Although we try to save all of the critters brought to us, many succumb to severe wounds, stress from being caught by the cat, or blood poisoning (Pasturella) caused by the cat’s teeth or claws. We have had the remains of nests brought to us after cats destroyed the nests. Usually the nestlings are killed but on occasion a few survive and are brought to us to raise.
We spend endless hours trying to save the many wounded nestlings and fledglings that are admitted to our Centre. This needless suffering would not take place if cat owners kept their pets indoors.
For the sake of your cat, and to protect wildlife, we strongly advise
that you keep your
We have a number of cats at our centre and to ensure that they do not harm themselves, or any of the wildlife around our property, we built a cat play area for them. They can access this by going through a cat-door in our kitchen and can lie in the sun, play with their various toys, scratch the natural wood scratching posts, etc. and be completely safe. Our cats have come to us from varying origins, including one cat that was semi-wild, and ALL have adapted to this lifestyle without difficulty.
If you are unable to build a play area for your cat, consider a screened
porch or balcony.
Here is a photo of what we built for our cats - and they love it!
Listed below are some of the dangers that outdoor cats face:
Hit by vehicles
- thousands of cats are killed by vehicles each year.
Neighbours who dislike your cat defecating in their garden
Numerous diseases such as feline leukemia or immunodeficiency viruses
Fleas, ticks and other parasites
Antifreeze or pesticide poisoning
Sickness from eating garbage or other contaminated morsels.
Poisoning from eating rats or mice that have died from rat poison
Wandering off (or being chased) and becoming lost
become the victim of human cruelty. They may be used as
Cats do not bring home all of their prey, it is estimated they only bring home half of what they kill. An estimate based on cat-owning statistics from other North American cities gives greater Vancouver a cat population of over 800,000. With year-round hunting cats it is estimated they could kill 6,400,000 birds per YEAR in Vancouver alone.
Today, more than ever, wildlife faces ever increasing hazards. Their
habitat is constantly being destroyed, making it difficult to find nesting/denning
areas. There are more herbicides, pesticides, etc. being used, thus
not only killing the unwanted insects, bugs, but also the birds who
depend on this source of food to survive. There is often not much we
can do to stop the above from happening but we can do our bit in our
little corner of the world by not allowing our cats to roam and further
Even well-fed cats kill wildlife. The urge to hunt is natural for a cat, thus a well-fed cat will still hunt and kill or maim wildlife.
If you love wildlife and love cats, please take care of them. Cats cannot be blamed for killing wildlife. It is the responsibility of every cat owner to ensure that their cat is safely indoors, not only for the sake of the wildlife but for the sake of their cat too.