Domestic cats are the leading cause of human-caused death in birds in the United States. There are between 60 million to 100 million free-range or feral cats in the United States and that does not include domestic cat pets. These invasive, non-native predators kill native wildlife all over the country, about 1.3-4 billion birds and 6.3-22.3 billion mammals. You might say “cats are hunters, this is just what they do” and while that may be true humans caused the ‘outbreak’ of these domestic and feral cats so they are probably the ones who should do something about it.
Let’s backup a little bit...why should we care that billions of birds are being killed? Well they are responsible for pollination, pest control, and are crucial part to a thriving ecosystem. If the number of cat-caused bird deaths keeps increasing you can say goodbye to your bird-pollinated fruits and vegetables and hello to a lot more pesky bugs and insects. Hawaii has fell victim to felines, losing many federally endangered species that can only be found on the archipelago.
How can you keep you pet safe and happy while also protecting wildlife? Here are a few easy steps!
Provide your cat with ‘hunting’ in the home through toys, hiding their food or even a laser pointer.
Create an enclosed outdoor space for your cat, also know as a ‘catio’
Bring the outdoors in by planting cat grass inside
Create space for local birds to eat, nest or rest
Advocate and educate others on bird and cat safety
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