Feral Cats Succeed at Cat Show, But Attacked by American Bird Conservancy

Feral Cats Succeed at Cat Show, But Attacked by American Bird Conservancy

A group of feral cats and kittens stole the Prairie Feline Fanciers cat show on September 24, 25 in Winnipeg MB Canada.  A contingent of former alley cats rescued by Craig Street Cats took 29 of 100 ribbons available for household pets according to Wire Service Canada  In addition, three of ten judges selected one of the group as their choice for ‘best household pet’.

This nod to feral cats comes at a time when feral and stray cats have come under attack by the American Bird Conservancy. The national bird protection group issued a press release on September 21 entitled, Feral Cat Colonies Present Perfect Storm for Rabies Risk. If you read what is actually written, you’ll find little validity. But clearly, ahead of National Feral Cat Day, their intent is to fan flames to an already tenuous relationship between "bird people" and "cat people."

ABC says the feral cat colonies are a "perfect storm" for creating vectors for rabies.

Of course, this makes little sense when the colonies undergo TNR or trap, neuter, return because these cats are also vaccinated for rabies, or at least supposed to be. I submit those colonies are a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

I bet the percent of feral cats in managed colonies vaccinated for rabies is far higher than the percentage of pet cats in homes vaccinated for rabies.

No matter, it’s a fact (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  that cat to human rabies transmission hasn’t occurred for over 30 years.

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the barrage from bird groups. And it makes me really sad, because like many cat owners I also love birds and love nature in general.

In my CATalyst Column for catchannel.com, I describe a bit of the TNR history, where we are today, and how the "bird people" can work with the "cat people," and how together we can succeed at creating change.

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  • One of the many lies of TNR-advocates, that they can keep their invasive-species cats that they release out into nature (in violation of every invasive-species law in existence) up to date on their vaccinations.

    After an untamed cat is subjected to the terrors of trapping, cages, being handled by humans, being confined against their need to flee, and then having knives stuck into them and having parts of their ears cut off by humans (standard-issue TNR practice), that cat will NOT be able to be trapped again to keep them updated on their vaccinations.

    I've been battling an invasive-species cat infestation on my land for 15 years. Only until recently, on advice of the sheriff to shoot them all, were they devastating all wildlife. Native prey became gutted and skinned suffering play-toys for these cats. Native predators all starved to death from cats destroying all their food sources. My lands were finally clear of all cats and NONE returned -- that oft-spewed "vacuum effect" that cat-advocates claim is a bald-faced lie, NATIVE wildlife returned to replace them. After destroying them all I started to go online to see what others had to say about this issue and to offer my advice on how I managed to get rid of every last one of them.

    I found some surprising things about all the diseases these mangy invasive vermin are now spreading throughout the USA.

    The plague:
    http://outbreaknews.com/2011/07/29/colorado-stray-cat-tests-positive-plague/

    Tularemia (rabbit-fever, transmissible to humans):
    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/health/miscellaneous/2011-09-14/cats-savoy-test-positive-rabbit-fever.html

    Flea-borne Typhus:
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-317133-animals-cases.html

    Along with the usual parasites they all carry, like hookworm -- that shut down businesses in large parts of Miami:
    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-11-24/news/fl-miami-beach-hookworms-20101123_1_hookworm-infections-feral-miami-beach

    And perhaps the most insidious one of all, the common Toxoplasma gondii parasite that they spread through their feces into all other animals and even livestock. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from undercooked meats, from cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This parasite not only changes the mind of the animal it invades,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis#Behavioral_changes
    http://wildlifeprofessional.org/blog/?p=3929
    http://www.economist.com/node/16271339
    http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/18/crazy-cat-love-caused-by-parasitic-infection/
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127955946

    but can even kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected by it. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, ready to strike at any time that your immune system becomes compromised. It's now being linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. The weirdest part of all, its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine.
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/04/070403-cats-rats.html
    So even the often proclaimed use for cats to control rodents is now false. Cats actually attract rodents to your home, with their whole slew of flea-borne and other diseases.

    Rabies in stray and feral cats is just one of the concerns. And even having a cat vaccinated against rabies doesn't prevent it from bringing in a mouthful or claws full of fresh rabies virus every day to you, or to another cat or animal they come in contact with or fight with, after you've let it out to go disembowel that rabid bat behind the garage or in the shrubs.

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