Roaming cats, trap-neuter programs have problems of their own

To the Editor,If you own a cat and think it is good to let them outside to roam, or you think that trap-neuter-release programs are humane, please think about the problems both of these cause.The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have estimated that outdoor cats are responsible for killing 2.4 billion songbirds and 12.3 billion mammals per year in the U.S. alone! (Yes, billion!)Homeless, stray cats can spread diseases to owned outdoor cats, like feline leukemia, feline AIDS, distemper, respiratory infections, some of which are fatal. They can spread parasites, which can cause severe symptoms. Any cat allowed to roam or is homeless can get hit by a car, can be attacked by dogs and wild animals. They can come in contact with toxins like antifreeze or rodent poisons. Feral cats live a miserable, unhealthy life. I have a number of cats who regularly patrol around my bird feeders, when they should be inside being taken care of. I urge the city to search for a solution to the problem.For more information go to and search for the article Indoor Cats vs. Outdoor Cats. Or read the New York Times article from January 29, 2013 titled That Cuddly Kitty is Deadlier Than You Think by Natalie Angier.Doris CubberlyTecumseh

Tecumseh Herald


110 E. Logan St.
P.O. Box 218
Tecumseh, MI 49286

Email Us


Latest articles

  • A mangled car outside THS is a reminder of how drinking and driving can have tragic effects. Photo by Kerry Hamilton Smith.

    Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:36am
  • The Lenawee Leadership Award, given to individuals who lead in enhancing the quality of life in Lenawee County, was presented to Kris and Emory Schmidt on Tuesday morning at the annual meeting of the Lenawee Community Foundation held at the Lenawee Country Club. Prior recipients of the award who were present at the event gathered with the Schmidts to be recognized. Pictured are standing, from left, Janet McDowell, Gary McDowell, Dave Maxwell, Frank Dick, Dave Hickman, Kris Schmidt, Emory Schmidt, Art Weeber, Dick Germond, Joe Williams, Mary Weeber, Pat Farver and Garry Clift. Photo by Jackie Koch.

    Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:32am
  • Perry Hayden, founder of the Dynamic Kernels project.

    Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:26am

Please Login for Premium Content