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remember the animals in this weather

Please remember the animals that have no homes or shelter this time of year, we see so many cats that have been thrown out abandonded around our streets and its a crying shame that all these creatures want is a warm blanket to sit on in a safe home. the area i live has a few HMO's and bedsits and you get people move in maybe youngsters who start off with best of intensions and get a kitten, then their social lives or landlord even slips in and out goes the cats, so spare a thought for these poor creatures. and think carefully before you buy a kitten remember they can live up to 20 yrs old, thats a lot of responsability


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David W
Also - anybody thinking of getting a cat should consider their impact on the wild bird population.
I agree david w I think responsible cat owners we have 5 rescued cats should ensure they are indoor cats. there is no need for cats to be allowed to wander the streets. the myth that they are wild roaming creatures who need this hunt kill thrill is rubbish. most rescued cats are happy to sit warm and well fed and play artificial hunt with owners and toys string etc even each other. i think its just lazy owners who chuck their cats out daily. lets face it who ses many happy cats wandering streets most are trying to get into somebodys house or windfree area. ripping into rubbish as hungry. the effect on cats on wildflife cannot be understated as my mother in law was witness to as an avid animal rights person she took her 6 cats to what appeared the idylic life in welsh mountains and as you rightly state the impact she noticed within weeks of being there was horrific the amount of dead birds mice and creatures was heart wrenching as we must remember cats will kill like humans just for killing sake call it fun or inbuilt genetics whatever but like us they do torture and kill without reason. so i think the motto should be if your going to keep a cat keep it indoors. people are getting far more cruel towards these creatures nowadays and traffic volume being what it is why risk it keep em indoors save the birds, its easy to make your garden cat proof just go onto to you tube and type keeping your cat in your garden for cheap solutions to stooping your cat a roaming
people who break into these places should be ashamed but what the hell were the staff doing leaving cash on premesis? that should be asked.
Robin G
I have two cats, Olly, 20 this year and Saffy 13 years old. Both like to be in the garden especially in one of the greenhouses during the summer. I also am an avid feeder of the wild birds, two tables, six feeders and and six bird baths. Occasionaly we see a few feathers but have never seen a dead bird. We have two families of blackbirds who do not sound an alarm call for either of our cats but do alarm, vociferously, if a strange cat comes into the garden. Generally speaking I believe that if your cats are well fed and have their own hideways they can mix with garden birds, similarly if feeders and baths are strategically located they can be cat proof. I am afraid that I disagree about keeping cats totally indoors, I believe it is un-natural and cruel.
David W
I totally agree that it would be wrong to keep cats indoors - however, I have witnessed collared doves being dragged off alive to some nearby bush and my garden (back and front) is frequently littered with the grizzly remains (95% of the carcass in some cases) of various breeds of bird.  My point really was that one should consider the total cat population in ones immediate geographic area before tipping the balance over the edge.
Brian Y
Personally I love cats. Our two are now in pussycat-heaven after 19 loving years, but they were always in at night by their own choice, they feel the cold just as we do. Yes I agree, animals do need care Retrorik.
Cat-Lover here too. I don't think the issue is "Cats" per-se but people not neutering / spaying their cats and allowing to breed without thinking of the consequences. There's a huge amount of unwanted / feral cats around which is also contributing to FIV being prevailent within local cat populations.

