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Should we be living with a predator? — 13 Comments

  1. Of all the points made in your article, this stands out for me…”There are too many people who adopt cats who are not really fully attuned to domestic cat behaviour.” This was me 20 years ago, although I was fortunate to live on the Big Island with 2 free roaming cats, on 5 acres. They went out an open window, which I closed at night after their evening meal. I used to bang on their dish, and they’d come running.

    Since moving to the mainland, I didn’t allow them out, which was distressing for one of them, and she sneaked out whenever she had a chance. I was able to catch her, but not without a lot of stress for me. At the time, I was homeless, and house sitting. It wasn’t until after I was settled that I allowed them out again, under supervision.

    Then 8 years ago, I adopted Mitzy, a feral, who really wanted to be out. I decided on a reversible Velcro cloth halter and red leash. Then we had a workable compromise. Once she was used to the halter, I let her roam freely, within view. The red leash really helped me to find her if she was hidden by a bush.

    I’ve never had a completely cat proof yard, and probably won’t, but a fenced yard, the halter and leash, with me supervising makes for a happier cat. I do envy people who have indoor cats who have no desire to go out. I’ve never had one of those.

    • Twenty four years ago I was not attuned to domestic cat behavior as well as I should have been and I was a very concerned cat owner. There are too many people who are not really good cat caretakers. That’s my rather pessimistic view.

    • I took the psychology of horse training and applied it to my cats. All animals must have a sense of wellness to thrive and all animals domestic or wild must have that artificially regulated when kept as pets or in captivity.
      I had the wonderful opportunity to observe a true feral colony for many years and their interactions with each other. Much as horse trainers have turned the natural observation of wild/feral herds of horse into more humane and moderate training methods. Cats are not dogs or horses but a wonderful mix of absolute wild and domestic. All of my cats approach me multiple times daily for face touch. I suspect control freaks or anyone that as the need to dominate will eventually say their cat is a jerk.

  2. Leaving aside the real issues you discuss, I think people are appalled by the predatory behavior displayed by cats because it holds a mirror up to themselves. Man is the most predatory of creatures.

  3. I have made a conscious effort to provide for my indoor cats mental/emotional needs along with the physical requirements. I also believe that the indoor cat and domestic cat have a willing relationship with us. If my cats really wanted out they would be out.

      • My cats were raised indoor. We are infested with coyotes and loose dogs. We have provided the best we can for their needs. If one of my cats truly wanted out I have no doubt they could maneuver at the door before we could blink.

    • Nice picture. I agree the foundation of the relationship is mutual agreement but we have moved on greatly from the original model when cats were first domesticated. When I wrote the title it struck me that it might not be such a good idea to live with a top predator. Hence the article.

  4. You said, “… The domestic cat is hardwired for predation. It’s their whole being; their raison d’être. It is what they are designed to do. They have to do it. It is part of their life but it is subdued by domestication. It is subdued almost to the point where it is not apparent in full-time indoor cats. …”


    Humans bred them, domesticated them, for the purpose of killing other animals….

    Parts and remainder deleted as rude and trolling (Admin)

    • Play eat sleep works well with your domestic indoor cats. Many wild predators kill even when not hungry and cache the food. Yet another twisted misconception. Wild predators eat when they can CATCH FOOD. Believe it or not there isn’t a deer tree, rabbit bush out there for them to shop from. They are almost always hungry and therefore will kill when the opportunity presents itself.

      • ME, I have banned this troll for writing gibberish and for insulting me. He wants to try and undermine me but he has failed. He hates me because I support cat welfare and preventing feral cats being shot.

        • They didn’t fail. Not at all. In fact they succeeded beyond your wildest dreams. Your censoring the information they provided only shows that you are the one who is childishly insecure and frightened of being exposed for what you truly are.

          Censorship: The very last bastion of those who have had their beliefs and ideologies proved 100% false. They can’t refute (disprove) the information and now have no other recourse but to censor that which proves them 100% wrong. By their engaging in censorship they have publicly declared and proved their own beliefs to be 100% false.

          Everyone knows this about censorists today.

          You lost. Big time. But you already knew that or you wouldn’t have deleted the important information that proves you 100% wrong. Your censoring actions further proving that you already knew you are 100% wrong even without the information that you censored. Self-damned if you do and self-damned if you don’t.

    • You are talking gibberish, pure rubbish and you are banned for insulting me. Everything I have written is true and scientists would agree with me. You are simply trying to undermine me but it won’t work, you arsehole.

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