Saturday, March 15, 2014
The Great Debate - Indoor Vs. Outdoor Cats
This is a subject close to my heart. I love cats and I absolutely understand that they are happiest when they can come and go as they please. At the same time, it is alarming to know that the 84 million domestic cats in America kill between one and four billion - that's billion with a b - birds every year.
I don't advocate keeping cats indoors. At the same time, cats are a significant factor in the diminishing number of wild birds in our environment. It's a troubling dilemma.
Not long ago, I did a blog entry on a wonderful book titled, Lost Cat, by Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton. While they were on tour for their book, Caroline and Wendy found themselves drawn into the debate about whether cats should be kept indoors or allowed to roam free. In response, Wendy and her collaborator, Tom Westerlin, developed this one minute video that addresses this cat controversy in a delightfully creative way.
Here is a link to The Great Debate Indoors Vs. Outdoors... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vKZtbGOuAA