The New Yorker article by Jonathan Franzen on community cats

The New Yorker article by Jonathan Franzen on community cats contains distortions and factual errors. Here are a few of the worst:

“Recently I found a squirrel with its limbs torn off and guts hanging out in my back yard.”
This must have been an extremely small squirrel and/or an extremely large cat. I’ve seen many squirrels in areas where community cats are cared for. I’ve never noticed a cat hunting or expressing any interest in a squirrel. I have observed shredded squirrel parts out in the open under a place where a hawk could roost.

“A more widespread threat is toxoplasmosis, which is caused by a parasite that cannot reproduce without cats, ….”
Toxoplasma gondii reproduces asexually in any warm blooded animal. Infection in people is generally due to the consumption of undercooked meat.

“In the past fifty years, their [birds] base population has fallen by thirty per cent, from an estimated ten billion in 1970….The greatest of these threats are … a non-native predatory species, cats.”
Cats have been here since the time of the Pilgrims. The collapse in the number of birds has happened over the course of some decades. This is in step with the acceleration of climate change. The insects and other small arthropods that many birds eat and/or feed their young are also disappearing. Rats and mice are a problem in cities. In the suburbs and rural areas deer mice that carry the ticks spreading Lyme Disease are widespread. The cats are not bothering the rodents, but they are exterminating birds? Really? There are less and less birds all over the world. Cats are a global threat? Really?

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A body of junk science has compiled “facts” that are not true fermented by interpretations that are skewed. (This is so obvious one has to wonder if the the supposed researchers are actually intentional propagandists, twisting reality to support some preconceived notion? Or is their cognitive processing burdened by a Freudian complex? Cats as a symbol of freedom activating repressed material?)

Then along can come Jonathan Franzen to slice and dice the supposedly scientific garbage and serve it up with a sauce of his own tunnel vision observations. A “cheerful plenitude” of malarkey indeed. And by the way — are The New Yorker editors inept? Or was Franzen’s copy believed to be in the same league as Shakespeare’s and so immune from red ink?

Dan Werner and his baseless accusations against Metro Cat Rescue.

Dan Werner has been harassing me Online since 2019. He has also been hurting others. Dan Werner has been similarly attacking an African - American woman in San Diego who runs a race relations organization.

Dan Werner has been waging an Online campaign of vilification against me, Jersey City Free Books and Metro Cat Rescue. I never heard of him until he started posting reviews with false accusations.

Dan Werner has never met me, has never been to Jersey City Free Books and has had no interaction with Metro Cat Rescue.

The ridiculous reason for Dan Werner’s rage against me is the policy of Jersey City Free Books — a resource for students and serious readers — of discouraging the donation of Mysteries, Thrillers, Romances, Self Help and Celebrity Biography.

Dan Werner posted on Facebook asking people to send rumors about me. It might be that someone has sent him lies and they and Dan Werner think that that can be spread with impunity. Dan Werner is not a reporter and sending him lies is not acting as a confidential source. I will warn anyone feeding Dan Werner falsehoods to remember he can be ordered by a court to reveal your name.

Not only am I not supporting myself by Metro Cat Rescue, I’ve all but gone into bankruptcy from caring for the cats. I’ve sustained a poor diet for myself so that the cats could eat well. I was frequently bed ridden with pain from years of poor nutrition until a relative sent me a couple of bottles of vitamins. I was wearing shoes that were falling apart until the same relative sent me a new pair. A great friend to Metro Cat Rescue was buying a new SUV. Their original vehicle with many miles had virtually no trade in value. They gave that old Lexus to us. I had a relatively new, low mileage Honda Civic. I sold that to pay bills. Unfortunately, the SUV does not fit in the garage, so now there’s monthly $200 parking, yet another bill that has to be paid. During Tropical Storm Ida, I was on the road because a cat needed emergency surgery. A side view mirror was damaged when a splash hit the car after encountering flood water at 40 miles an hour. I’ve not had the money to get that mirror fixed. The accusation of profiting from helping cats is not just a lie, but a bizarre, vicious, and obvious lie.

