Les hommes ont oublié cette vérité. Mais tu ne dois pas l'oublier, dit le renard. Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.
Le Petit Prince, chap. 21

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Other perspective on the impact of urban cats

Although the summary don't come into detail, the author states that feral cats have positive effects: predation on rodents, anti-depressive effect for cat-carers, educative impact for children and adults and aesthetic effects. On the negative side, just hygiene and public health.

Natoli, E. 1994. Urban feral cats (Felis catus L.): perspectives for a demographic control respecting the psycho-biologicalwelfare of the species. Ann. Ist. Super. Sanità, 30 (2): 223-227

The presence of feral cats in the urban environment is creating problems of acceptance by human beings, especially in relation to health aspects. In accordance with the protectionist spirit of the law 281 of 14/8/91, the new sensitivity of the Public Veterinary Services for feral cat control in the cities are proposed. These consist mainly in demographic control by means of neutering the cats, with particular attention to the psycho-biological welfare of the species. 

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