Everytime I see unwanted cats / kittens / dogs etc at F.A.I.T.H (or any other organisation that houses unwanted pets) it just breaks my heart :o(
hi re the issue of cats indoors i agree that when possible cats should have access to outdoors. but the ever increasing car lorry van popultion and looney drivers has made crossing the rd for humans let alone animals a nightmare and the cats i see cowering behind walls and gardens wild eyed waiting for a space to cross is sad. i have spent small fortune making our courtyard as interesting for our moggies as we know they need stimulation built them climbing frame several wooden walkways cat litter hideyholes but we should remember that a cat well looked after in a flat is better than sat in some rescue centre, cats adapt well and the lazy ones love the heat and comforts of home and as long as played with and stimulation etc they should be happy and content.
Talking of lazy cats, here's my two (attached) ;o)
Holly H
Far too many people keep cats in unsuitable conditions. Cats need to be able to come and go and to hunt not be kept in flats with litter trays. They need warm places they can access day and night, not risk being put out and then stuck out on cold streets. Our cats used to live outside all the time and hunt around the yards and fields and live in barns and buildings where they could sleep cosily in straw or hay or on sacks. The post war/post 1950s trend for widespread and indiscriminate pet keeping,encouraged by the media and the RSPCA aided and abetted by Rolf and Blue Peter ,is not kind on animals.
I would like people to remember some other animals too. More especially those unwelcome animals the brown rat. When feeding birds everyone should check their gardens and under sheds etc for signs that rats have been coming and going-smoothed trodden earth, holes under fences etc-and put down poison in a metal bait box. IMO everyone should have one of these in their garden kept baited as a public duty to keep down rats-they do not cost much and are secure from pets and children. We should not have to resort to calling pest officers because neighbours with beautiful but well covered gardens dont have a clue that they are harbouring flthy rats which spread Weils disease as they widdle as they walk across the lawns where kids play and on any garden furniture they can climb on. yuk.
David W
Holly I do agree with most of what you say but I think you are on dangerous ground in respect of the toiletry habits of rats.  The problem of widdle and worse (albeit Weils is a particularly nasty condition) is not restricted to rats and I can think of a number of recent cases reported in the press about worm infestation and worse as a result of contact with dogs and cats.
Holly H
I agree, worm infestation from cat and dog faeces leading to blindness is a very real danger. I gather the eggs can persist in the soil long after the faeces have disappeared. However it is surprising how many people are not aware what they share their back gardens with and weils is an invisible danger. Sometimes I think in these days of modern hygienic households we are actually less clean  and less aware of some health risks than people were years ago
well i dont agree in all cases and places that cats should be given unrestricted access, and better a cat have litter tray than soiling in gardens where kids and pregnant women can get some nasty diseases. so not juz mr rat, poison should NOT be left down where other animals such as cats have access and likewise kids out left alone in garden crawling and investigating may find it hide and seek style, the best cure for rats is cats, they are natures way of keeping the rat population down not nice but better than bleeding to death through poison
Holly H
I have a metal bait box which has long metal pegs to fasten it to the ground and it has a lid which opens using an Allen key and two rat sized holes either end.It is child, cat and hedgehog proof. In my experience cats prefer mice, birds and young rabbits They will catch rats but with rats in your garden you risk your cat getting bitten and the bites getting infected if they tackle a particularly feisty rat.  .Rat poison is relatively painless I understand and in all my years I have never know a cat to eat a rat that has been poisoned. The brown rat is an alien species and causes millions of pounds worth of damage a year .
The litter tray and the cat on the bed and in the house is probably why so many people in the UK are infected with toxocara -it is in the press today. makes interesting reading how the parasite affects the thinking of the host.
2 points holly 1 rat poison is very painful way to die thats why as an animal lover i would rather a cat or dog kill cat than poison, they hemorage to death truely horrible to see. and as for the papers info on toxoplasma and how its spread,  thats not all the information really its half information as the study clearly states that the risk is just as if not more higher from infected meat such as lamb beef etc ON the supermarket or butchers shelf, and also high risk of infection is possible from raw vegetables that have not been washed properly. sorry Holly h but unless the information is fed correctly people out there in the community go on cat purges abandoning their pets and we have enough unwanted kittens and cats strays etc that people get fed up with or get scared due to misinformation. true you can get the nasty infection from cat pooh but you can get lots of infections and germs due to poor hygene control in everyday life, wash your hands use gloves when cleaning cats pooh litter trays etc, and as for bed covers? well we can all get one of the latest infections the tabloids choose to scare our minds with daily. its all distration from whats really going on out there in the real world true. we need to know the dangers of cat and dog hygene as well as our own toilet habits and what if we dont wash our hands after loo, and then when cleaning veg salad properly?  and as for  meat it is the worst infected product of all as it holds so many germs due to the way its stored sold andmore so the waythe poor animals are kept in first place and what they are fed on! look at chickens they way they are kept knee deep in pooh fed meat and then sold for human consumption what about cows and cjd wheres that gone?. that worries me more than moggy paws on my duvet to be honest.
Charles P
Well what i am thinking about at the moment is my neighbours they are not cruel to the animals they have and they feed them properly.
But they keep them in cramped conditions the guinea pigs in small hutch and no run for them in the garden,they have a dog but this stays in alot now and does not go for the walks it use to.
Recently they brought home some bantums and these are kept in a pen which is to small for them.
They are like alot of families i know with children they have them as a passing graze,fad because their children pester them to have them because other people have them.
Then the novelty wears off move on to something new.
Ann C
I gave a home to a beautiful Tabby cat. She is like my best friend as I am widowed too. I do wish that people would not buy kittens or puppies especially at christms time. I know of a few strays round where I live but I do help a lady who has looked after a poor stray cat for quite a while now. He was so thin,h is hair matted and quite nasty to you if you went near him. Now through abit of care and attention from this Lady who also has several other animals he is looking brilliant and loves to be stroked as well. What a differe ce food, shelter and kind words has made to this poor anbandoned cat. We cant save them all but it makes you feel good to help one stray. People are so irresponsible with animals. They shout if a child is ill treated but animals need care too. They have feelings as well.
Jackie F
Dog rescue centres are always glad of dog walkers. Volunteer today!
Jane S
I was a dog walker for Dogs Trust where I used to live. The dogs really do rely on people for their walks to get them out of the kennel for a little while. Please please please be a dog walker. It's helpful, fun and it keeps you fit!
In response to Jane S - where can I find out how to be a dog walker?
Lorraine, while waiting for Jane's response, might be worth looking at Norfolk & Suffolk Animal Trust (NASA)'s volunteering page:
See what you think - though they don't mention walking, they'll probably appreciate it still.
They have a shop at 2 broad row you could ask in too.
Gloria S
Sadly I lost my dog 2 years ago. I would love to be able to walk a dog but never thought it was possible. I am in Gt Yarmouth where do I look.
Lesley C
Faith at Hickling need dog walkers. I think most animal rescues do.
Jane S
When I decided to be a dog walker I contacted the rescue centres in my area. I googled "dog rescue centers" and the area then I gave them a call to ask if they needed volunteers. The dogs are waiting!!

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