TNR for Feral Cats is Horribly Cruel and Only Makes People Feel Better

TNR for Feral Cats is Horribly Cruel and Only Makes People Feel Better

Feral Cats are Invasive Species
Feral Cats are Invasive Species

Manqsquan, NJ – -(AmmoLand.com)- There has been much made of the supposed “Positive Results” of Trap Neuter and Release (TNR). What proponents fail to mention is that Feral Cats are not outside pets and suffer horribly from the lack of food, water, shelter and regular medical care while living outside exposed to the elements.

The number of feral cats suffering under the guise of TNR is staggering. It is estimated that the township of Jackson, NJ has 1000+ feral cats, while Point Pleasant Beach NJ Animal Welfare Committee estimates there are some 200 -300 feral cats in Pt Beach, NJ alone.

The popularity of TNR programs has been put forward as an acceptable solution by animal rights extremist organizations.

Under the guidance of radical NO-Kill groups, whose admitted goal is equal rights for animal and humans, they have been promoting TNR as a way to prevent the euthanization of cats and pushing forward their “Feel Good” policy of keeping animals alive at all cost.

Feral Cats Are an Invasive Species:
Feral Cats are so damaging to the environment that the Global Invasive Species Database lists Feral Cats as number 38 out of 100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species. More dangerous than Fire Ants (86), Rats (80) and Killer Bees. Would you Trap Neuter and Release rats or killer bees and they are consider less of an environmental threat?

The domestic cat hunts and eats over a thousand species. Even well-fed domestic cats may hunt and kill, mainly catching small mammals, but also birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. Hunting by domestic cats is the leading cause of the decline in the numbers of birds in urban areas.

Yet under TNR cats are trapped, then provided with medical care and food in warm clean environment. Once they are judged to be healthy their ears are clipped, to identify them as being previously trapped, and they are released back into your local back yard cat colony.

Feral Cats Spread Rabies:
In recent weeks there has been a dramatic upswing in the incident of rabies in local wild animals. Many times the vector source of the spread of rabies is established cat colonies as evidenced by the recent warnings by Point Pleasant Beach’s animal control officer and the suspension of their much touted TNR program. This close proximity of rabid feral cats, living on our beaches and in our parks, exposes natural wildlife and all of us to increased risk of rabies and other serious diseases. Oh, did I mention that with the current suspension there is no trapping of feral cats so rabid cats are left to infect more animals and possibly humans, while they suffer the maddening consequences of rabies and die alone in the wild?

Feral Cats in the Wild is Animal Cruelty:
Domestic cats left in the wild even with “animal sponsors” suffer from horrible conditions. Cats are territorial so when a new cat is trapped under TNR and its brief vacation in a loving animal shelter is over it is released in the local “Cat Colony” where it must now fight for its life with established feral cats for food, water and territory. Not to mention the cold, heat, rain, fleas, tics, parasites, automobile traffic and encounters with indigenous wild animals that this frightened house hold pet must endure just so individuals can feel good about not having had to euthanize this poor creature.

A Better Solution:
A Better Solution would be towns taking responsible steps to reduce the chance of domestic cats escaping or breeding in the wild followed with a comprehensive Trap and Keep policy.

All towns should pass ordinances so domestic cats are licensed the same as dogs, and like dogs, the ordinance should read that cats can not be allowed outside without a leash. All the same fines and penalties for dog owners should apply to cat owners found letting their cat run free or unlicensed. This would reduce the negative effects that household pet cats have on wildlife and would greatly reduce the chances of them breeding with each other and with feral cats in the wild.

In fact this solution is the preferred choice of the following organizations over TNR.
• American Bird Conservancy
• Humane Society Of The United States (HSUS)
• Audubon Society
• Bird Conservation Alliance
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Lastly existing wild cats and cat colonies should be trapped, rehabilitated and adopted out or euthanized. Money raised from the cat licensing process should be used to fund the Trap and Remove Program.

The No-Kill animal organizations will disagree and fight these common sense ideas tooth and nail even if it means these poor cats will continue to suffer.

