2/14/2013

Tipi Cat: It's for the Birds

At this point, my cat has killed several mice, insects, and lizards, in and around the tipi. She's yet to claim a bird, but that hasn't stopped her from trying. The other evening, she climbed to the top of a pine tree, in pursuit of elusive her prey. (See if you can spot her in the picture above. If you can't she's outlined in red, below).

Tipi cats aren't the only hunters out there, though.
A recent study shows that Americans own 84 million cats.
Plus, there are anywhere from 30 million to 80 million feral and stray cats running loose (in total, that's nearly one cat for every two humans!).
Of the owned cats, 40%-70% are allowed outside.
And of those allowed outdoors, 50%-80% are hunters.

That means there could be as many as 47 million feline foragers out there, who have a food bowl, and as many as 127 million hunters in total.

Previous studies thought that cats killed around 500 million birds in total, but the recent findings put the number "somewhere between 1.4 and 3.7 billions birds a year".

While my tipi cat has yet to catch herself a feathery snack, she has has helped contribute to the "upward of of about 15 billion" mammals killed by felines each year, in the US.

Source: NPR

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