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Ranking the Cat as a Bird Killer — 4 Comments

  1. Talking about feral cats killing birds, well the reason they do is of course that they have to eat to survive and in Nature’s order, cats are natural predators of birds since time began. That there are feral cats killing birds to survive is once again down to humans who created the problem of feral cats in the first place, by casting out unwanted un-neutered cats who eventually bred and formed colonies. So if its acceptable for people to cast out cats it’s surely acceptable for those cats to follow their natural instinct to survive by hunting and catching birds as food.
    I don’t believe in imprisoning domestic cats purely for the chance they might catch a few birds, cats have as much right to their freedom as birds do! Maybe we should imprison human bird killers who kill for sport, not for food to survive on! Imagine the outcry ‘HUMAN rights’ but what about cats rights? Oh, of course in some peoples minds they have none!
    That birds are killed I blame humans 99%

  2. If you got a bird killer, keep them inside and use a feather tease to tire them out each day. It’s as simple as that. My reason? Not due to the numbers (which are very interesting, but how trustworthy are they???), not because some association tells you to. Do it because birds are living creatures. That’s it period… in my opinion.

    With that said… it is very much acceptable for cats to kill birds. Especially feral cats. I watched my Nicky, who went feral, and five other cats power down and kill an enormous goose. I was sad that he ran away, but the cats gotta eat. It’s the natural circle of life. So I say it’s not a big deal IF the cat is eating it for food. Otherwise, it’s the owner’s fault for letting them outdoors. You can’t blame the cats for doing what comes natural.

  3. I had one cat who would catch the occasional bird. I have and have had many other cats, none of whom ever caught a single bird to my knowledge. They were all out door cats, except the 2 kittens I have now. It’d hard to swallow what the ‘bird people’ say. Especially given all the points you have correctly made in this article. It all amounts to a series of unknowns and inaccuracies. Coming from people who claim to be exact, or at least try to sound exact it just compounds my disbelief in their conclusions. As you say Michael, it then comes off as a sort of ‘passing the buck’, or blame, on something that seems a lot more theoretical and inconsistent than real measurement. Extrapolation does not work when it is in the context of something so unevenly spread across a large area. One just can’t draw averages in such a case unless it is with a bias or intention to promote one theory. You can’t extrapolate neutrally I believe. I’m sure if you wanted to promote the opposite theory, you could with another series of extrapolations.

    • Good point, “You can’t extrapolate neutrally…” I guess extrapolation is an ideal opportunity to push an idea. Humans find it hard to resist that. Everything we do is in self-interest, which is why the world is so disjointed and dysfunctional.

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