Please Help Protect My Wild Cat Relatives

Relaxing on the Couch with Jacey

Relaxing on the Couch with JaceyIt is a relaxing day for me, Jacey, and Marley.  You can see me and Jacey relaxing on the couch here.  And while being a diabetic cat has its challenges, I know that I have a home where I am safe and protected.  This is not the case for many of my wild relatives, and there are many endangered cats.

Many of you know about how some of my larger cousins are endangered cats, but even though some of them are at risk of going extinct, there are some cats that are in even more danger.  Catster put together a list of the five most endangered cats.  It is likely that you did not know that some of these felines existed!

  • Bornean bay cat.  This feline cousin of mine lives in the rain forests of Borneo.  There are less than 2,500 of them left in the wild.  Humans are encroaching on their habitat, and they are losing their homes because of this. The Bornean Bay Cat is One of the Most Endangered Cats
  • Flat headed cat.  A cat with a flat head?  Are you humans sure this is a cat?  Okay, if you say so.  This endangered cat lives in the tropical rainforests of southeast Asia.  I think Jacey and Marley are small, but this feline is tiny.  It is only three to six pounds.  Humans are encroaching on its habitat, and it is losing access to the fish it eats. Loss of Habitat Has Made the Flat Headed Cat an Endangered Cat
  • Snow leopard.  Sometimes, before I swat some sense into him, the human thinks he could keep this beautiful big cat as a pet.  He says that it’s smaller than him, so he could control it.  Then I swat him with my paw to remind him what a much smaller feline can do and he changes his mind.  The snow leopard lives in the highlands of central Asia and should not live in human homes.  Because poachers hunt it for its gorgeous coat, and humans are encroaching on its habitat, it has joined too many of my cousins on the list of endangered cats. Poaching and Habitat Encroachment have Made the Snow Leopard an Endangered Cat
  • Andean mountain cat.  This feline is about the same size as me.  It is so rarely seen that the area where it lives can only be guessed!  Researchers think that it lives in the high Andes of South America.  It is an endangered cat because of loss of habitat due to mining and water extraction as well as human encroachment and unsustainable farming. Mining and Water Extraction Make the Andean Mountain Cat an Endangered Cat
  • Iberian lynx.  This is the most endangered cat.  It once was found all over Spain, but its habitat has shrunk to only two small pockets in the southern part of that country.  This feline cousin is critically endangered because it has adapted to eat rabbits pretty much exclusively, and multiple outbreaks of diseases among rabbits have decimated the rabbit population. The Ilberian Lynx is an Endagered Cat Because its Food Source has been Decimated

These endangered cats need your help.  Many of you have helped my fellow special needs cats.  But please keep my wild cousins in mind.  Some of them need a lot more help than we do!

My Fellow Felines Help Wildlife

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Does Not Do This

We felines have gotten a bad rap recently.  We have been accused of killing more than a billion birds annually.  Since I am diabetic cat, I am required to stay indoors, but I was an indoor only cat before I was diagnosed with diabetes.  And Jacey has always been an indoor only cat as well.  So it is wrong to accuse us of being murderers.  Well, maybe of bugs, but our human doesn’t consider that murder.  He considers that a favor.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Does Not Do ThisThis number was very quickly disputed, and many humans defended us by saying that their cats were like us — we have killed exactly zero birds and our human will keep it that way.  Other humans disputed the way the study was conducted.  Even the humans who conducted the study said it had many flaws and the estimates could be widely off.

Well, I always knew that many of my fellow felines do not kill birds because we do not get the chance to.  We are very capable of doing it, because of how we have eBagheera the Diabetic Cat does not Stalk Prey Like Thisvolved.  We are very efficient hunters because we had to be in order to survive.

But now another study has come out and it shows that we felines are often good for the ecosystem in which we live.  Here is how we felines help:

  • We kill other animals that cause harm.  One one Australian island, feral cats were eliminated.  Not surprisingly, the rat population increased exponentially.  And guess what those rats did?  They decimated the bird population.
  • We kill the slow and weak.  Thus, we help make sure that natural selection takes place and the strong and fast survive.
  • We help make the prey population smarter.  Now I know you humans are thinking, a smart rat?  Yes.  There are smart and dumb rats, and we kill the dumb ones.
  • We help maintain the ecosystem.  There is a balance that needs to be kept, and having too many prey animals like rats in the ecosystem can be very damaging
  • We maintain ecological diversity.  By keeping our prey’s population in check, we allow other animals to fill their niche.

The question of feline predation is much more complicated than the humans who write on those papers we use for the litter box will have you think.  And many cats, including diabetic cats like me, do not ever go outside.  So do not believe the stories about how we are destroying the bird population.