Cats: Pet or Pest?

Cats are the most common companion animals in New Zealand. However, cats are also highly efficient predators, and are known to kill all kinds of native wildlife, including birds, lizards and insects.

New Zealand’s indigenous species evolved in the absence of any mammalian predators, and so have little or no protection against animals like cats.

Forest & Bird encourages cat owners to minimize the impact their pets have on native wildlife. You can find out how to be a responsible cat owner by reading our fact sheet on the topic.