So that leaves level headed town residents to be the ones to ask their Mayor and Councils to end this cruel and inhumane practice of Trap, Neuter and Release. This is a hard step but the best one for animals and one that responsible animal lovers should do for unfortunate animals in bad situations.

117 thoughts on “TNR for Feral Cats is Horribly Cruel and Only Makes People Feel Better

  1. Excellent article. I did T.N.R. for thirty years and after witnessing first hand how even a well-cared for colony lives and dies, I am now 100% pro-euthanasia. Euthanize all feral cats in a colony, and then stop putting out food. The vacuum effect will then be greatly lessened. I think your alternative to T.N.R. under “a better solution” is a far more humane solution. Thanks for having the courage to write this.

  2. I agree with the writer who states that you are uneducated about TNR. Many of your statements are false and are stated in a way to twist the true. For example, you state that the Humane Society of the United States is against TNR, that is not true, they support TNR. Just read their policy statement on TNR. Some of your solutions to the problem are so idealistic that you might as well be on another planet. And for someone who wants to keep government out of our lives, you sure are calling on them to establish more laws and penalties. There is no perfect solution but TNR has proven to be the best we have so far.

  3. All you TNR people are morons that simply want to hoard and collect cats but not have your homes stink and become social or casts that get evicted by the city so you try ft o force your ‘pets’ on the neighbors. You simply claim you have no control where the cat decides to go and wash your hands of the problem. Trying to reason with such dots only brings more problems. The best way to solbe this …cat problem …. is to quietly get rid of the cats somehow and be done with it. TNR WILL NOT keep other cats from moving in when the current sterile cat dies fom disease or becoming highway pizza. You siply have to put up with this cat longer. This does not solve the problem which that one wants to get rid of THIS cat. The new one can be dealt with if and when it comes. Peronally,I like a bigger version of the Victor mouse/rat trap. Just supersize it for cats. And NO it is not cruel to finish them off quickly with it. They simply die right there on the spot. No painful slow death from eating poisoned mice,food or antifreeze. The success rate is 100 percent so the cat colony is soon reduced to 0 and if a new cat moves in,it is also taken out of the equation. The cat population remains at 0 and once word spreads in the neighborhood that cats ‘disappear’, owners Are more responsible all of a sudden. Imagine that!

    1. Sounds like you are uneducated about TNVR. I’ve seen it work first hand. The chemicals , pesticides and poison people put on their lawns kill many more birds than well fed ferals. It is not the cats fault irresponsible people don’t spay and neuter their cats. They deserve to live. You are apparently just a cat hater. Sad for you .

  4. I live in a country in South America and the TNR has been helpful in keeping the feral cats population in check. I feed 6 feral cats which are clean, unobstrusive and grateful. They keep warm in an area specially designed for them. Their food is part of my monthly budget.

  5. I’m not a fan of this site with its gun culture, but I must say, we can find something we agree on. A stopped clock is right twice a day.

  6. PETA do support everything that makes them look good but they also support everything that saves them money. or what do you believe is the reason +90% of all animals given to them will be killed? it’s because of the money, they prefer to spend their moey into campaigns that makes them look good instead to spend this money to save the life of animals. propganda is all the life of an animal is nothing, thats how PETA works!

  7. and what is so bad by the use of feral cats as feeders for giant snakes? it does free a feral from suffering and frees wildlife form a serious problem, it also reduces the support of the cruel industry hehind breeding mills and commercial feeder animals. so it’s a wii win win solution. best of all very most cat diseases wont spread to snake and for the rest there are the frequent shots.

  8. marc on what planet do you live? a well fed cat just huns way better than a starving! most tines cats hunt and it’s just for fun not for food that’s fact and the big deal with them.

  9. woodsman i am 100% on you! the idiotic cat lovers just ignore these facts. same like they ignore the fact that TNR cant be the solution to reduce stray population effectively. they always argue trap and kill wont work but TNR will do.
    then they argu withwhen yo kill ferals there will come another thst takes their place. what do these people believe where these “new” ferals come from??? they just ignore these ferals were around already just waiting for their chance.
    and missing the fact when you just TNR and let the collony extingt over years exactly these oustanding and waiting ferals will breed and raise a number of new collonies that time.kill them one by one is the only way to effectively get them rid off. only by that you can get the still breeding outstanders before they raise new collonies.

