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There Is Hope For Feral Cats
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There is Hope for Feral Cats

When cats are-subjected to life in a shelter, it can-be very stressful and could cause long-term damage to the cat's behavior. The number of feral cats roaming the streets in the United States is alarming. With over 50 million feral cats living in our alleys and eating from garbage cans, we really must attempt to alter the way we view them. Just maybe, there is a way to save some of these unfortunate cats from death on our streets.

That's where clicker training comes into play and considering how well it works with cats, we have a real solution to saving these strays. Of-course, it will-be more challenging than training a normal cat. However, think about what your accomplishment will symbolize. If you are an animal lover, than you understand the satisfaction you receive when you can make-a-difference in an animal's life.

I have-witnessed several stray cats being trained with the clicker method and the success was astonishing. In fact, it really didn't take that long at all. Within a few weeks the ill-tempered cat was cuddling with their owners like they were never feral to begin with. To take a cat that hides in the corner because it's terrified and probably use to physical abuse from their previous owners and transform their behavior to find them a home is really a miracle.

Think about it, the odds of feral cats surviving on its own in the street to begin with is practically impossible. They are malnutrition-ed, disease-ridden, and not to mention just plain old crazy. It has been prov-en that cats also become depressed and need medication to-be able to cope with their illness. It's actually pretty shocking that even pets suffer from depression and it's not just humans who suffer from this awful disease.

Nevertheless, the clicker training is the only way to build trust with a feral cat and there erratic behaviors. They spit, claw, and hiss until you resolve the situation or until you just walk away. There is a lot of patience required to succeed in-the-transformation of their attitudes, but the rewards are well worth it. Personally, I hate to see an animal suffer even when I watch animal planet and watch a lion take out a baby gazelle. Sometimes, I think that would really stink to-be the gazelle and suddenly your life is over before it even began. However, that is the circle of life and it must happen to sustain the-balance-of nature.

In conclusion, thanks to clicker training for cats we are able to rescue feral cats off the street and successfully bring them into our homes. Animal lovers everywhere are jumping up and down thanks to this method of training. Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little, but at-least they breathe a big sigh-of-relief because they hate to see animals suffer as well. So, the next time you visit a shelter and you see a cat in distress just remember you have the power to save that cat.


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Nice article, unfortunately in this world not everyone has a love for animal.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Sarah, yes unfortunately you are correct! But there are some people who share a deep love for animals and make a difference! A small one, but atleast they try!

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  about 6 years ago
Woodsman  

How to reduce feral-cats THE-TNR-WAY without having to trap & sterilize: 1. Aim your car for cats when it's safe for all else to do so. 2. Put out poison for cats. 3. Infect them with deadly diseases. 4. Turn your dogs or other large predators loose on them. 5. Starve them to death. 6. Let them die of dehydration. 7. Put them in heated boxes until they die of heat exhaustion (emulate hot weather). 8. Throw them in freezers until they are dead (emulate a harsh winter). 9. Scratch the cat's eyes and put gashes in their skin to emulate a cat-attack so they slowly die of infections. (Justifiably and equitably treating them the very same way they destroy all native animals. Though that involves more skinning-alive and disemboweling animals while alive so the cat can enjoy their play-toy slowly twitch to death. The longer it takes an animal to die of wounds, the more a cat enjoys it. And so too apparently the cat-lovers also greatly enjoy this, or they wouldn't let their cats do this.) 10. Trap and drown them. 11. Shoot them. Can you think of more ways that *ALL* TNR'ed cats die? NONE of them die of old-age you know! Any of the above methods are the perfectly natural ways that TNR'ed cats die (according to TNR-Advocates' own definition of how their cats die "naturally" through "attrition") -- so TNR-advocates should have absolutely NO problems when you destroy their cats this way! Right? It's how THEY'RE doing it! TO EVERY LAST ONE OF THEIR CATS. If you kill their cats this way and they complain about it, they're just being whiny hypocrites. That's all. Simple as that.

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  about 6 years ago

Good article, I have some cats and I feel terrible when I see how come owners treat them. Its a shame and we really need to pass a law or something so people just cant put them on they street!

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Allen, Yeah they really do need to find a way to correct the problem, b/c its really bad.

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  about 6 years ago

Good article, it's a shame how many strays there are on the streets. It definitely is a big problem and we have to do something about the situation, before it gets even worse.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Josh, there are over 50 million strays, thats an unbelievable number. I agree we really need to address the situation.

