At Least 60 Feral and Outdoor Cats Have Vanished in Astoria

Categories: Astoria, Cats

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Photo by Mary Witty
Old Orange, a ginger tomcat who disappeared from a feral cat colony around December 12.
A mystery in Astoria is growing stranger by the day. Caregivers for the neighborhood's feral and outdoor cats report that at least 60 felines have gone missing between early December and now.

"Just for Astoria alone it looks like it's between 66 and 70," says Mary Witty. "Just in this neighborhood."

Witty, who works at NYU, has lived in Astoria for 14 years. She's cared for a colony of feral cats for about five years, seven of them, all of whom were part of a Trap Neuter Return program to keep the city's outdoor cat population down. She set up food and shelters for them in her yard, and most of them slept there every night; several were related to one another.

Then, one morning in December, she realized they'd begun to vanish.

"They disappeared one by one," Witty says. When the first two cats failed to come around for their meals, she wasn't too alarmed, figuring they were visiting other neighbors or maybe locked in a garage. They walked the alleys of the nearby streets, tapping on garage doors, to no avail. But since several of the cats had gone missing for up to three weeks, she figured they would return.

"The second week, around Wednesday, I got very alarmed," Witty says. "I realized I was seeing too few cats. They're normally very faithful about their meals." By Friday morning, only three showed up for breakfast. And Friday night, there was just one left, whom they'd dubbed Little Blackie.

Witty decided it was best to bring her inside for safety, which proved difficult.
"It took almost a week to trap her," she says. "She was also very scared. She lost her mom, she lost her sister, her brother, her best friend. She really did seem traumatized."

At that point, as Witty told several news outlets in January, she suspected a neighbor might be behind the cats' disappearances. "There was one neighbor who had a history of hostility towards cats," she says. "There were a sufficient amount of threats, and she's admitted trapping animals in her garage."

Witty set up a website, Astoria7, to publicize the story of the missing cats and ask for clues. And over the past few months, she's realized the problem is far larger than she'd thought.

"We've gotten reports from areas all over Astoria," she says. As best they can figure, there are roughly 66 to 70 missing. Not all of them were feral; at least one was a pet, an outdoor cat who also didn't come home one day.

"It's just baffling," she says. "It's baffling that this has happened. How do this many cats vanish without a trace?"

Witty admits that it's possible there's some overlap in the missing reports, leading to a higher count, but she doesn't think so, given that the reports have come from all over the neighborhood, many from people with devoted colonies of their own.

"The people who reported to us who had small colonies, they reported the exact same pattern, the exact same thing," she explains. "It happened over a two week period. They were gone one by one."

She's asked the police to investigate, but says she's been told that's virtually impossible: "There are no bodies, no evidence of foul play, no surveillance tapes turned up. Nothing to investigate."

Many of the reports, too, came from before the January cold snap began. "Almost half of these cats went missing before the cold set in," Witty says. "If they froze we would've found their bodies."

In a new effort to uncover what's going on, Witty and others have begun distributing these flyers around the neighborhood, asking residents to get in touch if they've seen anything unusual: someone trapping cats, maybe, or leaving food for them at odd hours:

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Flyer via Astoria7

They're also wondering if the problem is city-wide. "We do have reports of cats missing just like ours, six or seven gone at a clip very quickly," Witty says. "Those reports are coming at different areas of Brooklyn. We also started hearing horror stories from Staten island, pets being taken from yards, including dogs. People sound like they're terrified. It's so weird and so creepy and unfortunately the possibilities are just not good."

If you have tips for Witty, or want to report another missing cat, visit Astoria7's Tips page here.

Send your story tips to the author, Anna Merlan.


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frank124c
frank124c topcommenter

Maybe an enterprising Chinese restaurant owner found an inexpensive way to supply his restaurant with "pork."

cathatingisunnatural
cathatingisunnatural

The hate-filled bile of that psycho nature advocate has dominated this discussion long enough.  That psycho is right out of deliverance!  He needs to be put in jail where he belongs!  His actions may not be legally criminal (yet!!!), but they are despicable and cruel.  


How can anyone hate a cat?  They are warm, soft, fuzzy creatures who purr and look up at you adoringly with loving eyes.   It is tragic that so many end up out on the streets, abandoned by humankind.  They need our help, not scorn and hatred or worse. 


I think it is unnatural to hate a cat.  The only ones who do are obviously sickos---and if we need to rid our lands of anything---it is them! 

Anthony Santiago
Anthony Santiago

I hope someone is getting rid of them.When you find out send them to ct.

integrityfirst
integrityfirst

Notice how whatever/whoever the world hated or feared in the past, comes into the same spotlight again. Humans not letting go of meaningless, useless broken records and lo and behold history repeats its self. Surprise, surprise...


I hope the cat haters are found. If it's human haters. Best of luck for justice! I bet someone, somewhere saw something, I bet the reward money is weighing on their mind. Come on, come forward good soul... You saw it, you caught it in the corner of your eye for a reason.


If it's coyotes, well that's nature. I'm not going to go kill a hundred coyotes or beat them up or torture them or... Go out of my way to go find people online who love coyotes and get into hateful, intense, disturbing lectures because the things I love matter more and whatever I do not love doesn't even deserve to live. Quite a narrowed minded view of life but that's how some are.


