By Ken Wahl and the Barbi Twins
The facts and myths of the feral cat.
Feral Cat Day is Oct. 16
Cats are the most popular pet in our nation with about 86 million cats owned, compared to 78 million dogs owned - although there are more dog owners. And the most popular videos viewed are cat videos.
Sadly however, the cat is the most abused - and killed more than any other animal - for several reasons. They make up80 percent of pound killings. They are also used in sacrifices because of mythology. Many mentally ill people have a tendency to collect cats, and this brought the superstition that cats made women crazy. They were called witches, or crazy cat women.
The FBI says, that because many criminals have control issues, crimes are committed against cats because of peoples' inability to control them. In fact, most people hate cats because they compare them to dogs, who have been domesticated anywhere from 18,000 years to 35,000 years, compared to cats who have only been domesticated for 5,000 years.
This makes them half wild. But they are the only species to choose to be with man without being totally dependent on us for food.