|Look at what I caught! Are you proud of me?|
The New York Times published a interesting article about the impacts that domestic cats are having on local wildlife populations. It also details the perils of being a house cat outside of the house including poisonous chemicals that can be ingested and run-ins with other neighborhood pets and wildlife. I suggest reading it and taking a second thought when your cat begs you to go outside.
NY Times Article, Jan. 29, 2013 "That Cuddly Kitty of Yours Is a Killer" By Natalie Angier.