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  •  We saved a lot of the bird population by adopting (6+ / 0-)

    Cappy and keeping him indoors.

    Captain Fingers is a polydactyl ginger-and-white. He was a stray, having once been adopted (according to shelter and microchip records) and then abandoned. He's very friendly and outgoing, and survived by making himself at home in any of a dozen or so apartments. Although many kind suckers cat-lovers fed him, none would take him in permanently, so he supplemented his diet with birds. In fact, his front teeth are so worn from stripping the feathers from birds that the vet said he'd have starved to death in a few months if we hadn't taken him in. His teeth are worn down almost to the gums and he'd have trouble stripping bird feathers now.

    We often joke about how we saved about 1/3 of the birds in our coastal town, but his teeth say that he really did eat a lot of birds!

    Keeping cats indoors not only saves birds, it also saves cats. Although they're not immune from all diseases, they're less likely to come down with an infectious disease if they're not exposed to other cats, not to mention the raccoons, opossums, and skunks in the area. They're also protected from predators (red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, and some fairly large owls). They're safe from wackos who poison cats, cars, various toxins found on road surfaces and in garden pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers, and many other sources of harm.

    We keep cat trees in front of windows, so there's plenty of BirdTV, but we never have to worry about waking up to find a decapitated bird on the pillow :-P

    In addition, cats kept indoors live longer:

    the average lifespan of a free-roaming cat is less than 3 years, whereas the lifespan of an indoor cat averages 15 to 18 years.
    Yes, there are many good reasons to keep cats indoors.

    I'm a Democrat - I believe that government has a positive role to play in the lives of ordinary people.

    by 1BQ on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:15:54 PM PST

    •  Yes! (2+ / 0-)
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      The point about indoor cats living longer is a great one.  Any vet will tell you to keep your cats inside.  People who let their pet cats roam outside aren't just condoning the killing of birds and small mammals, but they're irresponsible pet owners, too!

      The next Noah will work a short shift. - Charles Bowden

      by Scott in NAZ on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:42:18 AM PST

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