Sunday, June 21, 2009

Doh! Cats are not a health issue?

My reply: Doh! Cats are not a health issue? Read this from the Asthma and Allergy foundation of America.

Allergies to pets with fur or feathers are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma. From 15 percent to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs.

People with dog allergies may be allergic to all dogs or to only some breeds. Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies.

More: "If the cats are simply removed, others will come in from outlying areas and take over the now vacant territory."

Pardon me for correcting you. You seem to be granting ownership of our ecology to a pet species. If you take away one cat or fifty million it will relieve their hunting pressure on our natural fauna and allow them to reclaim it. Should pit bulls and poodles be managed in colonies outdoors running free? I don't think so, and neither should cats.


Anonymous said...

I've never understood the so-called vacuum effect theory. I'm not an ecologist, but it makes zero sense as a reason to discourage trap & remove. If a feral cat's territory is freed, either through removal or death, the TNR theory that an endless supply of floater cats will simply fill that said territory means TNR will never cause a decline in feral cat populations.

Bird Advocate said...

You are exactly correct, and I like your way of putting it. It's the only logical way to look at the situation. The cat enablers use it to convince the gullible.