Posts Tagged ‘domestic cats’

Once a week, I am offering up a tip or action or idea that we can all engage with to help reduce waste, use less materials and energy, help conserve species or habitats, and/or generally work towards living in ways that allow for more health and wellbeing for all aspects of the planet.

So, this week the green thought is about keeping cats indoors. Cats are very efficient and successful hunters. When let out of doors, they can and do kill large numbers of wildlife including approximately 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals each year. Further, domestic cats have directly contributed to the extinction of about 63 species of birds, mammals, and reptiles worldwide. Domestic cats represent a very significant threat to wildlife.

Cats sitting in an enclosure on the side of a house (photo courtesy of digsdigs.com).

A solution is to keep cats indoors. Cats can get plenty of exercise and entertainment inside, and enclosures can be created to allow cats to safely enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. Additional benefits of keeping cats indoor are that cats avoid getting lost, attacked by other animals such as dogs or other cats, and they also being hit by cars!

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