duckoff wrote:I dont think domestic cats or even feral cats killing a squirrel here and there is cause for an epidemic. So theres one less rabbit in the world. Only about 10 billion left. I dont like cats much either, but its not like they escaped from there homes and kill a mouse once in a while just to spite people. Theres bigger problems in the animal world than cats killing sparrows.
I am not trying to be rude, but, did you not take a biology class? Cause food webs were day one I think. I don't know of, nor can I think or imagine a greater problem than messing with a food web. Wiping out land wipes out the entire web in a specific area, it is obvious and apparent.
Letting cats roam free like this is something else entirly. There is a false sense of security that these cute little kitties are just killing a mouse here and there.
Let me explain in detail how this works....
Little fred lives outside, he has food on the porch, and really has no need to hunt, but he likes exloring. On his daily adventures he likes to practice his stalking technique, and loves investigating anything that moves. In a typical day he encounters three to four things that are interesting, let's say for conversation sake...he only kills one thing every second day, or an average of 15 a month, that's 180 kills per year.
Now, here is where the problem really starts:
1. As stated above, there is food on the porch, so fred aint eaten what he kills and we all know that is breaking rule # 1 :hammering:
2. This is 180 kills taken away from aniamls who do belong there (hawks for example)
3. This is 180 kills handed to a scavanger that should not have gone to him (racoon (they like eggs too), crow, vulcher) this is propogation of imbalance and it is VERY WRONG.
4. Let's say there is a pond, and some mallards, and the cat takes two mallard hens from the clutch.....one of those might have made it to maturity and bred itself....so let's count that as 6 kills, not just 2
5. Now that the scavangers are well fed through the winter, they watch the cat and learn what the nests are, they like eggs too ya know!
6. since the hawks are dead from not having mice to hunt, the snakes have now moved into the house as they too are in search of field mice.
7. all the grass is dead from the bugs that ran rampant with no mice eating them.
8. the fire ants have gone wild as there is always a partialy eaten morsel to build a nest around
let me know if I need to keep going, because I swear I could easily make this list three or four pages long.
Now, this is the best I can come up with off the top of my head, and although compleetly fictional I think you can see what kind of impact one cat might have over say....a quarter acre of land. This is a major problem. I don't think it should be taken lightly, and next to Urban sprawl and land usage issues, ferrel cats are quickly becoming the biggest problem we are facing.
Cute or not, these are hardcore killers, and what is worse, they are wastefull! :pissed: