posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 11:26 PM
I too am upset and offended by this thread as a cat lover. The fact that you explicitly say "pet cats" in the title is horrible. To most pet
owners our pets are our family. You wouldn't appreciate somebody killing your family now would you?
As stated, cats and dogs are very different. Have you ever tried to take a cat to the vet in a cage? They will bloody their face up trying to chew
their way out of that cage in a matter of minutes. They don't like to be confined. I've tried taking my cats outside on a leash/harness. They
will squirm their way out of it somehow, no matter how snug you think it fits them. You can't confine a cat, it's torture.
We personally built a large cage in our back yard and put a pet door in the window so the cats have been free to go in and out as they please, and
things like snakes and rabbits can't get inside of the cage. The occasional unlucky bird has flown in and been captured (and brought inside the
house to be defeathered while nobody was home) but it's rare. Cats just like to be outside. We have enough things in the house for them to climb up
on that they're pretty happy in the house too. They just enjoy the fresh air and watching the trees blow in the wind and the birds flying by. Cats
are explorers. They want to go where they want when they want, and they should be free to do so.
I give more of a damn about my cats than I do about the local wildlife because that's my family. They are hunters by nature, and you can't take
that away from them. I agree that I prefer pet cats to be kept indoors for their OWN safety, but some just won't have it and will escape every
chance they get. Mine have slipped out the front door on occasion when we come in, they just want to see what's out there.
I honestly feel sorry for you if you've never had a pet you cared more about than the local wildlife and you think it's okay to kill other people's
pets. They don't know any better, they don't know the other creatures are going extinct. They're just doing what they do. Shooting them for it
isn't going to teach them a lesson. It's just going to piss off a lot of people and make you look like an evil person and nobody will want anything
to do with you.
I was attacked by somebody's dog that was loose in the neighborhood when I was 4 years old. I'm scared of dogs now. You wouldn't see me shooting
stray dogs though. They can be loyal and wonderful pets if trained properly, but they can be very dangerous if not. Dogs will stay in the backyard,
on a leash if you make them. They'll bark like crazy and piss off the neighbors though, and I hate that, so I'd rather you let them roam free in
the yard and come in the house whenever they want just so the neighborhood is a little more peaceful. Cats, not such a danger or a nuisance.
They're pretty lazy and won't hurt you if you don't give them reason to, and even then, it's just a scratch. They're not going to maul your face
off. If you die from a cat scratch then I'd have to say that's your fault for not taking care of it properly.
Ugh, enough ranting, I just do not like this thread at all, it makes me feel sad.