Scientists have used miniature cameras to observe what cats do outdoors and the results are causing waves around the world. Apparently cats kill other animals:
‘The cats brought home just under a quarter of what they killed, ate 30% and left 49% to rot where they died.
The carnage cuts across species. Lizards, snakes and frogs made up 41% of the animals killed. Mammals such as chipmunks and voles were 25%, insects and worms 20% and birds 12%. ‘
I know that in today’s society pets are regarded by many as child substitutes and part of the family. The reality of cats killing wildlife or fighting other cats is not talked about in polite company.
But the reality of a cat’s life is quite different. Cats are wild animals. As much as they enjoy the comfort of a human home and the availability of food on tap, all cat will revert back to natural predatory lifestyle when given an opportunity – it’s in their genes.
We could greatly advance the debate on wildlife preservation and free-roaming cats by accepting these simple facts as a starting point in any discussion. Meanwhile some owners would rather imagine that Kitty spends her outdoors time sun baking and smelling flowers.