Did you know that 2.7 billion songbirds are killed by cats each year?
Did you know that there are currently between 60 and 100 million cats being kept as house pets in the United States. This may, or may not, include feral cats and strays. About 70% of those cats are outdoor/indoor cats or strictly outdoor cats. That means tens of millions of domestic cats are given the opportunity to kill songbirds, every day?
Did you know that it is estimated that hundreds of millions of migratory songbirds are killed by domestic cats every year. A study conducted by Stanley Temple of the University of Wisconsin showed that domestic cats are responsible for the death of 19 million migratory songbirds a year, in Wisconsin alone. Being that domestic cats are an invasive species and not native to North America, they are not part of the natural food chain there. Not only are they killing birds that would have otherwise been safe from them, but they are doing so at such an alarming rate that they are actually taking food away from the animals that would naturally prey on migratory songbirds?
Did you know that several oft-cited studies form the basis for an estimate of 100 million to 1 billion U.S. songbirds killed annually by domestic cats?
If you didn't know about it before, now you do. So if you absolutely have to have a cat for whatever reason I will never understand, make sure you don't let it outside. My neighbors let their stupid cat roam free for hours every single day. We have a family of birds that is nesting in a tree next to my house, and I'm terrified about what this nasty cat might do to them. Honestly, I just hope that our resident opossum eats it or something.
Songbirds are beautiful and necessary for maintaining the ecological balance in this area. Domestic cats that people keep as furry toys are not. They are not indigenous to this continent, so all they do is destroy the ecological balance.
So please, please just keep the stupid cat indoors already.