Hawaii's Feral Cat War



Yet another (cat)strophe is coming to head in Hawaii. There are too many feral cats roaming what’s considered the ‘extinction capital of the U.S’. But animal advocates can’t agree on how to control the outdoor cat population. Many conservationists insist on an unpopular but necessary solution: removing cats from the landscape. But that gets controversial when it involves America’s second favorite pet.

Note: Kauai Humane Society does not practice TNR.

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33 comments

  1. It comes down to people of reason & logic versus people who are obsessed & overly emotionally attached to cats…

  2. 5:02 Saving the cats from a hard life of fleas and ticks and worms etc? That's literally nature. By that back-assward logic the cats are saving birds from a life of whatever normal diseases birds get out in the wild too.

  3. I love cats.
    Cant my life imagine without one.
    but.
    BUT!
    Free roaming Cats are a danger to all small animals out there. If there are people out there who dont want to see it, they are in denial.
    Even my 15 years old, well (over)fed und lazy af Tom killed three small birds on my fenced in balkony!
    There is a sad history of feral cats wrecking havoc to local wildlife, especially if its in a endemic, sensible ecosystem like Hawai'i and other islands.
    If you have to let your cat out, for example on a farm for pest control (in the right enviroment!), please, PLEASE get it at least neutered. Uneutered pets are a big source for the growing cat colonys and are making the TNR work of the Colony caretakers to naught before it even can start to show some impact.
    It means to protecting wildlife and the cats, because feral cats are in fact suffering.
    Neuter the pet cats, dont let them out if they are dangerous to your local wildlife/ ecosystem, help the TNR programs, but if its an acute problem like in Hawai'i… it hurts, it hurts me badly, but I can understand the need to reduce the feral cat population.
    I believe there isnt only one solution, but the combination of many

  4. Lol even my cat that is well fed and never go outside they still hunt geckos inside my home for no reason

  5. The nosy probation gradually cure because sweatshop previously preach plus a organic square. faithful, flat science

  6. Maybe if hawaii didn't protect cats and chickens 🤣 yall so soft even to invasive species I bet if you make it open season the cats won't be a thing there anymore

  7. As a big island resident born and raised I completely agree with euthanizing these feral cats. I have a cat and he's a fucking menace to birds and lizards. He's a freakin house cat killing these poor creatures for fun! Thank you to everyone trying to save our natives!

  8. these "cat advocates" should be fined up the Ass and jailed under the HRS if they keep feeding those disgusting things that keep populating and plaguing the islands.

  9. So those cats just live wild in the mountains? With no one to feed or take care of them? That's inhumane for both the wildlife AND the cats. They don't do well when left to fend for themselves in the wild like that. Awful.

  10. Spay, or neuter all pet owners who allow their pets to roam outside and/or mate indiscriminately and we will solve more than one problem.

  11. This sounds like a pretty easy situation to fix in my opinion – without having to resort to inhumane killing of cats. We're talking about a small island with a fixed amount of cats. If they were ALL TNR'd, within 8 years (the average lifespan of feral cats), spotting a feral cat would become a rarity. Does Hawaii have strict spay/neuter laws for their people who own cats? If not, there should be. For any existing cat colony, they can be fenced in and contained in specific areas.

  12. That's what we need: to waste more helicopter fuel to address a problem that isn't a real problem at all compared to climate change. Maybe humans are the real plague.

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