Keep domestic cats and dogs well-fed to reduce predation of wild mammals
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Domestic pets can be major predators on wild mammals. For example, an estimated 57 million mammals are killed by domestic cats Felis catus in the UK each year (Wood et al. 2003) while negative impacts of domestic dogs Canis lupus familiaris on wild mammals include predation, disease transmission and disturbance (Hughes & Macdonald 2013). Keeping animals well fed might reduce their hunting activities and other interactions with wild mammals.
Woods M., Mcdonald R. & Harris S. (2003) Predation of wildlife by domestic cats Felis catus in Great Britain. Mammal Review, 33, 174–188.
Hughes J. & Macdonald D.W. (2013) A review of the interactions between free-roaming domestic dogs and wildlife. Biological Conservation, 157, 341–351.