Are peoples outdoor cats killing too many birds?



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    It depends on who you ask and what you (and they) consider TOO MANY birds.
    There is no doubt that even well-fed outdoor cats do kill birds. It’s their natural instinct to hunt. They also kill mice, voles, and other rodents.
    If there is a significant concentration of outdoor cats, then they could impact the immediate, local populations of birds, especially if the birds tend to congregate around feeders, making them easier prey.
    In general, most birds keep themselves safe from predators. Putting a bell on your cat’s collar will help warn the birds.

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      For this to be voted as “best answer” currently shows the level of ignorance in our society. First off, if they eat native mice, voles, and other rodents, they are depriving all native wildlife of their food source. Effectively causing them all to starve to death. A cat is the WORST answer to a rodent population. Encourage native predators to handle that. Owls and gray-foxes do wonders. They won’t even eat farmer’s poultry. And gray-foxes are able to climb trees so they will even take care of excess squirrel populations too.

      Secondly, a bell will do little to nothing to prevent cats destroying native wildlife. Stalking-cats quickly learn how to keep it silent. But even if they did not … ever see a bird perched next to, or even on, a wind-chime?

      Cats, due to the bold coloring patterns bred into their coats through selective-breeding, a form of genetic engineering, are perceived by ALL predatory wildlife as having toxic or other hidden defense mechanisms. This is a universal symbol of *all* wildlife, from ocean-life, to insects, to all life on land to not go near that animal. This means cats have NO natural predators to keep them in check. They have no more right to be out in the natural-world than some genetically engineered insect, that if released out into nature will destroy all life, just as cats do.

      They MUST BE DESTROYED ON-SIGHT if found out in nature. There’s is no other alternative. (Please bury or incinerate them when you do, so no further wildlife nor humans are infected with all the myriad and deadly diseases that cats now carry.) People believing otherwise is why there are now up to 150,000,000 feral breeding cats roaming the countryside just in the USA alone. How many can you trap in a week? 100? It will take you 2885 years to fix the problem by trapping, and they are breeding at a far far faster rate than that. Trapping them is a catch-up game that nobody will ever win. Shoot on-sight, it’s the only solution now. Even that may not be enough to stop this ecological disaster that all ignorant, inconsiderate, and disrespectful cat-lovers have created for all other humans and all life on this planet.

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    One estimate of how many birds roaming domestic cats kill each year is in the hundreds of millions. Cats that are allowed outdoors will kill birds and many other animals such as lizards, mice, rats, and other small mammals even if they are not searching for food. Some cats will merely kill their prey for fun; it is in their instinct to chase small fast moving objects, such as birds and rodents. Birds are most active at dust and dawn, so some people only let their cats out during the middle of the day. Other cat owners put a bell around their cat’s neck so that they can be heard.

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    Letting them kill even one bird is too many. Cats are an invasive species. Bred by man for man’s purposes through selective-breeding, a form of genetic engineering. They are NOT an indigenous species anywhere on the planet today and have NO PLACE in nature. They have NO natural predators due to their bold patterns in their coats. ALL wildlife sees this as the universal symbol for toxic or olfactory defense mechanisms and won’t go near them, even if starving. They have no more right to be out in the natural world than some genetically engineered insect that, if released out into nature, would destroy all wildlife. JUST AS CATS DO. A cat destroying wildlife is NO MORE NATURAL than if someone was raising piranha for pets and then dumping a tank of them into your bath with you in it. In fact, this would be even MORE natural, the piranha haven’t been genetically engineered through selective breeding to make them unique from all other fishes.

    It’s not just the loss of bird populations either. Feral cats and farmers that let theirs roam free have decimated the natural food-chain in my woods. The resident foxes, owls, and other predator animals no longer had a food source. The feral cats destroyed all the smaller animals that all others depended on. The native species all starved to death. That’s what cats do to ALL native animals.

    Now add in the fact that they are the primary breeding-grounds for potentially deadly diseases to all humans and wildlife (see citation) and this amounts to nothing short of biological warfare against all of nature and all of humanity. They must be destroyed. And those responsible for these crimes against nature and humanity need be held accountable in a court of law and put away in prisons.

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      this being voted the best answer is enough to make me regret joining this group. How can a species not be indigenous anywhere on the planet? What rubbish. Count me out of this green group–I’d be too embarrassed to be associated with this kind of thinking.

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