I have noticed quite a lot of 'missing cat' posters around the place recently. This happens every summer when cats get bored and wander off for a bit but I am curious as to why so many of them state the cat has no collar.
Surely a collar with a tag giving contact details is a must, no?
If you acquire a cat as an adult and it is not used to being collared it is almost impossible to get them to wear it. Also collars are not terribly safe for cats as they are climbers and can get their collars caught and strangle themselves. Most vets and animal charities advise against them.
Exactly that, white, not the big scruffier one.
If your cat doesn't wear a collar, how can you have them wear a bell to alert our ever-diminishing population of wild birds of their presence, before they slaughter them?
Bells are cruel. Cats conical shaped ears magnify sound so the constantly ringing bell is just noise torture.
OK, if bells are cruel, then how else can you stop domestic cats from bringing home, as you call them, 'presents' (a nice euphemism for dead birdlife)?
In Jonathan Franzen’s wonderful ‘Freedom’ one of the main protagonists is an enormous bird lover. He claims that bells just teach cats to be more stealthy, and recommends a kind of bib instead.
Must raise a smile at those who get upset at the discomfort that a bell causes their domesticated murderer, but show no interest in the slain birds who actually belong to the ecosystem.
Pretty sure that urbanisation and modern farming has done a lot more damage to bird life than the domestic cat population.
You don't get much farming in SG, but you do get good, varied birdlife, supported by the green corridor of the Parkland Walk and various parks. It's one of the real attractions of the area. To allow large populations of domestic cats to roam free killing wild birds for pleasure, without any attempt by their owners to prevent it from happening, is just irresponsible.
She'll be up the Parkland Walk gorging herself on sparrows and the like.
Why go back to Whiskers "Rabbit" variety... 8 out of 10 cats my arse!
Over-exaggerating? 27 million birds killed by cats in the Britain: http://www.mammal.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=256&Itemid=289
@Timmymc Sorry to hear about your cat, I will keep an eye out.
@Four Eyes I tried putting a collar on your Kitty once, she just laid down and went all floppy. She didn't seem to like it at all.
I've noticed there are loads more cats in the area in the last year or so. I like taking photos of them. My favourite's are a big dark-brown (almost black) one I usually see at the top of Florence Rd by SHR, a long haired ginger one that I think lives on Turlewray close and a black and white one from Tollington Park that has yellow eyes and a flat face and a nametag with 'Penny' on it.
Cats kill 55 million birds a year: http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/gardening/unwantedvisitors/cats/birddeclines.aspx
Though it does say most of them would have died anyway.
Not to mention all the animals eaten by humans!
Birds can fly, cats can't. If the birds get caught that is their own silly fault.
As always in matter such as this, the science is never 100% certain either way. But I still believe it's a huge abnegation of responsibility for cat owners not to do anything about their cats killing wild birds.
Surely most cat owners also have a soft spot for the wild birds that flit in and out of their gardens and would like to do their best to protect them?
60% of the time, statistics are accurate every time.
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