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Your Fluffy Kitty Is a Killing Machine

Froma Harrop on

Face it. Cats are predators. The most pampered feline is out for the hunt.

I've been writing about politics for quite some time, but I've rarely come across a more hostile audience than when I served on a panel arguing for a ban on organized feral cat colonies that cared for the cats but didn't fence them in. Their defenders, all in their cat T-shirts, made for a fierce crowd.

The director of the Polish Academy of Sciences was surprised at the blowback when he labeled cats an "alien invasive species." Wojciech Solarz explained that he wasn't calling for cats to be euthanized. He was noting that domestic cats kill large numbers of birds and other mammals, thus harming biodiversity.

Birds are a passion. I've planted native trees and shrubs with berries to keep them coming around. I also maintain a clean birdbath that is very popular on hot days. But now and then, I spot a neighbor's cat slinking behind the leaves. Recently, a cat was seen partly obscured by vegetation hanging over the birdbath, ready to pounce. Of course, I moved the birdbath and took shears to nearby branches.

You need a mouser out in the barn? OK. But understand that cats, whether workers or just companions, are responsible for the extermination of entire bird species.


Your sweet little kitty is a killing machine. Keep her indoors.


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