We Rise in Defense

You must have seen the sensational news stories scapegoating cats for the demise of billions of birds. That’s right: billions. A study is cited that says the annual total of birds killed by cats is between 1.4 and 3.7 billion. So it’s either one number, or a number two and half times larger. Already I don’t trust this report. The study goes on to say that the solution is to remove all cats from the outdoors. So the tens of millions of feral and outdoor-style housecats are supposed to stay inside now? Don’t think so. It would be just as easy to get the birds to stay indoors.

There are a bunch of things about this that are getting me steamed, but let me just lay a few of them on you. First, the science behind this seems very shaky. Bust out your critical thinking skills and apply them to the source material, and you’ll see what I mean. Or let Alley Cat Allies break it down for you. They are all over this. Second, let’s give the cats some credit for catching any birds at all. Next time you have a few minutes to spare, step out into the backyard and catch a bird. Not so easy, is it? But you say, “the poor defenseless birds!”. Birds have wings, my friend. Sort of their claim to fame. I’d say the bird has an advantage over the flightless cat in this regard. Third, the news articles all seem to have this tone of barely concealed glee that cats are in trouble over this. Now, our cat has never harmed another living thing, other than me, but I can tell you that deep down she is a stone killer. This is not news. Blame-cats-first dog lovers wrote these stories, probably. Keep your damn hands off my cat. (I like dogs – just letting off steam here.) (I also like birds.)

These guys seem OK with the local cat and bird setup. They’ve been nesting here for years.

couple of birds

3 Comments

  1. I have witnessed a cat taking a bird. However; the bird (a flicker) had just flown into our picture window and was stunned from the blow. In an amazing bit of timing one of our cute but otherwise hapless at hunting neighborhood cats grabbed the bird and ran homeward. The cat was excited with her “kill” and, I imagine, our neighbors were amazed at the remains of the flicker left on their porch.

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