, teaching terrified felines — the unlucky victims of cruel people — to trust humans again.

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Where Are All the Cats?

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Last summer, Alley Cat Allies conducted an analysis of Illinois Department of Agriculture reports collected from the 247 animal pounds and shelters licensed by the state that handled cats in 2006. More than 60,000 cats were killed in Illinois animal pounds and shelters in 2006. That’s 5,000 cats killed every month, and 160 each day. On top of that, these same facilities couldn’t account for over 17,000 cats. Tags: feral cats

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Um, No.

10,000 Birds

Shorter Steve Dale : Hey, birders, agree with me that feral cats should be left in the wild where they will kill birds. Oh, and could you volunteer to help maintain feral cat colonies? Trap-Neuter-Release is a failure and leads to misery for cats and death for birds and other wild creatures. Asides catsSee, we can get along!

Do the Right thing, Charles County

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Here’s hoping that Charles County, Maryland, stands up to the feral cat mafia and moves ahead with plans to require cats be licensed and special “animal fancier” licenses be required for those who harbor ten or more cats on their property. It’s the right thing to do and will hopefully cut down on feral cat colonies, the scourge of North American wildlife.

Ellen Degeneres' Mystery Cat

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For some reason, a cat kept showing up at night. So, Ellen put out food and water for the cat. If this is a truly feral cat, I think the best thing to do would be to trap her and give her a good home. Ellen Degeneres has a 24 hour webcam on her set. You can see the footage here. Very strange. Here's a link to her webcams

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Alley Cat Allies Calls American Bird Conservancy “Extremist Bird Group”

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Apparently Alley Cat Allies only wants to protect feral cats, an introduced predator that decimates native wildlife communities. And should a group dare question the wisdom of domestic cats being outdoors they are “extremists” in the eyes of the crazy cat people. Asides

Calling all animal lovers!

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Erubbermaids “Roughneck” homes create the perfect winter sanctuary for feral cats Opossums, raccoons and skunks. Feral cats are exposed to cold temperatures, wind and freezing rain in the winter. Some cats do not survive the winter due to frostbite, dehydration, starvation and exposure to toxic chemicals found under cars and in garages where cats seek shelter. Create a safe shelter for the feral cats and animals in your area by following these directions.

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Are Women More Compassionate Than Men?

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All I know is that the majority of vegetarians, ex-vegetarians, animal rights supporters, animal rescuers, animal shelter volunteers, and feral cat colony stewards that I know are women. It's an intriguing question that would probably get quite a response at any dinner party. Frankly, I don't know. Not all, but the majority. And I find that in conversations, women are more likely to listen and think about what I say than men, who often brush me off as an emotional female.

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Brown-headed Thrush

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As I looked again with my binoculars, I noticed a feral cat close to where the bird had been and presumed that this must have been what put the bird to flight.

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Fix Nation

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Caring for the homeless cat population in Los Angeles, FixNation , offers free spay and neuter services to caregivers of community cats. FixNation uses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), which is a community-based program that involves trapping homeless, free-roaming cats, getting them spayed or neutered, and then returning the cats to the exact spot where they were trapped so they can live out the rest of their natural lives.

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Keep Your Cat Indoors – And Save It From Coyotes!

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Recent studies highlighted by the American Bird Conservancy show that cats make up a significant portion of the diet of Coyotes. Want your cat to survive? In related news, Universal Orlando’s Loews Hotel should be lauded for deciding to take action to remove a feral cat colony from the hotel’s grounds. Keep it indoors!

Empty Pied Oystercatcher nests

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There was evidence of feral cats and now we have seen foxes around Broome we know they will also be a threat to our local shorebirds. Pied Oystercatcher chicks can swim, but maybe feral cats will too if they are hungry. An empty Pied Oystercatcher nest should mean that there are now chicks and that the parents have been sitting on a clutch of two eggs for twenty eight days. Sadly this is rarely the case along our coastline here in Broome.

