Why is a 'birders' cat roaming a garden anyhow? I don't have a cat of my
own (never will) but I certainly have all my neighbours cats in my garden,
reducing the local lizard and bird population. Cats are not only a problem
at night, despite the main message from all the recent advertising
campaigns. I agree the campaigns are a good idea and a good start, but
cats, as exemplified by Andrew Stafford's recent experience, also
efficiently hunt through the day. Most animals captured by cats that do
escape usually die afterwards as puncture wounds are infected by
toxoplasmosis, or something like that (I'm no vetinary expert).
I hope the Brush Cuckoo from Andrew's garden survives. I hope all of the
other birds and lizards etc. in Andrew's garden survive. I hope that a
lesson has been learnt from this, and the cat is restrained.
To me, there are two places for cats. 1) Caged or restrained, like most
pets, or 2) on John Walmsley's head!!
THIS IS NOT A SCATHING ATTACK ON ALL CAT OWNERS, JUST THOSE WHO FAIL TO
RESPONSIBLY KEEP THEIR CAT FROM PREDATING NATIVE WILDLIFE, IN THEIR AND
EVERYONE ELSE'S GARDEN.
At , you wrote:
>I have an unfortunate update on the Brush Cuckoo I reported from my garden
in Wavell Heights, Brisbane yesterday. The cat brought it in!!!
>Fortunately I was able to get to it in time - our cat, a large male
Burmese, brought the bird upstairs and he (the cat) looked extremely
pleased with himself, as cats generally do.
>Anyway, I grabbed him and he let the bird go, which immediately flew off,
apparently unharmed minus a few feathers, but probably in shock. I'm hoping
it won't be prone to nasty infections.
>I guess this must happen often to young, inexperienced birds in unfamiliar
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