Missing Cats Leaving Volunteers’ Heads Scratching

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Animal advocates in Fort Worth want to know what happened to a colony of feral cats that lived in Trinity Park.

The cats mysteriously started disappearing a few weeks ago, and now there are none to be found.

For about a decade, Beverly Sims and other volunteers have fed, fixed and vaccinated the feral cats.  “There’s someone out here everyday, rain, sleet, snow, floods, nothing stops these caretakers,” Sims said. “They’re so devoted.”

Lately volunteers have noticed all of the cats are gone, and they fear the worst has happened.  “They’ve just disappeared into thin air,” Sims said, “We’ve searched this area over and over and over and we’ve found nothing.”

Sims said the cats slowly started disappearing after the city started discussing a feral cat ordinance in November.  The proposed ordinance would require them to be trapped, neutered and released back into the wild, instead of euthenized.

Fort Worth Animal Control is investigating, but officers are also stumped about the mysterious absence.  “I’m sure the animals do relocate around Trinity Park and to some other areas, like the Botanic Gardens, but this is unusual not to see any,” said Assistant Director of Code Compliance Scott Hanlan.  “At this point we really don’t know what happened to the animals.”

Volunteers fear it’s no accident that the cats are all disappearing. Shelters that were built for them are also missing.  “I’m devastated we all are,” Sims said, “I’m having trouble sleeping at night going over and over and over in my mind what went on out here.”

There is another public hearing on the ordinace Thursday.

Volunteers believe controversy over the proposed ordinance many have lead to the cats’ disappearance.  They have set up a $1,000 reward for information, and have signs posted in the park.

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    • tom

      It is more than likely Owls . They are very heavy this year , and cats are number one on their list

      • Peggy

        Owls coud be one of the causes of the disappearance, but owls don’t take away the shelters after they have their dinner!!

      • susan

        there is no “mystery” here..owls and coyotes are predators of small animals, such as cats..however..the fact that so many disappeared all at once, as well as their shelters, indicates the biggest predator of all, human beings..the majority of cat and dog diseases and parasites are not transmittable to humans with few exceptions such as a certain type of mange, or rabies..feeding and even petting a cat does not give you parasites..some of these comments are ignorant as well as downright mean..these are the type of people who shoot arrowis into innocent animals, such as the cat in houston that was found wandering with an arrow throuh its upper body..it was rescued and the vet took out the arrow..

    • Dave D

      Some further information to help you do the RIGHT thing. ALL the required laws that you need to deal with this problem are already in place and have been for decades most everywhere.

      Cats listed in THE TOP 100 WORST INVASIVE-SPECIES OF THE WORLD in the “Global Invasive-Species Database”: http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=24&fr=1&sts=sss

      Cats are _NOT_ exempt from invasive-species laws.

      IT IS YOUR CIVIC AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DESTROY ANY INVASIVE-SPECIES WHEN FOUND AWAY FROM SAFE CONFINEMENT AND OUT IN A NON-NATIVE HABITAT. In fact, it is against the law to NOT destroy an invasive-species on-site. Since cats are genetically engineered through selective-breeding and no longer have ANY native habitat ANYWHERE on earth, these laws include cats. This is precisely how they are dealt with on my own land, destroyed by using any and all humane methods. You also CANNOT make any distinction between stray and feral cats. STRAY CATS ARE THE VERY SOURCE OF FERAL CATS. If you don’t destroy the source as well you’ll never be rid of feral cats. They are BOTH the very same destructive, wildlife-destroying, deadly-disease spreading, INVASIVE SPECIES. NEITHER HAS ANY RIGHT TO BE AWAY FROM SUPERVISED CONFINEMENT.

      For an example of how invasive-species laws are properly followed and enforced: It is highly illegal for a person to transport an African Cichlid fish species to just the other side the road if you catch one in the canals of the Everglades when fishing. THEY MUST BE DESTROYED ON-SITE. Yet Cichlids are often kept as pets, that’s how they wrongly got into the canals to begin with. There are hefty fines in place for anyone found transporting these invasive-species alive if caught in the wild. (Interestingly, these Cichlids are FAR FAR LESS damaging to the environment and all other native wildlife than ANY cat.)

      All of this much to the dismay of criminally irresponsible and psychotic cat-lovers who are desperately trying to raise these invasive-species cats to some absurd level of “Community Cats”. If they do that then just raise “Community Pet Piranha” and release them in all your lakes and pools, or “Community Pet Black-Mambas” and release them in all your backyards and parks, then claim the exact same protections for them as cat-advocates want for their invasive-species cats. It’d only be fair! Are you starting to see just how absurd and ludicrous these cat-advocates are yet?