If it's Santeria... Well... We can't force people to stop practicing something. Just as I can't stop hunters and haters murdering cats. Just as they can never convince me that what they do makes any good sense. Simple as that. It's the way of our world. So fight the good fight where and when you can people!


People of Astoria and surrounding suburbs eyes wide open, be aware, even if you are not fond of cats, just help uphold the integrity of the world. As those trying to rip it down do not waste a second. Do not be intimidated into silence, do not turn a blind eye. What if you shall need help one day and the person that could of done so, turned a blind eye. Stand up, speak up, for the haters sure speak up. Balance the scales. Don't go hide away. There's always darkness, make a way for the light.

integrityfirst
integrityfirst

Just finished reading every comment and hello! I think some involved in the disappearances are posting some of the comments.

webmiester
webmiester

I would also consider the possibility of the use of these animals in ritualistic religious practices. Immigration has brought in an influx of immigrants who practice Santeria and forms of Voodoo.


I've been reading news sources about slaughtered goats and chickens body parts being found in Central Park for example.

lasiennany
lasiennany

If each person who owned a cat or dog would just spay/neuter we would not have so many cats roaming around in the streets.  I have seen neighbors just move out and leave their cats in the apartment or just throw them out into the streets. I have participated in the TNR just to cut down on the breeding on my block and put an end to the urine and fighting.  It works but next thing you know another cat is thrown out into the streets. Just bring your cat to a shelter but do not throw them out into the streets.  At the very least please spay/neuter. 

psychobirds
psychobirds

60 cats off the street well over 600 wild birds and mammals saved in a single year

psychobirds
psychobirds

If cats like other domesticated animals are not protected they are going to disappear.

Cats do not belong in our environment and if you really cared about them you would get them off the streets and keep then indoors.

I really wish to never see another cat outside, and and 1 cats life is not more important than the 100's it kills every year.

They are NOT natural and what they do to wildlife is NOT nature

Leandro Oliva
Leandro Oliva

the bricks positioned next to the cat leads me to suspect it's something horrible

Heidi Speciale
Heidi Speciale

I love that neighborhood but we had to move out of TWO apartments thanks to cat stench in the adjoining yards..I'm allergic and it was making me sick ..your home shouldn't reek of cat pee when you don't have a cat.. Shouldn't reek when you do have them but definitely not when you don't

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

Hey, look at that! That TNR "death by attrition" is finally working! At long last, TNR is finally proving to work somewhere on the planet. Don't worry though. According to TNR advocates' "scientific evidence" more cats will be moving in because of your mysterious and mythical "vacuum effect" that cause more cats to take the place of all your missing cats.

Wait awhile, more will show up very very soon. In fact, they should have been there months ago. And then you can dote over all those new cats in your TNR cat-hoarders' colonies until they all die of your loving and humane "death by attrition" too.

LOL

What? More cats didn't move back in for over 4 months now? How can that be!?! Are you trying to tell us that you've been lying to everyone and manipulating everyone with your misinformation and deceptions for decades now? Oh, say it isn't so! (It is so. Every last one of these demented TNR cat-lickers are manipulative and lying deception artists.)

Here's a good site where everyone can see how these TNR advocates "love" their cats to death through humane and loving euthanasia of "death by attrition". Enjoy the photos. http://tnrfactcheck.org/tnr-handbook.html 

classic53174
classic53174

Have you checked any of the local Chinese food joints?

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@cathatingisunnatural

Shoot-to-maim is punishable under the laws that define animal-cruelty, and rightly so, (these are the ONLY cases that cat-lickers cite to try to manipulate and scare everyone from shooting their only favorite animal). But shoot-to-kill is a perfectly legal way to humanely destroy an animal. The same laws and principles that apply to methods of humanely hunting animals also applies to cats. You just have to be certain that the cat dies. That makes it 100% legal. Don't give these cat-lickers yet another injured cat to exploit and parade in the media for donations for themselves. They torture enough cats to death with their TNR programs to do that. (Hint: outfit your rifle with a good scope and laser-sight, inexpensive on ebay. This will ensure a totally humane, instant, and LEGAL kill each and every time. Though use a fatal chest-shot, a head-shot is not always a sure thing.) Unlike cat-lickers' psychotic beliefs, the reality is that a cat is just another animal. It's NOT their baby, their child, their offspring. Even if they do view their cats that way, letting them roam free is no less criminally irresponsible than them telling their child to go play in the freeway and then blaming the cars for their child's death. If they let their cat roam free, NO MATTER HOW IT DIES, that is THEIR fault and they can be charged with all laws that clearly define animal-neglect, animal-abandonment, and animal-endangerment. Not to mention being in direct violation of all international invasive species laws in existence.

