By Nigel J. Covington III
<NationalReport> Colonies of feral cats many who carry the disease toxoplasmosis have become a major problem in urban areas around the country. Many started out as domestic pets who were later abandoned when people moved and left them behind. And breeding in these free-roaming feline colonies has exploded.
Cats from these infected colonies rampantly hunt birds which has resulted in a sharp decrease of bird populations. Its estimated there are over 80 million domestic cats in U.S. homes and another 80 million living on the street. According to a study released earlier this year by the Nature Communications cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion mammals every year.
So what can be done to restore the bird populations and remove dangerous and diseased felines from the community? There are a few ways to successfully remove these filthy rodents safely. The first method is the trap and euthanize option. In our neighborhood we have placed animals traps near empty or abandoned buildings and have experienced marginal success. Traps only hold one animal at a time which, in cases of colonies where scores of these feral cats live the trap will hardly put a dent in the problem. But they are great for around your own home or office.
Once you have the predatory feline caught in the trap the humane way to euthanize it is with Tylenol. Tylenol is toxic to cats, so you’ll want to introduce the Tylenol in food. Once the rodent is dead dispose of it properly.
Another way that is somewhat controversial is too simply run over any cat seen not wearing a collar. Remember a cat with a collar is someone’s pet and probably has all of its shots up to date making it of little threat in your community. But a cat without a collar is simply fair game.
Once you’ve run over the cat just leave it on the road and let nature takes its course. Now the feral animal is food for bird species and will help to restore local wild bird populations.
The third way is particularly good for large populations of cats that hang out in empty or abandoned buildings.
Bypass the use of traps and plan to spend a week or so feeding these wild animals with some inexpensive cat food. Dose every feeding with plenty of Tylenol and in a week your cat problem is gone.
There is another way animal advocates like which is the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) method. This may sound like a good idea but the problem is who pays to have every feral cat caught to be neutered? The people who advocate such methods unfortunately lack the necessary funds to pay for the procedure.
The next problem with this method is that is does not address the disease aspect of the problem. Again someone must pay for a healthy feral cat to get its shots and later down the road when those shots need to be updated who will know? Overall this isn’t really an option at all.
Cat advocate groups claim Tylenol poisoning might violate anti-cruelty laws. Don’t buy into this nonsense. Feral cats are unwanted and diseased rodents who pose a threat to the health and safety of other domestic animals, children and the elderly. They are not pets so killing them is no different than killing a rat or similar rodent.
Secondly Tylenol poisoning is not cruel to the animal. They do not suffer, they just go to sleep and die. Remember the safety of your family and community is at stake here so don’t listen to those crazy cat-allies who condemn anyone who is trying to help out with the problem.
Or you can ask them to cover the bill for each cat you catch and have neutered. In 99.9% of cases, these pesky do-gooders will decline to pay for such treatment in which case your plan of action is indeed the most reasonable, humane and cost effective way of dealing with the exploding and dangerous feral cat population.