We understand feral cats are an enormous problem for wild life around Australia; feral cats collectively kill over three billion animals each year.
Cats have played a significant role in the majority of Australia’s 3 4 mammal extinctions since 1788, and also are a big reason populations of at least 123 other threatened indigenous species are dropping.
But pet cats are wreak havoc too. Our new study compiles the consequences of 66 different studies on pet cats to evaluate the impact of Australia’s pet population on the country’s wild life.
The results are shocking. Usually, each drifting pet kills 186 reptiles, mammals and birds per year, most of them are very popular in Australia. Together, that is 4,440 into 8,100 creatures per square kilometre annually for the area occupied by pet cats.
If you own a cat and also would like to protect wildlife, you still should keep it inside. In Australia, due to the 1.1 million wild small animals killed every 24 hours. The rest 2.7 million cats killed.
A radio-tracking study in Adelaide found that of the 177 cats whom owners believed were inside during the night, 6-9 cats (39 per cent) were slipping out for nocturnal adventures.
1/4 of Australian households twenty-seven per cent own pets and about 1 / 2 of cat households have two or more cats.
Many owners believe their animals don’t look for huntig because they never come across signs of killed animals.
But studies that used cat video tracking collars or scat analysis (check tour cat poop) established many pet rats kill critters without attracting them home. Typically, pet cats earn home just 15 percent of these prey.