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PESTS: Cat adoption’s OK; just keep them indoors

Letter by Drew D. McDougall, Steilacoom on April 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm | 5 Comments »
April 30, 2010 2:30 pm

Re: “Humane society offers pest-begone devices” (letter, 4-29).

I’m all for pet adoptions. However, please keep those cats indoors and find a different way to get rid of mice and rats.

The Audubon Society estimates there are more than 40 million stray and feral cats in the U.S. and the numbers are growing. These numbers don’t even reflect the “house” cats that are allowed to roam outside. These cats kill hundreds of millions of birds every year.

It doesn’t matter if the cats are spayed/neutered. They will instinctively still hunt and kill birds. Plus, Indoor cats are also safer from feline leukemia and other diseases, parasites, attacks from predators and fights with other cats. Additionally, cats that roam at night are more likely to come into contact with raccoons and skunks, the primary transmitters of rabies in the wild.

The average lifespan of an outdoor cat is just five years; by contrast, indoor cats can live more than 15 years. Help them, and the wonderful birds of our region, live longer lives. Keep those cats indoors.

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