  10. you really say cats are not invasive when unconrolled??? how dumb someone needs to be to say this about worlds most invasive species???

  11. oh and another one for all you ignorant cat lovers. why do we TNR cats wile we hunt and kill pythons in florida?
    both are invasive species that prey on native wildlife and do massive harm. lets say a cat do kill up to 10 animals a day what do you think a python do kill? you will be surprised a python only kills one animal every few weeks!!!
    so now give me a valid reason why the hell we shouldnt hunt down feral cats??? remember to look cute and fluffy in opposite to look evil and dont have fur isnt a valid reason!

  12. how could it be a logical argument when the TNR number one argument is trap and kill wont work but TNR does? by TNR you just bring the neutered cats back to the collony what causes the collony will need many years to extingt. at trap and kill you reduce the number of members of a collony instantly! now the TNR fraction speaks about the vacuum effect that will cause just other ferals will take the now free place. yes thats true, but what do you believe these new strays come from? do they come from out of space??? no they were already there just outside the collony and unreachable. once inside the collony they are reachable and easily can be killed like all the rest. so tell me what provides the bigger success, to make a TNR collony stay alive for years and let the outstanding ferals breed happy to raise a number of new collonies wilst you wait for extingtion of the first or just permanet kill the ferals?

  13. you really need to learn about the difference between native predators a non natural invasive species!
    and please dont call it nature when a cat preys on native wildlife, this cant be nature because cats arent nature they are domestic. this is 5th grade biology you really should know that! grow up twisted mind cat lover.

  14. to all you ignorant people that say trap and kill wont work but TNR does. when you trap and kill a cat there is one less cat, when you TNR there is still a cat! ok now you will come with your vacuum effect that another cat will take the free place will take but what the hell you stupids think this cat came from? comes that cat from out of space??? of course this cat was there already only out of the collony! so try to use your brain if there is any left. when you just TNR the collony stays full and more than enough othere rerals stay around unreachable, when you trap and kill then you offer the unreachable ferals a goal to come in and make them reachable. by that way you do have a real chance to reduce or even extingt the whole feral population in a good amount of time. by TNR the only you realise is to keep the collony in the same size over years and let the outststanding ferals do their business breed and grow to another collony or two! so How could it help to reduce the general amount of ferals when you just keep a collony of 50-100 cats stabile wile the others around do happy breeding??? in the time your TNR needs to extingt the outstanding ferals do raise 10 more collonies. people please start to use your brains or at least what is left of!

  15. I have lived in this house in a suburban area for 4 years, before that I lived in a house on the other side of town where cats were not managed as well, although it was improving over the years. I have seen maybe 1 true feral in the time I have lived here, not even sure of that. The geese, on the other hand, roam in roving gangs, block the streets, poop all over our driveways and are really a pain and a nuisance. The birds here are also a nuisance, there are tons who are really noisy and wake you up every morning even on a day you might like to sleep in. I say go cats!

  16. In my back yard I’ve seen Hawks kill more song birds than the community feral cats. I’ve seen more squirrels and birds killed by cars than cats. Every person I’ve ever spoken to on the topic that happens to be anti-TNR always latches onto the cat killing birds debate to prove their “weak” point. Give me something new. It’s the way of nature and yes, cats are animals. Humans are animals. Animals pray on animals, insects, reptiles, etc. Cats kill for play? Hunters kill for sport. Nine times out of ten the cat will make a meal of its trophy. What do you do with yours?

