Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

January 26, 2009

Feral Cats

Filed under: Cats, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, Non Birds — richditch @ 6:51 pm
Feral Cat, Gilbert Water Ranch

Feral Cat, Gilbert Water Ranch

We’ve lived with cats in the house for almost 40 years, so it is hard for me to understand how people can turn loose a pet cat to live on its own. Its not good for the cat, and its not good for the native species living wherever the cat is dumped.

Feral cats such as this one are a big problem at the Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ, where I spend a lot of time looking at birds and photographing them. On a typical morning visit of 2-3 hours I probably see a dozen different cats hiding in the bushes. This morning I saw one climbing out a branch with a mockingbird scolding it from higher in the tree. A friend even got a photo of one carrying a freshly killed stilt chick across the mudflat.

If you care at all for your pet cat, or for the natural world and the species that live there, you will not release the cat and make it live on its own.

This attractive cat was probably a recent release when I photographed it December of 2005 as it looks to be in good shape with a healthy coat and little, and since it wasn’t completely afraid of me.

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4 Comments »

  1. […] Feral Cats « Rich Ditch’s Photography Blog […]

    Pingback by Take Care of Your Cat - Cats Wiki | Cat Illnesses - Cat Rehoming - Cats Symptoms — January 27, 2009 @ 8:56 am

  2. I have to wonder if the cats are the cause for the declined (or nonexistant) Burrowing Owl population. We haven’t seen ANY this year. Is there a story there? Thanks!

    Comment by Robin McEntire — February 2, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

  3. Many of us have speculated about the disappearance of the Burrowing Owls and whether the feral cats are the reason we haven’t seen the owls in over a year. The last I saw any was October of 2006. I wouldn’t be surprised if the cats are part of the problem.

    But I’ve also heard that another big problem was the actions of the people who wouldn’t stay far enough away from the artificial burrows, even though the areas are posted.

    Comment by richditch — February 2, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  4. That is too bad – my husband and I thought that the tubes were large enough for a hungry cat to invade. I can understand the human factor as well. They are such a beautiful and unusual species and I have very fond memories and photos of them. Thanks for the info…

    Comment by Robin McEntire — February 2, 2009 @ 4:03 pm


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