Posted: 21/12/2014 at 18:50
There have been people posting on the various "cat" threads who would harm cats if and when given the chance. They see them as vermin and therefore see no distinction between "offing" cats as they would rats or pigeons. There are times when I can see their point but the kindest way is to take the animal to a vet and have it euthanased properly.
No one would deliberately do this to someone's much loved pet ( well, I'd hope not anyway ) but the number of free ranging cats without an obvious owner ( or with an owner who won't take responsibility )........what is the point of just letting these creatures roam free and breed continuously. Cat sanctuaries are well meaning but why rehome these animals when people are incapable of looking after them ? Even neutered cats can be a danger to wildlife.
There has been a free or cheap spaying and neutering programme run by the PDSA since at least the early 1970's so there is no excuse for owning a fertile cat of either sex.
Cats are NOT part of UK native wildlife...take your choice...either they are a wild species and need to be licensed as such or they are domestic pets and need to be treated as such.
Believe it or not, you can train a cat to walk out with you on a lead.....much the same as a dog. It is simply the age old thinking that a cat is a "wild" animal that stops you doing this. Make the effort, think of others and what is around you.
The more you discuss deterrents ( the majority of which don't work ) the more you allow cat owners to think they are on a cushy number....ie.someone else is always going to have to deal with the problem.
The very fact that there are so many "Cat" threads leads you to believe that they are a problem......not just imagination