Martin wrote:Mikey since you posted, wanted to discuss cats being allowed out and killing millions of birds. Think it was about 365 million per year.
I looked into this a while back and the RSPCB website claimed that the numbers are not reliable as many would have died anyway, weak/dying etc.
I know that when you introduce a new species into an ecosystem it has effects one way or another, what effects do cats have on our ecosystems when they kill that many animals? And what do you think about that number and it being reliable?
Hi Martin, just letting you know that i've seen this. Haven't got much time at the moment but I will go into greater detail when I do.
There are an estimated 8 million pet cats in the UK, and around 4 million feral cats. 365 million would mean that cats are killing just over one bird every two weeks. When I did my dissertation i found a paper from a study of a cat population down south which found that cats were killing 3 birds a day, so 365 million could be a conservative estimate.