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Feeding Feral Cats Is Legal With A Few Exceptions — 5 Comments

  1. Not feeding feral cats in an attempt to preserve birds is a little idiotic, in my opinion. The starving cats are more likely to attack the birds. Cat’s with full bellies rarely hunt because there is no need for it. Now either the Hawaiian cats will either starve or eat birds.

      • Unfortunately this is completely untrue, but that doesn’t seem to stop people from still spreading that lie.

        Two studies–Crookes & Soule (Nature, 1999) and Loyd, Hernandes et al (Biological Conservation, 2013) demonstrated that 85 WELL-FED unconfined cats (both studies combined) destroyed 64 native mammals, 57 native birds and 68 native reptiles per cat/per year. Loyd/Hernandez’ study used collar-mounted “kitty cameras” to document this, so we’re not extrapolating from estimates here.

        Here’s an explanation from veterinarians of why this is so. http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/good-bad-and-ugly-feline-food-and-foraging

        Different parts of their brains control the desire to hunt or feed today (unlike their native wild-cat counterparts from which they were selectively bred). We created the domesticated Felis catus species to be this way by killing any with traits where they wouldn’t hunt even after being fed. After centuries of humans destroying any cats that wouldn’t do their jobs killing mice you have the domesticated “house-cat” that you see before you today. We got rid of all cats that wouldn’t kill when still fed. This is why your cat still leaps at and attacks that string or feather being dangled in front of them even right after a hearty meal. Your cat is the remaining product of killing any cats that wouldn’t kill other animals when not hungry.

  2. Yes, where they haven’t passed laws against it it is still legal. Just as it is legal to trap and dispose of feral or stray cats or kill them where they haven’t passed laws against it.

    Keeping in mind that if it is legal to feed a feral cat this means it is legal to feed them anything by anyone. Most people give them a one-time diet of lead today. This is why people keep the locations of their TNR colonies hidden. Once the location is known other people come by and greatly speed-up their rate of TNR attrition by “feeding them”.

    The law works both ways.

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