My, what nice guys (killed over 20 of neighbor’s cats)

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  • bgcatty

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    Stupid idiots! I can only hope the get the book thrown at them.
     

    Timjoebillybob

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    Stupid idiots! I can only hope the get the book thrown at them.
    I'll agree with the stupid idiots part. Would it have been better for them to turn them over to animal control to be killed? That's what happens with feral cats around me.
     

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    Plus you forgot Coyotes. :p

    Those predators you list will also make a meal out of a cat if the occasion arises.
    I didn't forget them - they are not native to Indiana and don't count as native wildlife. Officially always open season on them also.

    The only native predator that might take a full-grown cat is a great horned owl. Even eagles likely won't, since they are partial to fish and diurnal, while cats are partial to fish and mostly nocturnal. And they would have a fight on their hands. The more cats they eat, the better.
     

    mmpsteve

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    I didn't forget them - they are not native to Indiana and don't count as native wildlife. Officially always open season on them also.

    The only native predator that might take a full-grown cat is a great horned owl. Even eagles likely won't, since they are partial to fish and diurnal, while cats are partial to fish and mostly nocturnal. And they would have a fight on their hands. The more cats they eat, the better.

    Don't know if it happens, but I imagine a Bobcat could take down a full-grown domestic. I've seen video of a bobcat taking down a mature whitetail doe. Got it by the neck and choked it out.

    Wonder if bobcats cross-breed with domestics? Never heard of it happening though.

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    AtTheMurph

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    Not to overcomplicate, but what if we were talking about dogs vs cats?
    Dog don't do nearly the amount of damage to the environment that cats do.

    And when we were growing up we did kill feral dogs because they are a menace an dangerous.
     

    AlVine

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    I didn't forget them - they are not native to Indiana and don't count as native wildlife. Officially always open season on them also.

    The only native predator that might take a full-grown cat is a great horned owl. Even eagles likely won't, since they are partial to fish and diurnal, while cats are partial to fish and mostly nocturnal. And they would have a fight on their hands. The more cats they eat, the better.
    Coyotes are native to Indiana.
     

    KLB

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    I didn't forget them - they are not native to Indiana and don't count as native wildlife. Officially always open season on them also.

    The only native predator that might take a full-grown cat is a great horned owl. Even eagles likely won't, since they are partial to fish and diurnal, while cats are partial to fish and mostly nocturnal. And they would have a fight on their hands. The more cats they eat, the better.
    I've had a cat taken by a raptor of some sort. I found what was left in my field.

    I imagine that cars and coyotes get the most though.
     

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    We don't have any pets and the local predators keep everything except larger dogs in line around here.
     

    edporch

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    Cursory research will show that feral cats (and outdoor "pets") kill huge amounts of native wildlife yearly. It is always open season on outdoor cats. The bleeding hearts that TNR are just allowing more death and destruction during the feral cats' lifetimes (which are usually hard, brutal and short).

    We have a strictly indoor cat that doesn't have a collar or vet visits - she NEVER goes outside, and freezes in fright if she makes it onto the porch. She is a PET.
    True.
    My family had a shack going back to the mid 1930'a in NW Wisconsin til recently when i finally sold it.

    My late parents told me many times through the years that back in the day when hunting up there, it was customary that if you ran across a feral cat you shot it.

    This because they killed many game animals and their young and greatly reduced the game animal population.
     
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    Sorry, but if my neighbor had 20+ cats that were coming over to my property and being a nuisance (cat poop, spraying, living in my barn), I would probably do the same thing. Only difference is I wouldn’t say anything. Forget animal control. Forget talking to the neighbor. The animals simply would not come home. This is one situation that I have no patience for.
    I agree to a point. So what responsibility is on the Cat Lady for hording 20 cats? Clearly she wasn't able to keep them in control on her own property. when the cats leave your property, guess what, they might not come home the very next day.
     

    mmpsteve

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    True.
    My family had a shack going back to the mid 1930'a in NW Wisconsin til recently when i finally sold it.

    My late parents told me many times through the years that back in the day when hunting up there, it was customary that if you ran across a feral cat you shot it.

    This because they killed many game animals and their young and greatly reduced the game animal population.

    Not so much in my neighborhood up here, but on our rural properties down south, feral cats and dogs are dispatched with prejudice. Cats are deadly to ground nesting birds like quail and turkey, as well as rabbit and other things. The dogs are generally starving and just looking for a meal, but can become aggressive, especially if several band together.

    We take no joy in it, but it has to be done. ***hole people drop them off in the rural parts when they're tired of feeding them, or when they're no longer cute.

    There's a shelter 20 miles away, but they want you to pay $100 each to bring them in (that's if you can safely catch them). A 40gr Gold Dot in .22 mag costs 30 cents (or did when I stocked up on them). The math's not hard to figure, and besides, "buzzards gotta eat, same as worms".

    I'll say this, some future archaeologist is really gonna be scratching his head when he stumbles upon the "boneyard", as we call it.

    Again, it saddens us to have to do it, but we could never take care of all the animals dropped off at the corner of our rural property, nor do we want to.

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    It seems the cat lady should be charged with animal neglect if she’s admitting over 20 cats are hers. We all know they aren’t being fed properly, and if they’re creating a nuisance on neighboring properties they aren’t being controlled.


    And these idiots obviously forgot the most important part of SSS. SHUT. UP.
     

    femurphy77

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    They all sound like lovely neighbors :nuts:
    Wonder why cat lady was recording them?
    I wouldn't like those cats either, but if i trapped them i'd probably try to take them to a shelter or something. We have a lot of feral cats and crazy cat people (not just ladies) around our area, too.
    Telling the lady they were dead was dumb.
    Had a buddy that was having problems with a neighbor's dog, one day he peppered it with rock salt and then called the neighbor and told him to come over and get the dog.

    He told us about it the day it happened. A couple of days later he told us that the neighbor had taken the dog to the vet to be treated for the injuries and then called the shooter and told him that if he paid the vet bills they'd call it square. My buddy used a couple of choice words in his response that related to where the neighbor could place the bill for safe keeping'

    My advice to him at that point was to pay the bill, by the guy dinner and wash his car as he'd set himself up for very large problems. He basically told me to do the same with my advice that he'd told the neighbor to do with the bill.

    Long story short it cost the shooter about $25k to stay out of jail on felony animal cruelty charges since he openly admitted he wasn't trying to kill the dog, only hurt it.

    YMMV.
     

    DoggyDaddy

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    My dogs never got the message, over the past 20 years and several dogs, between them they have about 20 notches on their collective collars.

    Big Sweeties! :rockwoot:
    My dog (RIP) got along fine with cats. Here she is with a big male tom that we inherited from DoggyMama's aunt. That cat hated everybody at first, until he figured out that we were a cat-friendly house. He really came out of his shell then, but he was old, and we only had him for about 6 months before he passed away. I'm glad he found out that people weren't so scary after all.

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    And here she is with our first cat. They pretty much grew up together and were best buds. :)

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    They liked playing together too...


    This is our current cat, Chunkadoodle.

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