Letting your cat roam outdoors can be dangerous for your pet as well as the ecosystem.
Although some pet owners think cats need to explore, a new study suggests that there are many potential risks for their outside adventures. The cats could be exposed to disease and they could prey on native wildlife
This exposure can threaten their own health, as well as the safety of their humans once they return home, researchers say.
Free-roaming cats were also found to prey on native species including chipmunks, gray squirrels, cottontail rabbits, groundhogs, and white-footed mice. When they hunt those species they can harm the ecosystem by reducing biodiversity.