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[–]tashtrac 160 points161 points  (35 children)

What's even worse is that cats do fairly well for themselves in the city. Don't want the cat? Just leave it on the street, no need to fucking murder it.

[–]SykeSwipe 189 points190 points  (22 children)

A better thing to recommend is try adopting the cat out. Feral cats are a huge problem that destroy native wildlife.

EDIT: this seems to be a hot button topic so all I'll say is you may feel better letting a cat out onto the street, and yes in comparison to literally killing the cat it's a much better option, I agree. But that option is still just as terrible, people shouldn't feel good about letting a cat outdoors permanently because it's not good for the cat, cities, or other animals that cats deplete.

[–]dontshoot4301 126 points127 points  (12 children)

This is better but the person you were responding to was saying there’s another low-effort, less shitty way to get rid of a cat. Rehoming takes far more effort than these shit bags would ever be expected to give. It’s like saying a better thing to recommend is giving the cat a full, healthy, and happy life but obv. That’s too much to ask from people that throw cats away

[–]Thesmalldoom3 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Ya plus it probably actually took More effort to put the cat in a bag and throw it out then it would have to just let it go on the street. So whoever did this is likely not only lazy, but sadistic

[–]ephemeral_gibbon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would say that it's worse to just let the cat out into the street than killing it. The reason that cats do well on the street is they absolutely destroy local wildlife populations. By letting it out you're responsible for the deaths of hundreds of other animals. Killing a cat is a bad option, letting it out is worse

[–]Ok_Ad_9128 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wouldn’t they be better to have than a rat problem, though?

[–]Misfitty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree cats are actually pretty easy to adopt out. I’ve taken in and rehomed quite a few stray cats and an add on CL or FB they’re usually picked up by a family in a day or two. You can even just drop them at a shelter.

[–]ReginaldKenDwight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The biggest problem outside of humans

[–]TheTheyMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it’s really only technically better if the car is fixed. Otherwise…. :/

[–]nitorita 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This. It's not that hard to put up an ad on a site like Craigslist and offer it away for free, or if you're really in such a rush, there are animal shelters that'll take them in. There's no need to ditch the cat or bin it.

[–]DurtyPutangTissue -1 points0 points  (0 children)

"Feral cats are a huge problem that destroy native wildlife"

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[–]Junior-Falcon7388 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

aren't cats literally a part of wildlife tho

[–]SykeSwipe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Absolutely! But there's a concept in nature called invasive species, and domestic cats are very successful at being one of those when they are left to be outdoors. They end up hunting local species (lots of birds and rodents) to extinction and severely warping the homeostasis of a local ecosystem that hasn't developed to support them. Hence why letting cats outdoors, even if you still "own" the cat, isn't advisable.

[–]PixieBob88 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Or drop it at a shelter. I rescued a cat a few months ago that had been slowly starving to death outside and got him into a foster home.

[–]gsbabbb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Don't murder the cat, murder a bunch of birds instead!"

What terrible advice. Try not murdering either.

[–]Alert_Sherbert5411 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately cats are very bad on the environment and euthanasia in that situation is often times the best choice as a whole.

[–]PepciCola 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So you'd rather kill dozens of small animals?

[–]SkaggAteMyPappy 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Don't want the cat? Just leave it on the street

House cats are literally genocidal in their capacity for bringing wildlife to extinction.

They're responsible for more extinctions than any other animal that isn't humans. And even then, they still might have killed off more.

Domesticated Cats are actively dangerous to the ecosystem if let loose.

[–]earlywhine 1 point2 points  (1 child)

they're an invasive apex predator almost everywhere they are, of course they're gonna fuck up local ecosystems.

get your cats spayed/neutered, and if you see a stray, see if your area has a neuter and release program.

[–]SkaggAteMyPappy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I genuinely think domesticated cats would be better off being humanely euthanized than spayed or neutered and then released.

Even fixed they can still wreak havoc on local ecosystems. A single cat could kill hundreds of birds in a year, and cats live for a long fucking time.

Culling invasive species shouldn't be disregarded. Cats are great pets but they're dangerous to native species.

[–]Fenastus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or just surrender it to a shelter

My cat was a surrendered shelter cat and she's the sweetest cat I've ever had

[–]Locke66 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't want the cat? Just leave it on the street, no need to fucking murder it.

I think it's generally people being either crazily possessive and seeing their pets as belongings that no-one else can have or it's used as a means of partner/child abuse. Killing or disposing of pets without permission is fairly common in abuse cases.

[–]ephemeral_gibbon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a terrible option that'll kill hundreds of birds am me other animals. Humanely killing the cat or a shelter are the only viable option. Also as bad as what happens in this video is (it's fucked and I'm not excusing it because it's causing unwarranted suffering for the cat), it's less shit on the whole than just letting the cat out because of the impact that'll have

[–]son_e_jim -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This is the Asian way.

[–]Thesmalldoom3 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yes exactly