This is why you have every right to be tired.
”Researchers now see sleep problems as a cause, and not a side effect, of teenage depression.” - from the artcle!
My high school actually acknowledged this and pushed our school start time back from 7:30 to 8:10. It wasn’t much, but just an extra half hour of sleep really helped a lot of students.
Our cat passed away over a year ago…
I know the polls and know that felines kill billions of birds along with other small creatures per year. Though in my personal perspective its seems a bit ridiculous to foster and have a feline companion… but not allow them outside and deny their natural instincts.
Housecats or domesticated cats do have an affect on the general decline in bird population. Though, it is the stray and feral felines that really bring in the decreasing numbers due to their constant procreation and not having the convenience of a full food dish every morning.
Again I know the statistics and understand that house cats do in fact weigh in the numbers, but there are simple things that can be done to help decrease the ever growing feline population and decrease fatality rates… such as fixing your cat or helping organizations spay and neuter feral cats.
And though I may use bits and pieces of animals brought to me by felines, doesn’t mean I am in fact supporting the declining bird population.. it means I hate to see something wasted, so whatever doesn’t get eaten gets utilized.
Simple as that.
While I applaud you for not letting the bones go to waste and noted that this anon’s tone was a bit poor, I noticed a few problematic points in your response.
First about well-fed housecats not hunting. A study was done by the University of Georgia and National Geographic on this exact same thing. They found that 1 in 3 of these well-fed cats killed prey. They averaged 2 kills per week. With the estimated 93.5 million pet cats in the USA, that’s a lot of birds, small mammals, and lizards dying.
Another interesting thing that study found is that cats tend to bring home only 21% of their kills. The rest are eaten or just left to rot. So what you see that your cat has killed is only a small percentage of what they actually do and will bias your view on just how much damage kitty does.
So yes, while there are other anthropogenic causes of wildlife decline, cats are one of them. They were introduced by humans and therefore are a human-caused problem. Same thing with other invasives. People just seem to love cats more because they are fluffy and live in our homes.
Now onto the “natural instinct” thing. Dogs have hunting instincts, too. Many dogs have a very high prey drive and will kill small animals on sight (including cats). Is it right to keep that instinct from them? Most people would say no. As a responsible pet owner it is your job to redirect your pets instinct to something constructive like play or training. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t have pets.
I live by a busy road and can’t let my cats out by themselves. But I walk my cats with a harness and a leash through the park once or twice a week. They love it! They can explore the nature and play with insects and leaves but are supervised by me so there is no killing of other animals. And when we don’t go to the park there is lots of indoor playtime. Harness and leash is a great way to give cats a natural outdoor experience without the environmental damage. You do have to take it slow though, as some cats take awhile to adjust to new concepts like a harness. One of my cats was very hesitant about the harness at first but now when I get it out, he will sprint to the front door because he knows we’re going walking.
making fun of girls for having “daddy issues” is literally the most illogically cruel thing i can think of haha “hey you! your dad sucked! i bet that really impacted your life and the way you form relationships with other people lmfao fuckin loser”