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Is it legal to shoot feral cats in PA? — 33 Comments

  1. All cats will kill even if they just fed on a bowl of Friskies. I have no use for a free roaming cat, feral or house bred. Reduce them.

  2. Folks In Australia got it figured out. You own a cat keep it under control, Just like a dog. Collect your bounty for cats that are not under control pretty simple huh??

  3. I came across this site, while checking Pa laws. I can’t belive some of the comments.The people who complain about these cats, cant care about animals at all.It isn’t the cats fault. Will you kill a stray dog to? Instead of shooting off your mouth, get a trap and get the kitty fixed. Contact groups that will come out and TNR. That will help solve your problems.

        • Michael- I don’t know why my fellow Americans love to shoot animals. It’s quite a double standard, they’ll bring heaven down for their dogs but dislike all other animals. But regardless, if we all sterilize our animals and not only “cat owners need to control their animals,” this page probably wouldn’t exist.

  4. an invasive species is a species that is brought from its natural habitat, into an area by humans. these animals are usually very bad for the environment, and are hunted by the us most of the time. when the US thinks and sees the damage, they will start legalizing it. its only a matter of time. cats are an invasive species. i am neither against nor with killing these cats. i am only interested in facts and statistics. no opinion comments please.

    • The issue of ‘invasive species’ is very complex. Here is one example: to be an invasive species it has to be likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Well, the domestic cat does a lot of good for human health and millions of domestic cats are full-time indoor cats not harming an animal or the environment. Feral cats are a problem. But humans created them through careless cat ownership. We have a duty to reduce their numbers humanely. And by a factor of 1000s the human causes more environmental harm than domestic and feral cats. Shall I go on? There is more.

      • Keyword or in environmental harm or harm to human health. They may not be impacting humans directly, but cats can hurt native bird species, rabbit, chipmunk, and squirrel. Also, when there is an area with overpopulation of cats, the chances of disease are higher. Disease spreads fast, and can cause harm to humans and livestock. If a kid plays outside and sees a cat with rabies, they might not know. They would want to let and hold it. Cats are also very aggressive. A cat will protect itself and it’s young no matter what it costs, and when they don’t have young to look after, it is almost always looking for a male cat, or food. Cats also hunt for sport. Even when they are filled, they will still hunt. This also impacts the small wildlife, and disease spreading.

  5. Just shoot them already they breed and destroy all small game. Where I am in PA all the squirrels chip monks, rabbits, have disapeared. The reek havoc on the eco system. They are an invasive species!

    • Shit, you make some terrible assumptions “destroy all small game”. Prove it in detail. You can’t. Plus humans kill far more wildlife, far more in a thousand different ways. I guess we will just have to shoot you.

      • Tell that to the 2 dead, mauled squirrels and woodpecker I’ve found in the yard so far this spring. Neighbor’s cat can just run all over my yard? Bullshit.

    • You are forgetting the enormous population of birds of prey..Red tail hawks are thriving in every state.they are not limited to rural areas nesting in big cities & suburbs.They kill up to 3 times a day..other birds,& all types of mammals. including dogs and cats up to 10 pounds have been seen snatched from their back yards.
      I’ve seen owels & hawks flying by with a kitten in it’s talons.
      Blaming cats for diseases is total bullsit,Racoons carry distemper & rabies,therehas been no outbreak of rabies in cats anywhere, cats would only get rabies from those small animals you blame them for killing.

  6. I live on s farm and city folks drop litters of KITTENS off every year..we take them and give them ALL GOOD HOMES..I never would think of SHOOTING one !!!..,I’m a hunter who hunts EVERY YEAR ,but would NEVER SHOOT A TAME OR FERAL CAT !!! some people make me sick !!!…,why not try n help them out like we do??..maybe you will feel good about it ?.after all it’s not the cats fault ???.it’s the owners who drop them off or just kick them out !!!

    • We said and well done Randy. I like your attitude and thanks for commenting. It is sad to hear though that city folk abandon cats on or near your farm. That is terribly cruel and immoral. In fact in may well be a crime in your state.

  7. The people on here who think it is ok to kill cats are evil . These cats didn’t ask to be dumped outside —- they didn’t ask to be born. They are innocent and if more people would pitch in to help TNR – if others would spay/neuter and vaccinate their pets ( and keep them indoors) perhaps this overpopulation would start to diminish.. cats are wonderful creatures – very smart and loving when given the chance- I have housed and fed ferals over the years and have gained respect for these Kitties that survive in bitter temperatures in the winter or soaring heat in the summer- they learn to respect and appreciate their caretakers – haveva heart and help them out .. PA laws are pretty strick when it comes to harming and killing animals- a man was just put in jail for drowning raccoons he trapped!bif you ahoy and kill cats, I hope you are reported and prosecuted…

  8. I shoot them with a population of 500 on my property and growing its a problem. They fight. They are nasty. The bring mites and fleas near our animals. They are nuisance animals. Unless domesticated. Look at wild pigs. A domesticated pig is ok it breaks out it takes weeks before it adapts to the wild. Becoming a nuisance animal. Cats are the same.

    • Well, I say that you are committing a crime because you don’t know for sure that the cats are all feral. Some may be stray domestic cats. And feral cats are not classified as nuisance animals.

