Originally Posted by Faerluna
The only disease that cats and humans are remotely likely to share is Toxoplasmosis. The last confirmed case of cat to human rabies transmission was 35 years ago and cats are very unlikely to have rabies in general.
And the amount of animals, in particular birds, that are killed by urban sprawl and flying into buildings far outweighs the number killed by cats. Nobody wants to try to track that, though, because you really can't. Just like this article. You can take a small sample of cats vs prey and show the data any way you like and call it accurate.
If cats were truly killing that many birds, there would be a significant drop off in population and dead birds laying around in vast quantities. But there aren't, because it's simply propaganda.
Not to mention, cats are more likely to kill the sick and the older, more compromised birds that a healthy bird.
[View Full Quote]As someone that takes care of lots of feral cats for going on a decade, the amount of animals killed by cats is far smaller than articles of this nature portray.
forgive one hand typing- are you suggesting the article is mostly/completely a fabrication? Why? I've seen unrelated studies suggest similar numbers for some time. A conspiracy afoot? Who is behind this campaign of propaganda?
I have seen what i believe to be healthy birds taken by cats and deposited around, usually on a porch, most frequently Mourning Doves who lack astute awareness of many other birds; also Robins protecting their brood. I know this fr observation. As for the Toxo disease rt I will have to look into it. I suspect much of that goes undetected or unreported.
Are you advocating for nonnative (but i repeat myself) feral cats..is that a good thing? And house cats should be left to take wild animals for sport and tossed aside when the become bored with the corpse? Oh, it's not really a problem in your view, or is exaggerated i gather. And there are drops in population certain birds which may not be wholly due to cats but they are a factor. Why not eliminate it? Not the cats but free ranging domestics and feral populations? Doesn't seem all that radical to me.