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Old 11-06-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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Campground cats

Several campgrounds we have visited have cats hanging around that don't belong to anyone. I guess everyone feeds them.
I have seen campground cats at the North Abutment campground in Grenada, MS, Frog Hollow RV park in Grenada, MS, Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland, TX, and Majestic Oaks RV Resort in Biloxi, MS. One cat at Salmon Lake had a name- Mr. Smoky. One cat at Majestic Oaks was very thick and healthy. I have fed them, too.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:29 PM   #2
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Hmmmmm.

We have seen campground cats, campground goats, campground chickens and campground rabbits.

All loose and doing their part to entertain campers and serve a purpose, i.e. goats and rabbits keeping the grass growth down, chickens keeping the mosquito population down and cats dealing with mice, rats, etc.

We have been told that cats, and occasionally dogs, are left behind by campers. Cats tend to survive longer than the dogs, as they are natural hunters and can escape predators by climbing into trees.


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Old 11-06-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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Not to mention deer, coons, owls, crows, doves.
Salmon Lake Park is in a cow pasture. They also have donkeys and goats. Here are some of the campground cats at Majestic Oaks:
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Come up here in the winter where you can have some campground elk. But only if you get up in the middle of the night. Daytimes, you get to see only elk poop.

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Old 11-06-2013, 04:39 PM   #5
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...and squirrels...
I thought a road runner was only a cartoon character until I camped in Arizona- meep beep!
...and big ole jack rabbits and big ole bullfrogs and pole cats and opossums and foxes king snakes and...
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:52 PM   #6
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cavemen & cats

Mankind may have tamed the wolf, but it's highly likely that cats just walked in and took over. In the earliest days of humans their success as hunter gatherers ended up attracting vermin like voles, mice and rats... and the smaller wildcats would have seen the humans caves as a great place to get a meal. Symbiotic needs and abilities... would you scare off a cat that just saved your winter's supply of grain? So, it may be entirely true that dogs have owners, and cats have staff. We started feeding cats when they'd been so so successfully hunting that the range of game was depleted, and a meaty bone or two would be an invitation for the wildcat to stay. A warm fire would have been attractive too.

Most feral cats never really tame down. Their offspring will, but only if they are caught early and socialized by holding them, petting and grooming them and feeding them for at least 20 minutes per day. We've always had a company cat. The first one was a calico we named "mom" who had 4 litters or 3 to 4 kittens every year. We periodically rescued her litters and if we could get them between six & eight weeks old and keep them indoors with us - they would become tame and be adoptable. Finally, Mom got locked in an abandoned store and she and four very young kittens nearly starved. We took the kittens into our office - and she would come in and nurse them, only if we left the sliding glass door open. We kept stopping her from picking them up and taking them out - so she settled for moving them from under Bob's desk to under mine every few days - and she'd accept food and water from us, but wouldn't bed down inside ever or eat food inside. She eventually let us pat her head, and we finally caught her and got her spayed before the parade of kittens killed her early. Being an outdoor hunting cat eventually cost her her life when she was hit by a car.

I had an employee who spent a year in a commune then went hobo for about a year before rejoining society. She tells a story of falling asleep near a set of railroad tracks shivering, then half waking feeling warm and snuggly. In the morning when she woke for real there were small cougar tracks in the dust all around her. Even though a small cougar may be 40-50 lbs. it's still a bit more than something I'd want to share a sleeping bag with, even on a very cold night!

Incidently, cougars CAN be pretty much domesticated (with the emphasis on "pretty much"). I was once totally enthralled by a man who trained cougars - he absolutely did not use any pain or threat, but did give his "kitties" cooked shrimp as rewards. I was ready to go out and get a license, 10 acres of land and befriend a cougar myself. That is, until his walked to the edge of the stage, smiled wickedly at the audience and used her cement mixing trough "litter box"! OMG! the "scent mark" coulda peeled the paint off the walls! 150 people in the audience everyone of us admired HIS cougar.

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Hi from AZ. . . I don't feed or encourage feral cats. They're really hard on the local bird population, and as a bird watcher/feeder, I don't appreciate that. Not a popular opinion in some circles, but I like feeding local birds, just not TO the cats. Feeding wildlife in general is, imo, a bad habit, it habituates them to humans & leads to problems for them later...... Regards, Craig
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These cats are not wild or feral at all.
Sometimes I think they may live at a house nearby and just know they can beg a treat from campers.
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