the cold, animals are starting to have spring babies. Baby animals may look helpless but mom is usually close by.
If you do find a baby animal that you think needs help, please refer to TWC’s website for guidance or call the Hotline at 416-631-0662.
Many baby birds spend 1-2 weeks hopping around on the ground after they have left their nest, BEFORE they are able to fly. This is a part of their normal “fledgling” period, and though parent birds are still feeding and caring for their babies during this stage, they cannot protect them from cats.
Many mammal species also nest on the ground or in places cats can easily access. Cottontail rabbits stash their babies in a ground nest (which are frequently built in urban and suburban backyards) and for 3 weeks will leave them unattended except when feeding them. The babies are unable to run or hop away if discovered by a cat.
Can’t keep your cat indoors?
Here are some alternatives.
Note: I’m guessing the above piece refers mostly to an urban environment.
Still, the cat issue is a tough one, arguments for both sides. Once upon a time I wouldn’t have considered keeping my cat inside, then circumstances forced the decision (I moved into an apartment that was perfect in all aspects other than in/out access for my cat). She adapted and we lived happily ever after, acquiring other cats, which, because she was, became indoor ones also.
And though I’m in a house now, with a yard, I choose to keep them inside because we’re surrounded by roads and I don’t want to see them squashed beside one. Were we surrounded instead by boundless meadows where they could run about eating up mice and other elements of the food chain (all the while taking a risk at becoming part of the foodchain themselves) I may consider letting them out.