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Old 01-10-2017, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Sterilize them and let them back out to spread their fleas and diseases, though, so that people who actually take care of their own pets can bear the cost of the vet bills and lose their own pets to diseases and heartworms, etc. How noble.
So then you'd rather have loads of rats running through your neighborhood? Not a good trade. They carry far more diseases than cats.

You know lack of cats was actually a reason that the black plague spread so easily. The pope at the time thought cats were possessed and ordered them exterminated. As a result, rats (which carried the plague) exploded in population.
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:30 AM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo
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There are a number of them in St. Louis. One now lives with me, found him in an alley.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Yes, I hunt stray cats and murder them by night. Personally.

No wait, that's the coyotes and owls I mentioned...

Sterilize them and let them back out to spread their fleas and diseases, though, so that people who actually take care of their own pets can bear the cost of the vet bills and lose their own pets to diseases and heartworms, etc. How noble.
Hawks. They'll go after a kitten. I used to live in a house with a screened porch. One day when the cat was out there, a hawk dove for something in the side yard. When she heard that cry, she jumped in the air then ran for the door. She would have been dinner. There was an owl in that neighborhood, too. The raccoons were probably too well fed to bother. I did see a fox in that area, so...


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Old 01-10-2017, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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I had an apartment a few years ago that faced the alley way, and at night I swear the cats had a fight club. You would hear them go crazy.
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:24 PM
 
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Are street cats a major issue in most cities in US?

At night, I never saw too many in San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, Austin, Montreal, Philly, Washington DC. Maybe I just did not see them.

NYC has lots of them. I always see them. Where are they all coming from? Do not people just not neuter their pets or something? It should be made a law.
It is impossible to know how many strays animals are in the United States but most estimates for stray cats in Los Angeles are 1-3 million. I used to see a lot more strays and feral cats when I lived in the more urban parts of LA (dowtown, koreatown etc). Once you get closer to the mountains like Burbank/Glendale where I used to live or Santa Clarita where I am now then I think coyotes get to a lot more of them. But it's nowhere near some third world countries. When I was in Thailand there were dozens of cats and dogs everywhere. LA has a huge catch and release program to spay and neuter stray and feral cats so that keeps things under control somewhat
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:43 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Street cats? You mean homeless cats? How would anyone know if they were homeless or one of the pet cats that families turn loose every night to wander where they will and do whatever they want to do?

Cats are not a pleasure to have around. They spray urine on doorsteps, bury smelly cat poop in gardens, and scream and yowl at night.

Cats kill more songbirds than rats. No cats does not mean no rats because rat poison kills rats better than cats do. Cats can only get the rats that come out into the open. If they will even kill rats at all, which many of them won't.

We don't have a lot of stray cats or loose family pets around here because the coyotes eat them. There are some in the middle of town and they are a public nuisance.

People with nice pet cats who don't want to have their cat disappear one night are well advised to keep their cat indoors where it is safe from coyotes, dogs, traffic, puddles of antifreeze, traps, and kids with pellet guns.
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:32 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I rarely see feral cats. I'd say the big predators - Great Horned Owls, coyotes, etc - really cut into their numbers. Feral cats lost a lot of their robustness compared to their ancestor, the African Wild Cat. They can't do well competing with wild predators.
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