  9. I was admiring a blue jay on the back deck rail. Today under the deck furniture where feral cats have been living I found what was left of it after the “domesticated” cats that were born in a neighbors brush pile had dinner. I have found feathers in the yard several times this summer. My smaller old dog has almost lost his eye trying to “befriend” them…he was just curious.Females are very protective of their litters and can be dangerous. The asshole across the street puts large quantities of food out for them, usually there are 5-8 adults lounging there. Apparently “Beth” you have either never had such a problem or you may be one of those assholes feeding them. They are a nuisance, they are dangerous ( because of their feeding on wild animals they are a rabies risk) and they need to be dealt with. In my case there is no spay/alter release program near me. There are approximately 8-12 adults probably 15-20 younger kittens living in an area of about 2-3 acres. I do not dislike cats…but do the math. In no time at all the bird, rabbit and small animal population will be gone from my area. I am sure there are some sadistic fucks hunting them for fun, that I assure you is not the intent of most who have a feral cat issue. Trap and release elsewhere does not solve the problem. It is the same as a rat infestation. Unfortunately thats how i will treat it. I like cats in general, it does hurt me to have to kill them. Hunt them? Never. Still they must be controlled just as other animal population that is a nuisance to the welfare of a particular area.

    • I have published your comment in the interests of free speech and a balanced argument. I disagree with you of course. TNR does work and it does reduce the numbers. And it is humane. What you want to do is inhumane. Don’t blame the cats, blame the people who irresponsibly let their cats create them. And you are demonstrating speciesism, the preference of one species over another. There is more that it wrong with your argument and the counter arguments are on the site in numerous places.

      If you are Woody aka Woodsman001 don’t write a second comment as it will be deleted.

    • I agree with your comment. I have a neighbor who has about 10 cats that come over and crap and pee in my yard. I have dogs that I keep under control at all times. My dogs end up eating the cat crap. Where are my rights as a property owner? I do not want those cats on my property. What about transferring worms, ticks, fleas not to mention rabies to my pets? People need to keep their cats on their own property or face the consequences. Every time I go out the door or look out the window I see a cat. It’s disgusting! I have a right to keep them off my property. Also they do not spay or neuter so there are always more and more cats.

      • I agree completely that your neighbor is being unneighborly and irresponsible. The problem is the person not the cats. You do have rights as a property owner. It is hard because if you enforce those rights you will end up in dispute with your neighbor which will make things worse. The best solution is to move. That sounds defeatist but it is the best solution. Bad neighbors usually win I am afraid to say because they are inherently anti-social and you can’t correct that defect.

        • We were at our property years before them so why would we move? They need to control their cats or move to a cat friendly neighborhood where people don’t mind cat crap and pee in their yards. There has even been times I have found them in my trees on my property. Unacceptable!

          • I agree it is very unfair and wrong. But in my experience the best solution is to move. I know it is hard and annoying etc. but this is a no win situation for you. Look if you ‘win’ and stop the cats coming into your yard the owner will be very annoyed and nasty to you. And it won’t stop. Is that winning?

            • Me having to move because of cats? Not going to happen. I really don’t care what the neighbors think. They brought the problem into the neighborhood and they will need to take care of it. Thank you for your advice.

  10. Again, educate yourself. ALL house-cats (the Felis catus species, created by man by selective-breeding for human purposes), whether feral or indoors or in your silly self-stroking lap, are called “domesticated cats”. Stop using your layman’s terminology and definitions. Your doing so is driving you insane. Use the definition and term as used by all laws and all fields of science, and anyone with even a first year of high-school education. Felis catus, feral or not, is a domestic or domesticated species.

    Did you even go to any school at all?

    Laws do not GIVE you permission to kill animals, they can only deny you permission to kill which ones and/or how many.

    • Beth, you are Woody (Woodsman0001) in drag – and you are a drag and you’re completely wrong. It is you who needs educating. True feral cats are not domestic cats. Don’t you understand the word ‘domesticated’?

      • 2do•mes•ti•cate \-ket, -‘kat\ noun (1951)
        : a domesticated animal or plant

        Please tell us how you can “tame” and/or “train” a plant into a lap-plant, according to your definition of “domesticate”.

        domesticate verb
        to adapt (an animal or plant) to life in intimate association with and to the advantage of man (the man who domesticated the first dog)

        1do•mes•ti•cate \de-“mes-ti-‘kat\ do•mes•ti•cat•ed do•mes•ti•cat•ing (ca. 1639)
        verb transitive
        1 : to bring into domestic use
        2 : to adapt (an animal or plant) to life in intimate association with and to the advantage of humans
        3 : to make domestic

        do•mes•ti•ca•tion \-‘mes-ti-“ka-shen\ noun

        1do•mes•ti•cate \de-“mes-ti-‘kat\ do•mes•ti•cat•ed do•mes•ti•cat•ing (ca. 1639)
        verb transitive
        1 : to bring into domestic use
        2 : to adapt (an animal or plant) to life in intimate association with and to the advantage of humans
        3 : to make domestic : fit for domestic life
        do•mes•ti•ca•tion \-‘mes-ti-“ka-shen\ noun

        You would do yourself and all of your pathetically stupid readers a world of good if you even knew the definitions of the terms you try to (but wrongly) use.

        You fuckingly PATHETIC & STUPID MORON who never even went to ANY school! You’ve proved that without one doubt left.

        • Woody you are a complete arsehole and you must have been pissed when you wrote that. Are you an alcoholic? It sounds like it. The domestic cat is barely domesticated as it is. When a domestic cat becomes feral he/she is genuinely wild and unsocialised. Such a cat cannot be described as domesticated.

          What point are you trying to make? You are being utterly stupid and ignorant.

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