  17. In New Jersey, it is against the law to feed feral cats and you will nr fined up to $1500 if caught. TNR can and does feed ferals. Why are they allowed? Tax payers money has been spent so this select group can feel good. They believe they are saving these cats lives. Perhaps they are but what kind of life is it? They will profess they are spayed, neutered, vaccinated, fed and provided boxes for warmth. These feline “tent cities” do not protect them from wild animals, weather, cars, people who revel that they hate cats, dogs, illness, etc. It is a waste of taxpayers money to endorse this program. It makes the volunteers feel good by saving a few. They should stay outside in the elements and see how great it feels to be saved. They are against shelters humanely euthanizing but fail to state how their feral cats eventually die. Its not from old age!!!

  18. It’s interesting that the pro-TNR comments are logical, fact based, and objective, while the comments against it are misinformed, contradictory, angry, and disregard facts. They frequently are personally offensive with a ton of grammatical mistakes. Wonder why?

    1. No one has to “justify”anything to you with their point. All you have to know is that I don’t want your cat at my house. That is all. If your cat comes here to hunt, crap on my grass, piss on my tires, keep me awake all night with its donic howling or even just to lay around, I will get rid of it. Nuff said. Me casa no is su casa. Is this simple enough or should I have broken this message to smaller bits with larger font so you understand?

  19. This is grotesque generalization. Sure, we all wish our colonies weren’t dumped by humans, or born into the environment which humans so cruelly bestowed upon them. But the point of TNR is not to just release them to forever fend on their own, cold, hungry and killing all the birds and squirrels. It’s to provide regular feedings, clean water, shelters, vaccinations and required medical care. It’s not an easy task, bu there are plenty out there (like myself) willing to do it. We are with the cats every day and sure, if they knew better and were caught young enough, would they be better in a warm home snuggled on your lap? Absolutey. But they have food, shelter, companionship, freedom and quite frankly LIFE….and well they seem pretty darn content with that. Killing massive amounts of cats “for their own good” is a cop out for people who don’t to spend the time, money and effort trying as best they can to right the wrongs the human race caused to begin with. We are not the rulers of all creatures!

    PS Your statment about HSUS NOT supporting TNR is inaccurate. See below. Peta position is correct,, but keep in mind PETA has also been critiisized for pitiful adoption efforts for animals entering their facilities. SOmething like 80 or maybe even 90% euthanized. They are terrific for getting governments and industry to change policies on animal welfare. They are awful at protecting individual animals, so I wouldn’t put too much weight behind their position.

    FROM HSUS WEBSITE 2015
    To this end, we support Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and similar sterilization programs, legislation that allows for and supports non-lethal population control, and coalition-based approaches that involve community leaders, citizens, and stakeholders to implement effective community cat management programs. Programs that attempt to use lethal control to eliminate cat populations are inhumane, ineffective, and wasteful of scarce resources.

  20. This is grotesque generalization. Sure, we all wish our colonies weren’t dumped by humans, or born into the environment which humans so cruelly bestowed upon them. But the point of TNR is not to just release them to forever fend on their own, cold, hungry and killing all the birds and squirrels. It’s to provide regular feedings, clean water, shelters, vaccinations and required medical care. It’s not an easy task, bu there are plenty out there (like myself) willing to do it. We are with the cats every day and sure, if they knew better and were caught young enough, would they be better in a warm home snuggled on your lap? Absolutey. But they have food, shelter, companionship, freedom and quite frankly LIFE….and well they seem pretty darn content with that. Killing massive amounts of cats “for their own good” is a cop out for people who don’t to spend the time, money and effort trying as best they can to right the wrongs the human race caused to begin with. We are not the rulers of all creatures!

  21. We found our cat abandoned at 4 weeks old hiding under our truck. Waited until after midnight hoping mommy would come back for him before taking him in so he wouldn’t fall prey to predators. He has never since shown any desire to go outside or leave the house.
    We’ve also been caring for 2 Ferals, and after TNR, they come to the door twice a day for feeding. In 5 years, aside from our adopted inside kitty, we’ve never even seen any other ferals in our yard. There’s lots of birds, but I’ve never seen the ferals go after them, or found any dead. Possibly because they’re fed wet canned food each morning? If we could get them inside, we would, and we’ve tried everything, especially since we know coyotes have been spotted roaming the neighborhood at night, but it’s not going to happen. Most feral cats can only be domesticated while they are still babies! So instead, we built them a very solid and secure wooden shelter, with 2 escape hatches to keep them warm, dry and safe. Using scrap wood, the cost was less than $20 for the electric heated pad, specifically designed for outdoor pets. In regions that don’t experience subzero temperatures, straw can be used instead to insulate and keep them warm. Our backyard is 1acre, fully fenced, with motion detector lights set to warn of any large predators. No doubt they could jump the fence, but cats are territorial, and I’ve never seen them outside the perimeter.

