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Cat owners in denial about cat hunting — 5 Comments

  1. It’s sad that cats get blamed for everything that’s bad. If the so called professionals really did their jobs, they would find that more wildlife was destroyed by uncontrolled, untaught, and immoral brats than by cats.

  2. One might expect that an organisation like the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, would have an agenda against cats, but the opposite is true.

    They clearly state on their web site;

    “Bird species which have undergone the most serious population declines in the U.K. (such as skylarks, tree sparrows and corn buntings) rarely encounter cats, so cats cannot be causing their declines. Research shows that these declines are usually caused by habitat change or loss, particularly on farmland.

    Populations of species that are most abundant in gardens tend to be increasing, despite the presence of cats. Blue tits, for example, the second most frequently caught birds, have increased by over a quarter across the UK since 1966. Of the birds most frequently caught by cats in gardens, only two (house sparrow and starling) have shown declines in breeding population across a range of habitats during the last six years.”

    There’s no denying that some cats are prolific hunters, but let’s not forget that their victims are often sick or weaker animals. Nature is all about survival of the fittest.

  3. Hello?! Who are you to set precedence supporting the myth that cats are killing numerous wildlife and then stating that cat owners need to change their viewpoint! Historically speaking cats have gotten a bad rap but that does not mean that cat people need to stand by and see it happen again! Cats are picked on, hurt, killed and gee even in Wyoming killed for fun legally, evidently. And here people like you come stating that cats are responsible for the disappearance of whatever wildlife when there are so many other factors in play. Most of what you state is guessing and there is no empirical data to support it. The fact that the physical environment has dramatically changed, including the effects of pesticides, etc. is not being considered is nonsense. How many animals and pests and insects are killed daily with weed killer, driving a vehicle, mowing the lawn?

    Stop blaming cats for EVERYTHING! Cats are great and they have helped society by killing rodents in the past. Start thinking about their contribution and how wonderful they are and helping them by keeping their humans responsible for taking care of them with spaying/neutering, regular vaccines, check ups, and not letting them outside 100% of the time, etc. Do something positive and do not diss cat caretakers or owners for knowing that their cats are not responsible for killing ‘wildlife’ to any harmful degree. Also, for the audience who are not familiar with cats when they refer to wildlife they are referring to mice, rats, bugs, birds, bunnies not deer, elk, etc.

    • Thanks for this. I agree that this is another one of those scientific studies which appears to be biased against the cat because we don’t know (taken as a whole) the impact on wildlife by cats despite what some scientists say. This topic is for ever being discussed. The studies are small and scientists try and extrapolate the results to make generalisations. This is non-scientific and unfair on the cat and it avoids blaming humans who cause by far the worst amount of damage on wildlife.

  4. It’s true that we cat owners feel a bit of guilt about our cats hunting quota. I was always so proud of my cats whenever they caught anything [ at least any creature not endangered].One exception to me would have to be a cardinal or a Bluejay. I get very upset inwardly over their deaths.
    As a cat owned human I would be defensive if anyone pointed a finger at me for allowing them their freedom to hunt. But mine usually go for kibbles-N-bits and cat milk -9-times out of ten.


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