Cats CATCHING BIRDS AND KILLING NATIVE WILDLIFE | HOW TO STOP IT
New research shows that domestic cats will hunt birds and native wildlife less if they are fed a high-protein, high-meat diet.
Cats hunting birds and terrorising wildlife isnt a new thing, and is commonly a cause for concern amongst many existing and future cat owners. For example in Australia alone, cats (domestic and feral) kill over 1.5 billion native animals a year. And whilst keeping your cats indoors is the only sure-fire way to prevent hunting, understandably some owners are worried about the impact on their cats welfare as a result of restricting their outdoor access.
But now, a small study by researchers in the UK suggests there may be another, simple way to make cats bring less prey home, without
keeping them inside full-time. They found that by introducing domestic cats to proteins that came from meat and by changing their every-day
diets to a high-protein, high-meat diet, they reduced the number of prey animals cats brought home by 36% without restricting their
"Some cat foods contain protein from plant sources instead of meat such as soy, and it's possible that these foods can leave some cats deficient in one or more micronutrients which prompts them to hunt," - Martina Cecchetti, a PhD student who conducted the experiments/study.
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