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"A study published last week in the journal Nature Communications caused a big stir by estimating that domestic cats kill up to 25 billion birds and small mammals each year. In fact, it suggests that "free-ranging" domestic cats (this includes both pets that are allowed outside as well as feral cats—though feral cats are responsible for the lion's share of the take) are the single biggest source of anthropogenic mortality for birds and mammals in the United States. In other words, cats do more damage than buildings, cars, pollution, or any of the other hazards that humans have wrought.
Some New Zealand environmental groups consider the toll domestic cats take on wildlife so significant that they're asking the government to take steps to phase out cat ownership completely. (The World Society for the Protection of Animals says New Zealand has the highest percentage of cats per household in the world.)"
HEY! GO FUCK YOURSELF!
Thank you, Denicos.
Yeah sounds great. I need more rats, mice, moles and shrews in my life
My cats are more important than your birds
Whodathunkit? I mean, cats were domesticated for this very purpose thousands of years ago.
That seems like an odd statement to make, as if it's some kind of shocker that a predatory mammal kills other mammals. Is that a bad thing? Are we supposed to eradicate cats to protect the nuisance varmint population?
In other news, sharks kill more seals than tigers, honey bees and lamp shades combined.
Too bad we can't domesticate sharks. They might help take care of the obese vegetarian problem
Isn't this basically evolution at work? Cats were killing things long before humans tamed them.
That is fuckin' awesome.
Holy shit, and I go to sleep with two of them in my house each night. Thank God I have the 2 of the 3 that aren't murderers.
Wow. And just think of all the attempts of murder this story doesn't take into account.
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Ever see a domestic cat take on a mouse?
We had this rather fat, lazy, laid back cat who lounged around the house. Last thing you though was this thing was any kind of predator.
One day I see him messing with something in our backyard. I investigate and see that he's got a mouse. Just toying with it. It was weird how if that mouse made a move, he was like "uhhh, no!" and paw it down. That mouse was getting ticked off.
Then our second cat approached. As soon as the "mouse cat" saw cat #2 approach, like lightning he put a death bite on the mouse, and stalked off with it. I was like "Whoah! Our puddy tat is a killer!"
Cats - nice purring cats. That's what we think. They are freaking killing machines to a mouse.
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LOL... cats domesticated.... not really... they just moved and and domesticated US.
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I would for advocate this law - people who let their cats roam are idiots.
Yeah those damn cats are such menaces to society!! Let's stop focusing on the economy and go after the real problem in this country, the inhumane way cats treat chipmunks and voles. Those useful creatures are being massacred by these mean cats and it needs to stop!!
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My cat Ariel is a prolific hunter (under the lazy, "I don't give a eff" exterior beats the heart of a cold blooded killer). She's always leaving voles and mice on the back patio for me to pick up and discard.
When a cat leaves you a "present" of a dead animal, the cat is actually trying to teach you to hunt and is basically telling you, "you suck ass at killing stuff."
There seem to be two kinds of people in the world: those who don't understand cats, and those who think cats are dicks. Guess which camp science is in?
The timing of this is funny because yesterday when I got home from work I noticed some bird feathers strewn across the front lawn.
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I have always suspected that cats were actually vessels for the trapped souls of murderers, rapist and child molesters.
A single outdoor cat who's an active hunter can kill several hundred or more birds a year, they can pretty much devastate a neighborhood's bird population. The solution? Bells. Put bells on your cat's collar, it wont eliminate hunting totally, but it will give the birds a fighting chance to avoid being killed.
Birds are a far greater annoyance than cats. I've been swooped at by a bird just for going near a nest that I didn't even know was there. Plus birds crap on cars and some of them sing all morning. I'm glad cats take out these pesky modern dinosaurs.
You should not own a pet.
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