Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Environmental Impact of Free-Ranging House Cats (Felis catus)

The Environmental Impact of Free-Ranging House Cats (Felis catus)

More evidence concerning the harm free-range cats can do. Image via Wikipedia
The Environmental Impact of Free-Ranging House Cats (Felis catus)

Despite the claims of the feral cat lobby groups, evidence concerning the way free-ranging cats ravage the local fauna continues to grow. A new entry in the Why Files created by the University of Wisconsin-Madison speaks of the private lives of domestic cats. http://whyfiles.org/2011/the-secret-life-of-cats/

Aside from proving what we already knew, provides a nice visual of just how far a domestic/owned cat will travel from its owner’s home. To be sure it’s tiny compared to the feral cat, but it can still be more than what owners might think. Perhaps more interesting is the potential risks of disease transmission between feral cats and owned cats.

Just remember, when you let your cat out at night you don’t know what animals your cat has had contact with.

Stephen M. Vantassel specializes in vertebrate pest issues and is available for speaking engagements, debates, and training events.
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