In fact, here's a publication from a study done by the University of Nebraska on the best ways to HUMANELY deal with a feral-cat problem wherever you live. This documentation INCLUDES the best firearms, ammo, and air-rifles required to HUMANELY destroy cats. deenawinter D0T files D0T wordpress D0T com SLASH 2010/12/ec1781.pdf) Though I strongly advise against anyone's suggestion to use a fatal head-shot. A fatal chest-shot to a vital organ assures they die in under 3 seconds, often less than 1 second, not even enough time to make a sound. On advice of others, I had to waste 3 more point-blank .22 shots on a cat before it would die -- 4 precision shots to the head. What a wasteful experiment to test the advice of others, when even one .22 is worth more than any cat will ever be worth. Not to mention all that splattered diseased-cat offal that had to be hosed down to prevent native animals from walking through it and dying from it. I outfitted my rifle with a good large-aperture illuminated-scope and a laser-sight (both precision aligned) for an instant, humane, and legal kill each and every time. (Those accessories also aiding for when these vermin are most active, dusk to dawn.) Out of the hundreds of cats I had to shoot and bury the only time I wasted more than one bullet on a cat was that head-shot example (other than the 1 wasted for each dead cat). I guess a cat's brain is NOT one of their vital organs. Who knew! 

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@cathatingisunnatural

It is perfectly legal in all 50 states. You just have to shoot them on your own land or have the written permission of the land-owner. The only thing you have to be aware of are your local firearms ordinances. If you live on land that is zoned as "residential" then you can probably only use air-rifles. All other lands can use firearms.

The law is that it is perfectly legal to destroy any animal on your property (or with the written permission of the property owner); someone's pet or not; that is threatening the health, well-being, and safety of your family, animals, or even the value or integrity of your property. Also true even in most densely populated cities, firearms laws permitting, if not then 700-1200fps air-rifles with vermin-pellets are commonly used. The newer ones even come with a sound-suppressor design built right-in, being designed specifically for shooting vermin cats in urban areas, the demand is that great. The only animals exempt from you taking immediate action, legally, are those listed on endangered or threatened species lists, regulated game-animals (hunting season only, except for designated "small game" on your own lands which is year-'round no-license in most states), and any bird species under protection of MBTA (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act). Even then variances can be given should there be sufficient problem but this requires further study by authorities. Since cats are listed in the TOP 100 WORST invasive species of the world in the "Global Invasive Species Database" issg D0T org SLASH database/species/ecology D0T asp?si=24&fr=1&sts=sss , this means they have no protection whatsoever from being shot on sight, they are not on any protected species list anywhere in the world. Quite the opposite as a matter of fact.

(This is precisely how I managed to clear out every last one of hundreds of these invasive species vermin cats from my own lands. On the sound advice of the Sheriff. Even he found that trying to reason with and warn the demented cat-lickers did no good. But shooting every last one of their cats finally worked! My lands have been 100% cat-free for over 4 years now, for less than the price of a couple cups of coffee for the ammo -- on close-out sale, 5000 rounds for $15. That's THREE CATS PER PENNY that were sterilized, permanently vaccinated against ALL diseases (even to those for which vaccines do not exist), and even given a permanent and "loving forever home" (2-3ft. under) so they can no longer destroy any more native wildlife -- THREE PER PENNY!) 

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

Do a search on the words: Veterinarian TNR Shirley Koshi banvetabuse

To see what happened to the very last person that they pulled this all-too-common TNR stunt on.

Criminal charges are now being sought against all TNR groups involved in her death to have them convicted of murder.

animalabuseisacrime
animalabuseisacrime

Nice .. I see on facebook you work in a school .. do they know you want to kill cats???? maybe someone should contact them with a screenshot of this post?????

cathatingisunnatural
cathatingisunnatural

@integrityfirst  


Thank you, @integrityfirst!  I agree with everything you say!  And no it wasn't coyotes who took these cats---it was a human predator.  We will find who did this and we will bring them to justice!  

Come on, Astoria, stand up to this psycho bully Nature_Advocate!  

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@integrityfirst  

Destroying cats is neither hating cats nor a fear of cats. I had to shoot and bury hundreds of these invasive species vermin to stop them from gutting-alive and skinning-alive the last of the native wildlife on my lands.

Why do mentally-unbalanced and psychotic cat-advocates always presume that if someone is removing a highly destructive, deadly disease spreading, human-engineered invasive-species from the native habitat to restore it back into natural balance that they must hate that organism? Does someone who destroys Zebra Mussels, Kudzu, African Cichlids, Burmese Pythons, Brown Tree Snakes, or any of the other myriad destructive invasive-species in the USA or elsewhere have some personal problem with that species? (Many of which are escaped PETS that don't even spread any harmful diseases, unlike cats.) Your ignorance and blatant biases are revealed in your declaring that people who destroy cats must somehow hate or fear cats. Nothing could be further from the truth.

It is people who let a destructive invasive-species roam free that tortures-to-death all other wildlife, wasted for their cats' play-toys, that have zero respect for ALL life. They don't even care about their cats dying a slow torturous death from exposure, animal attacks, diseases, starvation, dehydration, becoming road-kill, environmental poisons, etc., the way that ALL stray cats suffer to death. They don't even respect their fellow human being. This speaks more than volumes about your disgusting character. People like you should be locked up in prison for life for your cruelty to all animals, cruelty to your own cats as well as all the native wildlife that you let your cats skin alive or disembowel alive for their and your entertainment. If you let cats roam free you are violating every animal-abandonment, animal-neglect, animal-endangerment, and invasive-species law in existence.

