Not Just a Sweet Kitty Cat: Study Finds Cats Are "Natural Born Killer"

Mice, chipmunks and birds fall prey to furry felines—and not just feral cats. Domestics can be just as lethal.

All those cute cat pictures floating around the Internet—well, maybe not pictures of Grumpy Cat—could be misleading. Kitty kitty is a killer, a new study shows. 

"Everyone knew cats were natural predators, but researchers were shocked by the carnage recorded by cameras attached to 60 cats turned loose during a 2012 University of Georgia study," a post on the McCook Daily Gazette reads. 

Use the "Upload Photos and Videos" button to the right to share pictures of your cat—your upload could be chosen as a Patch Photo of the Day. But we'd prefer to not see photos of your cat killing small animals ... 

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, found that if let outside, a house cat spends about a third of the time killing smaller animals. Don't get us started on feral cats—if you want to read about them, click here at your own risk. 

Why do researchers care about the killing nature of cats? Because about a third of the 800-some species of birds in the United States are endangered, threatened or in significant decline, according to the American Bird Conservancy. And they're turning into cat meals. 

Click here to read the full story. 

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Are you a "cat person"? Do you own a cat? Are you concerned about what it's up to outdoors? Tell us about your cat in comments and post a picture of your feline friend.  

Leslie February 03, 2013 at 01:05 PM
So I guess I shouldn't be upset at my neighbor's cats loitering in my yard since they kill all the small rodents. I wish they would take care of the raccoons!
Erik Fernald February 03, 2013 at 01:32 PM
We had a cat growing up that killed 4 different animals in one day, a bird, a mouse, a chipmunk, and a squirrel. He would not just kill them, he would toy with them.
Duncan February 03, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I guess I've considered myself a liberal, freethinking, open minded person since I was in my early teens in the late 50s but more and more I'm becoming disenchanted with this constant haranguing by the "concerned and huggy" folks amongst us on practically every subject imaginable. NOW...., I can only imagine they're gonna start pushing for human feline partners to put their "purr boxes" on a leash when out doors. It's not just the "Teabillies" we must stay on guard against...


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