I love my cat Bucky. I have always had a cat, throughout my life, but I will not have another. Bucky is a wonderful cat. He has always let my granddaughter drag him around upside down and likes to hang out with the dog. He sleeps indoors for hours but loves to prowl around outside. He keeps his fluffy fur immaculately clean. And every now and then he kills a bird. I am tired of finding dead birds.At his age, it would be a major effort to keep him indoors. An option is to build a catio (cage) outside.
Studies have shown domestic cats are responsible for major damage to other species worldwide. In the U.S., it is estimated that domestic cats kill 1.3-4 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals annually. Unowned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause most of this mortality. Neutering and releasing feral cats reduce the rate of reproduction, but not the number of kills. I suspect some feral cats starve to death as well. It would be kinder to euthanize them.
And where do they come from? Owners who did not care enough to neuter them, and either dump them or ignore them. Vaccinations are expensive. Kittens are cute, but if you are not going to love and protect your cat, don’t have one.
For more info, check out Texasinvasives.org or “Unnatural Texas,” by Robin W. Doughty and Matt Warnock Turner.
Katy Kappel, Kerrville