If people do hate cats today, have LEARNED to hate cats today, you have nobody but yourself and everyone just like you to blame. YOU are the reason people are now realizing that all excess cats must be destroyed on-site and on-sight. You've done so much to make people care about cats, haven't you. If you want to do something about it, direct your sadly and sorely misplaced energies at those that are causing the problem, not at those who are actually solving it AND HAVE SOLVED IT 100%.

THIS IS YOUR FAULT and THE FAULT OF EVERYONE JUST LIKE YOU. You have NOBODY but yourselves to blame.

You can take that all the way to the very last shot-dead cat's grave.

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@webmiester

While that suggestion might seem absurd to the average reader, I'm glad that you bring it up. You're not the first one to do so. They have been used that way for millennia -- in fact that was their original and only use -- contrary to cat-lickers claiming that Egyptians raised them and worshiped them as beloved pets.

These animals weren't native to Egypt either. They were imported from other regions, brought in from Turkey and surrounding areas and later even bred specifically for sacrificial purposes. That was their main use. Only a small number were kept as temple animals. Then to "worship" them properly; they were all killed at a young age, mummified, then offered as animal sacrifices to their Goddess Bastet. This is why they found 300,000 young mummified cats buried there for a population of only 100,000 to 150,000 people. They couldn't worship their offerings to Bastet while the cats were alive, they needed non-corporeal cats for that.

I often wonder if this isn't what, in part, led to their eventual downfall. So many exorbitant resources devoted to killing exponentially-over-breeding cats, along with all the diseases cats spread. Someone was at least smart enough to make it a religious-custom to kill them at high rates. Cats' Toxoplasma gondii brain-hijacking parasite might have even caused mental problems in their leaders and general population (as it does today; causing autism, schizophrenia, and brain tumors in humans -- the "crazy cat lady" isn't just an urban legend, there's real evidence to prove their mentally-unbalanced medical condition now).

It is also interesting to note that people who want to worship cats today, claiming that's what Egyptians did, aren't doing it right. They must kill them while young, mummify them, then leave them at the altar of their nearest place of worship.

It seems that today's cat-lickers just can't do anything right. 

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@lasiennany  

Any non-native cat that is allowed to illegally hunt our native wildlife where I live then in turn gets hunted until dead. No delays, no excuses, NO EXCEPTIONS. That's the very best way to keep these invasive species vermin from destroying any more native wildlife or spreading any more of their 3+dozen deadly diseases to all other animals and humans. You MUST destroy stray collared cats as well, they are the very source of every last feral cat. If you don't destroy them too then you have done NOTHING to solve the feral cat problem. Guaranteed.

Licensing, laws, and sterilization policies do absolutely NOTHING to curb the problem. If cats are required to be licensed then these lying, deceitful, manipulative, and conniving cat-lickers just stop putting collars on their cats; as they did by me. And they won't even bother getting them micro-chipped, especially not that. They want absolutely nothing that can hold them legally accountable for the actions of their cats. We're not talking about the topmost responsible citizens of the world, you know. They don't want that responsibility of what they and their cats have done coming back on them. If they had even one iota of a sense of responsibility and respect for all other lives on this planet we wouldn't even be having these discussions.

Yet I found something that DOES work, works well, and works fast (relative to the years it takes trying to educate deceitful and lying cat-lickers that accomplishes ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, which you already know if you've tried to reason with any last one of them). Where I live cat-lickers have learned that _ALL_ their cats, stray and feral, collared or not, ear-tipped or not (because TNR con-artists now just clip cats' ears only, WITHOUT sterilizing or vaccinating them, to protect their hoarded cats from being trapped and euthanized), _*ALL*_ their cats are shot on sight and buried whenever found away from supervised confinement.

You can't train a cat to stay home but I found that, in time, you CAN train a cat-owner into being a responsible pet-owner and a respectable neighbor. Most of them are so phenomenally stupid, disrespectful, and criminally irresponsible though that you have to make at least 12-15 of their cats permanently disappear before they even start to figure out what they've been doing wrong all during their sorry, useless, and pathetic lives. (Though the ones by me who were adopting cats from "barn cat programs" were uniquely cretinized and lobotomized. I had to shoot and bury many hundreds of their cats before they started to learn. Yes, some of them are just that pathetically stupid.)

PSA: The Time Is Now .... Half-Past Kill-Kitty O'Clock .... Do you know where your cat is?

Love 'em or lose 'em!

Once they learn this simple lesson, nobody lets their cats roam free anymore. I've not seen even ONE cat in over FOUR YEARS now from practicing this simple and effective policy where I live. (So much for that deceptive and manipulative lie of removing cats causing a "vacuum effect" too, eh? Deceptive and manipulative liars, one and all.)

auntiecairo
auntiecairo

@psychobirds Even with cats around birds are abundant in population and cause their own problems -- same with rodents -- last time I checked rats, squirrels etc. are plentiful - even with cats around. . . with people killing other natural predators cats are the only natural way to keep populations down of other species. . .

