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Listen Up: Free-Roaming Cats Are Prey as Much as Predators

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats )

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A Chicago study found that statistics on predation by cats are ridiculously overstated if they don't factor in coyote populations.

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Past Member (0)
Monday October 14, 2013, 8:04 am
For one thing, these studies' factoids overlook that urban cats primarily kill pest species ~ house sparrows, house finches, starlings ~ and don't overly impact songbird populations which generally avoid urban areas for lack of adequate foodstuffs and habitat.
I and my feral cats (and yes, my housecats who go outdoors) live in a high density coyote area. I do species counts and report migration patterns for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology because I live directly in the Eastern Flyway with an abundance of different species.
Because of the coyotes, the cats stay very close to their home base protections and rarely venture into the woods or open areas where birds abound. From personal observation, the large majority of cat prey is field mice, moles, and occasional weasels which are notorious egg robbers.

. (0)
Monday October 14, 2013, 11:03 am
I absolutely agree with Barbara. Yet, the cats on the dumpster bothered me...Can't Chicago find $4,000 for a massive trap/neutering program? There is no reason for these animals to end up as predator food.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 14, 2013, 12:25 pm
Its sad that cats and dogs end up like this Somone must have dumped them in the first place for them to breed Yes why cant they have a spay and neuter program for them

Jane H (139)
Monday October 14, 2013, 12:41 pm
A friend lost her cat to coyotes

Dianne D (490)
Monday October 14, 2013, 1:00 pm
Humans are the worst prey to any wildlife. Restrict their interactions with wildlife and I think the survival numbers will soar. Go after the root of the problem if you want success.

Stardust Noel (38)
Monday October 14, 2013, 1:10 pm
Outside cats are not safe, & never will be. Mine never go out, they have a big screened-in porch, we have coyotes, among lots of other wildlife. Common sense tells us outside is unsafe, there are also lots of human predators of cats, called cat haters. You love your cats ,keep them INSIDE.

Barbara V (51)
Monday October 14, 2013, 1:28 pm
I live near the BWCAW, but my cats stay pretty close to home. The rule is, they must come in before dark, and they abide by it. Coyotes and other predators are plentiful around here, but they ain't getting any of my cats.

Barbara V (51)
Monday October 14, 2013, 1:29 pm
Prey to no-necks more than anything.

Kit B (276)
Monday October 14, 2013, 1:36 pm

What I do not understand is the surprise by those who allow their "house pet" to go out side and find them dead. Other animals are not the only predators out there. Nature is not an enemy, it is reality, Humans driving cars, trucks, and mean children/sick adults - that is something that we can almost guarantee will cause harm.

pam w (139)
Monday October 14, 2013, 2:35 pm
AND...what's really GALLING is seeing posters with photos of the cat and plaintive messages like "PLEASE HELP US FIND FLUFFY""....when the owners themselves are the ones who let the cat roam.

Sheila D (194)
Monday October 14, 2013, 3:13 pm
Only had one outdoor cat and he was that when he adopted us. All other cats were indoors family members. Keep your cats safe, especially from the human predators.

Kate Kenner (215)
Monday October 14, 2013, 4:35 pm
I live near the Arboretum in Boston (Jamaica Plain) and we have coyotes there. I'm always amazed that I never see them (well twice in about 23 years). I have been there early morning and evening in the dark. Odd;ly the tow I saw were in the daytime. Anyway I know they come over to my neighborhood; there have been cats who lived outdoors and disappeared. The coyotes are hungry.
Sometimes cats just get out. They are quick and they run fast. Not everyone lets their cats stay out all night so please do not assume that is the case. Also there are cats who lived outside at one time and really are not good at being indoor cats.
It is a part of nature albeit a sad one if it is your cat who has been eaten. Again the coyotes are just hungry and sadly cats (and small dogs) are food to them.


Athena F (131)
Monday October 14, 2013, 9:21 pm
Thank you!

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:20 am
So true Dianne D.

Patricia H. (440)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7:03 am

Malgorzata Z (198)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 11:10 am
dzięki za info

Ruth M (235)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 10:33 pm

Sara P (57)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:12 am
My Mia is an indoor cat and all the cats that I had in my life the same. And in Italy we don't have coyotes, only stupid humans. Thanks Cher!

Latonya W (82)
Monday October 28, 2013, 2:25 pm
I love my ferals but I worry for them as well
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