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.