Subduing Feral Cats

Letter from a reader in east TX:

Dear Lt. Pike,

Any advice for subduing local feral cats? I live in rural east TX and we occasionally come across litters. Any advice for dispersing them?”

– Cat Issues

First, thanks for reaching out! Feral cats can be tricky. I would recommend pepper spraying them until their eyes bleed. They’ll scatter and quickly become prey for larger animals. If that fails, you could consider ignoring them, as they are harmless. But I would recommend pepper spraying them until their eyes bleed.

Happy Holidays,

– Lt. John Pike

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2 thoughts on “Subduing Feral Cats

  1. woodsman001 says:

    The general rule-of-thumb in the USA is that if your land is in an area zoned for agricultural or livestock use then it is perfectly legal to destroy any animal, someone’s pet or not, that is threatening the well-being and safety of your own animals or family. The only animals exempt from you taking immediate action, legally, are those listed on endangered or threatened species lists, 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”, this means they have no protection whatsoever from being shot on sight. And in fact, if your area enforces and obeys invasive-species laws — as they should — then it is against the law to NOT destroy any cat on sight, someone’s pet or not. It is your civic and moral responsibility to destroy any invasive-species that is found away from safe confinement and roaming freely in a non-native habitat.

    A cat-owner that releases their cat in an area zoned for any form of livestock or agricultural use has no legal grounds to sue anyone if their cat is shot. Even if the shooter walks up to the door of the ex-cat-owner and hands their dead cat back to them, saying, “I shot your cat, here it is! Better luck next time!” Though local law-enforcement frowns on this because the criminally-irresponsible ex-cat-owner will just raise a stink with law-enforcement, wasting their time when they have more important things to do than explain to and coddle an idiot. Hence the popular “SSS Cat Management Program” (Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-Up) method to save your gendarmes the further hassle by the ex-cat-owning trouble-makers.

    I had a feral-cat problem on my own land. (Note the use of the word “had”.) Until the sheriff advised I shoot every last one of them. Using a .22 outfitted with an illuminated-reticle scope and laser-sight to assure a humane kill, and to also make it easy during the times of day when they are the most active, dusk to dawn. All the wildlife on my land is now returning to proper balance. Cat-lover’s oft-spewed “vacuum effect” is a blatant bald-faced lie. NO cats returned to replace the now missing cats. Native predators and native prey that belongs here and was here before cats destroyed nearly all of them are the only things that are returning to my land. May you have as much success as I did.

  2. woodsman001 says:

    Please bury or incinerate any carcasses, to prevent wildlife and humans from contracting any of the deadly diseases that stray and feral cats now carry. I had a whole family of resident opossum (wildlife friends of mine) die here from just gnawing on one of the fresh-shot dead cats, thinking for once that these POS’s could become a food-source for all the native-wildlife they had destroyed. A mistake I’ll never make again.

    I found some surprising things about all the diseases these mangy invasive vermin are now spreading throughout the USA. They are nothing but 4-legged bags of disease-vector now.

    These are just the diseases they spread to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Flea-borne Typhus and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

    The plague:
    http://outbreaknews.com/2011/07/29/colorado-stray-cat-tests-positive-plague/

    Tularemia (rabbit-fever, transmissible to humans):
    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/health/miscellaneous/2011-09-14/cats-savoy-test-positive-rabbit-fever.html

    Flea-borne Typhus:
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-317133-animals-cases.html

    Along with the usual parasites they all carry, like hookworm — that ruined businesses in parts of Miami:
    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-11-24/news/fl-miami-beach-hookworms-20101123_1_hookworm-infections-feral-miami-beach

    And perhaps the most insidious one of all, the common Toxoplasma gondii parasite that they spread through their feces into all other animals and even livestock. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from undercooked meats, from cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This parasite not only changes the mind of the animal it invades (including the minds of humans, the cause of the crazy-cat-lady cat-hoarders and TNR-advocates, ensuring the spread of this parasite),

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis#Behavioral_changes
    http://wildlifeprofessional.org/blog/?p=3929
    http://www.economist.com/node/16271339
    http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/18/crazy-cat-love-caused-by-parasitic-infection/
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127955946

    but can even kill you at any time during your life once you’ve been infected by it. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, ready to strike at any time that your immune system becomes compromised. It’s now being linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. The weirdest part of all, its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine.
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/04/070403-cats-rats.html
    So even the often proclaimed use for cats to control rodents is now false. Cats actually attract rodents to your home, with their whole slew of flea-borne and other diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract them to your area.

    Rabies, the one most often mentioned in stray and feral cats, is just one of the minor concerns. And even having your cat vaccinated against rabies doesn’t prevent it from bringing in a mouthful or claws full of fresh rabies virus every day to you, or to another animal or human, after you’ve let it out to go shred apart that rabid bat behind the garage or in the shrubs.

    The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from quarantined confinement. There’s no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this disaster.

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