Chances are if you live in a rural or even suburban environment, you live close to feral cats - skittish, roughened wild cats that may look like they need some human help, only to run away when approached. These cats aren't tame and in no way willing to be a house cat and are perfectly capable of living outside on their own, whether it damages some of the ecosystems or not.
If you find yourself surrounded by these untamed creatures, you have several options. One, you could leave them be and claim they are simply not your problem. This is a favored option for many but by no means a good one. There are over 70 million feral cats in the U.S.A. alone and scientists rightly blame the extinction of thirty-three species of bird on that huge number of cats: cats that hunt, kill and eat all sorts of birds, reptiles and rodents. This overpopulation could quickly lead to the extinction of other birds and maybe even some prey mammals. Plus, who wants the reek of a feral cat spraying its territory underneath and around their carport? Yuck. (more…)