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@psychobirds  

 Here's how you can make every last TNR CAT-HOARDER reveal just how astoundingly ignorant, hypocritical, and self-deceptive they truly are. All with just ONE simple question:

"If you believe that these man-made invasive species cats are a natural part of the environment and belong out in nature, then why are you even bothering to sterilize them?"

Their agreement to sterilize them is their very agreement that they don't even belong out in nature in the very first place.

Is this too far beyond their 3rd-grade, bible-home-schooled, bambi-cartoon-curricula comprehension levels? Must be. Phenomenally ignorant self-deceptive hypocrites much?

webmiester
webmiester

@psychobirds Pardon me, Mr. psychobird, but if there is a person deliberately killing cats -- and who knows what else they may be killing -- then that means you have a potential serial killer.


Jeffrey Dahmer started by killing animals. THAT is what isn't natural...

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

You should learn to read previous replies before making an inane and glib comment. That topic has already been well-covered.

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

You'd care, if you woke up one day and looked around you and there were no other animals left alive in your whole area but their disease-infested vermin invasive species cats. I battled a cat-infestation for 15 YEARS. During which time their vermin cats destroyed nearly every last native animal on my lands -- from smallest of prey up to the top predators (starved-to-death by cats destroying all their foods). ALL of the smaller defenseless animals were gutted-alive or skinned-alive JUST for their piece-of-sh** cats' play-toys. Or the native animals' offspring all starved to death when the parents no longer returned to feed them. The problem became so bad that one animal even dragged her last 2 surviving offspring right to my door one day in the afternoon. She was so starved that she couldn't even make milk for her cubs, taking the risk that even coming right to my door was better than starving to death. (She and her offspring survived under my care and went on to help repopulate my lands after all the cats were dead and buried.)

I sadly listened to despicable FOOLS like just these TNR cat-lickers who are now whining about their disgusting missing vermin -- which only made the problem worse and worse -- until there were nothing but their disease-infested cats left on my lands. Luckily I had a wise Sheriff who finally advised that I shoot every last cat and don't stop until every last one is gone, collared or not. (As is the legal right of every land-owner in the whole USA.) In only 2 seasons I was able to be rid of every last one -- HUNDREDS of their cats shot-dead and buried.

My wildlife has been recovering nicely for the last 4 years, better than I could have ever expected or hoped for. I finally hear owls again, a sound I had not heard for over 15 years. Hawks soar over my trees again. Chipmunks treat me to a chipmunk-chorus most every calm summer afternoon again, another sound I had not heard for 15 years. (Ever hear that sound? It sounds like a melodic wooden wind-chime coming from every direction in the forest as they call to each other before bedding-down. It's an astounding experience to hear it just once in your life, but I get to hear it most every nice evening before sunset.) A family of Gray Fox (one of the most beneficial native animals to grace the land) made a den near my home. I often see them bringing a clownish kit or two along with to patrol my yard for any edibles. Birds I had never seen in my life before now nest here. 2 of the species are warblers listed in the top-10-songbirds of the world. What an amazing sound to awaken to during warm months.

The lifelong rewards for destroying and disposing of every last one of their invasive-species vermin cats on your lands are priceless and immeasurable.

I now feel nothing but pity for anyone who has cats around them. Their lives are dismally bereft and empty and they don't even realize it.

suesuarez
suesuarez

I trapped some cats for TNR. while they were in recovery, a bunch of nasty cats sprayed and fought all over the property- I'm assuming because there weren't any other cats to stop them from trying to take over. I got some more traps and TNRed those interlopers. I haven't seen them since. In this Preston's experience: yes, the vacuum effect is true.

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@classic53174

Due to all the heinous and deadly diseases that cats carry and spread today, it would be wrong to advise they be used for food or anything in this day and age (even in jest). The risk to anyone dressing them for even the use of their furs today (as they were commonly used in the past) could be deadly to the people involved.

These are just the diseases cats have been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Afipia felis, Anthrax, Bartonella (Rochalimaea) henselae, Bergeyella (Weeksella) zoohelcum, Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Chlamydia psittaci (feline strain), Cowpox, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Cutaneous larva migrans, Dermatophytosis, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Neisseria canis, Pasteurella multocida, Plague, Poxvirus, Rabies, Rickettsia felis, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Scabies, Sporothrix schenckii, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasmosis, Trichinosis, Visceral larva migrans, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Bird-Flu, Bovine Tuberculosis, Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, Tularemia, and Rat-Bite Fever can now also be added to that list.

(Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. Totally disproving that oft-spewed LIE that more cats in Europe could have prevented the plague. They would have made it worse. Once a cat contracts the plague it can and will transmit it to all cats in its colony or any other animals and humans it comes in contact with.)

I tried feeding one of the shot-dead cats
on my lands to the last few starving predators. (One of hundreds of these vermin cats that I had to shoot and bury to permanently stop the infestation of them.) Almost all the rest of my native predators starved to death from cats destroying all their food sources. Thinking that for once these invasive-species cats could give back for what they had destroyed and wasted during their existence -- giving the remainder of the starved-out predators a much needed protein boost. Those animals promptly died from some disease in that cat-meat. Something in that cat-meat was able to kill the wildlife that were under my care (2 adults, 3 offspring they had while under my care). Cats truly are complete and total wastes of flesh. They can't even be used to safely feed wild animals. Leaving any of these invasive-species cats out in nature, alive OR dead, is no better than intentionally poisoning your native wildlife to death.

