NZ has over 120 lizards species, of which a quarter are critically or nationally endangered. It is heartbreaking to read that one solo cat can kill 28 lizards in one sitting and not even eat them.
In Central Otago, we have some of the rarest and most threatened geckos and skinks and a single event like this can have massive consequences on population numbers and genetic diversity/resiliance.
Cats are an important member of many NZ households but it is important for owners to be aware that even the fluffiest and cuddliest cat is a born predator.
Here are a few ways to protect lizards from your feline family member:
* Keep your cat inside, particularly at night
* Feed cats balanced meals at regular times so hunger doesn't force them to hunt
* Fit a collar with bells to your cat
* If there is a place you know the lizards live in your garden, place netting over it to prevent your cat from getting in