Yes, the cats are cute and cuddly - also great company!
I have just finished reading Natalie Angier's article on "That cute, cuddly kitty is a lot deadlier than you think, study finds." And she is so right. Birds do take the brunt of the cuddly creatures, but is that where the blame truly lies?
Actually, it has been in only recent years that "John Q Publc" has shown a great deal of interest in these cuddly creatures. Speaking as a senior my creature was adopted from the Humane Society and has saved me many miserable, lonesome days. She is clean, fun and beautiful. Also, she lives up to her name, "Lady!"
Actually, if properly fed and loved, these creatures would show less interest in their counterparts.