Dan Werner had also texted me suggesting that I seek out a therapist. He’s posted suggestions of mental illness concerning me.

Unwilling or unable to do anything positive himself, the vandal defaces what others have built. Dan Werner has been harassing me Online since 2019. He has also been hurting others. Dan Werner has been similarly attacking an African – American woman in San Diego who runs a race relations organization.

“… when Mr. Dan Werner came into our metaphorical living room, much like last year, lobbing perjoratives (sic) and threats, just like last year, attempting to pipe bomb the windows and smear feces on the wall.”
https://www.facebook.com/laceonrace/videos/709231737099211

Lace on Race in a Facebook post discusses Dan Werner's Attacks.

Birds are disappearing because of cats?

The “research” showing that cats are responsible for the collapse of bird populations is of the obviously lame-brained sort. Cats have been in North America since the time of the Pilgrims. Birds have begun to disappear in the last few decades — in step with climate change.

Since deer mice are a link in the transmission of Lyme Disease, why is that a growing problem? Why are the mobs of cats out there exterminating song birds not wiping out the deer mice?

The loss of birds is probably due to insects also becoming few — the food for many birds and the nestlings of many of those that eat seeds as adults. (With the rule proving exception of the Lanternfly.) 50 – 60 years ago, at night in the summer there’d be galaxies of gnats and moths around any outdoor light. Look now. It’s a surprise to see any.

And on the topic of the research being nonsense, the problem isn’t that migratory birds from the wilds of Canada and the jungles of Central America are being exterminated by cats in the US suburbs. The birds are gone. They aren’t coming here. Feral cats swarming in the wild places of Canada and Central America are killing of the birds there?

There very likely are less cats in the US now because of coyotes. Migratory birds are disappearing in the northern and southern wilderness. And that’s because of cats in the US? And this is at a time of climate catastrophe. And that has nothing to do with the disappearing birds? And the insects that birds eat are gone, too. Are cats to blame? The urban areas were teaming with Starlings in the same neighborhoods with feral cats. That was so for a century or so, but now there are less Starlings.

Contrasted with community cats in urban settings — the first line of defense against rodents and disease — cats should not be allowed to roam in rural areas or sensitive environments. Pet cats should be kept inside. Cats should be relocated from places where endangered species live. That cared for colonies of city cats are a problem for native birds is nonsense. Especially considering the slaughter of the innocents caused by widows on office buildings.

There are the supposed authorities claiming a cat population explosion. How was this determined? An army of feline census takers checked every nook and cranny in the wilds of the US? The pet cat population has increased many times over. Very likely the same for urban community cats. The cats eaten by coyotes in rural areas certainly aren’t adding to any increase in the numbers of cats. I have not often gone out to the country, but in FLA i did hear about lots of feral pigs. Nobody said anything about swarms of cats. Driving on the roads between FLA, TX and NJ, I saw lots of dead armadillos, raccoons and
oppossums, and a coyote, but no cats.

Science sadly is shot through with hucksters hustling for the next grant. Before I trust any census of cats in the deep woods, I’d like an explanation of where Omicron came from. The most studied thing on the planet— and well funded— and everyone is clueless.

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Audio Communication 04/21/18 — Concerning the New York Times article New York Mice Are Crawling With Dangerous Bacteria and Viruses

mouse in glue trap
Glue traps are a cruel and horrible way to kill mice. The removal of the dead mouse is an additional health risk. Here, some irresponsible person simply tossed the trap to the curb, creating a hazard for children, wildlife and outdoor cats.


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Metro Cat Rescue reply to New York Times article New York Mice Are Crawling With Dangerous Bacteria and Viruses statement that “Cats have their own viruses.”

New York Mice Are Crawling With Dangerous Bacteria and Viruses
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/science/urban-mice-viruses-bacteria.html

New York City House Mice (Mus musculus) as Potential Reservoirs for Pathogenic Bacteria and Antimicrobial Resistance Determinants
http://mbio.asm.org/content/9/2/e00624-18

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Should everybody get a cat? “Cats have their own viruses,” Dr. Calisher noted.