      • Educating the alford

        Be cautious about suggesting that any cats rounded-up from outdoors be used for adoption. There’s no way to know their vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination against it later will do no good. It’s already too late. There’s also no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They really need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It’s the only sane and sensible solution. You’re just risking this following story from happening in every shelter across the land. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/09/23/2631106/rabid-cat-adopted-from-wake-county.html

        Adopting any cat that’s been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette these days.

      • b alford

        Thank you for backing up your post with a reference, however your logic in this case is faulty. 8-12 cats, down from 20-30 a few years ago should not be considered invasive. Especially when several had already been sterilized by the volunteer folks, if they can’t reproduce they can’t be considered invasive. Additionally given the natural habitat if the American Domestic Shorthair I would argue that the park and area in question constitute their native habitat. So numbers declining and native habitat=non invasive.

        Further I would ask for everyone trying to prove a point to stop making ridiculous comparisons to exotic animals on other continents like black mambas, piranhas and cichlids. We have plenty of viable domestic examples that have been or are being successfully dealt with, without effecting the longivity of the species: prarie dogs, feral hogs. The partnership between FW animal control and petsmart has often adopted out so many stray animals that their cages are empty! That’s how you solve a stray problem, education, sterilization and adoption. Destruction should be reserved for those animals that are diseased or so aggressive that they cannot be socialized.

      • Educating the alford

        There are now about 150 million feral-cats just in the USA, and 86 million pet-cats (60 million of which are still allowed to kill all wildlife), this means that the cat-population is already oversaturated for a long time now. There’s only 311 million people in the USA. 2 cats now exist for every 3 people, from infant to senior. All thanks to those who outlawed destroying them in a faster, more efficient, often more-humane, and more cost-effective manner by shooting them. While they also promoted their slow, random-chance, inefficient, and failed trapping programs.

        If you do the research, as I did using data from the most “successful” TNR programs, you’ll easily find that no TNR program has EVER trapped more than 0.4% of existing cats in any one area for over a decade now. (Even Oregon’s amazing 50,000 TNR’ed cats, at the end of this year will have only trapped 0.35% of them in Oregon.) They simply cannot trap them faster than they breed out of control, no matter what they do. And those cats that learn to evade traps go on to produce offspring that now also know how to evade any trapping method used. So not only are >99.6% still and ALWAYS breeding out of control, and spreading their diseases everywhere, and still destroying ALL wildlife (native prey becomes tortured play-toys, native predators starve to death from cats destroying their ONLY food), but TNR fools are also ensuring that any future generations of these devastating invasive-species won’t even be able to be trapped. This is why, due to TNR-Advocates’ insistence that they have “the answer”, that their feral-cat population has now climbed to an ecologically-deadly 150 MILLION feral-cats across the USA. Soon to turn into 1.5 BILLION cats within the year if you apply cats’ breeding rates to previous population numbers. (That’s actually a low low estimate. The real number from calculations spit out by their reproduction rates is closer to 2.4 BILLION.)

      • b alford

        What exactly do feral cats devastate? Rodents. The bubonic plague would have been stopped 10-15 years earlier if the people then had realized that it was carried by rats and not cats. An example of a currently destructive species is feral hogs. They have no natural predators other than man and do 10’s of millions of dollars worth of damage every year, as such they have been given a kill on site designation by TPWD. Feral cats do not have this designation and are protected as are all domesticated animals from imporper destruction. You can’t kill a horse, cow, domestic pig, dog etc. just because you want to. You also can’t kill a deer, even on your own land outside of season or without a hunting permit. Cats in an urban environment have plenty of predators, humans, cars, dogs, coyotes, birds, cars! Moreover it’s illegal to discharge a firearm within city limits, trust me on this, it’s highly unlikely that you have my level of small arms training. So basically all of your solutions are currently in violation of state and city ordinances. Additionally because you won’t post your real name and you insist on attacthing insulting descriptors to the people you disagree with, your argument cannont be taken as anything other than childish and ignorant.

      • Educating the igford

        Cats are actually carriers and spreaders of the plague.

        These are just the diseases they spread to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Flea-borne Typhus and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

        The plague:
        (You may also google for cases were people have already died in the USA from cat to human transmitted plague. Only one URL is allowed per post here or I’d provide you with far more evidence.)

