1 year ago
Last edited at 9:58AM on 4/24/2012
I have the same problem as you, John. We got new neighbors a few years back, and they turned a cat loose on us. She is unvaccinated, wormy, un-spayed, and covered with fleas. To date she has thrown two litters of kittens, and is pregnant with this year's crop now. All the kittens grow up feral.
She brings fleas into my yard, and they get on my dog. My dog is allergic to flea bites, and the skin on her belly and inside her back legs turns bright red, and she starts to itch very badly. She starts to lick, bite, and chew on her skin. This breaks the skin and then she gets a secondary staph infection. I have to treat her with antibiotics for a month, prednisone every other day until the inflammation goes away, treat the house and yard for fleas, and get Frontline for her. I bought my house 18 years ago, and we never had fleas until these people turned their cat loose on us. I have tried using a humane trap, but she won't go in.
In the USA, you have EVERY RIGHT to destroy any animal, someone's pet or not, that is not on an endangered, protected, or MBTA (Migratory Bird Treaty Act) species list that is threatening the health, safety, and well-being of you, your family, or your animals. This is true even in densely populated cities. Cats are listed in the TOP 40 WORST in the "Global Invasive Species Database", they are not on any protected list ANYWHERE. Considering all the deadly diseases that cats are spreading to humans you have EVERY RIGHT to destroy any stray cat on your property.
These are just the diseases they've been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.