When our Cats go After Birds

When our Cats go After Birds

Since 1970, the bird population in North America has decreased by 25%, according to a study published in Science. And cats are partially responsible.

April 30, 2020

An Important Decline
According to this study, if we compare the actual bird population to that of 1970, it would have decreased by nearly three billion birds. More precisely, 90% of the affected specimen belong to twelve families of birds, including sparrows and robins. It is difficult for researchers to explain the exact causes of this decline, but certain ornithologists identify outdoor cats as possibly being at the root of this problem.

How to Eliminate the Problem
According to certain experts, certain things may help save hundreds of thousands of birds each year from being attacked by domestic cats, whose owners play an important role in preventing this problem. Here are a few precautions to take.

1. Avoid leaving your cat outdoors all night long
According to information available on the topic, cats would generally take advantage of nighttime to attack birds.

2. Keep an eye on your pet
Although cats are of independent nature, be sure to keep an eye on her outdoor activities to ensure she doesn’t attack other smaller animals.

3. Talk to your loved ones
To avoid an even greater decline, we must try to reduce as much as possible the number of cats in the streets. Don’t hesitate to get the word out to your family and friends and raise awareness about this issue.

Faced with the fall of bird populations in North America, we must be vigilant in order to help limit the predatory behaviours of our feline companions.

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