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Top 10 Causes of Cat Deaths — 12 Comments

  1. I agree, basically it’s really the place where they live. As for indoor cats, I guess number 10 should be in top 1. It’s really about the owner’s negligence. Thanks for sharing this Michael.

  2. Tsk, tsk. You didn’t add in the #1 reason. Add up how many cats are never found again.

    Need I tell you how they met their demise?

    The age-old SSS & TDSS Cat Management Programs that are exploding in popularity worldwide. Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-Up; and Trap, Drown, Shovel, & Shut-Up.

    How does that hole that you stick your head in every day feel? Getting tired of it yet?

    • Brad aka Woody, I note you are having difficulty containing your inner seething anger. It leaks out of you like a poison. I feel sorry for you Woody.

      I did think about people shooting cats with .22 rifles as no doubt you do and it is certainly a cause of death in a sizeable number of cats but outside the top ten causes of death because most people are decent enough not to shoot cats and also the article refers to domestic cats whereas shooters tend to shoot feral cats.

    • So very predictable Woody and sounding more desperate and insane by every comment you make. I don’t know about any holes where anyone sticks their head but I am tired of your ranting the same old rubbish and wish a huge hole would swallow you up for ever.

  3. Shelter kills are, absolutely, number one.
    Not so much that the cats are unwanted, but because shelters are set up to be hoardering environments. They are forced to accept more animals than they are capable of dealing with and have to keep cutting the numbers by killing.

  4. Declawing should really be at the top of the list in the USA because many declawed cats relinquished to Shelters are killed as unadoptable, but of course no records of those poor cats are kept.

    • Ruth, is there anything we can do to encourage shelters to keep statistics on the reasons cats are not adopted. I know at one time you (and me briefly) were involved in trying to collect data on this . It would be fairly easy for the shelters to collect the information, which would very useful.

      • I don’t see there is much we can do from here Michael, it’s such a huge country and there are so many Shelters. We would have to contact every single one.
        Yes Babz and I collected data for years for Jeans study, but nothing came of it 🙁
        Maybe when we get declawing banned we can turn our attention to Shelter problems, but so much is going on with that right now, all good, more vets giving up declawing and the Paw Project has almost 500 more ‘likes’ on facebook after we’ve had a drive at promoting it.
        Anti declaw groups are growing daily, I feel we really are getting somewhere at last.

        • I think you are right about declawing. I feel there are signs of a sift in attitude. The pressure is on for change. As for shelter statistics I think it is very unfortunate that they don’t collect data and seek ways to analyse problems.

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