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Animal hospital demands that the daily slaughter of birds by cats stops — 4 Comments

  1. Yes I agree with the compromise. I’ve had indoor/outdoor cats for 25 years and it’s easy to be disciplined enough to keep your cats in at and after dusk and dawn. Also to feed them before letting them out and keeping an eye on them. I’ve experimented with my cats, exploring their behavior and am very humane and practical. In the beginning I was working and didn’t spend a lot of time with them, and found that they do get bored too, so doing that makes a difference too. They are like kids in a way that if you ignore them, they can feel neglected and resentful and take it out on each other and by chasing birds too. If you don’t let them get good at it either, that helps. Like us, they have a sense of self and enjoy doing things they’re good at, so just let them be good at following you around, chasing a twig or string, and being cuddled and petted.

  2. I once knew a lady who worked for a UK wildlife rescue.
    She told me that through spring and early summer, the general public are a huge menace to birds. It seems that despite years of info’ sharing, the pubic insist on bringing newly fledged, juvenile wild birds in, mistaking them for injured birds as they hop about, haplessly bashing into things as they find their legs.

    A daily haul of 20 newly fledged birds was not unusual.

  3. Just to add what I rarely or never hear on this: birds actually do attack each other too; and some fight to the death. I see it often. I already do keep my cats in at dawn and dusk, and I keep them well fed. I’m home all the time and so I know they don’t get any birds to speak of. I’ve only seen it happen a few times in the past 20 years. I don’t like it either and I’ve done what I can in that regard. It’s sad and unnecessary from our perspective, but it’s not the end of the world. If I thought my cats killed a lot of birds, even one a day, I would do more to avoid that, but it’s not the case. I also believe that the kills are exaggerated and all are attributed to cats only. Wildlife conservation is noble and necessary, and I’d like to see some calories burned toward all animals, not just birds. I’ve asked many vets and hospitals how many birds are brought to them and it’s about what I’ve observed… next to none, so I’m curious about the evidence in this article, and the conclusion that it’s one day’s kill (from what area(s)), how many cats. It’s a grizzly photo for sure, but in all honesty, I don’t see any especially endangered types either. They’re common. Their lives matter but there’s no song birds or anything exotic. Just saying.

  4. The UK was home to the Scottish Wildcat and European Pine Marten long before domestic cats arrived. These were also efficient predators (as are otters, stoats and weasels). Many of these native predators have been almost exterminated by gamekeepers over the centuries and their niches are being filled by domestic cats. If domestic cats were confined, native predators would continue the slaughter along with introduced mink.

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