        Now add in the FACT that cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasites are actually meant to infect rodents, because if rodents are infected with it they lose all fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat-urine (increasing the frequency of this parasites’ 2-stage life-cycle), then you have an even bigger plague-vector on your hands. Not only do the fleas on rodents carry the plague to cats, but the cats themselves ATTRACT THOSE RODENTS AND FLEAS RIGHT TO THEM. The cats NOW ALSO BEING CARRIERS AND SPREADERS OF THE PLAGUE THEMSELVES. FLEAS, RATS AND CATS ALL NOW CARRIERS OF THE PLAGUE TO HUMANS.

        If more cats were around in Europe during the plague, it would have been FAR FAR WORSE, NOT BETTER.

        Please go educate your low-life ignorant self. I don’t get paid enough to be your instructor for these bits of the most rudimentary of information that even most grade-school students already know.

        With ignorant people like you in charge of destructive, deadly disease-spreading, native wildlife destroying, invasive species cats — is it any wonder why we now have the immense ecological disaster on our hands that we do today? It should be made illegal for something as ignorant and stupid as you to own ANY pet, even a fish. No doubt you are just as stupid as those who infested the Everglades with African Cichlids as well. You’re just the type that is stupid and foolish enough to do that.

      • b alford

        Wow, so the eight-twelve, (8-12) cats that have had shots, been sterilized and vetted are destroying the park by attracting rodents and fleas? Are you sure the rodents aren’t attracted to the human trash? Are you sure the fleas don’t already live there in the hundreds (100’s) of squirrels, raccoons and possums, not to mention the dogs that stray or get walked in the park? I understand you don’t like cats but you really need to take some remedial math. Texas Parks ad Wildlife, you know, the folks that DO get paid to edumacate me on these things completely disagree with your google driven hypothesis. That is to say that what you write as gospel is possible but doesn’t happen often enough to be a concern.

        Now all we need is for your disrespectful, talk before you think, partially educated brain to publish your actual name and spell mine correctly. If you believe it, own it. However for that to happen you would have to find something to fill that empty sack between your legs to have that kind of integrity.

    • victoria

      i could not agree with you more… one of my cats went missing and we had alot of hawks & coyotes in our area animal control said its possible that they got ahold of my cat but also stated that sadly people are on the top of the list for all possibilities in harming animals!!! i was shocked……. who would do such a thing? my cat never bothered anyone… he was mainly inside every blue moon we would let him out and he hardly ever left our yard he was neutered and all shots up to date.. just dont understand it… later on in my neighborhood a few doors down we saw that our neighbor had some sort of animal trap! not sure if that was just for possums and raccoons but i sure would like to think that it was not for neighborhood cats.. i think the cause is a great cause for these animals not to have been euthanised but there are people out there who just hate animals (esp cats) and will go out of their way to physically harm them just to get rid of them! i am not saying though that it is not possible that a pack of coyotes found them… since we are taking away all natural habitats and creating no place for them to live and eat at they are coming into our neighborhoods and eating our animals… way to go people

  • b alford

    Killing animals like this is often the first step on the road to being a serial killer. FWPD should at least have alook around the park. For anyone who thinks vigilante animal control is a good idea. For cruelty offenses involving the torture, killing, seriously injuring, poisoning, fighting, or tripping of an animal, a state jail felony may be imposed on the first conviction. If a defendant is convicted three times under these harsher penalties, he may be subject to a third degree felony sentence, which translates to imprisonment ranging from 2 to 10 years and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

    • Tony Howard

      You are completely naive. Eliminating feral cats is not going to lead someone to become a serial killer. That is simply ridiculous. Feral cats kill millions of animals every year, including endangered songbirds, and should be treated like any other feral animal…eliminated.

      • b alford

        The fact that an animal is feral has no bearing on the human thought process that can lead to violent crime. This type of individual preys on animals that easily trapped and controlled. The fact that the shelters were removed indicates human involvement. There are three posibilities; 1. a caretaker moved/removed the cats and the shelters and didn’t notify the other volunteers. 2. Animal Control removed them to get the jump on the TNR resolution that is likely to pass soon. 3. Another individual removed them for some other purpose, training fighting dogs, to eliminate them themselves or because they want to otherwise harm them. This third individual, operating outside the law, preying on a more vulnerable type of animal is the one most likely to escalate to a violent criminal.

        Cats eat birds, bords eat worms, we eat everything. It’s the cycle of life. If a songbird gets killed by a act it’s because the cat was hungry and the bird was slow taking flight. By the way, birds are truly feral as they are not considered to be domesticated even when you put them in a cage. So lets stay on topic here we are talking about less than twelve (12) partially socialized cats cared for by humans in a very large park.

