A new survey claims domestic cats are homicidal maniacs who kill BILLIONS of mice and birds.
Here’s a news flash: Karen has killed more mice than me and Adele COMBINED. (I can’t speak for Cole. He’s mum about his feral kitten days.)
In this study, LiveScience researchers surmised there are about 84 million cats owned in the U.S. They pulled numbers out of their ass and claim we each kill 4-18 birds per year and 8-21 small mammals annually.
They failed to acknowledge that, of those 84 million housecats, MANY are indoor-only.
And who’s weeping over fewer mice and voles? There’s a reason they’re called “vermin.”
OK, chipmunk deaths are regrettable because they’re cute, and some are even great singers.
But this anti-cat wack job in New Zealand named Gareth Morgan has a blog called Cats to Go and says he’d pay the SPCA $5 for every cat it kills.
Who says birds are more important than cats? Has Gareth never heard of avian flu? Did BIRDS save Europe from the Black Plague?
Gareth should visit India. There aren’t many cats there, and rats devour the grain so people starve.
And what about our contribution to technology? The Internet full of BIRD videos is unthinkable.
I Can Has Cheezburger with lolBIRDS? Are you kidding?
Here’s just one example of Gareth’s cat-hate:
Before you say it, even well-fed cats kill. The fact is that cats kill on instinct, not because they need to eat, it is one of their most pleasurable activities. In one study, six cats were presented with a live small rat while eating their preferred food. All six cats stopped eating the food, killed the rat, and then resumed eating the food.
It was a RAT! Those cats did humans a favor, even though they had to finish their meal with rat hair in their teeth.
Yet this Gareth clown makes it sound like a bad thing.
Cats Working appeals to every cat-lover with a social media presence to denounce Gareth Morgan.
Instead of calling for our deaths, he should adopt some cats, keep them indoors, and learn what delightful companions we are — as opposed to dogs who just want to cover every ‘hood with poop.
Humane neutering programs will take time to eliminate feral cats, but people could speed things up a lot by offering more kitties good homes — indoors.
More killing is NEVER the answer.