Cats as killers

Apparently, one of the most shared articles on The New York Times website this week is this hatchet job against your beloved Sassy, Patches or Tigger:

The estimated kill rates are two to four times higher than mortality figures previously bandied about, and position the domestic cat as one of the single greatest human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation. More birds and mammals die at the mouths of cats, the report said, than from automobile strikes, pesticides and poisons, collisions with skyscrapers and windmills and other so-called anthropogenic causes.

(I kid, I don’t doubt the validity of this report, and in fact, as I type this, an 18-pound tuxedo short-hair lies next to me and I fear for my life.)

The report even prompted an anti-cat editorial from the Old Gray Lady.

Mostly though, I just think the Times is late to this story, given this August piece on the same subject by our nation’s hotel-door-step paper of record.

The times even scooped themselves on this prowling pussy problem back in 1989.

OK, so maybe our nation does face a difficult cat problem, but let us please not let the people of Wisconsin decide what to do about it.

I would say more on this subject, but I must be going as the tuxedo cat has suddenly taken a keen interest in the cursor moving across my screen, and I think he has eyes on me next.