Posted: 26/01/2014 at 21:11
NO! I haven't been gazing into my crystal ball etc. When I first read this thread, I could see problems ahead. As I mentioned. I wouldn't harm any animal. I have a couple of families of foxes that find peace and security in my garden. A bit messy now and then, but at least you can see it. In my locallity a couple of years back. The hue and cry was, to cull all foxes. As claims were being made that foxes were killy cats. Rubbish. I have seen it so many times. Foxes running away from cats. I digress....sorry. I think that sometimes individuals tend to mis read quotes. I live on a large council estate. When we first moved in 1964. It was like a country hamlet. Over the years sadly ones mental image of such an estate, has sadly become a reallity. People are constantly on the move. So often, poor pussy gets left behind, often to live life scavaging. Then there are various cats protection societies etc. and local pet shop, displaying ads for. Home wanted for friendly cat. Years ago. I help out at a very large animal rescue farm in Biggin Hill. Kent. I used to vet homes. Now sadly, poor tibbles get's thrownfrom pillar to post. Often ending up in a home where, now't is understood about the care and welfare of any animal. Sadly, even the offspring of the family. It is such a shame. As I perhaps previously posted, that familiar car sticker. A pet is not just for Xmas. However heartbreaking it might be. Man has truly 'cocked the system up'. May I offer my apologies on behalf of the forum members, if any cat lover/owner has been offended by this thread. However it must be agreed, to take on the resposibilities of caring for a pet. Serious thought, concern and consideration for all around. Sadly. This weekend, was a special birdwatch time. You won't believe this. Apart from keeping a watchful eye on the garden. I set my cameras up. Most, most unusual as the long tailed tit normally visits in flocks. Hand on heart. Mike saw only one solitary long tailed tit visit the garden. Perhaps the presence of two of the three cats, owned by my downstairs neighbour were in the garde. One was seated on the ridgepoint of the greenhouse. The other one was comfortable on the pergols beneath my kitchen window. All in all. It's not fair on the poor animal to be left to fend for itself. Neither is it fair for others who are trying to maintain a garden etc. The finally it is totally upsetting the natural balance of nature. We so often refer to the flying pollinators etc. However our native birds also perform many beneficial tasks.
Fellow members. Once again. Mike offers his apologies on behalf of the forum membership, if you have been offended by members posts. However. Please. Take care of your cat, devote as much time as possible to his/her welbeing, however please take a second look at the ever increasing problem.
Best regards. Mike.