Letter: Cats belong indoors
Unfortunately, cats are basically bad for the environment. They don’t catch “only the sick and wounded.” Also, huge numbers of nestlings and fledglings never survive to grow up due to cats. Ground-nesting birds don’t stand a chance, and their species numbers have plummeted. Birds or animals that do escape a cat often die later from infection.
Cats are not a natural part of the ecosystem, depriving natural wildlife of their prey and transmitting diseases to them. Cats kill everything they can, just because they can, not for food to survive. Scientists estimate that nationwide, cats kill between 500 million and 1 billion birds and billions more small mammals such as rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks each year.
I truly love cats. My own cats are rescues, and they stay inside. In the past my cats went outside. I was “gifted” with many dead or dying birds, chipmunks, baby rabbits, flying squirrels, snakes, etc. I also got to find my past cats dead due to cars or a neighbor’s dog.
Keep your cats indoors, for their sake and wildlife’s. Spay, neuter and don’t ever just cruelly abandon them.