Letter to the Editor

Tend to felines

AtascaderoFebruary 7, 2013 

The surprisingly large amount of wildlife killed by cats has been in the news and local editorial pages of newspapers. One thing to consider is the shamefully high number of homeless cats in America. Up to 80 percent of the cats in this country have no homes and no one to care for them.

The majority of those millions eventually suffer and die of exposure, dehydration, starvation, dog attacks, car accidents and even despair.

The relatively few who survive must, like all living things, eat. Some get by scavenging garbage and food left out for other pets. But birds and rodents are a cat’s natural source of food in the wild. And it should be no surprise that the millions of unfed and uncared-for cats are hunting and killing and eating millions of rodents and birds annually. If these abandoned cats were tended to and not allowed to reproduce in uncontrolled numbers, the toll on wildlife would drop accordingly.

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