A few words on cats:I have had anywhere from 2 - 4 cats for many years.I do not think that collars and bells are cruel at all, as long as the collars are fitted properly and of the "quick release" variety. All of my cats have worn them, since they were kittens, with name tags and phone numbers too, which were always replaced when the collars got lost.I have experimented with different kinds of bells though and nothing works. The prey animals just do not respond to them as an alarm.On night time - all my cats come in at night, not so much for traffic reasons - it is very quiet here that way, but there are Fisher Cats (a large member of weasel family) and coyotes around here.Many cats and even small dogs go missing regularly - there are signs in the post office, on telephone poles, and in local cafes asking "Have you seen my cat?" with pictures. Sad.But even when they are only let out in the day time, they do hunt.When I can rescue something from one of the cats, I do, and have released mice, voles, chipmunks and birds, when they have recovered from a capture. I have some small cages for this purpose.No telling which have survived once they are released though.So only solution is to keep the cats indoors.Not so bad if you do this from the time they are kittens and never let them see the great outdoors.Otherwise, good luck to you, because they will want to go out and explore, badly.
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