I unify feral cats and
house cats allowed outside as outdoor cats.
Many of our beloved
suburban songbirds such as robins, bluebirds and catbirds have young that
hop on the ground for many days before first flight and softly beg their
overworked parents for food.
In a suburban
study of 100 or so nests, outdoor cats killed 70% of fledgling catbirds
within hours or days of leaving the nest.
These 3 birds and the
invasive starlings eat and spread invasive plant fruits all over town.
cats help slow the spread of invasive plants.
Outdoor cats were a
non-issue in Henry Thoreauís day. He never saw deer, beavers, turkey and
most carnivores. Since his times we have seen the return of many
medium-sized native carnivores such as the red and gray foxes, bobcat,
coyotes and the ferocious wolverine-like Fisher (a large weasel,
not a cat). None like competition and they love to dine on outdoor cats.
cats help nourish the return of our native mammals.
According to government
and NGO estimates, outdoor cats in the
kill up to a billion native songbirds a year, many at bird feeders in the
colder months. If you support 20 birds a winter and spend $200 on seed and
feeders, thatís $10 a bird. With up to a billion less birds coming to our
feeders, Americans can save billions of dollars a year by spending less
money feeding all the birds.
cats save money.
Running around outdoors
chasing birds and rodents, outdoor cats sweep up many small ticks, some of
them with Lyme Disease or other worse ailments. These are brought indoors
sickening pets and these ticks easily transfer to young and adult citizens
who then seek vets and doctors which supports our lucrative medical and
cats create jobs.
you love your cats, keep them indoors!