HomeCat Behaviorhunting birdsPOLL: how many birds does your cat kill per year? Please complete it to scotch ‘rumours’ of cats killing billions of birds.

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POLL: how many birds does your cat kill per year? Please complete it to scotch ‘rumours’ of cats killing billions of birds. — 3 Comments

  1. I’ve had cats my whole 64 years and can count the dead birds on my two hands. But they have killed hundreds of moles and mice and rats which is okay with me cuz living in the country mice and rats will move into your house in the winter and nothing worse than twisting a ankle in a mole hole. Australia killing their feral cats is so stupid because when they were flooded 1000’s of mice and rats invaded their barns and homes the video’s were horrific. The UK and Europe learned the hard way after they killed all their feral cats they got the plague.

  2. My two cats here in the city are inside only to keep them safe (and are given plenty of enrichment and window perches), but growing up in the country, we had more barn cats the victim of predatory birds (or humans) than the other way around. Every once in a while you’d see the little killdeer, which are ground-laying, get killed and usually not eaten, but it wasn’t common.

    I feel like a lot of the issue of cats killing wild birds is the product of feeding the birds and teaching them that places they share with pets are safe. However, there’s also the separate issue of cats living where they are not a natural part of that ecosystem and, accordingly, upsetting an environment with no defense against them.

    • Dane, good point about feeding birds in backyards and placing them in harm’s way. I have done that. I am not proud of it. I shoo away the pigeons as they feed on the ground and are vulnerable. They eat the droppings of squirrel food. I feed squirrels.

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