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Dear Christopher Cat

My friend and I have noticed that fewer birds visit our backyards these days. She says it’s because cats are killing them, and I say cats aren’t the villains.
I realize you are hardly an impartial resource, but can you settle our argument?

Christopher Responds

Yes. The bottom line is: Don’t blame my friends and me. It’s not our fault.

Scientists commissioned by Defenders of Wildlife to study this problem learned that the most threatened species are those that migrate long distances.

The researchers concluded that the greatest threat to migratory birds’ survival is loss of habitat. Birds need forests for breeding and over-wintering, and they need coastal habitat for stopovers during migration.

These habitats are being destroyed in the name of development.

Forests are being replaced by farms, residential neighborhoods and industrial facilities. Coastal land is being converted to luxury building sites.

Cats were barely mentioned in the report.

That’s not to say pet cats should be given free access to the outdoors. It’s safest for us to live inside, where dogs, cars and other predators can’t hurt us.

But thanks to these scientists, we can live indoors with our reputations intact.

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