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  about 6 years ago
Woodsman  

Be cautious about suggesting that any cats rounded-up from outdoors be used for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible for destroying the lives and finances of families and their pets. There's no way to know a wild-harvested cats' vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination against it later will do no good. It's already too late. There's also no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They really need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It's the only sane and sensible solution. This is precisely why all wild-harvested animals in the world, of any type intended for the pet-industry, must undergo an extended quarantine period of up to 6 months before transfer or sale of those animals to prevent just these things. Cats are no different than any other animal when harvested from the wild. You're just risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land. (Google for: rabid cat adopted wake county) Adopting any cat that's been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette. Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you'll never be rid of the feral-cat problem. I found some surprising things about all the diseases these invasive-species vermin are now spreading throughout the USA. These are just the diseases they've been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list. (Links to proof of cats spreading many of these removed per post requirement. Businesses have even been ruined by some of them. Like those in Miami being shut-down due to feral-cats spreading hookworm in all the beaches there. The most surprising in my research is that people have already died from cat to human transmitted plague in the USA, starting back as early as 1994 (earliest cat-transmitted plague-death of a human, that I could find). Fleas and rats not even required if you have cats around. The cats themselves are carriers and spreaders of the plague. Totally disproving that oft-spewed myth about lack of cats causing the plague in Europe. Cats would have made it worse.) The most insidious one of all, cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces into all other animals. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to popular cat-lovers' self-deceptive myths, a cat can also become reinfected many times during its life and spread new oocysts each time. It's now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is now also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastal areas from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts even surviving in saltwater. Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine. (Google for: Toxoplasma gondii hijacks rodent mind) Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area. The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from supervised confinement. There's no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this disaster.

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  about 6 years ago

Yeah, of-course you must be aware of diseases and get the stray checked before doing anyting. However, I am talking about their behaviors. I have seen first hand cat trainers turn a stray cat that people owned as a pet and were struggling with building trust with the cat. The trainer was able to help the owners with the stray cat using the clicker training method, plus other tools to build trust and he showed them how to treat their pet. Sometimes the owners just don't know what their doing and actually making the situation a lot worse. Most of the time they bring on the bad behavior without even knowing it. I am not saying for everyone to go out and adopt a stray, It's alarming how many of them are out on the street like you stated how people just give up on their pets, its sickening. I believe the some strays can be saved, but it will take some hard work! Nothing in life is easy and we have to try to put and end to suffering not just with pets, with humans as well.

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  about 6 years ago
Woodsman  

You have to make about 12-15 of their clearly expendable cats permanently disappear before they figure out what they've been doing wrong all their miserable and ignorant lives. Cat-lovers are JUST *THIS* INCREDIBLY STUPID! You can't train a cat. But you CAN, in time, train a cat-owner. It just takes awhile (they're ALL pretty dense) and it takes the lives of about 12-15 of their proved-expendable cats before they start to learn. Though some are so phenomenally stupid that they never figure it out. Perhaps cat-owners should learn the distinction between being a responsible pet-owner and a criminally irresponsible one. If not, too bad. The rest of the world is not their pet's baby-sitter. A highly destructive INVASIVE-SPECIES pet at that. That's THEIR job to keep them from harm lest they be held criminally responsible for animal-abandonment, animal-neglect, animal-endangerment, animal-cruelty, and invasive-species laws. Let them explain to their child why their criminally irresponsible behavior got their cat killed by road-kill, environmental poisons, died from a cat or animal attack, or was trapped and drowned, or shot by someone who is more respectful and responsible about their world than the criminally irresponsible cat-owner. Maybe in that lesson in explaining the death of their cat to their child that the parent too will grow up into a socially responsible, respectable, and respectful human as well one day. Though I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that to ever happen. Hint: Please don't use antifreeze. This can harm so many truly important animals; not just these noxious, native-wildlife destroying, and deadly-disease spreading invasive-species cats that criminally-irresponsible pet-owners let roam everywhere. There are some safe and more-species-specific poisons that you can buy on any grocery-store shelf in the pain-reliever section. Acetaminophen, also known as Paracetamol (all sold under popular brand-names); is a friend to those who cannot use a gun on excess cats -- using the SSS Cat Management Program (Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-Up) method. Or for those who can't use the TDSS Cat Management Program (Trap, Drown, Shovel, & Shut-Up) method because those cats have already learned to evade all trapping methods used. 1 adult-strength capsule should be enough in most cases. Generics are very inexpensive too. These pain-relievers are just as harmful to some reptile species but I doubt reptiles would be feeding on the same bait-foods you will be using. Good luck on training/educating cat-lovers! Your work is clearly cut-out for you. LOL I "trained" all the cat-lovers in my area (perfectly legal to shoot cats where I live, had to shoot and bury hundreds of them). I've not seen a cat for 2 years now! May you have as much success as I have.

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  about 6 years ago

Wow, you feel very strongly about the subject I see. I agree with you about the owners being more responsible and most of the time the reasons for the cat's behavior problems is usually their fault. Whether it be neglect or just the fact of using a little common sense. With the clicker training method cats do respond much better to their owners and the training process goes much quicker. Within a few weeks you will see a big difference in your pet, as long as you follow the steps. I have seen miracles with this type of training and it really is amazing.

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  about 6 years ago

And I've only seen it used with dogs... yes, interesting!

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  about 6 years ago

Yeah, actually it works with all animals!

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  about 6 years ago

I had no idea clicker training worked with cats; have mostly seen it used with training birds.

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  about 6 years ago

It's amazing how well this method works with all pets.

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  about 6 years ago
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