Most of the time when I am really curious about something, I would institute a survey on the issue and see what the results might be. But I have discovered that survey’s usually are ineffective on webpages and most people do not respond. The last survey we did here, was as follows: 380 views on the page, 88 viewers that day that were new to the site, and only 1 vote cast.
Pretty bad. This is why we do not do surveys.
If you were however to do a survey on pets, I would guess that the majority of website owners or Internet habitants have a cat for a pet, versus a dog or some other animal. I see them (cats) mentioned all the time in their respective posts and/or photo’s. Having no real data to support this, I would venture an opinion that the cat is most likely, the number one pet in America. But I do not know for sure.
Recently I read a survey on the felines. Some the things it presented were surprising to say the least. When let outside the typical house cat turns into a killing machine. I would wager that most cat owners were unaware of that fact. University of Georgia researchers made this discovery when they strapped a camera onto the collars of some 60 domestic cats. During a period of a week or so, they intently observed what the feline’s were doing while outside.
They found that 44% of the cats when released from the home, immediately went hunting, but they only brought home about a quarter of their prey. This incidentally was broken down into lizards, snakes, frogs, rabbits, chipmunks, and birds. This survey is interesting in the fact that it presents us with a totally different look at our pets, and what they do when outside.
It suggests that previous estimates of damage that America’s 74 million house cats will do to wildlife in general (this does not take into account wild cats, feral cats which live wild). It appears that previous estimates on the damage the cats were capable of was underestimated.
Remember the survey’s before did not include the animals the cats killed, ate or left behind. All of this is important because why? The American Bird Conservancy says that cat predation is one reason why one in three American bird species is in serious decline.
The camera footage also gives us a good glimpse into what it is that kitty does when it is outside and on the roam. It also proves the old adage: “Curiosity killed the cat.”
Surprisingly, cats are a danger to themselves. The video shows them engaged in potentially life-threatening behaviors’ like crossing roads, eating and drinking unknown substances, and exploring tight spaces.
And here is the kicker in all this.
Several of the cats in the survey, unbeknown to their owners, also routinely visited a second family for extra treats and petting. Next time you finally succumb to the constant whining and persistent mind numbing meowing of Fluffy to get outside, when you open the door and let him/she out, think about what the damage to the environment you are doing this day.
Fluffy it seems is a natural hunter and killer, despite his purring demeanor and charm.
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