A new study claims that domestic cats kill 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion birds a year, and 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion mammals.
The authors say these numbers are “far greater” than previous estimates and “may exceed all other sources of anthropogenic (human-caused) mortality of U.S. birds and mammals.”
Even more, apparently, than collisions with buildings and windows.
Don’t be too hard on your pet. To be fair, the study says feral cats are responsible for most of the carnage.
Still… Bad, bad kitty.