Articles: feral cats

Cats Are Safer Indoors Only

At a time when outdoor cats are coming under attack, I defend humane treatment of outdoor cats and support humanely minimizing their numbers implementing trap-neuter-return….Still,  I do want to point out that it’s important that we keep cats indoors only in the first place. We don’t allow dogs outdoors to roam neighborhoods; we should –…

Feral Cats and Rats: John Kass Has a Plan

Chicago Tribune superstar columnist John Kass and I debate on the topic of feral or community cats, as Kass calls me a feral cat denier. And calls my columns refuting his fiction “pithy.” HEAR my conversation with John Kass on the WGN Plus The Chicago Way (my conversation with Mr. Kass kicks off at 22:30) Kass…

Solution to Rats May Be Cats in Rome

So you think there’s a rat problem in your city? In Rome, Italy, experts estimate there are more than two rats for each of the city’s 2.6 million residents. That’s a lot of rats. With so many rats, the issue has become a hot political topic. Mayoral candidate Antonio Razzi says, if elected, he will…

Feline Behavior Conference

“Cats are not anti-social,” says veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sharon Crowell-Davis, professor of behavior and anatomy at the University of  Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, speaking at the 2015 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Feline Behavior Conference April 11-12 in Atlanta, GA. For starters, most outdoor cats live in groups with other cats. No one…

Community Cats, Feral Cat: They're Rat Hunters

Community cats should be paid attention to, in my opinion….for SO many reasons, humane reasons at the top of the list. Feral or not, a cat is a cat, and Anne Beall, author of “Community Cats: A Journey Into the World of Feral Cats” agrees, and she has researched these cats. She talks about that…

Solution for Hawthorne Cats Benefits the Cats

When do cats come first, ahead of human egos? This IS the story: Carrie  Gobernatz, a wonderful dedicated volunteer caretaker, had been watching over many of the feral cats at Hawthorne Race Course for several years. No questions, she gave generously of her time, talents and personal money. Over the years, she received advice from various animal…

Who You Going to Call? Ratbusters!

Rats are all over Chicago, and other cities around America. Chicago, like lots of cities have cut back on their rat abatement programs. In Chicago, having Streets and Sanitation dealing with the rat issue may not be ideal. Once downtown at lunch (on a nice day when people are eating outside), workers trapped a rat…

Are Six Cats Too Many for Pregnant Reader?

Q: I’ve always loved cats. I care for a colony of feral cats and also have four cats of my own. My husband and I moved in together a year ago, and our merged family now consists of six indoor-only cats. Last week, my doctor gave us the news: We’re pregnant! Now, my doctor says…

Saving Cats: the Black Cat Ball

Finding homes for homeless cats, that’s one goal of the Tree House Humane Society. Wendi Taylor Nations, who is on the Tree House Board of Directors, describes why she has an affinity to the organization, and about the upcoming Black Cat Ball.  Listen HERE to cat woman Wendi on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN…

Community Cats: National Feral Day

Even if you don’t know it, they’re out there lurking in the shadows. According to market research conducted by Anne Beall, there are nearly as many feral (wild) cats in the U.S as there are owned cats. “We know so little about feral cats, and even less of the truth about how people feel about them,”…

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