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National Audubon Society Caves to the Cat Crazies

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He wrote a column , not for Audubon, but for the Orlando Sentinal , in which he advocated the killing of feral cats instead of the use of trap-neuter-release. It has also apparently been edited by the newspaper since it was originally published to make it more palatable for the crazy cat people.). When one of the leading organizations for bird conservation in the United States caves to the pressure of the crazy cat people that is just disgusting. Politics Audubon cat

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On Dominance and Animal Birth Control

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We are a far bigger problem on this planet than the (over)population of feral cats, elephants, Canada geese, or any other creature we "manage" or want to manage, "humanely" or otherwise. Yesterday, regarding being a minority within a minority , mikey commented (among other things): While I am fairly new subscriber to this blog, therefore not knowing your particular stance, I've often felt like a minority within a minority for my stance on animal birth control.

10,000 Birds Launches Alley Rat Allies

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After careful consideration of all of the enlightened arguments that have been made by those in favor of Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats in recent blog posts , we here at 10,000 Birds have been completely convinced by their well-thought-out, logical, and airtight conclusions. The only issue we really have with the feral cat advocates is that they haven’t taken their arguments far enough. Like cats, the rat was introduced over much of the world by humans.

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Why Did The National Audubon Society End Their Contract With Ted Williams?

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On 14 March, 2013, the Orlando Sentinel published an opinion piece by Ted Williams under the headline “Trap, neuter, return programs make feral-cat problem worse.” Then he gave a couple of alternative solutions to the feral cat problem: There are two effective, humane alternatives to the cat hell of TNR. One is Tylenol (the human pain medication) — a completely selective feral-cat poison. Politics Audubon cats

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Animal Control Officer Shoots Cats Because They Hissed at Him

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A couple of cats hiss at him and he freaks out, gets out a gun and shoots them? Grasso finally got his day in court Monday, testifying that he shot and killed three cats last June only after they had hissed and spat at him from the basement of a Lackawanna apartment complex. “I I opened the door, I took two steps downstairs, and three cats — the mother and two kittens — came at me,” Grasso testified at his daylong trial on two misdemeanor charges.

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What is the State Bird of Hawaii?

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In addition to historic habitat loss and hunting, Nenes face introduced predators such as mongoose and feral cats. Ah Hawaii, land of beautiful beaches, surfing, warm weather, and unique birds. Because of its distance to the mainland, Hawaii is home to over 60 species of endemic birds. Few are as unique (or rare) as the Nene , or Hawaiian Goose , Hawaii’s state bird. Nenes can only be found in Hawaii, and used to be plentiful.

Help Queens Birders Save the Forest Park Feeders!

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What is wrong with a parks department that does nothing about feral cat colonies in the parks but takes down bird feeders? Dear readers of 10,000 Birds, I have a small favor to ask of you. It will take you less than a minute, cost you nothing, and make me very happy. Please, please, please head over and sign this petition to restore the feeders to Forest Park.

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City of Albuquerque Being Sued for Trap-Neuter-Release Program

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From the American Bird Conservancy : The mayor of Albuquerque and the director of the city’s animal welfare department have been named in a lawsuit alleging that the officials have committed animal cruelty by allowing certain illegal and improper animal management practices to occur related to abandonment of stray cats. And if you want to take a moment to donate a few dollars to the American Bird Conservancy’s Cats Indoors program that would be absolutely awesome.

Witch Hunt or Just Prosecution?

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Smithsonian Institute researcher is accused of trying to poison street cats outside her apartment building on 15th Street in Northwest. Dauphine works at the National Zoo studying wild birds, where her research has focused on one of birds’ enemies: cats. An online lecture by Dauphine is entitled “apocalypse meow – free ranging cats and the destruction of American wildlife.”

The first Pied Oystercatcher chick of 2020

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Feral cats are also a problem in Broome. Our first Pied Oystercatcher eggs for this year’s breeding season were laid early and were due to hatch last weekend. This pair of Pied Oystercatchers never seems to have a problem with incubating their eggs.

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When Is a Dog Unadoptable?

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I had a couple of dogs when I was a kid, but I mostly grew up with cats. I have a lot of patience with cats. I don't believe that any cat is unadoptable, even feral cats. I believe that a feral may never be a lap cat and they may never even let you pet them. There are also many "feral" and "food-aggressive" personality types in humans, but we don't put them down.)

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