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  •  My Experiences With Felis Domesticus (2+ / 0-)
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    This source seems like a comprehensive overlook, and neutering feral cats plus a rabies vaccination  is definitely a  good thing. In my experience, though, neutering will not eliminate all yowling, and some individuals will continue to spray or fight. A lot of fighting and spraying from cats is over feeding territory, not just mating. Also, this source states that the average life of a feral cat is about six years, no dispute there, but it also states that domesticated cats average seven years or so. The neutered and vaccinated indoor/outdoor (they do both) cats that I've kept over the last 40 years or so have mostly lived well over ten years. One even to 17, although she needed nursing and being fed by herself near the end.

    Most of my experience with cats has been in a rural environment, so other cats than ours are seldom encountered.

    The source does not address bird predation. This may seem cold to some, but our three cats all spend about half a day outside. Yes, they catch and eat birds and small mammals.  

    quill wrote: .

    ..cats are NOT part of the natural landscape. They are not native here, and in the US there are many areas with no comparable class of native predator, meaning that native species have not evolved defenses against them.
    Again my experience is rural now, but since cats are not going away any time soon, a few people keeping their pets indoors, even though its a noble idea concerning other animals, is not going to make much of a dent in bird and small mammal predation. That being reality, outdoor cats will bend the paradigm towards native species evolving defenses via the traits that survivors pass on.  
    True ferals I've seen seem oddly 'blank', and expressionless even when they're calm and not angry or scared.
    If you keep domesticated cats, you'll notice that they look you in the eye whenever they are assessing or acknowledging you. I believe that occurs because behaviorally cats use eye contact to assess other cats, and so a cat who crossed the bar as a kitten to recognize humans as a sort of ungainly but not threatening cat of some sort will look you in the eye for the same reason as they do that with other cats. A feral cat does not recognize a human as anything other than a potential predator at first sight, and maybe always. So, no eye contact, just looking for the exit most of the time.

    Yonder stands your orphan with his gun... Crying like a fire in the sun ~Bob Dylan

    by paz3 on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 02:59:40 PM PST

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