    They meow at the back door twice a day for feeding, so we know they are alive and healthy. Any uneaten food is picked up right after each meal, so as not to attract raccoons or other wild animals. Their vaccinations are up to date, and of course if they got hurt or sick, we’d take them to the vet for treatment. Their shelter is hinged, so if they didn’t show up one morning, we could open it up to take out an injured cat to bring to the Vet.

    Are the other TNR feral cats in the neighborhood? Sure, but our village has a program where twice a year a number of local vets provide free neutering and rabies vaccinations for feral cats, while animal control provides care information and loans out free traps. Many of our neighbors participate and care for their TNR ferals the same way we care for ours.

    Our TNR Ferals are not freezing or starving, are well cared for, and kept as safe as humanly possible while living outdoors. I see nothing cruel about it.

  22. So in the future we can TNR gun nuts or euthanize them to end their misery. What would you prefer ?

    Also kudos on agreeing with peta- the real animal rights extremist organization. IP# 99.238.40.156

  23. I proudly allow my cat outdoors at all times. The fact that you agree with a plan that PETA endorses just makes it all the more silly. I’m kind of glad it pisses you off. My cat has rid the property of countless mice and lizards. She catches the occasional bird, but it’s not often, and let’s be honest, to pretend that most of these birds are anywhere near endangered is just laughable.

  24. Feral cats fill the niche in the food chain vacated by bobcats which have been driven out by human activity. They are NOT ‘invasive’ as long as they are uncontrolled. My last outside cat (dead afor 10 years now) hunted rodents and English sparrows. He didn’t eat them, he ate cat food.

    I fail to see how TNR is ‘cruel’ to feral cats who are left – they are WILD (that is what feral means) – if it is not cruel to leave bobcats in the wild. Ferals the same environment as a bobcat would. You think trapping and killing is BETTER?

    I have TNR feral cat station just a block and a half from my house. They have been there for eight years. I have seen the number feral cats in my yard decrease in eight years from ten or more to to 1 – raccoons have increased to almost 30. I cannot let my Miniature Schnauzer out at night without checking the yard for coons. Where is the trap and kill or TNR for Raccoons – who DO carry rabies and DO destroy property and DO attack pets?

  25. As someone who has seen success from TNR, your comment about rehabilitating them and either adopting them out or euthanizing them, goes to show how misinformed you are. Do a little research before you go around making suggestions on a subjecy you obviously know nothing about. True feral cats that are 6 months or older have a slim to none chance at being “rehabilitated ” and that’s why TNR is the only humane thing to do. You obviously know nothing about cats, you’re likely just a redneck gun freak who things killing the is the best thing to do. I think you should stick to what you know best mountain man…you are obviously someone who hunts for the fun of it, and obviously take pleasure in killing any living animal. Stick to killing baby deers, rabbits or whatever else you hunt. It’s people like you that I hope gets hit by friendly fire during hunting season… One less moron redneck running around makes the world a better place.

    1. I was shocked when I read his comment also… it scares me that such clueless people can have such a strong opinion about something the obviously don’t get. You do TNR in a colony and then someone whos not a dick feeds that colony…hey maybe a few people share the chore. why do people think they are too special and too important to care and act and help. I do TNR and I work damn hard at socializing who I can so I never have to send them back I have euthanized suffering ferals Ive trapped.. Ive released the healthy ones and any kittens I find are coming home with me. I lug traps and make vet appointments and show up for adoption weekends and work my heart out for strays and ferals… Im not ashamed of a damn thing.