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Email to Dr. Calisher:

This seems to imply that cats pose a significant risk of zoonotic viruses. Was that what you meant? What viruses in cats pose a danger? What research supports this?

The one virus listed here
https://www2.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/zoonotic-disease-what-can-i-catch-my-cat
is rabies. For a cat kept indoors, the risk of rabies should be nearly nil. And for those immunized, the probability of even outdoor cats catching rabies is very low. Around 250 cats in the US are reported to be infected each year. At a quick look, it does not seem that any transmitted the virus to people.
https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/location/usa/surveillance/human_rabies.html

Cats can catch influenza. I’m not aware that felines are a significant factor in the spread of the disease or as a vehicle for recombination — a “mixing vessel” like pigs. Compared to migrating birds and the worldwide poultry industry, flu in cats seems to be more of a curiosity than a concern. If there is research that shows otherwise, I’d very much like to know about it.

Because of Toxoplasma gondii, there continues to be a witch hunt against cats. No matter that with anything resembling sanitation there basically is no risk. No matter that most human infection with the parasite is due to the consumption of under-cooked meat and/or contaminated and unwashed raw vegetables. It would be a tragedy if that instead of seeing cats as the first line of defense against rodent disease — a war that’s raged since the Pharaohs — people began to imagine a feline enemy within.

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Dr. Calisher’s reply:

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Anyway, the “Cats have their own viruses” statement looks like something I probably said but it seems out of place, maybe misleading, in the article.

In case you are interested, I had a cat once. It was our neighbors’. They weren’t crazy about it but they treated it very well. The cat, however, loved our dog and would spend the days I our house with the dog while we were gone; it entered using a doggie door, not meant to be a cattie door. I’m not particularly enamored of cats, although I liked this one and he liked me. He’d bring me dead birds and live mice in the middle of the night, drop them on my belly and then sit on my pillow, look down at me, and purr loud enough to wake up my wife and I.

Nonetheless, cats have been known known to be infected with viruses, parasites, bacteria, fungi and other infectious agents: feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia virus, heartworm, the plague bacillus in their fleas, rabies virus, the fungus that causes “ringworm”, toxoplasmosis, influenzaviruses, and various worms. Cats are probably no more dangerous as disease carriers than any other mammal – but they can be dangerous. Not very dangerous (except for rabies and plague) but they can be carriers of Bartonella henselae bacteria, the cause of cat scratch disease.

Your defensiveness is honorable.

Regards,

Charles H. Calisher, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

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College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University

Rescue cat remembers past lives!

Metro Cat Rescue found Meander the lost soul.

Meander was found weak and hungry, wandering the streets. The thought was that perhaps he was lost and so might be returned home. To determine where that was, we applied Age Regression Therapy. Unfortunately, Meander was too young then now to recall anything like clearly his original location.

When it seemed that the path back in time was blocked, an amazing breakthrough occurred: a veritable tsunami of memories of past lives. The feline consciousness flew to Warhol’s studio, from there to Hemingway’s house in Cuba, next Churchill’s study and then the Lincoln White House. As research continues, through Meander’s recollection, light — albeit a narrow beam — is shining on more and more distant events. We’ve just begun the documentation of his presence in Laketown at the time of the death of Smaug.

YouTube Video: Kittens reunited with their mom sweetie

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The kittens were rescued first and their mom Sweetie a day later. The video shows the mother cat and her babies reunited. She was a little tired from the experience.

I don’t know why Sweetie wanted to sleep in the litter box. There was a large towel in a tray and a cushion on the top shelf. Mom’s out of the cat playpen now and has the run of the room.
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It’s quick and convenient to use the GoFundMe DONATE Link. If you’d like to support Metro Cat Rescue by contributing through PayPal, the address to use is MetroCatRescue@gmail.com. It would be particularly wonderful if you chose to sustain the mission of Metro Cat Rescue by establishing a monthly donation through our PayPal account. Any amount will be a huge help. Unfortunately, right now we have no idea what our funding will be next month — or even next week. Helping to make it possible for Metro Cat Rescue to plan for the future will mean so many more kittens and cats will be saved.

