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Paddles, Prime Minister of New Zealand’s Cat is Run Over — 11 Comments

  1. RIP lovely little kitten. 💔 I moved out to the country, whereby I can rescue more cats and they can be safe on my land. The trade-off is the impact on wildlife. As for cats in populated areas, I am ambivalent about caging them in. Like people, each has his or her own personality. Some simply do not take to indoor living. I have experienced that personally.

    • Even when we had an overpopulation of cats via my SIL and her ignorant refusal to S/N there was no significant dip in wildlife population birds or land critters after the first year. The animals adapt to predation. Something that is rarely discussed by cat hating wildlife advocates.

    • I agree it is tricky. But in NZ I’d expect that houses come with decent sized gardens so why not make the entire garden a cat enclosure?

      • Possibly, but I doubt I could afford something like that. As for predation on wildlife, I have not seen a wren for several years. 😢However, I have created islands of refuge using impenetrable 2 inch by 3 inch 6 foot heavy wire fencing. Birds know they are safe there, and it is inexpensive.

      • I put up cat proof/ bird safe feeders and even when we had the colony outside the bird population was increasing in size and variety.
        There are plans for catios that range in size from extended window ledges to full yard enclosures. It quite reminds me of the cretins out here who let their dogs roam at large with the claim they can’t afford to fence in 20 acres of land. Well duh then fence in a decent sized enclose you can afford.
        There is also more and more cat safe fencing available and some of it can attach to existing fences.

  2. WAIT!!!! How does the PRIME MINISTER of New “cat hating” Zealand have a cat that she loves if that country is so well known for wanting to be RID of all feral cats?! HOW?! Is she new? Are they not going ahead with their death to cats campaign? Did someone intentionally kill her cat???? What is going on, New Zealand?!?!

    • Yes, there is a section of society in NZ who want rid of feral cats. But there are also lots of cat loving owners. I think the PM made a bad mistake in letting her cat roam and then killed. It sets a bad example. Just my personal view.

  3. But it died of that much desired and sought-after loving and humane TNR attrition that makes TNR work to reduce cat populations. It’s what you ALL clamour for.

    How can this in any way be a bad thing? The Prime Minister was just proving, showing, and advertising how well that TNR works. Nothing more than that. Everyone should be very proud of her. Why are you not? SMH

    • As usual, Woody, you miss the point totally. TNR concerns feral cats. It is the best way to deal with feral cats. In this instance a domestic cat was allowed to roam. It is a completely different subject. However, I agree that domestic cat should not be allowed to roam. This is a personal choice and I agree that they should be kept in a garden enclosure if appropriate. But please do not conflate two entirely different subjects. You do that to further your objectives which are to kill feral cats.

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