Home Cat owner Letter: The cat’s call of nature is not appreciated elsewhere

Letter: The cat’s call of nature is not appreciated elsewhere

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OUR native bird populations are in dire straits.

We have far too many cats and the number of free-roaming cats has never been higher.

The April 12 Daily Echo letter from Cat’s Protection cites that 500,000 cats were purchased last year alone.

The devastation they inflict on songbirds and wildlife is unforgivable.

Mammals, from frogs to populations of field mice, are all seriously affected.

Cats kill 55 million or more birds in the UK every year. It may be “in their nature”, but cats are particularly cruel, often toying with their prey before their ultimate kill.

They have no need to hunt, no hunger to satisfy. This torture is only for their own sadistic amusement.

The RSPB says that of the millions of baby birds hatched each year, the vast majority will die before they have had a chance to breed.

House sparrows are in serious decline with so many cats tipping them towards likely long-term extinction. This level of murder and cruelty is clearly unacceptable.

Cat’s Protection recommends several ways to reduce the risk of your cat becoming a serial killer.

Put a bell on your cat’s collar, sterilize it to prevent it from straying and increasing the feral population, and keep it indoors at night.

The People at PETA for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) advise cat owners to have a secure “catio” – a garden enclosure from which cats cannot escape.

I am a responsible dog owner and clean up after my dogs religiously. Oddly enough, cats can and do defecate wherever they please. This threatens human health by transmitting serious infections such as toxoplasmosis, which can spread easily due to the cat’s preference to defecate on soft ground.

Therefore, they often choose places like gardens and children’s sandboxes to leave their droppings, which puts every user at extreme risk.

Toxoplasmosis can cause miscarriage if it infects a pregnant woman, and it has been linked to anxiety and depression, not to mention blindness.

Therefore, there is a real need to exercise tight controls over the expansion of the cat population for these reasons and the previously mentioned aspects of cruelty, otherwise we will continue to see our population of birds and other valuable wildlife decline where the number of cats brings a tsunami of violence and death.

For those who want their cat to roam and explore, please keep them within the confines of your own garden using pet-friendly garden fencing.

Your cat’s call of nature is not appreciated elsewhere.

TINTER

Hilltop Road, Ferndown