I, for one, am heartened to see that the nation's cat owners are embracing the task of ridding suburban gardens of untidy native songbirds, slow worms, frogs, toads, small mammals and even, by the sounds of it, bats and pestilential ducks.
I distinctly remember, when I was about eight, there being a nest of robin chicks cluttering up our garage. We had been watching it for weeks so imagine my relief when eventually the neighbour's cat cleared it up. I wondered whether Mr and Mrs robin would hang around but we never saw them again. Phew!
So, perhaps when you next cuddle your feline friend, give it an extra tickle as a 'thank you' from me.