madjack, why not use the same tactic that you recommended for groundhog control?
Do not go into any situation under-gunned. If you're getting rid of groundhogs or
of the same size or larger, here are three cartridges to consider.
From left to right we have the ubiquitous .30-06, the oft-underutilized .45-70, and the now obsolete .50-90 Sharps in black powder.
My personal favorite is the .45-70, but I must admit that going after ground hog with a .50-90 Sharps holds a lot of attraction for me. If you do decide to go that route, make sure your back up shooter is carrying a modern firearm, preferably with a large capacity magazine - in case they charge.
Since groundhogs destroy things that humans want, then the groundhogs need to be eliminated.
But when human-introduced, outdoor domestic cats destroy nature, that's acceptable for some moronic reason.
The great ecologist Aldo Leopold recognized that domestic cats serve no ecological purpose.
Possess a single Blue Jay feather, and you are violating federal law. But if the owner of Fluffy allows the cat to venture outdoors to kills dozens of birds over the course of a year, that's a cat being a cat, and somehow that's okay.
Love that demented thinking.
Put away your feelings and emotions and focus on the science. Outdoor domestic cats are another form of a biological hazard or a toxin on the landscape.
If a chemical was known to kill millions of birds each year in the U.S., then the government would probably get involved. But an outdoor domestic cat that is simply acting like a cat is acceptable.
We have a leash law for dogs because dogs can attack humans. It's probably rare for a domestic cat to attack a human, but since cats are cute, they are allowed to roam free, demolishing nature.
Sure, the cat is just being a cat, but it's a human-caused problem.
I have never had a neighbor ask if it was okay for their damn cat to hunt in our yard. I don't understand the mindset of humans who think that it's okay to let their piece of shit cat enter someone else's property without permission. The stupidity of humans is always fascinating.
Simple arithmetic: Keep your fucking cat in your own fucking yard.
I have shot rats in our yard in the past, including this summer. But a rat does not bother me as much as seeing a cat in our yard. I have not shot a cat in our yard. Yet. Heed the above arithmetic statement.
Birds register with me, but outdoor domestic cats don't.
The easiest, simplest, and quickest way to improve nature, the environment, or Mother Earth is to support the extermination of all outdoor domestic cats. That's science. Keep your cats indoors.
My cat Comet lived to be 18-years-old. He died in May 2010. He was an indoor cat. If he went outside, it was a treat. I went outside with him. He laid in the sun on the concrete by the backdoor. He never roamed the neighborhood. He never killed a bird nor a mammal.
I get infuriated when I see an outdoor cat kill a bumblebee. The bumblebee is more important to nature than a domestic cat. The bumblebee deserved to live, not the outdoor domestic cat. Science.
The indoor domestic cat when kept indoors rates high to me as a pet. But when that domestic cat roams the neighborhood, hunting, then that cat no longer registers. In the outside world, that cat becomes insignificant.
Supporting or caring for feral cats is anti-nature, anti-environment. Don't blame me. That's science speaking.
The problem is that most humans are ignorant about nature. Nature Deficit Disorder.
If you disagree with the above, then you deny the existence of science.
madjack, ready your firearms to help your friend. Remember, focus on the science, especially the field of ecology, and realize that those cats have no value, and you will be a pro-nature, pro-environment green weenie by eliminating those cats.
Songbirds are migrating through the Toledo area right now on their way to their wintering grounds in Central and South America. The odds of those birds successfully reaching their wintering grounds are very low. They face tremendous hardships along the way, both natural and human-made problems. An outdoor domestic cat should not be another one of those problems, but unfortunately, it is a huge problem.
Yesterday evening, I observed an Ovenbird Warbler strutting around in one of our backyard flowerbeds. It's a bird that typically forages on the ground, making it even more susceptible to a domestic cat attack. The Ovenbird winters in Florida, the Caribbean, and Central America. In the spring and early summer, the Ovenbird's loud song can be heard on their nesting grounds in dense woodlots at our area parks, such as Oak Openings Metropark and Secor Metropark. Seeing one in an urban backyard is a treat.
January 2013 USA Today story
For years, bird lovers and cat lovers have clashed over whether outdoor cats, not native to the U.S., should be euthanized or allowed to roam free in managed programs that include neutering.
"Our findings suggest that free-ranging cats cause substantially greater wildlife mortality than previously thought and are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for U.S. birds and mammals," Marra and his co-authors conclude. "Scientifically sound conservation and policy intervention is needed to reduce this impact."
The study is critical of the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) policy advocated by Alley Cat Allies and other defenders of free-roaming cats.
The new study calls the Trap-Neuter-Return policy "potentially harmful to wildlife populations" because it leaves so many predators in the wild. The authors also say the policy is often put in place by cities and counties without "widespread public knowledge" and without studies on the impacts of large feral cat populations on the environment.
George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy, says the issue is not cats vs. birds but "a runaway and invasive population of cats" that are killing too many birds.
He says too many people have been led to believe that cats can live outdoors without harm to themselves or the environment.