hendi_alex wrote:"I was just trying to figure out a way to protect my seedling starts from our two cats and all of a sudden your post came up in it."
For me the connection had to do with destructive behavior of pets. Obviously, just like everything, pet ownership comes with a set of positives and negatives. Also most all decisions represent some kind of compromise between the best interest of the animal and the best interest of some other factor. Since being steward of our 130 acres is my greatest obligation, and since I'm not willing to have cats live inside the house, not having cats for pets would represent the only reasonable choice. That is as long as the wife if in agreement with such a decision! If the wife insists on having a cat or two, then we will continue with our past practice of encouraging the animals to stay on our property and in discouraging their habit of killing so many creatures. As previous posters have noted however, controlling a cats behavior while giving it a degree of freedom at the same time, can be quite a challenge.
I wish I could see your pics- but alas, I'm at work and can't see them here! I will look when I get home. Out of curiousity, since you said the wildlife killings were a new occurance- was there something that triggered them to start doing so? Maybe that can be found and prevented so they stop. Of course, if you don't want cats as pets, or companions around the property, than that is your right and perhaps some steps can be taken so no others come around?
I do agree that everything has positives and negatives, and as much as I love my veggie starts (which I have locked in the front room at the moment) I also love my cats and guinea pigs, and can't imagine not having either around the house. Hopefully there can be a happy medium in the middle, some day, in which the local wildlife, cats, and our veggie plants can live in happy harmony. Where there are no negative feelings one way or another.
However, when it comes right down to it- I can always grow from seed and plant another veggie plant. If it's something that i spent a lot of time on, I might be sad, but I could also loose that plant to an SVB, Aphids, or a wandering deer;' so even if the damage isn't from a cat, or a dog, i can loose it. It's a risk all gardners take; It's also the same risk as having a cat go after my plants, though cat damage can be mostly prevented. I've got a fence around my garden (granted, it isn't very large) that prevents the neighbors cats from bothering it. However, it doesn't keep out the smaller mice and other digger type things that like to dig up my plants and ruined my cantaloupe plants last year.
I'll be absolutely heartbroken if i loose the companionship of our two cats- that's something that can never be replaced.