  26. Humans do worse to the environment and wild life! Should we hunt them? Euthanize the sick and homeless???

  27. In the middle and I hate for animals to be euthanized. There is one feral cat here at our house, we live in the country. It was starving and catching birds and mice, chipmunks, baby rabbits. I am feeding it 2x a day, still it is under the bird feeder, got a chipmunk or mouse this morning and not much later today was thinking it would take on a squirrel. Local shelter will euthanize by policy, it is feral, a danger to staff, no one will want to adopt. I need a barn for it to go to once I get it spayed or neutered. No where to be found. Cannot live here, we are allowed on pet and have a Newfoundland dog. But the cat has to go somewhere. And I do see the term Trap – neuter/spay – abandon as quite relevant. These cats go back to the ‘wild’ and have to deal with freezing, fleas, illness, being caught by a hawk or owl. What to do? See them as wildlife? Preying on wildlife even though well-fed? Because it is very well-fed, even homemade cat food. Wildlife does not kill for nothing, they kill for food. The feral cats even well fed kill to kill. What to do?

  28. Carrie, to answer your question, it is horrible to kill a cat in the shelter, and we do work with the shelters to implement TNR programs in the shelters as well.

    People are tired of killing cats. And that method has not worked, as evidenced by the huge number of feral cats there are.

    I look forward to a day when there are no feral cats, but TNR works, and trap and kill does not.

  29. I am totally disgusted with the animal control in nj . I feed a feral cat who was starving to death . And was having multiple litters . Took all of kittens spayed and neuter , vaccinated, this was a total of 9 kittens in all found them all good homes and finally got the momma cat spayed she was very tough because I knew she lived on the street and wasn’t vaccinated but I finally trapped her by myself ! Got her spayed vaccinated with a clean bill of health . She is an old cat who never lived in a home and doesn’t want to and not a nuisance she just comes to my home for food and water she is also ear tagged ! I kept one of the kittens because I ran out of friends to adopt . She likes to go out for a little stroll we’ll next thing I know she is missing for days I call animal control and they captured her . I go to pick her up nd she is now so sick with a very bad uri infection the vet told me this is due to the shelter they had her in . This cat never sick a day with me !! Why don’t they go after people who abuse and dump there animals !!! I was given a fine and the guy who worked there told me she would be In a freezer in 9 days could u imagine this is the thanx for caring and finding homes 4 all these cats that would have multiply forever . So I have no respect or think they truly care for animals ! They also told me they commend me on my help but gave me a fine ! Thanx again

    1. all the problems across the globe is a result of human overpopulation, and never-ending-stupidity.. People shoot their mouths off, they complain about everything, and most of them do ”’nothing””” to make the problems better. MOST HUMAN BEINGS ARE “””LAZY”””. They talk a blue streak, but they never take action to find solutions. And it is only going to get worse. social media isn’t helping, it’s just one big hate-fest.
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  30. “One of the posts here, did a very good reminder about what happened in Europe, few centuries ago, becouse of the rats.”

    No, it was terrible and shows how delusional the majority of cat owners are. Cats can also carry and spread the plague. Cats will also go out of their way to find and kill rodents that aren’t even bothering people.

    I used to live with my parents on a quiet street near a field. We lived there for a long time, and not once did anyone ever see a mouse or a sign of a mouse. None of our neighbors had rodent problems. When my parents got some cats, they purposefully went out of their ways to go to the field and kill the native voles that lived there and brought them back. If those voles had the fleas that spread the plague or other disease, our cats would have then transferred it to us.

    And if its so horrible to kill a feral cat, then isn’t it wrong what shelters are doing? Why aren’t feral cat advocates protesting shelters for euthanizing perfectly healthy cats? Why don’t they deserve to be let free and live in a colony?

    And how do TNR people manage colonies to make sure the cats do not bother the people around them? If a feral cat is spraying urine on someone’s car or scratching it up, are they just expected to put up with it? (And, no, neutering doesn’t get rid of marking behaviors in all cats. Our neighbor’s neutered male cat would come onto our property and spray on everything. He also fought with every cat he could).

