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Bird species not under threat from cats but from people (climate change) — 8 Comments

  1. I love birds but, unfortunately, they are prey to cats and a few other sprecies who just love to invade their nests. Bird eggs are a delicacy afterall to skunks, weasels, raccoons, and others.

    Cats aren’t the real problem. I have indoor/outdoor acts and completely outdoor cats which include some ferals. They are well fed and have very little interest in hunting birds. They are more interested in the dead, flat frog in the middle of the road.

    I have no problem, with neighbors who hang bird feeders, but I always tell them that doing so means potential cat food. It’s up to them.

    And, no, even though I have some strictly indoor cats, I am not willing to restrict the others who have had full freedom for a long time. Again, a bird is only of interest to them, but the bunny on the ground will get their full attention.

    • I agree that cats are not the problem that some scientists say they are but with this research the significance of the cat as a predator is diminished further. It is time that people really started to focus on themselves and stop trying to pass. the buck.

  2. There may be several reasons to worry about birds. But if you really think cats don’t kill birds then you have your head in the sand. I love cats and have 2, which I keep inside where they lead safe happy lives. But I also love birds and have many bird feeders and houses. It’s irresponsible to let cats out to wander and kill. If you must let them out, at least put on a collar with a bell, especially in the spring time when there are fledgling babies who can’t fly very well and are sitting targets. The bells may help, but keeping the cats inside is the only way to really save the birds. The cats don’t need birds to survive, it’s just a game for them. Give them a toy. Feral cat communities are another story and they kill for food and pleasure. It’s a complicated issue, but why do we have to take a side? Hate cats or love birds. We can be both and be a responsible cat owner and protect our birds at the same time. KEEP YOUR PET CATS INSIDE, ESPECIALLY IN THE SPRING.

    • Hi Betti, l did not say that cats don’t prey on birds. I said that people are a much more serious threat and according to this research whole species of birds could be wiped out. Cats can’t do that. The point I am making is that if we want to protect birds lets focus on ourselves first.

      • Well I agree that we are a problem also, included in the several reasons to worry about birds that I stated. I hate to see the dead doves hunters have shot etc. I agree with you that humans are a big problem to birds and all animals, I just believe lets focus on all of it, including ourselves and including cats and do what we can on each front. It all adds up.

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