scouseknight wrote:There is a lot of dislike of animals based on their owner's actions.
Therein lies the root of the problem for dislike of both animals.
Cat owners have (much) less control over what the animal does but this is a known risk when owning a cat - at the end of the day it's a territorial carnivore - neutering them curbs the wandering somewhat but you're never going to curb hunting and fighting - late-night screeching matches anyone!
A cat in a built-up area with dangerous places to investigate and traffic is a not a good idea.
Dogs that are allowed to defecate and are not looked after properly are equally as problematic - it's the owners that take full responsibility for this - a dog needs a lot more care and attention - and this is a known risk when owning one. I'll never understand owning a dog like a pit bull terrier to "look hard" which seems to be a common thing around where I live - the dog has no chance with an owner like that.
Don't hate the animal because of the owners is the moral here.
Whilst I totally agree that the owners are significantly to blame for issues relating to animals being a nuisance, the fact remains that I have my garden fences in and there is no way my dogs can get out. However I have yet to see a garden that is cat proof. They are such good climbers and jumpers that they can get out of gardens with ease. Have you ever seen a garden cat proofed with massive fencing around it that a cat can't climb in or out of? I certainly haven't.
Therefore even with the best will in the world and a very conscientious owner, cats can in general wander around the neighborhood going to the toilet in other peoples gardens, walking over other peoples cars and eating wildlife that other people are actually trying to attract to their gardens. And this all appears to be totally legit!