Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

April 3, 2011

Cat Catching Shrew is Evidence It Should Be an Indoor Pet


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

CAT CATCHING SHREW IS EVIDENCE

IT SHOULD BE AN INDOOR PET

     This is a perfect example of why domestic cats in this day and age should be kept indoors, where they live longer and healthier lives. Cats allowed outdoors kill large numbers of small native birds and mammals.*

     This is a comment in a letter to Marc Morrone, a Newsday writer who answers reader’s questions in a newspaper column.

     The question concerned a cat catching what the reader identified as a blind mouse, but which Morrone identified as a shrew: not a rodent, but an insectivore, a small carnivorous mammal about the size of a mouse…(with) very small eyes that can be difficult to detect…They are beneficial to our gardens because they consume large amounts of insects and other invertebrates…(and) are very secretive…

     Morrone used the fact that the writer’s cat caught a shrew to push the idea that cats in today’s world should be kept indoors.

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     His arguments support animal shelter’s policy of not placing cats in homes where they will not be indoor creatures.

     This argument may hold in cities, but, to my mind, loses its weight in rural and farm areas, where judgment should be the criteria. My experience is that we’ve had short-lived indoor cats, and long-lived outdoor cats (although I was questioned by a shelter worker once: Don’t you think the cats would have lived longer had they been indoor cats?)

     To read further on the question of indoor/outdoor cats in a previous post on Carolyn’s Compositions, visit my writing site post: WHAT RIGHTS DO CATS HAVE, I ASK

SOURCE

*Marc Morrone, Pet Keepers must be responsible, Greensburg Tribune-Review, February 15, 2011, D1

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ADDITIONAL READING:

March days to celebrate

ABOUT CATS:

The Cat with the Calico Tail

ELINOR’S ORPHAN KITLINGS

Honey’s Coming Home! Our cat must recuperate

Honey went home—She’s romping in animal heaven

The “Meow” Chorus: A cat symphony on a Greyhound Bus

THE SNITTY CAT LIKES PUMPKIN PIE?

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