Data from a recent study found that cat owners fall into one of five different categories, depending on their attitudes towards their pets hunting and roaming.
Due to the nature of cats to stalk and kill their prey, many conservation groups have extensively rallied for the banning of free-roaming felines. Cat owners, on the other hand, have vehemently opposed the notion.
A 2013 study showed that cats kill an estimated 1.3 to 4 million birds yearly. Cat owners take issue with how this number was figured but also admit when cats are allowed the choice to hunt, birds and other small wildlife come up on the losing end.
Researchers gave a group of cat owners a list of statements, and the individuals were asked to rank them. In the process of tallying the data, the study showed that five very distinct types of cat owners exist.
This type of cat owner feels that cats are safer when kept indoors. As a rule, they do not allow them to roam outside for fear of them being stolen, lost, or killed.
This type of owner feels that cats should be permitted to be cats and roam wherever they please. They also believe that the need to hunt is normal behavior and aid in controlling any type of rodent issues.
This type of owner believes that allowing a cat to roam has benefits that outweigh any possible risks. Although they love all wildlife and do not necessarily condone hunting, they also acknowledge it is what cats are hard-wired to do.
This type of owner generally believes that cats should be afforded some access to the outdoors, but at the same time, this individual believes there needs to be some form of containment. They also have hunting issues and are particularly worried about all wildlife.
This type of owner feels it is natural for cats to go outdoors, and as a result, realizes that trouble and problems may ensue. As a rule, this type of individual never gave much thought to the effects a cat may have on wildlife.