    How is that fair to the public? Should I be free to let my lovebirds crap all over my neighbor’s car or lawn? Of course not.

    “As far as being an invasive species killing our wildlife is laughable. The biggest threat to wildlife is MAN, period.”

    Maybe we should just dump a bunch of mongoose across the U.S. If they flourish and eat everything in sight, including feral and pet cats, that’ll be okay. We’ll just set up a TNR program for them. Because at least they’re not as invasive as humans, right?

  31. This post is RIGHT ON and the Kitty lovers have tried to beat the common sense out of it with their twisted logic but the TRUTH is cats loose in the wild are an invasive species. They kill so much natural wild life that they are destroying the natural balance. Anyone who tries to argue for them to remain loose is unfit to manage our wildlife.

  32. To all of you who “hate cats” and do not agree with TNR (Trap Neuter Return), don´t you ever think that the overpopulation of rats, could be a much more serious problem, than the overpopulation of feral cats. One of the posts here, did a very good reminder about what happened in Europe, few centuries ago, becouse of the rats. You think that producing poison for rats is how you can manage the rats. And that poisining rats is more “human” way to get rid of rats. Cats are God´s gift to humanity, becouse of that reason. That´s why cats were considered Gods, in old Egypt. TNR is not about that some people want to fell like “savors”!! Cats belong to outdoor life! They are NOT some “rum made creaturs”, who should just sit on a couch and wait for you to pet them and feed them. It is people who force them to live that way and those people feels like “heros”, they critizise everybody who do not hold a cat in a rum, as a prison, and call those people “animal abusers”. It is becouse of those people, who critizise, so many cats are left to the shelters, by their ex owners!! I never had a cat, who lived in a rum, but I had a lot of feral cats, who came to our home, to get food, water, sleep,to be peted and play and after a while, they tell me they want to go out. THEY HAD A LIFE!!! Of course, all cat breeds are not able to live outdoors as free, but most of them are and should live as free. As about snakes, it should NOT be allowed to keep such animals, or big cats, like tigers, chitas etc. as pets. It´s such a shame for USA and other countries, that some people legaly own such pets, while there are so many other things that are NOT allowed to do, becouse of the public security. And producing meat for human needs, is alredy a big problem for the environment and planet Erth. And now, people produce meat to feed big cats, like tigers. How sick is that! Those big cats “lovers” keep those wild animals in a cage and feel like “care givers”, while they are just animal abusers! Not to mention the danger, for other people and animals. The whole “modern”, westeuropean mentality is so sick. It remainds of cancer cells who think that “they are the helthy ones” and try to fight with the helthy cells of the body. And for the cars, you want to drive “from-door-to-door” instead of taking a walk, or taking a bus, no matter how much that poisens the air.

  33. @Woodsman – who are you Dr Seuss? “Rats and cats both should be trapped so stop the crap, how about that?”

  34. The only difference between rats and cats is that people who own and love pet-rats aren’t severely mentally unbalanced and trying to hoard sterilized feral-rat populations on other people’s public and private properties, while relentlessly petitioning all their law-makers to do so. Pet-rat owners at least have their sh** together.

    (Yes, I still think it’s their cats’ T. gondii parasites in the cat-lovers’ brains that make them so unfalteringly blind to their own stupidity, hypocrisy, and absolute absurdity.)

  35. Well now … let us just look at how to become JUST AS HUMANE as EVERY LAST TNR ADVOCATE.

    Shall we?

    Don’t close your eyes, you don’t want to miss this …

    How to reduce feral-cat numbers THE-TNR-WAY by “natural attrition”, but without traps & sterilizing them first:

    (or “The Way That *ALL* Stray-Cats Die”)

    1) Aim your car for cats when it’s safe for all else to do so.

    2) Put out poison for cats (Acetaminophen/Paracetamol (1-capsule generic tylenol) pain-relievers (the most cat-species specific), antifreeze, vermin-poisons, poisonous plants or animals — the ways that all TNR’ed cats succumb to “attrition” by poisons).

