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Baltimore Cat Invasion -What To Do With A Stray Cat

Found in a Baltimore alley, "Whitney" now has a home.

City cat caretakers know better than anyone that stray cats are in an overabundance in recent years.  Many blame the economy, which may be forcing some to choose between daily necessities and their pets. Pet adoption has gone down, pet surrender has gone up and contributions to shelters are slipping. Others blame global warming in extending the cat breeding season and skyrocketing populations*.

Whatever the reason for the recent feline invasion, while stray cats are considered merely a nuisance to the general population, they are considered a threat to the environment by scientists.

National Geographic reports that large numbers of stray cats “concerns wildlife and ornithology organizations that believe these stealthy predators decimate bird populations and threaten public health.”

From National Geographic:

Ron Jurek, a wildlife biologist for the California Department of Fish and Game, has kept a close eye on the impact feral and free-roaming domestic cats have on native species, like the California least tern, a federal endangered bird that nests along the coast.

“Cats do kill wildlife to a significant degree, which is not a popular notion with a lot of people,” he said.

In urban areas, he said, there are hundreds of cats per square mile (1.6 square kilometers)—more cats than nature can support.

-But what can you do? Nobody wants to be one of those people.  You know, the “crazy” multi-pet barnyard house smelling people whose pets have better dishware than they do.

However, now is the time to consider sacrificing popular opinion and doing your part for a homeless cat and your community this winter and take a stray in.  -And while being stray-harboring do-gooder does require some consideration, it doesn’t have to be a forever life altering event either.  For suggestions on taking in stray cats, temporarily or permanently CLICK HERE.

Many people will not take on another animal because they worry how their current pet will respond.  Don’t assume that pets who don’t immediately get along will never get along.  The larger cat in the picture above above seemed to hate Whitney, the new kitten, when they first saw one another, but through careful integration, they now sleep side by side.

To get cats used to one another, keep them separated for several days and allow them to become familiar with one another through smell.  Left them sniff each other through cracks in door in short intervals at first, getting longer each time.  In addition, pet each unacquainted animal with a sock and then exchange it with the other.

Also, a new pet doesn’t have to break the bank.  To save money on pet care, consider making your own pet food.  You can make the food in bulk and then freeze it in portions.  It will cut down on your pet care budget and container waste.

Homemade cat food recipe:
2 cups of cooked chicken, turkey or lamb meat (for sensitive cats)
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1 cubed cooked sweet potato

Place items in blender and serve.  For variety, add broccoli, carrots, or peas to the blend.

*Source- LiveScience: Cat Invasion Due To Global Warming


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Thank you for addressing this important topic!

One quibble, though, if I may, regarding the alleged threat free-roaming cats pose to wildlife. The scientific claims so often made by those opposed to free-roaming cats are littered with glaring omissions, contradictions, and bias–case studies in “proofiness,” to borrow a term from Charles Seife’s recently-released book.

Wildlife biologists, conservation biologists, and the organizations for which they work, are, I’m afraid, among the worst in this regard.

I’ve spent the past year sifting through various scientific claims made by feral cat/TNR opponents, making my findings available via my blog, Vox Felina (, earlier this year. As I’ve noted repeatedly on the blog, there are legitimate issues to be debated concerning free-roaming cats (e.g., regarding the efficacy, environmental impact, and morality of Trap-Neuter-Return as a management approach). But attempts at an honest, productive debate are hampered–if not derailed entirely–by bogus claims put forward by people whose agenda takes priority over rigorous scientific inquiry. Claims, all too often, disseminated and reinforced by the media.

I invite your readers to review (and critique) my analysis and commentary. And, most important, to become part of this important debate, armed with a fuller understanding of the issues.

Again, thank you for the attention you’re bringing to this issue.

Peter J. Wolf

Comment by Peter J. Wolf

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