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Why Not to Let Your Cat Outside

Posted by Richard Conniff on September 25, 2012

Mine got away this morning and promptly returned with a gift, alive and twitching, which he hoped to bring inside. At least it was a chipmunk, not a bird.

I’m all for cats doing what’s in their DNA when they are killing mice in my house. But allowed to wander outside, house cats kill 500 million birds each year.

Letting them loose in the neighborhood is like subsidizing mercenaries to roam the streets and kill dogs, cats, and children.  Because, you know, they are just doing what’s in the DNA.

One Response to “Why Not to Let Your Cat Outside”

  1. Laura said

    I thought you might find this infographic enlightening as well as add a bit of humor to the subject matter.🙂 http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill

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