    3) Infect them with deadly diseases.

    4) Turn your dogs or other large predators loose on them.

    5) Starve them to death.

    6) Let them die of thirst.

    7) Put them in heated boxes until they die of heat exhaustion (emulate hot weather).

    8) Throw them in freezers until they are dead (emulate a harsh winter).

    9) Scratch the cat’s eyes and gash their skin to emulate a cat-attack so they slowly die of infections. (Justifiably the same way they destroy all native animals. Though that involves more skinning-alive and disemboweling-alive so the cat can enjoy their play-toy writhe and twitch to death. The longer it takes an animal to die of wounds the more a cat enjoys it. The cat-lovers themselves also greatly enjoy this, or they wouldn’t let their cats do it.)

    10) Trap and drown.

    11) Shoot them.

    Can you think of more ways that *ALL* TNR’ed cats die?

    NONE of them die of old-age you know!

    Any of these are the “natural” ways that TNR’ed cats die, according to TNR-Advocates’ own definition of how their cats die through “attrition”, so TNR-advocates should have NO problems when you destroy their cats this way!

    Right?

    It’s how they’re doing it! TO EVERY LAST ONE OF THEIR TNR CATS.

    If these methods are acceptable to all TNR-advocates then it’s PERFECTLY okay for anyone else to do the same!

    If you kill their cats this way and they complain, they’re just being whiny hypocrites. That’s all.

    The ONLY difference in destroying them immediately in the manner that ALL TNR’ed cats die; instead of trapping and sterilizing them first; is that some money isn’t going into an HSUS/SPCA board-member’s pocket, veterinarian’s pocket, cat-food company CEO’s pocket, or a drug-company CEO’s pocket. That’s the ONLY difference.

    And THAT folks, is how to become just as “humane” as every last TNR advocate!

  36. FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap & Sterilize is an even bigger abject failure because they cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive-species like these cats that can breed 2-3X’s faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

    FACT: Alley Cat ALL-LIES have only managed to trap 0.024% to 0.08% of all feral cats in their own city, thereby allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to continually and exponentially breed out of control. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can’t even reduce the number of feral cats in their own city, yet they promote is as a worldwide solution, then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

    FACT: When researching all the most “successful” TNR programs around the globe, JUST ONE OF THEM has managed to trap more than 0.4% of cats in their area. Oregon’s amazing 50,000 TNR’ed cats (the highest rate I found) is only 4.9% of all feral-cats in their state. Yet, by applying advanced population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% of cats they will have trapped only 0.35% of all feral-cats in their state sometime this year. <0.4% is a far cry from the required 70-80% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A CAT-LOVER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

  37. Be cautious about using any cats taken from outdoors for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible. There’s no way to know a wild-harvested cats’ vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination later will do no good. It’s already too late. There’s no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It’s the only sane and sensible solution. This is why all wild-harvested animals of any type intended for the pet-industry must undergo an extended quarantine up to 6 months before transfer or sale of those animals to prevent just these things. Cats are no different than any other animal when wild-harvested. You’re risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/09/23/2631106/rabid-cat-adopted-from-wake-county.html

    Adopting any cat that’s been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette.

    Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you’ll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.

    These are just the diseases they’ve been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

    Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908
    http://www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July/072811/webplague.html

    Tularemia (rabbit-fever, transmissible to humans):
    http://www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/article_02fceec6-f695-11e0-b752-001cc4c002e0.html

    Flea-borne Typhus:
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-317133-animals-cases.html

    Their most insidious disease of all, cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces into all other animals. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won’t suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can kill you at any time during your life once you’ve been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to popular cat-lovers’ self-deceptive myths, a cat can also become reinfected many times during its life and spread new oocysts each time. It’s now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is now also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastal areas from cats’ T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts even surviving in saltwater.

    Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine.

    http://scitizen.com/neuroscience/parasite-hijacks-the-mind-of-its-host_a-23-509.html

    Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area.

    The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from supervised confinement. There’s no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this ecological disaster.

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