By Josie November 13th, 2023
As odd as it sounds, some countries are now imposing a curfew for cats. Do you know why?
From the northern reaches of Iceland to the biodiverse landscapes of Australia, municipalities are imposing these cat curfews.
In Iceland, towns like Akureyri and Húsavík have led the charge, restricting nocturnal outdoor activities for cats.
Similarly, in Australia, regions are considering curfews and even household cat limits to protect their rich biodiversity.
Cats are natural predators, and when allowed to roam freely, they can significantly impact local wildlife, particularly bird populations.
Additionally, cats can cause disturbances in neighborhoods, from nocturnal noises to unwanted ‘gifts’ left on doorsteps.
Despite their cuddly appearances and affectionate behaviors, cats are in fact recognized by conservationists as one of the world’s most harmful invasive species.
This might seem really unintuitive to us, especially seeing as they’re one of the most popular pets.
However, their predatory instincts can wreak havoc on local ecosystems. This leads to the decline or extinction of native species.