Maine Coon is described as a ‘natural breed’ but is it?

'Natural breed' is an oxymoron

You see it often: cat show judges and even Wikipedia describing the Maine Coon cat as a “natural breed”. In fact, Wikipedia opens up with the statement that the Maine Coon cat is “one of the oldest natural breeds in North America”. It seems to me that the phrase “natural breed” is an oxymoron, …

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Australia is killing all their feral cats and now they have a mouse plague

Mouse plague of Australia

It is said that Australia’s out-of-control mouse plague could last for up to 2 years unless the government takes urgent action in giving farmers free poison which is an anticoagulant. The mice die of internal bleeding. The trouble is that the poison is dangerous to other wildlife. Trying to kill a specific animal with …

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Use feral cats to mitigate the damage done by a plague of mice in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany

The Times newspaper informs me that more than 300,000 acres of German farmland have been stripped of their grass and the landscape reduced to a lunar vision by a plague of mice. It is believed that the cause of the rapid multiplication and population growth of mice in the state of Lower Saxony originates …

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Feral cats are a highly efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pest control

Feral cats on farms in the UK

In 2019, Cats Protection in the UK had more requests than ever before from farmers to provide feral cats as pest controllers. They say that semi-feral farm cats are better than chemicals in controlling pest. In 2019 we had more requests to provide feral cats then we have ever done. – David Maners, co-ordinator …

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Barn cat program is a job agency for unemployed feral cats

Mesquite Animal Services Barn Cat Program

I like the description of a feral cat barn relocation programme as akin to an unemployment agency or job center for cats. It’s a term used by Maria, an intern, in her article for Dallas News.com (good article by the way). She takes it from Jeanne Saadi, the managing director of Mesquite Animal Services. …

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Four “Career Cats” are living the good life as working cats on a 7-acre homestead

Four SPCA Wake County ‘Career Cats’ recently found a home with a lovely family on their 7-acre homestead and are living the good life! You may remember two of those cats, Butters and Grayson, who were featured in a December article at PoC where the two feral cats asked ‘Santa’ for a barn home. …

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City of Edmonton pleads guilty in the death of 3 feral cats; fined $1,000

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The City of Edmonton is located in Alberta, Canada and has a population estimated at 1,429,743. Unfortunately, the city is also home to roughly 65,000 cats. Edmonton made the news today after the city pled guilty relating to the death of three feral cats in 2018.   The city pleaded guilty on Monday to …

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