Today is National Feral Cat Day, sponsored by Alley Cat Allies, but many birders oppose feral cat colonies, for good reason - feral cats are indiscriminate predators, responsible for thousands of wild bird deaths each year, with no distinction for threatened or endangered species. At the same time, many feral cat colonies are not the wild cats natural to the ecosystem that Alley Cat Allies claims, but instead are abandoned pets dumped by irresponsible owners that have bred huge populations being supported by kind-hearted neighbors, but that kill birds all the same.
This is a hotly controversial issue between birders and cat lovers alike, and neither side has a perfect solution that is kind to both cats and birds. Backyard birders can, however, take steps to protect their birds no matter how large or small their local feral cat population may be.
What do you think of feral cat colonies and community programs to support them? What do you do to protect your birds from these predators? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Feral Cat Colony
Photo © Scott Granneman