Who’s Poisoning Cats in My Neighborhood?

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2008/02/sign-thumb.jpg These signs started showing up in my neighborhood, centered around Curson and 8th, a few days ago. They read: “This neighborhood is being watched. Maliciously neglecting, harming, killing or poisoning an animal can be charged as a felony and may carry a penalty of one year or more in state prison and/or a $20,000 fine. California Penal Code Section 597a.”

I called the number listed to find out what happened, and was told that six feral cats had been being fed morning and night by a neighbor. Recently, a man who lives nearby threatened to kill them. Now only one cat remains, and some sources are claiming that the rest have been poisoned. Rumor is that the dosage was low enough to result in long and painful deaths. The Stray Cat Alliance sent the signs out, and anyone with information is urged to come forward.

However you feel about feral cats, poisoning them is not the answer.

18 Replies to “Who’s Poisoning Cats in My Neighborhood?”

  1. Yikes. We had a rash of kitty poisonings on my street a while back. We had a whack job neighbor who would go postal when a cat was in her yard. (She was often seen tossing cat poo at the house she suspected the cat came from). Very insane.

    One neighbor had her cat autopsied and found the poison used was one only a vet could get. Connecting dots and not casty aspersions but the poo tosser was a vet. Not saying…

    Is it possible that the cats ate a rat that was poisoned? Or got into rat poison left out for rats? Sad as it is, there is a remote possibility they were accidently poisoned during the course of someone trying to get another pest.

    If it is proven otherwise…share the results please.

  2. “Getting rid of cats” never gets rid of the cats. Poisoning might kill the ones who are there, but other cats will come into the area? Why? It’s because those cats showed up BEFORE someone started putting food out. No matter how much you starve, poison or relocate, you’re not getting to the root of the problem, so you’re not solving bupkis.

    What is the root of the problem? SPAY AND EFFING NEUTER! So, before you yell at someone for leaving food out for a cat, try yelling at your neighbor who lets their pet breed.

  3. “Clearly the answer to the feral cat problem is a well regulated cat hunt.”

    Ah, the genius! The sage insight! The intriguing philosophy! The enlightenment! Oh, if only world leaders could be so quick to cut to the chase! We could get rid of anything unwanted just by hunting it down! Problems with homeless? Homeless hunt! Problems with noisy neighbors? Noisy neighbor hunt! Too many unwanted children? Unwanted children hunt! (This may be blowing an opportunity for cheap labor, but hey, who am I to stand in the way of such EFFING clear and concise and compassionate community planning? Don’t you see?! It could be great!)

  4. 5000!:
    well done!
    the ferals and domesticated alike seem to be drawn to my tiny reclaimed parking lot garden.
    i’ve – so far – caught, spayed and placed two female ferals (w/the loan of necessary equipment and advice from brewery’s resident expert on the cause).
    FixNation, Inc., who have a location right at the shelter on ave 26, will “fix”, innoculate and flea treat any feral cat brought to their facility in a “have-a-heart” trap.
    they’re great folks and the vet who performs the procedures is top-notch.

  5. ps – fix nation does all of that for FREE if the aforementioned conditions are met and schedule allows.

  6. ps – fix nation does all of that for FREE if the aforementioned conditions are met and schedule allows.
    (call first, 818 524 2287, preferably early am drop off and you need to pick up the cat before they close that day).
    they’ll even transfer the cat to a pet carrier (that you provide) for easier transport to that new home. protected, 24 hour recovery (that you will provide) from the anesthesia is part of the process also.

  7. I love cats, but the feral cats in our Hollywood neighborhood are out of control thanks largely in part to the self-identified “Cat Man” who drives his beat-up Volvo from neighborhood to neighborhood to feed them WET cat food.

    The urine and crap all over the yards is one thing, but the food attracts mice and roaches, and the flea problem is serious.

    Of course Vector Control can’t even do anything due to the crazy cat-people.

  8. Frazgo, I actually did get that you were being sarcastic, though admittedly it was on the second reading. I was just too lazy to revamp my post with contextual clues to indicate that I knew that you were.

    Meow Mix – Do you usually follow up your declarations of love by whining about how you can’t exterminate or starve the objects of your affection?
    Of course, your personal life is your own, so no need to respond.

  9. I have to comment on this post because I have the same problem in my neighborhood in Long Beach. Because of one guy and his 3 unaltered cats, there are feral cats everydamnwhere! When I still had gainful employment (vs. just barely making it), I trapped, spayed and neutered at least 16 stray and feral cats in this neighborhood. I found adoptive homes for at least 12 cats. I tried talking to the neighbor with the intact cats, and he would just lie to me and say his cats “don’t get pregnant, they’re all fixed.” (right as one of the so-called fixed ones, waddled across the street behind him, ready to give birth. I captured her and got her fixed, too.) A woman across the street, started feeding one of the litters that the same jerk was responsible for, and although I offered to help her, she procrastinated and didn’t do anything and now the cats are of sexual maturity, and fighting and spraying all over the place. She called me in a panic the other night, and now isn’t speaking to me, because I didn’t gather up all her problem cats and take them to the pound. My whole point is, in order to reduce the feral cat population problem, it takes having some personal responsibility and spaying/neutering your animals. For those that don’t, people need to step up to the plate and do something about it- besides bitching and complaining or poisoning these poor animals.

  10. I really enjoyed reading the above comments. I have been feeding the strays in my mobile home park for over a year now. I was under the “Stray
    cat Alliance” program. But, some did manage to escape the traps. My problem is I belive someone in the park here is poisoning, hurting by broken bones. One was found dead with no apparent reason and his brother now has a broken forearm with lacerations. I’m not sure what to do next. Will the police help? Anyone have some good advice? Thanks.

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