When ridding your lands of cats please do so in a manner where you can safely and sanitarily retrieve that useless carcass and dispose of it so no other life comes in contact with it. Your wildlife and neighbors will thank you. If using guns, I'd even advise against using a shotgun (the tool of choice in the past), too much disease-filled splatter. Make it clean as possible. Wear gloves while disposing of the cat-carcasses and even bury or burn those gloves too when the last cat is finally gone. 

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

The hallmark of every last one of you useless cat-lickers on earth -- you are also a self-professed and self-evident sociopath/psychopath. You would much rather have any humans be hurt or even die (or ANY other life on earth suffer and die) than any of your disease-infested, invasive species, pestilent, vermin cats.


JUST so you can desperately try to feel good about yourselves and pretend to feel needed -- because nothing on earth needs nor wants you fools. Not even your cats need nor want you. That's why so many cats try to escape from their supervised confinement, outsmarting their owners. (Proving too that even their cats are smarter than you sociopathic cat-lickers.) It even proves that your cats are smart enough to know better and don't even want to be around people as phenomenally stupid and psychotic as their owners.

Here's another thing that you sociopathic cat-lickers never realize: Someone who will save the life of a deadly disease-infested vermin cat over that of the life of any human is not to be trusted by any other human alive on this planet. Not even you cat-lickers can trust your fellow cat-lickers to save each others' lives when it comes right down to it. Truth is, you'd even rather that your own family and friends die (if you have any) than any of your deadly disease-infested cats. Sociopaths and psychopaths, one and all -- right to your very cores.

DawnDawn
DawnDawn

@NA, I hope you get what's coming to you, soon! Please do society a favor, and turn the gun on yourself!

cathatingisunnatural
cathatingisunnatural

@Nature_Advocate @cathatingisunnatural  

Cats are not an invasive species, however much you would like to think so.  You are just another brainwashed sadistic asshole whose contribution to society and the social good is zero.  A zero like you, loser.


Given how you get off on killing little homeless starving animals, you really need to be incarcerated and removed from society---as soon as possible.  


But one good thing, however inadvertent: you have inspired me to change the laws that would allow anyone to harm a small defenseless animal on their own property.  

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@webmiester  

Here's a rather disturbing fact. Last year I tried to figure out how many cats would be in existence today by using population-growth calculus on last year's stray and feral cat numbers. There are now more cats roaming around free than there are humans in the USA. And in order to just match their breeding rates each and every citizen of the USA that is of legal age (male & female, minus infirm populations in retirement homes) and can wield a gun MUST shoot at least 31 cats EACH this year to prevent their further population growth. Mind you, this is just to match their breeding rates. Each person would have to destroy many more than that this year alone to start to reverse their breeding rates. And if you or your cat-licking neighbor who is of legal gun-wielding age refuses to do their civic duty, then hope like heII that your next neighbor who will shoot their quota of cats will destroy twice as many this year for you.

psychobirds
psychobirds

Um... You are wrong, birds have been in steady decline year after year, did you know most juvenile raptors die of starvation before their first year? We do not need an invasive predator

psychobirds
psychobirds

Yep, dedicated my life to saving wildlife and am state and federally permitted to do so, have seen the maimed, magled and tortured victims of cat attacks.

Have given life saving treatment and had to euthanize those beyond repair and who are suffering.

Have cried into the fur and feathers of those who I could not save despite my best efforts.

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

You have no idea just how much that nature does not "adjust itself".


Nature is NOT going to save us this time.

Coyotes, or any other native predators, are not going to save us from this man-made, invasive species cat, ecological disaster today -- worse than ANY oil-spill in history. Native predators might pick off a few, and then dying in the process from all the deadly diseases that cats spread today, but they WILL NOT solve the problem.

I tried helping the remaining few predators on my land after cats starved most of them to death. Hoping I could raise an army to deal with this disaster ecologically. Was I ever proved wrong.

During this venture I found some surprising things.

Any time that a cat would enter the wildlife feeding area all the wildlife would scatter. After 5 years of witnessing this I was truly disappointed (and it was even highly amusing at times). These were, after all, the wildlife army I was trying to raise to deal with this invasive-cat problem ecologically.

When I was advised by law-enforcement to shoot all cats, then I thought maybe I could put these destructive waste-of-flesh cats to use to feed the wildlife. These cats had denied them a food source all these years, perhaps in death they might be able to put back what they had taken. But no. Even when offered DEAD cats the local wildlife would run from the wildlife feeding area.

Longer story short:

This led to an interesting original discovery of mine, and also completely explains how cats can totally wipe-out the whole native food-chain in any ecosystem that they have infested.

Due to the bold patterns bred into these MAN-MADE INVASIVE-SPECIES cats, the NATIVE wildlife perceives them as having a hidden toxic or olfactory defense mechanism. A universal symbol throughout all of nature, across all phyla -- from insect, to reef-life, to larger mammals. That if an unknown animal is sporting bold patterns then that animal must be dangerous or deadly -- to avoid it at all costs.

