House cats are the domesticated descendants of the African wildcat (Felis sylvestris lybica).
Our native cats, here in the Southeastern United States, are bobcats and pumas. These animals hunt to survive, not for sport, and their natural prey is well-adapted to survive their predation. The Southern U.S. ecosystem is NOT adapted to handle the massive influx of free-roaming house cats.
Cats decimate populations of native songbirds and small mammals, and spread diseases like distemper and toxoplasmosis to other wildlife. House cats are actually the leading cause of *unnatural* animal deaths in the U.S.
Allowing a house cat to roam freely and kill native animals isn’t nature. It’s an act of callous disregard for the well-being of wildlife (and your pet). If you love animals, please keep your kitty inside.