posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 07:52 PM
Not a happy or good thread. I know there are a lot of cat-haters out there, because they are ignorant of the nature of felines.
I moved out to the middle of freaking nowhere with my 9 cats, because the suburban neighborhood we came from had some kids that thought it was fun to
torture small cats, and a neighbor behind us called animal control every time he saw a cat on our adjoining fence. Despite our purchasing a $250
motion-activated sprinkler system for him, he never used the sprinklers and continued to be a jerk about it. I guess he sold the system on e-Bay.
We had specific guidelines for the place we would purchase: At least 1/2 a mile from the road, and NO close neighbors. It took a year of looking,
but we found the perfect cat habitat. When we moved in, it was overrun with prairie dogs and moles. The yard was riddled with holes and the phone
lines were constantly being chewed up. Rats and mice were up in the attic, in the walls and had nests all over in the fields. The native population
of hawks and coyotes were not enough to keep them at bay.
The first 6 months, our cats cleaned up all the vermin. We have the nicest lawn within 10 miles because we don't have a ton of mole holes dug in it.
No more mouse poo in the cupboards and no more hearing rats and mice dig in our walls and chew our wires. The phone guy who hooked up our landline
stated that he used to have to come out every few months and patch the line in the ground. We haven't had to call him, ever.
Are domestic cats native to this part of Texas? Not at all. Neither are humans. However, since we're here, our cats help to keep our place clean
and vermin-free. We let them out when the sun comes up, and bring them in when the sun goes down, because the coyotes are thick out here and pass
through our yard on a nightly basis. Do we shoot the coyotes? No. The night belongs to them and we respect that. We have a great deal of birds
here, different types at different times of the year. Our cats don't catch too many of them, because they're too smart to be caught. Our cats have
never caught a road runner, because those suckers are too quick. Many of the native birds here are thriving, and our cats don't even bother to try
and catch them anymore.
Felis Catus Domesticus is one of the most successful species on this planet, because they can adapt to a wide variety of climates, diets, and
human-wrought environments. Even though the ignorant medieval Europeans equated cats to the devil and had fun with public cat-killing displays, cats
endured and survived. Had the Europeans left them alone, the plague would never have had a chance to take root.
To the poster who complains that his dog barks at cats outside and wakes the baby, perhaps he would like it better if baby's Cheerios were riddled
with mouse poo and rats cruised the floors at night, dragging their testicles on the carpet that the baby crawls on.