Lilies and cats

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Sun, 28 Jun 2020 08:33:46 PDT
I must add that outdoor cats are invasive species in most of the world, and severely harm wildlife populations. What people fear lilies might have done to cats in an incredibly small number of cases is what cats really do every day to native wildlife. Being run over by cars, dying from injuries sustained in fights, and being eaten by coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and hawks is a far greater threat to cats than are garden lilies.

I have seen this with my own eyes. At one time two people in my partly natural desert neighbordhood fed cats. Quail nest in my flower pots. I get the chance to watch them grow up. The quail population dropped drastically once the cat feeding began. I would see families with large numbers of chicks, then the next day two, then no more families.

The two cat feeders are gone. The coyotes ate all the feral cats. I heard a lot of cats screaming as they were being killed. I now see lots of quail families.

Cats are wonderful animals, and make great companions. But please keep your cats indoors.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA
Zone 9?

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