The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24300 Message #3828948
Posted By: Jack Campin
27-Dec-16 - 06:50 AM
Thread Name: How many Mudcats have cats!?
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
I haven't yet seen an estimate of how many birds are killed by domestic cats that seemed to be based on honest and well-informed statistical methodology. Everybody seems to extrapolate from some sample without any attempt to show how representative it is.
We're in a village with a lot of green space and a few minutes walk from open fields, so there are a lot of birds available. Our three cats seem to kill a bit more than one bird each per year (and some near misses, like the pissed-off magpie we found sitting on the pillow which our Ollie had given up on trying to kill). They managed about double that when they were younger, and one year wiped out an entire nestful. Not good but not exactly an environmental disaster either.