I just don't believe "the average house cat kills 75 small mammals and birds every two weeks" study.
Deb Stephens wrote:
The really interesting thing about domestic felines when it comes to prey is that studies show they actually INCREASE the populations of house mice in areas where those mice are not native and occur in competition with the less destructive native rodent species. Here is a short quote from that study... (cited on page 8 within this paper... "The impact of domestic cat (Felis catus) on wildlife welfare and conservation: a literature review..." http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/zoology/members/yom-tov/inbal/cats.pdf)
In California, a two-year study (Hawkins, 1998 ) was conducted in two parks with
grassland habitat in the East Bay Regional Park District. One park had no cats, and in
the other park there were more than 20 cats that were fed daily. There were almost
twice as many birds seen in the park with no cats than in the park with cats. California
thrashers (Toxostoma redivivum) and California quail (Callipepla californica),
common ground nesting birds were seen during surveys in the no-cat area while they
were never seen in the cat area. In addition, over 85 percent of the native deer mice
(Peromyscus maniculatus) and harvest mice (Reinthrodontomys megalotis) trapped
were in the no cat area, whereas 79 percent of the house mice (Mus musculus), which
is an exotic species to California and considered as pest, were found in the cat area.
According to Hawkins (1998 ) "cats at artificially high densities, sustained by
supplemental feeding, reduce abundance of native rodent and bird populations,
change the rodent species composition, and may facilitate the expansion of the house
mouse into new areas..." (Hawkins, 1998 ).
So, This study proves the birds and indigenous mice are smarter than foreign house mice! They moved to the safe area!
Myrth Montana wrote:In North America domestic cats are the cause of vast numbers of bird deaths and have contributed to some species’ decline. It’s been documented scientifically.
Greg Martin wrote:We have 5 cats in my house (kind of a Brady Bunch like thing...we had 3, then my son moved back while getting a second degree with his 3....and they somehow formed a family...then one died of old age/cancer....ok that part wasn't in the show) and not one of them kills anything except the occasional bug in the house as well as a few of the plants I try to get started (they killed a rare fig I was rooting....uggh, but I forgave them). They are indoor cats and they are wonderful. I feel bad for people who don't have cat love in their lives!!!
Myrth Montana wrote:We have 2 rescue cats, both female, both avid hunters, who are indoor only. They don’t eat what they kill. They kill for fun.
I love them dearly. They are family. One is sitting on my lap at the moment. But in my opinion, based on my reading of various scientific studies, it would not be environmentally responsible to have them outside. I love cats. I love nature. The best solution that I can see is to keep the girls indoors.
Lisa Sampson wrote:One of the best controls in North America for rodents are foxes, coyotes and wolves as they all eat large numbers of rodents from field mice to rabbits. Our native bob cats, lynx, and puma are severely threatened and none of them make good pets.
I am mostly not a fan of cats. Too many owners dump them outside and I have had to deal with them pooping my freshly tilled garden so often that they killed plants. Its a big part of the reason I hate living in the city,
Ernie Wisner wrote:he he he he. I have met Bill a couple times and i do remember something about Tasmania. I think I have it in my head that he was in NZ because we where talking about how to bring the NZ forests back to life (I know where all the trees went). One of the problems we really had to think about was the mammals. Sheep are OK if folks would stop clearing every inch of land for the meadows. but the rats. stoats, weasels, cats, rabbits, etc would have to be systematically removed in order to bring things close to balance then we would have to figure out how to get several of the great birds back (not that hard these days). I think the thing to bring back first is the top order predator that was master of the islands; The Moa. however I am not sure how humans would handle something that can run a person down and eat them.
I think the removal of small furry critters would handle itself if the great birds where re introduced. after all they eat ground things and all those introduced critters are ground things.
Michael Dotson wrote:A neighbor and I almost went to fisticuffs over his suburban cat killing squirrels for fun. I found three it had killed within an hour of each other.
Its one thing to have a cat take out a squirrel to eat it; quite another to have a cat that does it just to do it, Usually, most cats won't do that. They kill only what they can eat.