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Ecosystem


Cats hunt pests, but also birds

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I enjoyed reading the Tuesday editorial, "Ecosystem: Finding cat/bird balance." I am not confident that we will ever be able to obtain a balance with these two creatures, as we don't often hear about birds hauling away, attacking or eating cats. As a lover of all creatures, please don't get me wrong with what I am about to say about our personal experience with trying to stifle our cat's inner beast...
We rescued our cat from a shelter a couple of years back. He had been in a small cage for six of his first nine months. Despite his tight and dismal start, C.N. is very loving, chatters way too much and stays very close to home. That said, he is also an excellent hunter, bringing through the dog door a multitude of gifts, perhaps to thank us for saving his first of nine lives? We have put upwards of eight bells on his collar at any one time to no avail. We have tried to keep him inside but C.N. gets quite upset, "yelling" at the dog, the plants and us to stop with the silly string toy games and to let him "do what he do" ... so we do.
He keeps the moles, rats and yes ... birds out of our yard. We back up to a nature park where if birds were smart enough, they would stick to the tops of the trees or fly somewhere where six cats don't live in a five-house radius. Alas, it remains the survival of the smartest and C.N. is most definitely at the top of his game.
I guess our kids truly did name him Chuck Norris for a reason.
Cindy Gauthier
Arlington

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