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Cats' Secret Life Could Be Killing Billions

By Carlo Falco
Published On: Feb 04 2013 09:10:42 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

The little furball napping on your sofa could have a second life.  And it’s a much more violent than you may think.

A surprising new study by Nature Communications says that cats in the United States could be killing 24 billion small birds and mammals every year.

That would make cats the greatest human related killer of small birds and small mammals.  They kill more small animals than poison, hunting or collisions with cars or buildings.

But you can help keep these adorable killing machines from wreaking havoc on local wildlife.  Experts say the best thing to do is keep them inside.  

Another option is to put a collar with a bell or motion activated sound-making device on the cat.  This will allow the birds and small animals that would otherwise become prey to have some advanced warning and get away.