    • Victoria

      I think Woodsman clearly misunderstood the point here.. on many farms people torture the animals before killing them for meals they think it’s some sort of game or even a sport…. I DO UNDERSTAND THAT MEAT IS A MEAL… but i also realize that there are other options to eat and protein as well….. we don’t have to live off of it not saying that I don’t agree with people who eat meat i’m just saying let’s not torture our animals that we are about to kill… anyways its disgusting…. and anyone who thinks animals have no voice your voice should be taken from you.

    • Woodsman

      This must be just like all those deeply disturbed serial-killers in the making that are eradicating all those other invasive-species like Kudzu, Purple-Loosestrife, Gypsy Moths, Emerald Ash-Borers, African Cichlids, Burmese Pythons, Brown Tree Snakes, and Eurasian Watermilfoil from their lands and lakes. MANY of which are escaped pets or were released from pets’ habitats (Eurasian Watermilfoil came from pet fish aquariums).

      Or how about all those sickos that run animal-shelters, they’re nothing but a bunch of child-murdering pedophiles because they have to euthanize animals every day. And every farmer and rancher that has to humanely put down an animal with a gun must be molesting and murdering everything in their county. Those damned sickos! And what about all those people in stockyards murdering all those cattle every day for your McBurgers? I bet they’re a hide-out for all the serial-killers that nobody can find! And all those hunters that provide food for their family by hunting, I bet they’re the worst of all!

      I bet you’re onto something!

      Like your needing serious psychological help.

      • b alford

        I hunt occasionally and I have helped my grandad raise cattle, (beefmaster, brangus) I reckognize that true hunters and ranchers are at heart conservationists> No one wants to see another near extinction like the American buffalo. Now seriously how do you compare a dozen cats in a 400 acre public park to be as invasive as say feral hogs?

        FBI Supervisory Special Agent Allen Brantley was quoted as saying “Animal cruelty… is not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual; this is a warning sign…” It should be looked at as exactly that. Its a clear indicator of psychological issues that can and often DO lead to more violent human crimes.

        History is full of high-profile examples of this connection:

        •Patrick Sherrill, who killed 14 coworkers at a post office and then shot himself, had a history of stealing local pets and allowing his own dog to attack and mutilate them.
        •Earl Kenneth Shriner, who raped, stabbed, and mutilated a 7-year-old boy, had been widely known in his neighborhood as the man who put firecrackers in dogs? rectums and strung up cats.
        •Brenda Spencer, who opened fire at a San Diego school, killing two children and injuring nine others, had repeatedly abused cats and dogs, often by setting their tails on fire.
        •Albert DeSalvo, the “Boston Strangler” who killed 13 women, trapped dogs and cats in orange crates and shot arrows through the boxes in his youth.
        •Carroll Edward Cole, executed for five of the 35 murders of which he was accused, said his first act of violence as a child was to strangle a puppy.
        •In 1987, three Missouri high school students were charged with the beating death of a classmate. They had histories of repeated acts of animal mutilation starting several years earlier. One confessed that he had killed so many cats he?d lost count. Two brothers who murdered their parents had previously told classmates that they had decapitated a cat.
        •Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer had impaled dogs? heads, frogs, and cats on sticks.

        Read more: Abuse Connection – The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence | Pet-Abuse.Com Animal Cruelty Database http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/abuse_connection.php#ixzz1k3Xsabm2

      • victoria

        i personally do not “agree” with hunting… lets be serious i do not really like people who hunt all together… but with that being said…. i like how informed you are in all the areas that u just mentioned on animal cruelty and the fact that you realize that it is wrong unlike so many sick individuals in this world… i could have gone without reading all the gruesome facts or history of all the people in this world and what they did to those poor animals… but you cant hide the fact that its the truth… we need to come together and protect gods creatures. human kind is sick i can only imagine what the lord above is thinking about the things that our kind does… it boggles my brain to say the last…. i am the kind of person that thinks what you do to others should be done to you so i can only hope that all the people who continue to participate in any harmful acts against animals or humans & reptiles have the same cruel and unusual sick demented torture happen to them! if the consequences for the actions were higher maybe it would stop them all together in doing it! an eye for an eye…..

