Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
When we took in Annie, a stray on the naval base in Sicily, she would bring us presents all the time when we lived out in town. The windows had no screens on them, so there was no way to keep her out or in 24/7. We would come home from work to find the bathroom covered in feathers and bird or rat carcasses in the shower stall. Always in the shower stall. Thanks, Annie. She really was the best cat and did a great job of keeping the rats away (a huge problem in Sicily). She was well fed so did this for sport, not food. We transitioned to base housing and she became a forever after indoor kitty then.
I know there are some towns that see the feral population as a big threat to birds. I am a song bird lover so understand the angst of fellow birders. A simple bell on the collar of an outdoor cat will let the birds know when a cat is approaching. I know it's not practical with all ferals, but perhaps it could be done with these strictly outdoor kitties we feed and care for.
Cat owners' prayer: "Lord help me be the person my cat thinks I am"