Billions of native animals, including mammals and birds, are being killed by cats every year, research has found.
Feral cats are versatile predators and can prey on anything that’s in the right size range that they can get access to
There is a misconception that feral cats help keep down the numbers of other feral animals, including rabbits and mice
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The research, published in the new book, Cats in Australia: Companion and Killer, revealed each feral cat in the bush would kill about 740 animals per year.
Meanwhile, a domesticated cat would kill about 75 animals in a year.
In total, the book’s authors said cats would kill more than 3 million mammals every day, while about 2 million reptiles and 1 million birds would also be killed.
The book is a compilation of key findings from hundreds of studies about cat management.