      • catlover

        You must be the guy that told me I was “TOO OPEN-MINDED” you are comparing apples to oranges. Dogs are not like cats. If you are mixing up different animal breeds or comparing, we are not on the right subject. As a animal lover I do know something’s that are done for survival and to stop pain. The problem is not all these animals are put down so nicely. Cows are hung on a hook, shocked (this is when they should die), dipped in a pot of hot boiling water (to take the skin off), then cut down the middle. Most cows don’t die when they are supposed; I guess they did not get the memo. Chickens’ are hung on a machine were there necks are broken and follow the same process. This is cruel. The people above are taking about cats or there pets. Anyways you will get your latter; hope you don’t come back as an animal.

    • Nature Advocate

      Animal cruelty is a crime. Like abandoning a pet outdoors to die of disease, becoming road-kill, environmental poisons, exposure, cat or animal attacks, etc. Those who do so are in violation of every animal neglect, animal abandonment, animal cruelty, animal abuse, and animal endangerment law in existence. INCLUDING being in direct violation of every invasive-species law in existence worldwide.

      It is NOT any sort of crime to HUMANELY euthanize an animal by gunshot or drowning; one that is suffering or one that is harming the well-being, health, and safety of others. Routinely done on farms and ranches everywhere to protect livestock and valuable wildlife from harm by cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasites.

      Try to not confuse the two in that little pea-brain of yours.

      • b alford

        Actually drowning is illegal. About 10 years ago a civilian employee at Dallas Naval Air Station was arrested and prosecuted for drowning feral cats. The base commander, a navy captain O-6, personally filed the charges. My buddy spent three days in a field with a nikon to get the proof, also under the orders of the base commander.

      • Victoria

        I think you may have a pea-brain if you think drowning an animal with disease is ok? However I do understand why people euthanize by injection that is painless (if the animal really is sick, and not able to be fixed)… but I just don’t see where you are coming from about the whole drowning thing. That sounds awful….. I believe we have to be the voice for our animals because they do not have one… and I certainly would not want to be in their shoes not having a voice and having to already be suffering from a disease and then suffer more by a slow death of drowning.

      • mel

        These animals were not suffering or harming the well-being, health, or safety of others.

      • SoylentGreen

        What is humane about drowning?

  • Chan

    I heard they opened a new Chinese restaurant just down the street from the park. Sweet and sour chicken anyone?

    • James

      OK, I have a twisted sense of humor like you, but Im also a big cat lover. I hope no one takes your comment seriously.

  • deidre west

    i live in the country and have had several cats come up missing…and small dogs…these animals are coming up missing because of coyotes. cats are a coyotes main meals. (i researched this)…the natural habitats of coyotes, bobcats and other predators such as owls are dwindling. this is called the food chain. yes it’s sad for the pet owners but it’s part of life, sorry to break it to whomever this way…signed, dog and cat lover

    • J.D.

      You must have recently moved to the country, or are just painfully ignorant to country-life. It is mandatory BY LAW to shoot any dog that is seen harassing wildlife. This is why people who care about their dogs keep them under control They KNOW that their dog will be shot, no questions asked, if they let it roam free. This is also why you’ll rarely hear of feral dog-packs in the country. They get shot before that can ever happen. It is also legal to shoot any person’s cat that enters your land due to the Toxoplasma parasites they spread everywhere. This can cause miscarriages, still-births, and birth defects in valuable livestock. The very same things that this parasite can do to the fetus of a pregnant woman will also happen to nearly all other mammals. As well as all the other parasites and worms that cats carry. Of if they manage to tear apart a dying rabid bat for a play-toy and then bring rabies onto your land. Nobody living in the country will tolerate you spreading your diseased cats just so they can watch their livestock, own pets, or family members die.

      You can tell who really cares about their pets in rural areas — because their pets are still alive.

      I guess that counts you out.

      Don’t be so quick to blame local predators either. During an extensive wildlife-restoration project I discovered that wildlife will not go near ANY cat that has bold patterns that have been bred into their coats. Wildlife perceives this as any unknown animal having dangerous toxic or olfactory defense mechanisms. Bold patterns being a universal symbol of this throughout nature. This is why you will read reports online of how their “brave Mr. Fluffy” scared away that coyote from their yard. The non-existent bravado of that cat had nothing to do with it. The coyote became fearful of the cat’s coat-pattern. Nothing more.

      Your neighbors taking out those strays from a criminally-irresponsible pet-owner is the more likely cause of their disappearance. Believe it — or not. It doesn’t matter, you won’t learn your lesson anyway no matter how many of your pets disappear.

