3:30 PM EDT, March 16, 2013
In response to the letter, "Cats: Natural-born killers" (March 9), so are humans. When I moved into my house in Havre de Grace 18 years ago, there was an abandoned house behind our property and there still is. There were also 19 feral cats. There were squirrels, opossum, raccoons and birds. The cats were being fed by neighbors who thought they were doing the right thing. Still, in a few years the feral cat population dwindled to 15, then ten, then about five and now there are three. They died from feline leukemia mostly and cars secondly. The squirrels, opossums, raccoons, and birds are still here. I have never seen a mouse or a rat in my neighborhood.
We have two dogs and three cats. Our cats are contained in our yard by means of a underground electric fence. The dogs don't care to wander. I feed the squirrels and birds every morning, and I have taught the cats not to kill them. Yes, it can be done without mutilating the cat. So, no matter what statistics say, they are not absolute.
Roland Schauer, Havre de Grace
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