Cats in a Nature Preserve?

Margaret Parkinson margparkie at
Tue Jan 29 14:20:26 PST 2002

Thank you, Susan, for putting some words of wisdom into this horrible
discussion. You are entirely correct and I am glad to see this information
shared here. Unneutered/spayed feral cats are a much greater threat to
everyone, birds included, than assisted ones. I admire the work of such
people (and have even been known to do some of it myself.)

Margaret Parkinson
U. District. Seattle.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan L. Collicott" <camel at>
To: "Kelly Cassidy" <lostriver at>
Cc: <pmhansen at>; "TWEETERS" <tweeters at>
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: Cats in a Nature Preserve?


> Oy, the dreaded cat thread... I hate it, but I must correct this statement

> about Campus Cats. They don't *JUST* return cats.


> What they do is: catch cats, neuter/spay them, get all their shots, and

> attempt to have them adopted to an indoor-only household. They also go

> through the emotionally draining process of having to decide which have to

> be euthanized due to disease, health concerns, etc.


> If the cat is adoptable, it is held for adoption. If the cat is entirely

> too feral to be adopted, but is healthy, it is returned to the wild with a

> notched ear. And trust me, they have kept some wild, spitting, ferocious

> cats for over a year (or more years!), attempting to condition them to

> humans again, so as not to have to euthanize or put back in the wild.

> Mostly they succeed - some few they simply can't condition back to human

> habitation.


> I've seen their setup, and they do all this with their own money and just

> a few donations from the public, and low-cost work from the vets they

> patronize. (And the house doesn't stink of cats, even though they have

> quite a few in there!) All the cats they have for adoption are lovely

> animals with wonderful characteristics, and all are from feral colonies.


> If anything, you should be supporting their work, not declaiming against

> it. They would rather see the world without a single feral cat.


> Susan Collicott

> Ballard, WA


> On Tue, 29 Jan 2002, Kelly Cassidy wrote:


> > You're not overreacting, but it's a losing battle. In Seattle, there's


> > group (Friend of Campus Cats, I think it's called) that catches stray


> > neuters them, and releases them were they caught them. There are swarms


> > cats at the Montlake Fill, and I think someone feeds them regularly.

> >

> > Loose cat (feral and non) densities are so high in cities, I don't think


> > few campaigning birders can reduce them. I believe a town in the


> > enacted a loose cat law, but had to repeal it because of the public


> > People who have loose cats or feed feral cats see themselves as having


> > humane high ground. Also, many of them like cats, but dislike cleaning

> > litter boxes. I dislike finding the outdoor litter box when I'm on my


> > and knees in my garden, but I prefer not to start a neighborhood feud


> > cat poop.

> >

> > I'm now moving to a place with no close neighbors and NO CATS! Finally,


> > may have hope of nesting bluebirds on my property.

> >

> > By the way, this topic is known among longtime tweeters as the "Dreaded


> > Thread."

> >

> > Kelly Cassidy

> > Pullman, WA

> >

> >

> >


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