As a cat lover and owner I can’t help but write something in support of the feline species in our world.  Charles Lane’s Feb. 5 op-ed column, “The evil that rubs against us,” characterized cats as merciless killers and menaces to society. Considering the fact that cats are part of the same family as lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, etc. what do you expect them to do but exercise their God-given abilities? That’s just the way it is. 

Personally, I feel that the cats in our midst play a very positive role in our world. If Mr. Lane and those who espouse his viewpoint really want to encounter the most destructive species on the planet, they need only contemplate what they see when they look in the mirror.                                         

Michael Cressin, Charlottesville