The Truth About Cats And Birds
Keep your cat indoors!
If you love wildlife, keep your cat indoors because:
- Everyday, cats kill between 4 and 5 million birds in the US.
- Collar bells don't work. Birds and other wildlife do not associate bells with being stalked.
- Ground-nesting birds are very susceptible to predation by cats.
- Despite being well fed, cats will hunt small wild animals.
- Most young birds leave the nest before they are able to fly well, spending a day or two on the ground as they learn. These fledglings are frequently caught by cats.
- Most of the birds caught by cats, but not killed outright, die of their injuries or infection.
- Cats that kill small rodents can eliminate a critical food source for owls and hawks.
If you love your cat, keep it indoors because:
- Cars kill millions of cats each year.
- Outdoor cats are exposed to serious, and often fatal, infectious diseases such as feline leukemia and rabies.
- Parasites such as fleas, ticks and intestinal worms pose a health threat to your cat. Some of these can be transmitted to humans.
- Outdoors, cats can be chased by dogs or other cats, and killed, injured or lost.
- Cats are often shot at, poisoned, trapped or tortured by neighbors who are annoyed by cats using their gardens as a litter box or hunting grounds.
- Coyotes, great-horned owls and other wild animals are known to regularly kill and eat house cats.
- Cats that spend time outdoors require more medical treatment and their life span is much shorter than cats who live indoors.
Please see the American Bird Conservancy's Cats Indoors campaign for more information
Copyright © 1999 Wildlife Rescue, Inc. -- Illustrations © Dana Mardaga
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