Cat owners reluctant to curb their hunting

Free-ranging domestic cats can present a significant threat to songbirds and other wildlife. ©Bart Burkels

Cat owners may feel uncomfortable about their pets’ carnivorous ways, but they often conclude there’s nothing they can do about. That’s according to a study funded by the British organization SongBird Survival, which surveyed cat owners about their attitudes toward their cats’ hunting habits. “We are very concerned about the significant adverse impacts that free-ranging domestic cats can have on our songbirds and other wildlife,” said SongBird Survival chairman Robert Middleditch. “We believe that working with cat owners to find practical solutions, while promoting responsible pet ownership, can benefit both vulnerable wildlife and cats.”

Read more on the study in the Daily Mail. And read The Wildlife Society’s issue statement on feral and free-ranging domestic cats here.