Cats didn’t get your tongue!

Gardeners' World - - We Love September -

Our Keep your cat in­doors to save wildlife story ( Clip­pings, Au­gust is­sue) elicited a spir­ited re­sponse from read­ers:

I have owned cats for 40 years. Mine have never been al­lowed out at night or early in the morn­ing, and I can count on one hand the num­ber of birds they have caught. I be­lieve feral cats, which catch wildlife out of ne­ces­sity, are a big­ger prob­lem. Ju­lia Skid­more, Cambs.

We have never had prob­lems. A bird could have perched on our male cat’s head and he wouldn’t have cared. And our fe­male cat was afraid of birds – she would miaow at them and run in­side. Pamela Brad­bury, Mid­dle­sex

I know cats kill birds, but so do other an­i­mals for sur­vival. Does any­one count the num­ber of birds (not to men­tion deer, rab­bits, foxes, badgers) killed on our roads? Cats are hunters – but by all means put a bell col­lar on them. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, they pre­fer to spend nights in a warm bed in­doors. Kathy Turner, Wig­town­shire

As my cats have al­ways worn bell col­lars they gave up try­ing to hunt any­thing. Some vets are con­cerned that ex­tra-loud bells may dam­age their hear­ing, but one of mine lived to 24 and had bet­ter hear­ing than my fam­ily. J Parker, Ox­ford­shire

Cats are nat­u­ral preda­tors

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