OG Mag on Wildlife-Friendly Gardens: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

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As a big fan of Organic Gardening Magazine, I take no pleasure in expressing my shock surprise at seeing this photo illustrating an otherwise wonderful article about growing wildlife-friendly gardens.  The caption on the right says “Orange Boy watches wildlife from the front porch.”

I don’t imagine he just watches.

Do we need to repost links to research demonstrating the harm done to wildlife by outdoor cats?

Posted by

Susan Harris
on May 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm, in the category Everybody’s a Critic, Ministry of Controversy.

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11 Comments

  1. 4th June 2016 at 8:50 am —

    I am an older student, but many of the “outdoor cats” I have had were loves that couldn’t catch much of anything to eat outside of a mouse or mole now and then.

  2. 26th June 2016 at 3:52 pm —

    We free feed. Our cat is never hungry, yet if allowed outside, she will bring in small birds and animals. It’s her nature.

  3. 22nd August 2016 at 2:43 am —

    ditto on charlie’s comment. my cats SELDOM catch anything other than 4 legged pests. jon

  4. 28th September 2016 at 3:32 am —

    Are you seriously suggesting all cats stay indoors?

  5. 23rd November 2016 at 10:44 am —

    Get Buckeye chickens. They will catch and eat mice.

  6. 24th November 2016 at 5:58 am —

    I must respectfully disagree. My two (elderly) cats are my beloved garden companions; they are well fed and lazy as hell-they have no interest in the birds that visit the two feeders in my garden. But most important to me is living in a seamless indoor/outdoor space. I live in Northern California, and the idea of having closed doors in spring/summer/fall is not an option. My house is open allowing me to move in and out as I wish. Confining Ted and Doobie would require a significant lifestyle change. I can’t imagine any of us being cooped up in the house behind closed doors-screened or otherwise.

  7. 24th November 2016 at 11:54 am —

    Get a grip girl. Our outdoor kitties may have caught an occasional bird, but they outdid themselves when it came to voles, gophers and rats. No regrets!

  8. 24th November 2016 at 12:45 pm —

    i have indoor cats and outdoor cats. The outdoor girls are well fed to the point that they lay on the picnic table and watch the starlings and bluejays eat the extra cat food and don’t care. However they are excellent at controlling the mole,vole and chipmunk population which is quite a chore as i am surrounded by wild wooded areas so just being outdoor DOES NOT mean bird killer. If they are starving they will eat whatever they can. MY girls aren’t in that group, have been neutered and upto date with rabies shots.

  9. 24th November 2016 at 1:22 pm —

    I despise it when an all-or-nothing approach is attached to any problem and this one, especially, gets my hackles up. We mustn’t generalize between neutered well-fed pets that are supervised in their backyards and feral cat populations in environmentally fragile locations. I have seen the studies where cats are decimating wildlife on islands where flightless birds have not evolved to avoid predators and that is a sad situation.

  10. 24th November 2016 at 7:17 pm —

    Amen.
    i bugs the heck out of me when “data” is overused/abused to the point of generating misinformation. i live/garden next door to 4 outdoor cats and i have 4 bird feeding stations. not one song-bird fatality at the paws of a cat in the past 15 years.

  11. 24th November 2016 at 11:25 pm —

    I don’t know why we can include one animal (birds) and exclude another (cats) as wildlife. I feel to keep a cat inside is no different than keeping a lion in a cage. they cannot be the way they were made to be and this makes them unhappy. I have had both strictly indoor cats and outdoor cats and they behave very differently. It is sad to me that we cannot let them be who they were meant to be. Let alone they help control bird populations. It is like wildlife discrimination.

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