      • catlover

        Toxoplasma parasites, does what you say, but that’s only if the pregnant lady cleans or disturbs the litter box. As humans we carry deadly bacteria, cancers, and many other types of things that can kill us and others. You going to shoot me to protect your livestock. Your dog probably is carrying a million different bacteria’s and is rubbing on your knee right now. Lol You crazy honk tonk rural people should be educated that there is more to life to your life stock. I bet you can’t tell your herds and animals apart unless you put your mark on them. I know you have been programmed and maybe this is how you were raised to believe how things work; like many other people. This is wrong we need to start treating our animals with respect; all of them. I rescued a spider yesterday from being squashed; I feel good. Please try to think out of the box, of what you we taught. I hated cats, I was like you, but one day it changed. These days I try more foods, I spoke in front of a crowd. I still have ideas in my head how things (I think should be) and how things are supposed to be to be good to all. I also occasionally open my mouth and say stupid things and then think to myself, oops. You don’t have to love them find ways to work around them. They will always be around! more will move in to the territory once you either called the humane society to remove them or you shot them.

      • J.D.

        catlover, are you enjoying your immense bliss of self-inflicted ignorance within which you wallow all your life?

        This cat-parasite’s (T. gondii) oocysts can survive in any soils for over a year at temps down to -10. They even survive someone washing their garden vegetables or hands in bleach, from having contracted it from the oocysts in your yard or garden that a defecating cat left there last year. Run-off along coastal regions that contains these oocysts are even killing off rare otter, seal, dolphin, and other marine mammal populations. People who contract this brain parasite (now linked to autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers) from eating meats get it from cats that roam around stockyards and farms. An herbivore cannot contract this parasite in any other manner than from the oocysts spread in cat-feces.

        Go ahead, spread more misinformation and bald-faced lies so you can drown in your own ignorance. Then people wonder why we have a 150 MILLION feral-cat ecological disaster with the intellect and criminally irresponsible behavior of people like you in control of an invasive-species for a pet.

        As far as you not liking cats before, and liking them now, perhaps you should google for an interesting article titled “Crazy Cat Love: Caused By Parasitic Infection?” You display all the symptoms. You’re most likely obeying cats’ parasites in your brain now. This parasite truly does hijack the brain of any animal it infests. (Most often rodents, making them unafraid of cats and attracted to cat-urine.) You can no longer think and reason like a human, ignoring all logic and common-sense. Your thoughts demoted to that of protozoan awareness, where only its base biochemical survival matters, without concern nor regard for anything else in its environment. (Sounds just like every cat-lover, doesn’t it.)

      • CATLOVER

        hey JD i think if you every quite your day job you can become a rapper! lol
        i have never heard of this massive attack on humans from cats feces; most be because i am brain infected/ lol you people are so funny. i mean you JD you are so funny. lol you want to know another name i was called at the meetings that code compliance had :TOO OPEN MINDED”. lol i think he ended up complemeting me then insulting me. if what you said was true the media has been ignoring this important information. lol nothing in this world is perfect we all have diffrent preseptions on how thigs should be handeled. thats what makes us all speacial. what i think we should have the same is the way we treat animals and nature. there is no person that things alike you may disagree with me on tjis subject, but you may see that on another subjest i am your supporter. i dont hate you i dont like you, but what i know is that i want no animals hurt and if you can send me some proof from a person who is not a cat hatter and has research paper that proves your opinon “get outta here”! bye JD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • deidre west

      i personally witnessed an owl going after my dog at night..just sayin

  • Kris

    I live close to the downtown area..Monticello street area..come check there. The amount of stray cats has tripled in a matter of days.

  • renee

    Go look in the Asian supermarkets they selll packages of cat hocks,thats where you will find the missing cats!

    • catlover

      thats not nice, you can still put your point out and not be mean. please thing about your comment before posting. hope your not a christian or any race. god loves all his creatures and forgives you for your sins.

  • Amanda Randall

    i like the idea of trapping and getting them fixed and releasing them it will cut down on the rodent population

  • khakilu

    I’d check out PETA…they love to brag about how much they care for animals but in reality they hate them…they don’t hesitate to euthanize them if they think they can get away with it…

  • Sue Wilkie

    I was one of the feeders in Trinity Park until a few years back. All of us loved the cats as if they were our own and m ost of them had names. I personally took two of them to the Vet because they were so sick and paid the whole bill totalling about $450.00. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I also raised a litter of baby kittens that someone dumped there in a box. There were six of them and all of them survived and are beautiful now have good homes.