This is why you will read reports online of how someone's docile Mr. Fluffy scared that "nasty" coyote out of their yard. The cat's imagined bravado had NOTHING to do with it. It was the cat's coat-coloring pattern alone that scared that larger and more capable predator away.

Conclusion: Native predators will only take the bland or no-pattern cats. So even if coyotes or other larger predators will take a cat or two, they'll leave all the bold-patterned ones alone. And the land will eventually be inundated with bold-patterned cats only (which is what had infested my lands, bold-patterned cats). Back to square one. On top of that, their continually varying coat patterns prevents native wildlife from ever learning to "lock-onto" which of them might ever be safe to eat. (Which would be none, due to all the deadly cats' diseases. In fact, cats' bold-patterns might even be saving some of our native predators from dying from cats' diseases. Their bold-pattern really isn't a lie to wildlife -- as far as that being a signal of them being toxic or deadly.)

NATURE IS NOT GOING TO SAVE YOU FROM THIS HUMAN-MADE, INVASIVE-SPECIES, ECOLOGICAL DISASTER.

There's very good reason that the phrase "hunted to extinction" is so well known across all cultures, across all lands. IT IS THE ONLY METHOD THAT IS FASTER THAN A SPECIES CAN OUT-BREED AND OUT-ADAPT TO. Especially one as prolific as these man-made cats which can breed 2-4X's faster than any naturally-occurring cat species. A painful fact of past human-behavior that we must now rely on to fix this worldwide ecological disaster. This is ONLY going to be solved by a discerning human-eye aiming a gun to pick off the correct species as rapidly as is humanly possible.

Important note:

One winter I tried one last time at feeding one of the shot-dead cats to the last few starving opossum. (The only all-gray cat I had ever shot, this event led to the "Eureka!" discovery above.) Those 2 adult opossum, which I had saved from certain starvation and were doing well, even having 3 offspring while under my care, all promptly died from some disease in that cat-meat. Alarming -- in that opossum, due to their cooler body temperatures, cannot contract nor transmit many common diseases, not even rabies. They are one of the most disease-free animals in N. America. (In fact, they have recently isolated something in opossums blood, that when any other animal is injected with it becomes 100% immune to ALL of the most deadly bio-toxins on earth. Interesting stuff, look it up. Tests are now being ported to humans for a universal anti-venom anti-toxin.) Yet ... something in that cat-meat was able to kill all the opossum that fed on it. Cats truly are complete and total wastes of flesh. They can't even be used to feed wild animals safely. Leaving any of these invasive-species cats out in nature, alive OR dead, is no better than intentionally poisoning your native wildlife to death.

Further proof:
Here's what happens when you mix a slightly assertive cat with a bold pattern coat vs. a bear. And people laugh when they hear about a cat scaring just coyotes away.

National Geographic News: Cat Chases Bear Up Tree
news D0T nationalgeographic D0T com SLASH news/2006/06/060613-cat-bear D0T html

A declawed cat with a bold pattern and a slightly assertive demeanor can even frighten a bear away. A bear, that by all rights, should just give the cat one paw swipe and a quick chomp. But no, the cat's coloring pattern told the bear that this is a potentially deadly and toxic life-form, use extreme caution.

Native predators are just not going to be able to override millennia of evolution that perceiving bold-patterns are potentially dangerous or deadly to the predator. (Which might even help humans who are working or traveling in grizzly or mountain-lion regions, wearing bold patterns might even help to prevent large predator attacks on humans. When hiking through a grizzly's living-room, carry a bold-striped referee's shirt in your backpack to wear, it might save your life. I noticed this "natural anomaly" when I was feeding native predators to raise for a cat-eating army (which failed). If I went out in the middle of the night (many times all night until dawn) to fill their dishes they behaved around me more cautiously if I inadvertently wore something with slightly bolder colors/patterns, or even wearing a dark short-sleeved shirt, my lighter arms appearing as bands of contrasting light against the dark. They were most relaxed when when I wore washed-out camo or one solid dark color from wrist to ankle and would even eat right out of their dishes as I filled them, treating me as harmless as one of their own.)

You can also check out a recent finding in Australia.

Researchers find feral cat numbers not reduced when dingo numbers increase in outback.
phys D0T org SLASH news/2012-11-feral-cat-dingo-outback D0T html

They thought they could increase their Dingo populations to help get rid of the feral cats that are devastating all their lands. Conclusion: Dingo populations had absolutely NO effect on reducing the population growth of cats. I should have told them what I found out, then they wouldn't have wasted all that time (and valuable endangered wildlife that ended up as tortured play-toys for cats).

auntiecairo
auntiecairo

@Nature_Advocate @psychobirds It's an alternative to euthanizing them -- which is more costly.  You say you are helping "wildlife" -- yet nature adjusts itself.   If you want to address the problem then push for mandatory spay and neuter for domestic animals.  Also -- if feral cats in these programs are fed - they don't really hunt that much.  I've been TNR'ing kits in my neighborhood -- and they tend to just hang out and wait for the next meal.  unlike dogs - cats reserve energy and tend not to kill for the fun of it or in packs. 

