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Posted on 11-13-2014

Feral Cats Are Not For Target Practice

I recently examined a cat that had been intentionally shot with a barbed arrow head. This arrow head was a hunting tip and designed to be retained in the animal’s body, inflicting additional pain and trauma as the barbed wires rub against tissue. This cat was shot in the shoulder just missing the chest. A severe infection developed because of the trauma that the arrow produced and because the arrow head was not sterile. This cat was a free roaming house cat but could easily have been a feral cat. Using a hunting bow and arrow as sport to eradicate roaming cats is cruelty because it often will not kill the animal but merely maim it, only to cause undue suffering to the cat and the cat’s owners when it is discovered. https://twitter.com/intent/follow?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnational%2Fhealth-science%2Foutdoor-cats-kill-between-14-billion-and-37-billion-birds-a-year-study-says%2F2013%2F01%2F31%2F2504f744-6bbe-11e2-ada0-5ca5fa7ebe79_story.html&region=follow_link&screen_name=eilperin&tw_p=followbutton If there is concern that a cat is preying on wild birds then the Humane Society should be notified and they will be able to assist you with the problem. Don’t take the matter into your hands and use any animal as “target practice”.

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