Let’s talk about domestic cats. I’d like to start by saying the cat pictured is owned, is wearing a bell and has an unlimited bowl of food to eat. This cat has hunted and killed a native baby bird, a familiar story in Australia and across the world. Domestic cats are not a part of any natural ecosystem. Which means it is not natural when they hunt and kill wildlife. Many species (all in Australia) have not evolved with cats making them especially susceptible to predation. A study titled ‘how many birds are killed by cats in Australia?’ published in the journal of conservation biology estimated that cats kill one million birds a day in Australia alone. This is a biodiversity crisis with some small mammal and bird species already extinct through cat predation. What can you do to help? Keep your pet cat confined 24/7 inside your home or in a cat enclosure. This is a very easy thing that people can do to directly help the wildlife in their area. If you don’t own a cat yourself, spread the word! We all have the capacity to elicit positive change for wildlife.