Thursday, July 28, 2005
State wants cat owners to keep pets from wild birds
KWQC-TV - Davenport,IA,USA
... The American Bird Conservancy estimates as many as one (b) billion birds a year are killed by domestic and feral cats in North America. ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2005
IDNR Encourages Cat Owners to Keep Close Eye on Pets
Cats Can Pose Threat to Wild Birds
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Springfield, IL—As young birds make fledgling flights, owners of cats are reminded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that cats, even well-fed domesticated pets, can pose a threat to wild birds. The American Bird Conservancy estimates that as many as one billion birds are killed each year by domestic and feral cats in North America.
“Well-meaning cat owners may not realize the threat posed by a cat on the prowl,” said Joel Brunsvold, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. “Here in Illinois, our state bird, the cardinal, is among the most vulnerable.”
Birds whose natural movements include time on or near the ground are most vulnerable, especially those that breed or nest on the ground. Migratory birds are also more at risk, because they are less familiar with cats, and may not be trained to avoid them during migration. Breeds of birds which cats are most likely to turn into prey include cardinals, blue jays, quail, pheasants, and warblers.
“Many pet owners believe if they let their pets outside only after feeding, they will not bother birds,” said Jeff Walk, Ph.D., the comprehensive wildlife conservation plan coordinator for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. “The research shows cats instinctively hunt, no matter how much they’ve been fed by their owners, because the hunting instinct is independent of the urge to eat. Feral, or wild cats, cause even more problems for birds.”
In the U.S., the American Bird Conservancy reports there are about 77 million pet cats, 65% of which spend time outdoors. In addition, the homeless cat population is estimated at up to 100 million animals.
“The only way to keep a cat from preying on birds is to keep it indoors exclusively,” said Walk. “Researchers have found even cats with bells on their collars learn to move without making a sound—plus birds don’t associate the sound a bell with danger, and may not respond.”
Jeff Walk, Ph.D., IDNR comprehensive wildlife conservation plan coordinator, is available for interviews on this topic. To schedule an interview, call Gayle Simpson, 217/558-1543 or 217/725-9083.
Hoarders found in Lorton
... This is the third local hoarding incident made public in the past two weeks, where hundreds of sick and feral cats have been put to sleep and their owners ...
200 cats seized near Comfort
San Antonio Express (subscription), TX
BOERNE — More than 200 cats at a feline retirement home near Comfort were removed Wednesday from what authorities called filthy and crowded conditions. ...
"It's a horrible, deplorable situation," Jim Bias, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Texas, said by cell phone during the raid at Wild Cat Ranch Pet Retirement Center. He said many of the cats were ill because of insufficient medical treatment.
Those claims were disputed by the proprietors of the facility that, since 1998, has catered to elderly and ill cat-lovers unable to care for their pets.
100 rush in to adopt at-risk cats at shelter
Pioneer Press, MN
... Paul animal shelter, contemplating whether she should take it home, even though it had a high risk of carrying a deadly feline disease. ...
Pet business set to open despite dispute - All The Best Pet Care ...
Mercer Island Reporter, WA
... After the lease was signed -- with provisions for a regular supply of up to four feline up-for-adoption tenants -- Moss received notification from her landlord ...
Woman needs help injecting cat
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL
... of kidney failure. The 12-year-old female feline now needs saline injections three times a week, according to Lakey. This poses ...
12 strays kittens caught in rabies problem area
Westland Observer, MI
... Wayne County health officials had confirmed last week that 10 stray kittens and cats from the Stacy-Wildwood area already had been euthanized. ...
Cats taking their toll on local songbirds
Central Maine Morning Sentinel, ME
... Based on Temple's work, significant tension has developed between groups that seek to neuter feral cats and let them roam free and others who favor the capture ...
Regardless of your position, everyone who owns cats should do all we can to minimize the number of birds our pets kill. The best solution is to keep your cat indoors. If your cat does roam outside, put a foot-high fence around your bird feeder. When the cat jumps over the fence, the birds have enough time to detect the cat and escape.
BIRD MORTALITY STUDY
I hope you will consider participating in this study to identify the causes of death of birds in Maine. With the assistance of Maine Audubon, wildlife rehabilitators and other partners, University of Maine faculty are collecting found-dead birds to try to identify cause of death.
[Feral Cat Blog! Repetitive Note: Again with "the Wisconsin study." Dear Reporters and all -- please read the following articles about predation studies.]
Rabid Cat Found In Broward County; Clinic Offered For Pets
-- A fourth case of rabies was confirmed in a feral cat in ... Division will increase surveillance in the rabies alert area and pick up stray dogs and cats. ...
Animal Shelters Go To The Cats
WMUR Channel.com, NH
... Eighty-one cats and kittens live in the Penacook shelter. ... of the cost but let them outside during the hot summer months, increasing the stray cat population. ...