[…]The results of the study showed that of the 60 cats wearing the cameras, 30% captured and killed prey with an average of one kill for every 17 hours spent outside, or 2.1 kills per week. The study also showed that cats bring home less than one quarter of their kills, so owners aren’t fully aware of just what kind of slaughter is going on in their own yards. It takes a little bit of high tech spy gear to reveal how murderous our fluffly little bags of purr really are.
American Bird Conservancy feels the news is fairly dire. “If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats we find that cats are likely killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds. Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline,” said Dr. George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy, the only organization exclusively conserving birds throughout the Americas.
Further, a study by University of Nebraska found that feral cats are responsible for the extinction of 33 species of birds worldwide.
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I love cats and I think they make wonderful pets, but please remember that they are hunters and will kill wildlife whether you realize it or not. Also remember that domestic cats are nonnative/invasive species in nature.