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Old 17th Jan 2020, 23:14
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If it's your pet - dog, cat or python - it's your responsibility to keep it under your immediate control or on YOUR property, and if it craps while being walked, pick the bloody stuff up. Who else do you think should do it, the bloody pet sh!t fairy?

Roaming cats are responsible for the deaths of millions of native animals every year in Australia. Don't think that putting a little bell on puss's collar will protect them - it won't. And don't say that your little diddums wouldn't hurt a fly (or a bird, or a marsupial mouse), Cats hunt. That's what they do.

If diddums finds its way into my yard, it's likely to find itself occupying a cat trap. But not for long.
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Old 18th Jan 2020, 00:22
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Old 18th Jan 2020, 00:46
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Old 18th Jan 2020, 12:16
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Hydromet, +1
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Old 18th Jan 2020, 12:58
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Up Norff we use this. Cat haters just read the label.

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Hydromet, +1

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Old 18th Jan 2020, 16:09
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When we moved into this house in 1985, we took over the pure bred Brown Burmese that the previous owners couldn't take to Canada. After her decease in late 1999, we got two pure bred chocolate Burmese sisters form the same litter. Pitti Sing had to be euthanized on October 7 2019 and Yum yum on December 27. What surprised me is how in 5 days, a cat can go from wanting a small meal every hour through not eating to the stage where she could not even stand up. Both of them that fast.

So we are now cat--less, which will leave a problem with mice getting in. Because of the radeng's age, we are looking for another Burmese (because of their friendly personality) - or even two - preferably female, preferably between the ages of about 7 and 12, that needs rehoming. There don't appear to be any in Southern England! They are very good company, and certainly, judging by our friends, much cheaper and less trouble than children......
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Old 18th Jan 2020, 16:34
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Rad....go to a Rescue Shelter....and go Cat shopping.....there are plenty of loving Cats needing a caring home.

I found my Smudge Cat by accident....as I was trying to save a Siamese Female Kitty that was going to be put down for being aggressive.

Our wonderful Animal Control Unit could not grasp the fact that putting a Snare Stick Loop around a Cat's neck could provoke even the most friendly of Felines to cop a real attitude.

Once they tagged the poor thing as "Aggressive" that sealed the poor things fate.

While I was there....Smudge picked me as his ticket out of Kitty Jail.

He is just an ordinary looking thing....a kind of mixed black and white that was done with no identifiable pattern....but he is a real lover and has never met a stranger.

Give it a try....and see how it goes....you might be saving a couple of lives.

Pick them by their individual personality and not by breed if you will.
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Old 19th Jan 2020, 02:57
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I was once adopted by a cat. It was at RAF Seletar in Singapore way back when Singapore was a nice and cool place (both literally and figuratively.) In the evening the cat would appear out of nowhere and leap up onto my bed and wiggle down to the bottom to sleep - it would do this whether I was in bed or not. This only happened occasionally and I never did find out where it spent the remainder of the time.
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Old 19th Jan 2020, 04:01
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One cat in my student days would crawl under the bed covers when I was asleep and contentedly suck on my big toe, but I would rapidly come alert when the cat proceeded up between my legs. This behavior stopped once he was launched across the room the next time he fastened upon my big toe.
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Old 19th Jan 2020, 04:06
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Absolutely hate and detest cats, and we've owned three over the years. Why? The bird life they killed around our suburban house, and the damage they are doing to our wildlife. In the bush their presence is pervasive. They feature so predominately in the desert that there was a tree known as "The Cat Tree", feral cats were hunted down and hung from the tree, and it was festooned. Trouble was the site became a popular tourist spot, nothing to do with the cats, and tourists started to complain about the poor dear moggies and how cruel the local populace were to treat such loving pets. The cats came down and an opportunity for tourists to learn of the ravages being wrought upon native wild life lost. Wild dogs are an issue as well in certain areas, but nothing like cats. Photo of one tree, there were a few.

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Old 19th Jan 2020, 06:05
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I would think having Cats around to eat mice, rats, and other rodents would be a good way of keeping poisonous snakes away from your home.

No food source (other than your Cats) and the Snakes would go else where looking for dinner.

Three years here at this place in prime Water Moccasin habitat....along with Copperheads....and the odd Rattlesnake....and none on the property so far.

Six Years at the former place where Copperheads were very common in the neighborhood....only one in my yard.....where the neighbors had about a dozen or so.

Seems to work for me.

I prefer cuddling up with a Cat than a poisonous snake at any time.
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Old 19th Jan 2020, 14:58
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If anything, this thread serves to remind us how barbarianism is still very much a thing in the former prison colony.

