Beware of the killer cats

He may look cute as a button when he’s curled up on your sofa – but your pussy cat is a ruthless killer.

A new study estimates that domesticated and feral cats are responsible for about 3.7 billion bird deaths each year. That’s much higher than previous estimates, which put the death toll in the hundreds of millions.

USA Today says that’s in addition to the small mammals cats prey on, anywhere from 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion a year. Stunned wildlife experts say the voracious appetite of the country’s cats could impact the survival of certain species.

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