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Let's Talk About Cats

Part of a series where we gather people with diverse perspectives, learn from the group conversation and try to identify a workable path forward for a difficult problem.

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Cats kill an estimated 1.3–4 billion birds each year in the U.S. alone, with 69% of these kills attributable to feral or unowned cats. (LINK)

The impact on the bird population is staggering. Cats kill almost six times as many birds as window collisions (we’ll get to that later) and are second only to habitat loss as the prime culprit in the decline of bird populations.

And it’s not just birds—insects, especially pollinators, reptiles, rodents, and plants are adversely affected by cats as well.  

What to do? 

Keep your cat indoors, of course, though many people claim this is bad for cats. We’ll discuss.

Few domesticated animals can boast such devoted fans. How to deal with cats has become a difficult challenge even to discuss. But we’re going to take a crack at bringing a few different perspectives, set out some ground rules, listen to each presenter, consider the evidence,  and see if we can find some common ground and possible ways forward.

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BACKGROUND READING

FAQ: Outdoor Cats And Their Effects On Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Free Ranging and Feral Cats, US  Department of Agriculture

How the “No Kill” movement betrays its name, The New Yorker, Jan 1. 2024

Alley Cat Allies Exposes Misrepresentation of TNR in The New Yorker, Alley Cat Allies

Domestic cat with dead bird, (Getty Images)

Our Partner

We are partnering with Allston Brighton Birders to bring you this free event.

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DETAILS

DATE: TBD
TIME:  TBD 1 hour
WHERE: Online, Zoom link sent in advance
COST: Free, spaces limited

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