Cats and Birds
Outdoor Cats vs Birds: Keeping cats away from the outdoors to improve bird populations
Cats are not only curious but they are also successful hunters. So much that, according to a study done in Australia, domesticated cats kill their prey with a 70% success rate. In turn, outdoor domesticated cats are among the most successful feline predators in the animal kingdom.
However, this becomes a large problem for birds. While domesticated cat populations are on the rise, bird populations are dramatically declining. According to a recent study, 2.4 billion cats kill birds within the United States, every year. To put that into perspective: 76.05 birds die every second due to outdoor cats. That means, by the time you have finished reading this post, 76 more birds will have died. Outdoor cats not only pose a threat against themselves such as encountering diseases and wild predators, they have contributed to the extinction of 63 bird species. According to a recent study, “69 percent of the bird mortality from cat predation and 89 percent of the mammal mortality was from un-owned cats.” This concludes that both domesticated cats and feral cats play a large role in bird decline.
The solution? Keeping cats indoors so that bird populations can increase. What do we believe that can help reduce bird deaths due to cats? Outdoor cat houses.
At Cat Topia, our goal is to not only help improve the lives of our cats but also birds. By building creating outdoor cat houses, we know that a cats life is enriched while staying safe, and we know that from every build, bird populations increase.