Cats are often harassing or harming wildlife even if they are not intending to or successful in making a kill. Here we see a cat local to one of our beaches chasing and attacking a vole, as photographed last fall.
Cats are not a part of "nature", and they are a non-native, invasive species that plays no role in our ecosystem. They are not a part of the food web, and serve no purpose but to destroy. Cats have caused the extinction of numerous species throughout the world while greatly impacting others. Native snakes, birds of prey, and other mammalian predators are not comparable to introduced domestic cats. If we are to let nature be nature, then we must keep cats indoors where they are also safe from harm. Vehicles, ticks and diseases, poisons and toxins from chemicals and plants, larger predators, vile humans, weather and the elements - cats left to wander alone outdoors face countless threats and a have a dramatically shorter, more perilous life. I love cats, and I once again hope that you keep your family members safe in your home while protecting our environment.
AAfCW Volunteer Coordinator