Lilies and cats

Pamela Harlow via pbs
Sun, 28 Jun 2020 09:07:27 PDT
Leo, thanks for this.  Bird populations are declining fast all across the
US, and outdoor cats are a big factor.

Creative people have come up with safe ways to give cats outdoor time
within caging structures that prevent roaming.  Cat owners should out

Pamela Harlow/Seattle

On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 8:33 AM oooOIOooo via pbs <> wrote:

> 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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