Article: Wildlife and unrestrained pets - a bad combination: Cats under control!

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Image Wildlife and unrestrained pets - a bad combination
By Lance Gardner on March 16, 2011

Believe it or not, spring is coming, and with it new life is bursting forth from many of the plants and animals that have survived the rigors of winter. As the native birds and other wildlife work hard to raise a family, please don’t let their babies or the parents become cat or dog food.

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ImageMaridell
Mar 16, 2011 8:45 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
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Mt husband and I love our cats Sadie and Abby. We agree wholeheartedly that cats need to be under control of their human family. We take our girls outside with us and they are yard trained. Abby has a tendency to stray so we put a leash on her...for some reason it makes all the difference in her behavior. We actually allow her to just roam the yard with the leash on. This of course would not work if we allowed her to climb trees (which we do not allow), the leash would be a danger in that case!

We enjoy our birds and do not allow them to be harassed, our cats might think we are a bit boring...oh well!

Thanks for a well written and timely article.
ImageLance
Mar 17, 2011 7:51 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thanks for reading, and sharing your own success. A yard trained cat seems like a novelty, but I am glad you are able to share outside time with your cats without problems. I have seen cats get very excited just by watching the birds or squirrels through a window; they do not look bored at all. Maybe a bit frustrated, but certainly not bored. Hilarious!
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ImageElena
Mar 20, 2011 8:18 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Excellent article, Lance. I wish more people would bear in mind the things that you have written. As for cats enjoying the birds on the inside of a glass window, that is the safest place for them and for our birdie friends. We put feeders near our windows for our cat to enjoy seeing the birds as well as his human owners doing the same. I try to never get too fond of neighbor's dogs and cats when they run loose. Their lives will be short lived, much shorter than if they were kept under control. My indoor cat will likely outlive the outside cats by many years. Again, thanks for the well researched article. I just hope that the people reading it will pass the link on to their friends and family.
ImageLance
Mar 21, 2011 7:02 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thanks for sharing your own experiences. One of the reports I read said outside cats live maybe 5 years, more typically 2-4, while indoor cats often live to 15 years old or more. What an amazing difference in life spans, and it makes me wonder what people have in mind when they think outside is better for their pets.
I also hope more will read and share the information, both for their pets' and wildlife's sake.
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