    If someone did harm them, that individual should be cut up in little pieces and fed to the dogs!

    Unless an animal poses a real threat to you or your family, LET THEM LIVE IN PEACE!!

    • catlover

      i used to pass by and change there water and chase the racons away.
      i remeber the old couple that would come and feed them and touch the older cats. i remember the guy in the red truck also. the mother and daughter team and the lady who had the yellow hair who feed at the stock yards. may the kitties rest and peace. i will countinue to TNR and i will countinue the legacy and help others who can not fix there pets.

      idk if we evr met or if you met my family9

    • J.D.

      This just goes to prove again what I’ve suspected all along … the Toxoplasma gondii parasites in cat-lovers brains won’t let them think nor reason beyond wanting to ensure the proliferation of more T. gondii parasites throughout the whole food-chain and into more humans, by spreading their genetically-engineered, nature-destroying, INVASIVE-SPECIES cats even further. Even if they have to harm or murder humans that stand in their way. They are being controlled against all common-sense and reason by the cats’ parasites that have taken over their minds.

      Get tested for T. gondii if you are defending these invasive-species cats’ lives. You’re most likely obeying cats’ parasites in your brain now. You can no longer think nor reason like a human anymore, ignoring all logic and common-sense. Your thoughts demoted to that of parasitic protozoan awareness, where only its base biochemical survival matters, without concern nor regard for anything else in its environment. (Sounds just like every cat-lover, doesn’t it.) Though either way, even if you are not infected by this cat-parasite and still feel that it’s better to harm a human than a cat, seek professional help before you act on these blatantly clear psychopathic and sociopathic thoughts and values of yours.

      • Pablo

        Funny, I don’t own cats… I own dogs… and if I had to chose between an animal or a human being, I would chose an animal any day. Humans are rude, pretentious and vain. My dog loves me no matter what I look like, how much money I make and never argues with me. Animals, including felines have been around longer than human beings… to call them invasive and “nature destroying” is calling the kettle black.Human beings are the most invasive and destructive creature on this planet.

      • VICTORIA


      • CATLOVER

        I wonder what you have, but I am not her to insult anybody. Like mentioned before we all have the right to an opinion. With that said “STICKS AND STONES WILL BREAK MY BONES, BUT WORDS CAN NEVER HURT ME’ I am a mother with a small child that is allowed to say that. I can image tons of kitties coming to me. What sadness, I only have two hands. I want you to do me a favor read what you have written, maybe you will see that some words do hurt and offend and that we all have opinions and just like you have the right to post them. I can say a lot of nasty things, but you know I will not. As I get older I am starting to understand why my mom drove the speed limits, why I shouldn’t drive and talk. Back in the days I didn’t care. I had to be exposed and put in a position were that could be seen. How do you put people in positions were they can see things in a different way. I didn’t even know I was being put in a position, it just happens. Now I drive the limit and don’t text. And I’m getting back pain from a guy who was to happy on his phone and hit me when I was pregnant. Ouch, let us learn together how we can solve this problem. You can’t get ride of the invasive animals there will be survivors and more will come, but you can reduce numbers and keep an eye on them. LET’S WORK TOGETHER FOR A BETTER TOMORROW”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This goes to everybody not just JD

  • Matthew Baca

    I am also noticing that the 10-12 cats that are in my neighborhood are gone. I don’t understand it. I think that maybe some one is catching them and either selling them to our local vietmanese/chinese/japanese restaraunts. The thought of that makes me feel sick. But this isnt normal for all of them to just not be around.

    If we want to find them, I think we should start with looking into the restuarants around the area.

  • John Lonsford

    Want an answer? Coyotes and people, check the asian buffet’s…..gimme my money

  • drew liedtke

    I’ve been a regular at Trinity Park for the past 4 years; it’s where I bike and walk my dogs. I started noticing a decline in those feral cats last year…even found a dead one.

    Late last year, December I think, I was driving out of the park to go home, right where the cats hang out waiting for the volunteers to feed them. And out pops a mountain lion darting across the street right in front of my car. I drove around looking for it, but never saw it again to this day. Whether or not it’s a mountain lion taking them, I don’t know, but there have been sitings further north around Denton too.

    • Meliss

      I had a similar encounter with a “mountain lion” in McKinney and no one believes me. I was driving to work at 4 in the morning and I saw some glowing eyes from the side of the road. I slowed down because I didn’t want to hit an animal with my car. The cat slowly strut across the road and into a corn field. Everyone said it was a dog, but I have never seen a dog with a tail as long as his and I never seen a dog walk like a cat before.
      Rabbits used to be plentiful in my neighborhood, their population declined rapidly.
      I am the cause of the missing cats is an animal predator, and not some psycho, control freak, individual who takes pleasure in hurting things smaller than them.

