Cuddly Killer Kitty?
The New York Times ran a story today on Kitty Killers. You can find it at
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/science/that-cuddly-kitty-of-yours-is-a-killer.html?src=me&ref=general&_r=0 1,691 people wrote in about this story! I couldn't read all that!
The gist of it is that these free roaming cats are wreaking havoc in a widespread way. The Nature Communications journal tells us that
free-ranging domestic cats kill up to 3.7 Billion birds and as many as 20.7 Billion mammals annually.
Now I am an indoor cat, my first family de-clawed me so I have little defense in my life, and also my Mom says we are on a busy street so she can't turn me loose, so I get zero worth of those dead birdies or bunnies. Thats the way my Mom likes it. I don't know how I would like catching those birds, because I never have done it. My first family kept me in also. I watch birds and squirrels out the window and while it looks like it would be fun to chase a bird, they also have sharp little beaks where I think they could hurt a cat (your eye?), so while I have no choice in the matter, I just stay in.
But I wonder what the rest of you cats and your pawrents think about this big number? Are some of you cats allowed to go outdoors and chase after critters? Will your pawrents start keeping you indoors now? I hope you don't mind me asking these questions, I am just a curious cat. Yes , I know that old saying about what curiousity did to the cat. (killed it!) Stella says if I don't chew on wires, I will be OK forever! She thinks she is SOOO smart!
I hope you all write and answer me, including Library Cat Tober!
Purrrrs and headbutts,
Ziva Zophia Torti (aka Zkhat)