Responsible ownership

Re: James Love —Roaming Cats Cause Concern. Responsible pet ownership includes de-worming, inoculating and de-parasiting your pet once a year.

Re: James Love —Roaming Cats Cause Concern. Responsible pet ownership includes de-worming, inoculating and de-parasiting your pet once a year. This prevents diseases as well as keeping your animals safe and healthy. Children should also be educated on proper animal safety and care.

I am very upset by the printing of the article. Not only is the SPCA sadly overrun by abandoned cats already, but now I feel you have put unneeded fear into possible loving home’s hearts.

I am also afraid that this article may also promote animal cruelty in people misinformed and fearful. He not only writes of the dangers of a cat box but also the dangers of cat poop outside. What option is left then, killing of cats? Then we’ll see how many people would feel about the growing number of disease-carrying rodents getting into crops, farm feed, people’s homes and food supplies, as well as their growing number of feces around those areas and our children.

Let us not forget Vernon’s complaint about over population of rabbits. God and nature intended cats to control these potentially deadly over populations, just as he intended the bird to be hunted by cats, but also to have wings to fly to safety.

As for the toxoplasmosis statement, I agree that pregnant women should not be cleaning out cat boxes. However, responsible pet owners take precautions to prevent diseases and parasites and usually a pregnant woman will have a partner, preferably not pregnant as well, to help with such chores.

As far as the fear of schizophrenia in children, I feel that the author is spending too much time being paranoid online. Children often talk to animals or imaginary friends, relax. The cure to this is simple — good parenting. Educate your child on how to identify poop and not to touch or eat it. Clean it up. Stop over-exaggerating.

Cats not only provide natural pest control but also loving companionship to anyone from a young child to a widowed senior. I have grown up with cats and am proud to say I’m disease free and learned responsibility by being taught proper cat care through those years.

After consulting a local vet, I also learned that very few diseases, if any, can be passed from a cat to a human without physical touch of feces. Use a scoop, wash your hands, take care of your animals.

 

Candice Burns

Vernon