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Old 05-12-2016, 02:32 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Saw a neighbor's cat running from my feeder with a bluejay in its mouth. Not the first time. Put a letter in the neighbor's mailbox last year telling them it's not nice their cat is doing this for fun.

My question is, can I shoot this cat with my 12 gauge shotgun without getting in trouble? I live on 4 acres, so the cat would disappear.

Thanks.

PS. I love animals and have never killed anything. But cats are a menace to small birds. I could understand if the cats were hungry, but thet are not eating them. I find the birds dead and intack.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:41 PM
 
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No. You can't shoot the cat nor should you want to. What you can do is trap said cat if it's on your property. Cats, while not subject to leash laws like dogs, aren't permitted to be on private property and if they are can be deemed a "nuisance" animal making them subject to trapping and turn in at your local animal shelter. Be sure to provide the shelter with your neighbors name and address so they can fetch their cat. Hopefully the inconvenience will make them see the light about letting their cat roam.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Ditto. In most states, it's a felony to intentionally kill a domestic animal/pet.

I'm glad that you are trying to resolve the situation peacefully but please try to control your anger and do not kill your neighbors' cat. The cat is only doing what it has been programmed to do, by instinct. Moreover, blue jays are by no means endangered; in fact, many consider them "bully birds" because they dominate feeders and prevent other birds from eating.

Finally, there are easier ways to control the cat coming into your yard. One way is to ask your neighbors (if they do not want to confine the cat indoors) to get an invisible cat fence. Another is to install motion detector sprinkler near the feeders (though not too near). You can also plant the herb rue, which cats hate. And here is a link for a bird-friendly "yard-gard":

Yard Gard - Electronic Pest Repeller, home pest control, home, yard control, deer control, mice, rats, cat repellent | Bird-X
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:40 PM
 
Location: New York
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I highly doubt you can do that in NJ. However if the cat has no tags, trap the cat in a box trap and take it to the local shelter. Problem solved. Cats eat birds, it's in their nature. People are responsible for where their pets tread.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:43 PM
 
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Get rid of the bird feeder. Don't allow the cat to have a place to hunt the birds.
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:11 PM
 
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Get rid of the bird feeder. Don't allow the cat to have a place to hunt the birds.
This doesn't solve the problem of a roaming cat killing the birds. Birds are around people's yards feeders or no. And why should the OP have to curtail feeding birds on his property just because some cat owner won't keep his cat off the property of others? I don't care if you want to let your cat roam. I do care if it's on my property. If it is, I'm within my rights to trap it and drop it at animal control. I'd rather not, but if you let your cat roam that's the risk you take.
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:54 PM
 
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Cats kill hundreds of millions of birds each year. Cats should not be left outdoors to roam and kill wildlife.

You've already warned the neighbor, so trap the cat and take it to an animal shelter (not necessarily the closest one). I wouldn't bother telling the neighbor. Their loss is nature's gain.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:31 PM
 
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I can understand your frustration, we keep our cats indoors but we've lost birds to roaming neighborhood cats. Did the neighbor respond to you at all after you put the letter in their mailbox? If they are ignoring the situation please don't kill the kitty, take him to an animal shelter like others suggested.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:08 PM
 
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First, until the situation is more under control, please take down your feeders. Then, talk in person with your neighbor. Do not kill the kitty. You know, dog owners let their pets out every day and many breeds kill squirrels and rabbits. We used to have a dachshund who did this. Thank goodness a bunny-loving neighbor did not take a fancy to shooting my dog. Why is a cat any different?
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Old 05-12-2016, 11:13 PM
 
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What really kills "millions of birds each year" is loss or decrease of native habitat, which is caused by HUMANS.

Each species and subspecies of bird has adapted over hundreds of years to very specific plants and trees and the insects that are found in those plants and trees, and when those native species are removed and replaced by alien species because humans think these new trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses are "pretty", the native bird population declines.

Would you shoot your neighbor for planting alien plants and trees in their yard and thus removing habitat for native birds?

If your answer to that is no, then your answer needs to be the same regarding their cat.

I'd love to get rid of some blue jays here, because they prey on the young of other species of birds. Getting rid of that one blue jay might have increased the chances that one native bird will survive to reproduce.
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