The Effects of Outdoor Cats on Wildlife

Attacks by free roaming pet cats are one of the top three causes of wildlife admissions to our center. This Mourning Dove came in early last week after she luckily escaped from a cat. As you can see in the photos comparing her wings, nearly all of this dove's primary and secondary flight feathers on her right wing were ripped out, leaving her unable to fly. She also has several puncture wounds. Even with these injuries, this bird is very lucky. She will be released after her feathers finally grow back. Be a part of the solution! Keep cats indoors! It is much safer for the cats and especially for the wild animals that make their home in our environment!

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