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@webmiester  

According to you and your demented ilk, this must be just like all those deeply disturbed serial-killers in the making that are eradicating all those other invasive-species in N. America; like Kudzu, Purple-Loosestrife, Gypsy Moths, Emerald Ash-Borers, African Cichlids, Burmese Pythons, etc., from their lands and lakes. MANY of which are due to criminally negligent pet-owners who let their invasive species pets escape confinement or dumped them on purpose.

Or how about all those sickos that run animal-shelters, they're nothing but a bunch of child-murdering pedophiles because they have to euthanize animals every day. And every farmer and rancher that has to humanely put down an animal with a gun for your weekend rural-barbecue must be molesting and murdering everything in their county. Those damned sickos! And what about all those people in stockyards murdering all those cattle every day for your McBurgers? I bet they're a hide-out for all the serial-killers that nobody can find! And all those hunters that provide food for their family by hunting, I bet they're the worst of all!

And of course, the ABSOLUTELY WORST, MOST MENTALLY-ILL OF ALL -- all those people that are paying HIRED-KILLERS to murder all those BILLIONS of INNOCENT ANIMALS EVERY YEAR to then cram their tortured dead bodies into cans and bags and slap a "CAT FOOD!" label on them! A bunch of demented basket cases. They're probably the MOST heinous and notorious serial-killers of all! (on this one I'd agree)

I bet you're onto something!

Like your needing serious psychological help.

Paranoid psychotic much?

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

(Note: the animal and her offspring that I saved from starvation in this story were not the ones I tried to feed a shot-dead cat to much later that died from some disease in that cat (my earlier post). Different species, even. I hand raised about 2 dozen different families of native predators and other wildlife in my restoration project. The only ones to die were the ones I fed a shot-dead cat to.)

cathatingisunnatural
cathatingisunnatural

@Nature_Advocate @classic53174  

Here's what I can't understand: Cats are warm, fuzzy, soft creatures that purr when you pet them and look up at you with adoring, loving eyes.  How on earth can anyone dislike---or worse even hate---them????  


It is completely unnatural!!!  Cat haters are sick people and they should all have their heads examined!!!!   

suesuarez
suesuarez

There is something seriously wrong with you. You need to get a mate and stop taking your sexual frustration out on animals. Freak.

robmik2000
robmik2000

@psychobirds - Thank you for all your good work!  If we could remove the feral and free-roaming cats you'd have a lot less work to do, but I bet you wouldn't mind.

psychobirds
psychobirds

They want us to stomp cat victims to death, because their lives do not matter, only the cats do, animal lovers my butt

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

Cat-lickers have left me with ONLY 2 options over the years.

I can either be drawn to animals screaming in my woods every other day for OVER 15 YEARS, to find those screaming animals writhing and twitching on the ground with their skins ripped off their bodies and their guts spilled out -- to then have to stomp a poor suffering animal to death with my own boot to hush it from screeching in torment and put it out of the misery caused by THEIR cat that just attacked it for another wasted play-toy -- OR I can humanely shoot a cat to stop that from happening ever again.

I often wonder which of those ONLY two options that cat-lickers want all others to do on behalf of them and their "cute" kitties?

There are no other options. That's it. Just those two.

Do they want me to have to stomp animals to death that were just attacked by their cats to stop their torture and suffering? Or shoot their cats?

Which is it? That's the ONLY two choices they get. As those are the ONLY two options that they have given to me and all others.

My driveways and woods used to be littered with the senseless carnage of tortured animals' lives. Now that all the hundreds of cats were shot dead and buried that nightmare has come to an end -- and will NEVER happen again. See cat, shoot cat.

Maybe they need to feel and hear that sound of a small animal's skull pop beneath their own foot every day for 15 years before they "get it". Maybe then they'll start comprehend just how cruel and heartless they truly are. I now believe that anyone who owns a cat and lets it roam free should be locked-up in prison for life for the hellish torment of animals that they have brought upon this world. Especially because -- THEY DON'T EVEN CARE.

These useless cat-licking f**ks just don't get it. They don't possess even one iota of respect and concern for the lives of any animals -- and humans. They now deserve the exact same amount of concern and respect in return -- ABSOLUTELY NONE.

psychobirds
psychobirds

Nature does not adjust itself when humans interfere with it, balance is the key

Introducing species that cause so much harm is known to unbalance everything and the natives are the ones that pay the price.

I just don't understand how people can claim to love animals so much not look at the damage are doing, and all the lives lost.

Why don't you care TNR people? Why? Why do hate wildlife so much? Don't you care about all the baby animals being born right now that will get eaten by the cats you are leaving out there? Why don't you care

I wish I could send all the chewed up creatures I get to you, and have you struggle with their wounds, or god forbid have to euthanize them because they are too injured to save?

Why don't they matter to you?

Nature_Advocate
Nature_Advocate

@webmiester @suesuarez 

No, just their cat would have to sleep with one eye open. But that wouldn't happen. I'd shoot their cat before it even got to the door.

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