Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

by Peter P. Marra, Chris Santella
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Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AShel More than 1 year ago
This book makes the vital point that you can love cats and also love the birds, small mammals and reptiles that feral cats prey upon, in some cases devastating populations. Keep your cats indoors--my family does. The book shows that feral cats are not only responsible for several extinctions of bird and small mammal species, but they also carry diseases such as toxoplasmosis, even the plague (!), that are transmitted to humans. Advocates of TNR (trap, neuter, return, I,e, managed feral cat colonies) have stridently opposed this book on other fora, and they've misrepresented its message. But the authors use their own research and a thorough review of the extensive literature to argue that TNR fails in all but a small number of cases because it's impossible to neuter a high enough percent of the colonies, and also because it's incredibly difficult to monitor individual cats in a colony to make sure each has had the necessary vaccines and then booster shots. Plus, the life of a feral cat is short and brutish. Even house cats that go outdoors wreak much more havoc on other species than their owners appreciate. Love your cat, and keep him or her inside.
G_Rising More than 1 year ago
With their book, Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella have provided an important and useful contribution to our understanding of the problems created for wildlife and us by the free-roaming house cat, Felis catus. This book is indeed case-making: it dots all the i's and crosses all the t's of the arguments against free-ranging cats. Basing their case not only on scientific studies but on straightforward logic as well, they cut through the emotional arguments for trap-neuter-return policies and the support of cat colonies. Their concern extends beyond the billions of birds, mammals and amphibians destroyed by cats to the diseases they communicate to us. For example, they cite toxoplasmosis, a disease originating solely in cats and referred to with poetic license as "the zombie maker," for its most serious human consequences: blindness and schizophrenia. The response they call for to this is as simple as it is almost impossible to achieve in today's animal rights climate: removal of alien free-roaming cats from our natural environment. Three removal alternatives are offered: adoption, containment in zoo-like facilities and, failing them, euthanasia. The response to the book has been as expected. Dozens of supportive reviews encouraging reading by people representing all sides of the issues raised, but an overwhelming number of reviews, many easily identified as written by people who have never read a page of the book's contents, damning the content and encouraging others not to read it. I applaud these authors for making their case well and calling it to a broader audience. I hope that it will be widely read and will alert the general population to these serious issues.