Cats are natural predators. Cats who are allowed outdoors may catch a mouse, rat, bird, squirrel, snake, or other, from time to time. Cats have different hunting abilities; observational studies have reported that only about 44% of outdoor cats hunt wildlife. Some cats are skilled, others are not – some just enjoy observing other creatures.
Even if your cat does not hunt wildlife, they may still give chase and can impact wildlife in that way. We believe that it is prudent to try and remove any possible stressors on our wildlife. Given the current state of increasing habitat loss, climate change, pesticide use, and pollution, the struggle to survive is real. That’s why we say indoor cats are good for wildlife.
There has been some debate/disagreement on the impact of outdoor/free roaming cats on wildlife. It is important to correct any misconceptions and ensure only accurate information is shared. In some municipalities in Canada and countries around the world, policy is being made based on skewed data and flawed research. Such policies may put cats at risk.
We recognize and are concerned that there are many wildlife species at risk. Do outdoor cats have a significant impact on our wildlife in Nova Scotia? There is no scientific data to support this notion. We do know however that cats are not implicated in any species at risk in Nova Scotia.
Detailed discussion on this topic is beyond the scope of this project. For additional and in-depth information on the science and issues behind free-roaming cats visit voxfelina.com