  • jonathan

    i hope they do pass it where cats get trapped and fixed then sent back to where they where taken from. On the block the cats keep mice out of sheds and the cats living under the sheds is a good home…No animal will remove the shelters other then a human..
    I have seen fox’s and possums eat 5 feet from cats and they dont bother each other when there is food out each night… so i dont think any coyotes would bother the cats if theres food out for the cats to eat…

    for the folks who look out for them and feed them.. i only got 1 thing to say.. keep up the good work….

    and no i dont have any little parrasite in my head to tell me to love cats, its just i would rather have a cat in my yard then a mouce or a rat JD….

  • Really

    J.D. sorry to hear you contacted Toxoplasma gondii parasites and your brain has had a complete melt down. Or was it mad cow disease which was created by mankind trying to save a buck? As far as your fears go, you had better never eat, drink or breath air again because every bit of it has been polluted by mankind, more so than any animal. An straight out of the mouth of an old rancher came the warning to never eat beef due to all the shots and things they use these days. Remember how they modified chicken breasts before they realized the side effects doing it would cause to human or animal consumers, jury still out on corn?

    As far as all the still births/etc. in the country it has happened long before any cats in large amounts roamed the area, so I think you are highly off based. Back then it wasn’t just a few either. I totally agree things stay in the soil for long periods, take anthrax as an example. Guess you didn’t hear of people building their homes and becoming sick only to find out some land owner long ago let they bury a lot of toxic barrels on the place. Depending on how long you have been on your place you also need to realize tons of changed oil was dumped by ranchers and farmers through the years changing their tractor & truck oil thinking it didn’t harm anything either.

    As for hunting it is no longer safe either thanks to mankind’s pollution. After all, we are all animals that have lives that totally depend on what we eat, drink, breath and once tainted it does not go away after being dressed out, cooked and put on a table. The most toxic animal of all is man-kind and that is what has done the most damage on this earth.

    By the way did you keep all your animals inside while Japans nuclear fallout drifted over us so you would not be consuming radiation via the food chain? Remember all the above ground testing done in the US and all other Nations, that is also in your soil and some of it has a lot longer shelf life than Toxoplasma gondii. Don’t forget the wildfires that burned and put a lot of chemicals in the air and also in your beef consumed or sold to make a profit. If we get sand from Arabs, you bet we get China’s pollution also. So there are a lot of factors out there which are just as big if not a bigger problem than Toxoplasma gondii, but don’t fear them or you might just have to hide 6 feet under to get away from it.

  • kelly

    my cats and the strays around Hockley, Texas have been vanishing as well. there is no traces of their disappearance. Despite putting collars on them with tags and spaying and neutering them has done nothing to protect them as well. I dont believe cats travel in packs either. They are pretty independent animals. They usually are loaners. I know personally of 6 cats now that have vanished from June of 2010-to January 15th, 2012 and its been a heartbreaking experience. I have been obsessively wondering and asking myself why.My neighbors have been experiencing same issues.

    • Victoria

      I can only imagine that they are disappearing from the idiots on this forum that think it is ok to shoot and drown animals because they cause “deadly infection” funny I am an adult an have had numerous cats and im alive and in great health!!!!!

  • Dan Tanna

    It is simply amazing to me that people can not live and llet live to a group of cats who were spayed, fed and taken care of by volunteers. Karma is a booger.

  • susan

    the texas parks and wildlife department is responsible for studying, caring for, and “culling” animal groups that have become dangerous or too prolific in the state..this department has biologists who travel throughout the state ,photograph and make reports on wild or feral animal activity..the only animal i know of that has been considered a real danger because of propagation is the feral hog, which now can be hunted legally..deer hunting is controlled, and the parks and wildlife people check any problems with other types of creatures..to my knowledge (and i have relatives who work for parks and wildlife)cats are not among the species they worry about! ..cases of rabies (if any) are always reported to the health department and to anyone dealing with animals in the area where it was found..feeding, neutering and caring for feral cats is made to sound like some dangerous life threatening activity by some of these bloggers..it is not..to be educated and to care about animals is really important ,because we are not the only living creatures on this planet….

  • catlover

    so what happen did we all forget about the pretty kitties.
    meeting feb1

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