Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rehoboth’s feral cats: helpless animals or menace to society?

“One we call Meatloaf. He has no hair on his back; it’s just all open sores and red. I mean, it’s just pathetic that animals are allowed to breed like that,” she said.

Bruce Southard, who owns Fun In The Sun, a scooter shop next to Celebration Mall, said the cats have taken up residence under his repair shed.

“My mechanic said if I don’t do something about it, he’s quitting,” Southard said. “He just can’t take the smell anymore.”

Southard said the cats have urinated on a tarp he was using to cover up a scooter in the back. If they climb inside, the cats also defecate on the scooters.


Bret Ludwig said...

You know, I hear some of those new scooters use liquid cooled engines. Gosh darn it, those hose clamps just don't hold like they used too...

Normally, I'm reluctant to recommend glycol as a cat control method for several reasons, one being that it is a painful death for the cats, the other being if you're blatant about it the cat lubbers and the ASPCA will bust you. Commercial antifreezes use a dye that will show up on a cursory necropsy.

But in this case not much else is going to work.

There is a humane, safe product that can make a huge dent in the feral problem. It's called PAPP, it's a chemical that is harmless to most mammals but causes felines to painlessly go to sleep and stop breathing, just like other methods of euthanasia. Unfortunately, the cat lubbers are ensconcing this product with Dynamic Silence and we are unlikely to see it available any time soon.

Bird Advocate said...

Yes some of our most common, easily acquired, and inexpensive medications are poisonous to cats. Let's see, there's aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, and then there are other pain and fever medications, such as Tylenol, Excedrin, Allerest, Anacin-3, Comtrex, Dayquil, Nyquil, SineAid, SineOff, Vanquish, other products that contain acetaminophen.
All of these are so common they'd be impossible to trace, and could be administered in so many ways the mind boggles. Grinding it into powder and sprinkling it on an impervious surface they'd walk on comes to mind, they'd lick it off. If I had a cat I cared about I'd keep it indoors, wouldn't you? There are just too many wicked, evil, mean, and nasty people people out here who don't care for cats!