Feral Cats Essay

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Cats are one of the most beloved pets to humans beings. Though they provided a sense of comfort and love, there is a dark side to these soft, adorable, felines. Cats, both domestic and feral, poses a serious threat to native bird populations in the United States and health risk to both people and other animals. It is important that people realize the impact that feral cats have in the environment that they inhabit and how it not only effects other species, but us humans as well. Feral cats have no form of human interaction and therefore are difficult and or nearly impossible to assimilate as a regular house pet. There appears to be limited options on what can be done to help assist in the reduction of feral cat populations without sparking…show more content…
It is important to note the difference between stray cats and feral cats. Stray cats are cats that were once owned and then later abandoned or lost. Feral cats are cats that grew up with no human contact. Cat colonies are not some big happy cat family like “Cat Warriors” According to this article, in the 1980’s, the population of Brown Pelican colonies decreased as the population of feral cats increased, “Feral cats could depress Brown Pelican productivity in local areas…” (Daniel, James, Gene, Franklin, Leopoldp). Brown Pelicans constructs their nests close to the ground. Their natural predators when it comes to eating their offspring’s have been black rats. However, this relationship between pelicans and rats have always existed before the introduction of cats. With cats interring the game, Brown Pelicans not only have to defend their eggs and hatchlings from rats, but also a new, and skilled predator; cats having the ability to attack and kill both parents and offspring will surely lead to the extinction of Brown Pelicans along the California coast. Piping Plover, California Clapper Rail, Florida Scrub-Jay, and Hawaiian Petre are example of rare species of birds that find their existence threatened by cats. According to an article from abcbirds.org, “cats carry bacteria and viruses in their mouths, some of which can be transmitted to their victims. Even if treatment is administered immediately, only about
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