Welcome to Payton’s Wildlife Tips! Today I will inform you on the severe and growing impacts of outdoor cats with our wildlife. Also I will discuss some solutions to where both our wildlife and cats can be happy and healthy. Humans love exploring the outdoors and maybe your beloved cat does too. The growing impact that our furry friends can have on our local wildlife is very severe and needs to end. Feral cats/outdoor cats are now considered one of the most invasive species in the world!
Cats are especially dangerous to birds due to a diseases and bacteria in their saliva like: toxoplasmosis and Bartonella Henselae that kills them. Even if they do not cause injury it can still cause the bird to die just by getting on their feathers. If the bird gets away and goes back to a nest they can spread the infection and kill the nest mates too!
All cat-caught animals should be brought to a rehabber immediately. It’s a fact that cats kill approximately 2 billion birds a year! They have helped drive about 33 species of birds to extinction and this is not including other wildlife. If you’ve ever seen a cat chasing a little toy mouse or lasers and laugh this is exactly what they do to outside animals which is not so funny.
Cats are only following their instincts so by domesticating them the responsibility falls on us humans to be accountable for their behavior. As humans want more cat companions, cat population grows rapidly, attacking and killing more and more animals.
Think your cat will be missing out on life outdoors? What it will be missing out on is: being hit by cars, stolen, injured, poisoned, preyed upon, exposed to extreme weather and various diseases, just to name a few. So here are some solutions of what you can do to help keep our animals safe.
You can have a cat proof fence by having flexible over hang above your fence. This will prevent your cat from getting out of the yard and catching stuff but will not prevent anything that comes in your yard so we recommend doing this if you have a small space making it more like a catio or using it with supervised outdoor time as a precautionary.
Spread the word to your neighbors or friends and family with outdoor cats with these great ideas. If many people start doing this it can make a great impact. If your cat or a neighboring cat has caught a bird or any animal call the Think Wild hotline number at 541-241-8680. They can give you professional help and advice for the specific animal. Remember these tips can work for other domestic animals as well. Dogs are curious creatures and have been know to prey upon small wildlife.
Thank you for reading Payton’s Wildlife Tips and be looking forward to the next! For more topics and information go to ThinkWildco.org.
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