If everyone reading this gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats left to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

Please do support Metro Cat Rescue! All too often I’ve had to spend my own grocery money to make sure that the cats were well fed. If Metro Cat Rescue had better facilities and a used SUV or van for transportation, there’s so much more that we could do.

Instead of posting questions as comments, email inquiries to MetroCatRescue@gmail.com

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Metro Cat Rescue saved Francesco!

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Metro Cat Rescue saved this black cat!

As a kitten, Francesco was given a bottle like a human infant, He still loves — all the many pounds of him now — to be held in the crook of an arm and rocked back and forth with his eyes closed in bliss.

Unfortunately, though his original owners liked to play with a kitten, that did not grow into a commitment to care for a grown cat. When he matured and began to mark his territory, instead of having him neutered, the same ones who’d bottle fed him and taught him to trust people put him and a sibling out on the street.

Metro Cat Rescue was too late for the other cat; that one was killed by a car. Thankfully, we have been able to provide Francesco with a home. Francesco is only one of the many cats that are happy and healthy today because of Metro Cat Rescue’s quick action.

Metro Cat Rescue needs your help! We are DROWNING in bills for food, medical costs and supplies. Donate at the Metro Cat Rescue GoFundMe Page. If everyone reading this went to the GoFundMe Page and gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats left to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

The dream of Metro Cat Rescue is to establish a facility to provide care for homeless kittens and cats with easily treated but contagious conditions — those innocents that now elsewhere regularly are made to die. Sadly, a lack of funds has kept Metro Cat Rescue’s goal on a distant horizon. Without the necessary resources, each day there are cats that we can’t help. Indeed, last summer, there was a dip in donations and adoptions. I would not let the cats go hungry, so I scraped by eating little more than bread, rice and beans myself.

If you’d like to support Metro Cat Rescue by contributing through PayPal, the address to use is MetroCatRescue@gmail.com. It would be particularly wonderful if you chose to sustain the mission of Metro Cat Rescue by establishing a monthly donation through our PayPal account. Any amount will be a huge help. Unfortunately, right now we have no idea what our funding will be next month — or even next week. Helping to make it possible for Metro Cat Rescue to plan for the future will mean so many more kittens and cats will be saved.

Please do support Metro Cat Rescue! All too often I’ve had to spend my own grocery money to make sure that the cats were well fed. If Metro Cat Rescue had better facilities and a used SUV or van for transportation, there’s so much more that we could do.

Instead of posting questions as comments, email inquiries to MetroCatRescue@gmail.com

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Ginny’s kittens are here!

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Because of Metro Cat Rescue, these kittens were born in a warm and clean place.

Loving Ginny was an abandoned cat living in an alley in Queens. A foster took Ginny in and so the kittens were born in a clean and safe place.

Ginny was living in an alley in Queens.

Ginny has her own ideas about child raising. “Mama Ginny does not like it when we put anything underneath the kittens! we try to keep a thin blanket or a towel under them to keep them warm but she moves them every time.”

Because of Metro Cat Rescue, these kittens were born in a warm and safe place

Does anyone in the Jersey City area go to Long Island? Metro Cat Rescue wants to send a quantity of cat food to the foster in Bellmore. Please! Anybody close to Jersey City who travels to Long Island, we need your help to assist the foster. If it wasn’t for them, Ginny would still be outside amongst the garbage cans. The kittens now are in a warm place and can look forward to caring homes. In the alley — if they managed to survive — they’d grow up ferals probably with the hard, short life of many outdoor cats.

Because of Metro Cat Rescue, these kittens were born in a warm and safe place

Email MetroCatRescue@gmail.com if you can help.
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Metro Cat Rescue coordinates the volunteer care of many outdoor cats in a number of colonies. We’re working hard to bring some inside to socialize and to place in good homes. This takes lots of time, space and money.

Our day with the rescue cats starts at 6am and ends at 8pm. Volunteer feeding of community cats is at dawn.

Metro Cat Rescue needs your help so that we can continue to help cats living in the streets. It’s quick and convenient to DONATE. Just click on the Line above to our GoFundMe Page. If everyone reading this gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats who have to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

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