To the Editor:
Re “Soft and Deadly” (editorial, Jan. 31):
As a veterinarian, I would like to caution cat owners that they would be well advised not to permit their pets to roam freely for reasons in addition to saving wildlife. Cats that spend time roaming outdoors are subject to attack by other cats, dogs and wild animals (or people), are more apt to be hit by cars, and are more likely to contract a host of diseases or suffer from poisonings.
Additionally, if these irresponsible pet owners do not spay or neuter their free-roaming cats, they will contribute to an increased number of feral cats, thereby compounding the wildlife problem even further.
Lighthouse Point, Fla., Jan. 31, 2013