I'm the obliging servant of one female cat of unknown, but highly dubious, origins. She was in a litter of 6, of which only 2 looked like each other - obviously her mother was an obliging girl. I love that little fur ball to bits, even though she has no practical application. But what she lacks in practicality is outweighed by an abundance of independence and a winning personality. After she broke one of her front legs, her days as a hunter are over, at least she's no longer bringing home presents in the form of live mice, birds or large insects.

There is nothing better than having a purring cat on your stomach, sucking warmth and cuddles.
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Old 20th Jan 2020, 03:46
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If anything, this thread serves to remind us how barbarianism is still very much a thing in the former prison colony
Fair suck of the old sav guv, rather typical comment from the nose in the air cadre. What solution do you have for these ferals decimating our native wildlife? I assume you would say let them go for it. Perhaps you can offer your expert opinion as to how we deal with the other introduced species devastating the country, cane toads, foxes, carp, rabbits, to name a few. Many of our native marsupials are mouse like to look at. Mice, rats and snakes are rarely a problem SAS, certainly not reason enough to have a cat.

https://www.environment.gov.au/biodi...lia/feral-cats

https://www.peta.org.au/issues/feral-cats/
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Old 20th Jan 2020, 10:21
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It's not so much the principle of controlling species that are nuisance, more the relish with which the problem is pursued. I'm not keen on dogs myself and I regularly see people with animals that look as ugly as their owners and were clearly bred for fighting. I would not however condone cruel methods of culling them. I must admit that it wouldn't bother me at all if these breeds became extinct, they appear to have no purpose in a civilised society, that applies to the dogs and the owners btw.
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Old 20th Jan 2020, 10:28
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they appear to have no purpose in a civilised society, that applies to the dogs and the owners btw.
I thought their purpose was to allow the owners to think they were associating with intellectuals.
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Old 20th Jan 2020, 14:34
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Megan,

Do you apply the same standards to Feral Humans as you do Feral Cats, Foxes, Carp, Rabbits, and Cane Toads?

That would be an interesting Tree to visit don't you think?

Would you include Leftist Politicians, Global Warming Activists, and Islamic Terrorists in your culling program based upon the harm they have caused over the years?
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Old 20th Jan 2020, 22:47
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Megan,

Do you apply the same standards to Feral Humans as you do Feral Cats, Foxes, Carp, Rabbits, and Cane Toads?

That would be an interesting Tree to visit don't you think?

Would you include Leftist Politicians, Global Warming Activists, and Islamic Terrorists in your culling program based upon the harm they have caused over the years?
"I've got them on the list, and they never would be missed"
G&S seem to have been asking the same question in 1885.
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Old 21st Jan 2020, 03:46
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Do you apply the same standards to Feral Humans as you do Feral Cats, Foxes, Carp, Rabbits, and Cane Toads?
I take it SAS that you would be happy to see our native wildlife become extinct, they have no right to exist because feral humans don't adequately control their pet cats, or let them loose in the bush when they become unwanted. Perhaps you didn't read,
Feral cats threaten the survival of over 100 native species in Australia. They have caused the extinction of some ground-dwelling birds and small to medium-sized mammals. They are a major cause of decline for many land-based endangered animals such as the bilby, bandicoot, bettong and numbat. Many native animals are struggling to survive so reducing the number killed by this introduced predator will allow their populations to grow.
Cane toads, which contain an extremely toxic poison, are killing predator species such as the Goanna, a lizard that can grow to over eight feet in length. Local chap has a training program whereby he captures bush predators and feeds them a dilute cane toad poison which makes them sick, but imprints on them not to eat cane toads. When they are returned to the bush and subsequently breed they then teach their young not to eat the toads. A lot of work is done by a lot of people in an endeavor to curtail extinction.
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Old 21st Jan 2020, 04:43
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Hydromet and Duckbutt +1.

No "pet" should be running free range. The damage done by cats to native species populations (both small ground-based animals and birds) in Australia, including extinction of some species, is both staggering and very well documented. In the US alone, billions (yes billions) of birds are killed by cats every year. If you don't contain or control your sweet, cuddly, purring little ball of fluff, you are directly contributing to the loss of crucial wild species -- wherever you live.

I'd love to see Greta Thunberg get agitated about this one....
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Old 31st Jan 2020, 14:38
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As a result of our fires in Oz a program has now been put in place to eradicate foxes and cats in the burnt out areas by poison baiting and shooting. The ground being bare of cover makes the native wildlife too vulnerable to predation.
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