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Beyond the Litter Box: The Global Impact of Free-Ranging Cats

Unlike many indoor-only cats who are finicky eaters, cats with unsupervised outdoor access eat a random assortment of animals, including reptiles, amphibians and emus.

global impact of free ranging cats

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • A new study confirms what earlier research has uncovered — free ranging cats kill large numbers of wildlife, including endangered species
  • Unlike many indoor-only cats who are finicky eaters, cats with unsupervised outdoor access eat a random assortment of animals, including reptiles, amphibians, and emus
  • One of the goals of wildlife conservation organizations is to ensure “responsible pet owners” keep their cats indoors or similarly confined at all times; this obviously doesn’t address the feral cat population
  • Not everyone agrees that free roaming cats are an imminent threat to wildlife; the advocacy group Alley Cat Allies has long been strongly opposed to “misinformation and misunderstandings about cats that all too often result in misguided polices that lead to cats being killed”

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