Pets are our friends...but somewhere along that spectrum, people...must assume responsibility...sorry to stain my image here, but years ago, I used to hunt...and am still a fisher lady...then I read many articles...ohhhh, going back about 23 years...there was in fact, an article in The Game News on this very subject...I cannot remember the statistics of wildlife preyed upon by housecats, but...they were, I assure you astounding...
Since then, our pet population has increased extremely....and to me, this is not a silly subject. I've owned animals all my life, horses, dogs, yes, even cats...but...they were always contained and kept on our property. I'm not kidding or being aloof, or laying down exhagerated issues....in one community I lived in...our entire community went to court over this very same subject...due to a neglegent pet owner...even the judge was astounded by the frustration of an entire community showing up against one particular neighbor who deemed public property his and his animals, including dogs and several cats.
Yes, animals will most certainly do what they do, but in the same, due to such a high velocity of pets, pet owners should assume responsiblity for their do do. hehe
Is this a ridiculous subject...I don't think so...after my 87 year old mom has lived on her property now for 50 years...she's been severely bitten by a neighbors dog...twice, who ran under our gate an onto our property, the one bite required 18 stitches...she was alone and had to call for help...and while petting a neighbors cat, was scratched by it, so badly, she had to go to the hospital due to an infection in her hand. It swelled so much so, she couldn't fold her fingers or bend her hand. She never said a thing to these neighbors what they're pets had done.
She's a kind woman and a peace lover, and would never say a harsh word to anyone, even if they're pets presented a problem...I'm the one who says, she shouldn't have to put up with such irresponsible pet owners...and I deem it sad, that courtesy and respect for neighbors has been lost...it's an irritant of sorts and again...very unsanitary...
When an old woman admires her garden, so much so, that she puts many hours everyday during the summer months into it...quite frankly, I feel bad that she has to put up with cleaning up our neighbor's cat's do do? And she never complains...I'm the one who deems this an infringment upon her life. It makes her sad, when those same cats lay in her garden and break her flowers, so she trys putting wire mesh down all over the gardens to detere them from digging and doing their business.
Yes, this may sound silly to you, and perhaps a small thing...I'll agree...and yet, when I watch her, this old woman, working so hard in her garden, it becomes an irratent that she's made to experience this absurdity.
This is more of a problem then I believe some of you might realize...and it'not isolated to birds...and yes, that is why we do not have bird feeders, when my mom broke her hip, I wanted to give her something nice to look at, and so, not thinking about the cats, got her a birdfeeder, so she could sit and occupy her time with a little bit of nature..what a mistake that was...I quickly removed the feeders....and you know what, funny as it may seem to you guys, that stupid inexpensive bird feeder gave her joy, until the neighbors cats came on our property, under our fence, and stalked and killed some little finches. Not a nice thing to watch, if your an old woman, with a love for nature and very naieve.
but, well, read the links I've posted and conclude...
My best....Lee J.