Yikes! I don't like those statistics at all but I believe it. I've been feeding ferals at my office for the last 8 years. Several months back I found one dead and half eaten, then another one went missing not too long after that. A week or two later I saw a coyote in the parking lot of the office building next to us. I work at night a lot so I have more of an opportunity to see them than some people. I stopped leaving food out for my cats at night. After not seeing the coyote for a while I got back in the bad habit of leaving cat food out at night. Just last week I walked outside about 10 PM and there was the coyote at the food dish, which isn't too far away from my front door. The coyote didn't scare me but then I saw my two remaining semi-feral cats running towards me and realized they had been close by while the coyote was eating. I've stopped leaving food out and hopefully he'll move on. I'm so scared for my cats at the office. I wish that if I left a lot of food out for the coyote he'd stay full and leave the cats alone. I don't think it works that way though. He'll still want to chase and kill them because of his instinct.
I really wish pet cats could roam outside and enjoy the extra freedom. But stuff like this has made me more of an advocate of keeping them indoors all the time, unless you have a cat fence or something. Loose dogs have always been a problem killing cats but I don't remember having a coyote problem as a kid. “I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain > Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:24:10 -0700 > From: hingebacktorto...@yahoo.com > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Keep Cats Indoors > > Maureen - I am in GA also, and analysis of coyote stomach contents showed > that something like 60% of them contained cat remains. I suspect that's why > we have such a coyote "problem," even in the suburbs - they are supplied with > an endless number of cats as prey - somebody's cat goes missing and they just > replace it with another one. > > --- On Wed, 3/23/11, Maureen Olvey <molvey...@hotmail.com> wrote: > > > From: Maureen Olvey <molvey...@hotmail.com> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Keep Cats Indoors > To: email@example.com > Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 3:58 AM > > > > You can also take it further and reiterate that humans are the #1 killers of > birds because of the dummies that let their un-altered pet cats run around > outside and breed and have kittens everywhere, not just because of the > habitat destruction that we do. > > I think where I live in GA some of the rodents are getting a reprive because > all the coyotes who would normally eat some of the rodents are getting full > on my feral cats. It's so sad. I don't hate the coyotes for doing it (just > like I don't hate or blame cats for killing other small prey) but it breaks > my heart everytime a feral goes missing. > > All points always come back to the main topic of the importance of keeping > the cats indoors (and getting them fixed). All we can do is spread the > message and hope it makes a difference. And it my part of the world it has > made a huge difference. When I was a kid, no one contemplated keeping a cat > indoors it's whole life. But now, more and more people are. I can tell by > the people I meet at our adoptions. Things are changing - we just have a > long way to go still. > > > “I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are > profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon > unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me > sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain > > > > > Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:23:12 -0700 > > From: sin...@sbcglobal.net > > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Keep Cats Indoors > > > > LOL Humans are a non-native, introduced and subsidized predators.....<G> > > This is like expecting pet owners to spay or neuter their pets, interesting > > idea, one which I would love to see, but seeing and knowing human nature is > > not > > going to happen in my lifetime. > > > > SomeWhere Sam > > > > > > > > > > ________________________________ > > From: LauraM <hingebacktorto...@yahoo.com> > > To: email@example.com > > Sent: Tue, March 22, 2011 6:42:23 PM > > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Keep Cats Indoors > > > > I've tried using those statistics on people who refuse to contain their > > cats, > > thinking they MIGHT care about wildlife even though they clearly aren't > > concerned with their cats' own safety. Hasn't worked. There are also people > > out > > there who want irresponsible owners of bird-killing cats to be held legally > > liable, as it's a violation of federal law to kill most bird species & has > > been > > for decades. And in some areas cats have reduced the rodent population to > > such > > low numbers that migrating raptors - all federally protected - have nothing > > to > > eat. > > > > Cats, as non-native, introduced and subsidized predators, have no business > > being > > outside. > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > > Felvtalk mailing list > > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > _______________________________________________ > > Felvtalk mailing list > > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org