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Infographic: The World’s Cutest Killer

Infographic: The World’s Cutest Killer

A new study shows that domestic cats are such feisty hunters, they actually kill a ton of wildlife. One cat, infamously known as Tibbles, was single-handedly responsible for the destruction of an entire species of bird. Read the whole story here.

 

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12:24PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

My youngest cat always used to bring me gifts from the garden and put them down at my feet (mostly flowers) but one day she came inside with what looked like a mouse in her mouth. I took it away and put it back in the garden. A little while later she was back with the "mouse" who turned out to be a hamster. She never harmed him at all. Needless to say, the hamster, Peanut, now lives with us :)

3:47AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

cats are natural hunters, it is why its important to play with your indoor cats.

8:51PM PST on Dec 12, 2013

Catherine P .......... 6:28AM PST on Nov 20, 2013
"Cats that live outdoors are subject to being hit by cars, killed and/or severely injured by other animals and people as well as picking up feline leukemia and other diseases."..........

I'll agree with you, up to a point, on that part of your post ..... but much depends, as Dale O pointed out, on WHERE the cat lives, the local environment AND the extent of medical precautions taken by the owner - vaccinations etc given to the cat to protect them from diseases and regular controls to detect and remove any parasites.

BUT ....... "Indoor cats live at least TWICE AS LONG as outdoor cats and have much fewer medical issues. Outdoor cats are much more likely to bring diseases home to their humans, too." .........

There, I feel you are pushing it a bit ...... I live in the country so my cats have been allowed to go out, with very little risk from traffic. They never strayed very far from the house - we have a pretty big garden, surrounded by fields belonging to our neighbour. My cats lived to be (on average) 20 years old ...... are you trying to tell me they would've reached OVER 40 if I had kept them indoors ???? Come on, get serious !!!!

8:40AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

Interesting, there are still a variety of comments ongoing for this topic.

Catherine P, you stated that: ("My current Persian, Cosmo, accidentally got out recently and when I found him about 12 hours later, he was clearly frightened)."

That would be true for an indoor cat that is not used to being out in the great outdoors. Not true for any cat used to going out and coming inside. However, if you removed wild animals from their territories and placed them ten miles away from their normal range, many wild cats and some other wild animals would also feel fear or be upset because they are not in their usual stomping grounds. Familiarity is familiarity.

8:39AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

You also state: "Consider this: You have an outdoor cat, Fluffy. One day Fluffy does not come home. You have no idea what happened to Fluffy and you may never know..." This can be true, but this can also happen to a human child. Some never come home either. Shall we keep them inside as well? Or do humans have the right to be outside no matter what the danger? You also say partly in Caps Lock that: "Domesticated cats are just that: Domesticated. They are not lions, tigers, etc. They do not need to be out in the wild."

The wild? People for the most part live in cities or suburbia and generally some in rural areas depending on the nation. However, urban generally is where most people live in Western nations.

8:39AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

Whether cats should be living their lives entirely inside or outside or a mix of both is open to interpretation. While sheep are not pets they are domesticated and spend their time outside, facing possible predation from coyotes, wolves, etc., but no one proposes that we lock them permanently inside if they don't have donkeys for protection. As for cats, it depends on the circumstances.

People living in high traffic areas are certainly risking far more than people letting their cats out in a quiet neighbourhood with little traffic. Some people have huge amounts of land. I don't think that there is a black and white answer to this. Cats going outside can bring in disease and parasites but a human coming in a home can bring in ticks, fleas and distemper for example after walking around outside as well. If one flea is about to produce eggs, does it matter if a cat or human brings in the flea?

6:40AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

For those who clearly know nothing about cats living outdoors versus indoors, check out this article: http://www.care2.com/causes/6-reasons-to-keep-cats-inside.html?page=2

Cats that live indoors live at least TWICE AS LONG as outdoor cats and are less inclined to develop medical issues. Cats that live outdoors are subject to picking up feline leukemia and distemper as well as other diseases AND can bring these diseases home to other cats as well as humans (such as ringworm and parasites). Outdoor cats are far, far more likely to be injured, tortured or killed by other animals and people.

Domesticated cats are just that: DOMESTICATED. They are NOT lions, tigers, etc. They do not need to be out in the wild. If trained from birth they can live quite happily indoors and even go out on leashes. So do not have foolish emotional reactions to the idea that cats need to be outdoors.

Consider this: You have an outdoor cat, Fluffy. One day Fluffy does not come home. You have no idea what happened to Fluffy and you may never know but here are some likely scenarios. Your cat was attacked and killed by a dog or other animal. Fluffy was hit by a car, thrown to the side of the road where your poor cat suffered for a few hours before dying. Fluffy was minding his own business when a group of mean kids tortured him and left him for dead. Your cat was picked up by someone who sells animals to labs for experimentation where Fluffy was subjected to painful experiments unt

6:28AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Okay, for all of you people who apparently have NO CLUE about the difference between keeping cats indoors versus outdoors check out this article: http://www.care2.com/causes/6-reasons-to-keep-cats-inside.html?page=2

Domesticated cats are just that: DOMESTICATED. THEY ARE NOT LIONS OR TIGERS, ETC. Among several regular cats I have had three Persians. This breed is the oldest breed and has been SO domesticated, they do not have the instincts of your average cat. I can attest to this myself. (My current Persian, Cosmo, accidentally got out recently and when I found him about 12 hours later, he was clearly frightened.)

Cats that live outdoors are subject to being hit by cars, killed and/or severely injured by other animals and people as well as picking up feline leukemia and other diseases. Indoor cats live at least TWICE AS LONG as outdoor cats and have much fewer medical issues. Outdoor cats are much more likely to bring diseases home to their humans, too.

Think about this: you let your cat roam freely and one day, it does not come home. You have no idea what happened to Fluffy and you may never know. In the meantime, Fluffy may have been attacked by a dog and killed, tortured by some mean kids, hit by a car and thrown to the side of the road where it suffered for several hours before it died. Do you really, really, really want this to happen to a beloved pet?

Get a CLUE!

4:24AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Oh those fiesty cats!

2:08AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

I wonder who vote yes. Indoor? And you care about animals?

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