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  •  Groups like ABC surely like to claim there's (3+ / 0-)
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    billions (or tens of billions, or hundreds of billions depending on how much coffee they've had) of songbirds going under the claw every year.

    This really isn't the case.

    When cats are allowed out doors (about half of all domestic cats, sadly), 2/3rds don't manage or bother to kill anything.  Those who do kill average about 2 kills per week.

    12% of those kills are birds.  A lot of those are injured or sick, or have been abandoned by parents or orphaned.

    When cats don't eat what they kill, it's generally because they were never taught how.  That might seem somehow silly, but we're not talking about reptiles - we're talking about mammals with some pretty complex behaviors.

    Try eating a bird with all the feathers on.  Unless a cat is taught by its mother, it generally hasn't got a clue what to do with a dead bird.

    That aside, without being taught, many domestic cats don't actually fundamentally understand the difference between a toy they've broken and a lizard they've killed.  All they get is that it stopped moving.

    Food is moist glop out of a can.  That and breast milk is all they've ever had.  Why would they associate that with a dead scaly snake if mom never taught them?

    You won't see completely feral cats raised by cats outdoors fail to eat any critter they kill.  It's just that instinct only takes a mammal so far.

    This place needs a PVP server.

    by JesseCW on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:26:57 PM PST

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