The cat, danger for birds and rodents: tips to limit its impact on biodiversity

If we can forgive our cat everything, on a larger scale, we observe a real problem for biodiversity.

A domestic cat brings back on average two to three prey per week. But the population of felines in Belgium is increasing exponentially. She would be today “of 2 million cats” informed Benedict Flament. And these favor birds since man is already acting on his biotope by eliminating rodents that are harmful to his garden.

The calculation is quickly made, we obtain a colossal number of ‘victims’ of the hunting behavior of these felines. “This predation behavior of the cat impacts about 16% of the causes of mortality of our garden birds” points out the veterinarian.

However, these birds have a preponderant role in the balance of the biodiversity of the gardens. In particular by eating insects that can in turn be harmful to these environments.

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