It’s 10 P.M. Do You Know Where Your Cat Is?

In Iceland, traditionally a land of cat lovers, bans and curfews are redefining the human relationship with domestic cats:

As a cat owner, I had assumed the six or seven birds Ronja brought inside her first summer was all she had caught. Each time, I was shocked, but it took a wounded whimbrel, a shorebird, fighting for its life on the living room floor for me to accept the problem. Ronja has the character of a serial killer. About one-third of pet cats, mind you, are like the comic strip character Garfield. For the Garfields, hunting is not worth the effort, or only for the rare occasion. Some breeds are more dangerous than others. But for most cats, either they’ve got a killer personality or not: among owned cats, only around 20 percent are considered super hunters, so good at their craft that a single bell around their neck will do little to kill their ambition.

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: May 17, 2022
Length: 15 minutes (3,900 words)
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