Outdoor cats have the freedom to roam around, but they also create danger to wildlife such as birds that they kill. While many cat owners have tried bells or bright colors to alert wildlife, one way to keep cats from killing wildlife is to give your cat more meat.

Researchers at the University of Exeter in England designed an experiment to explore if a cats’ extracurricular desire to hunt came from something lacking in their diet or from natural instincts. When cats were fed a diet with a higher meat content or increased regular playtime, it reduced their hunting instincts and, in return, lowered the amount of wildlife casualties. To feed your cat more meat and help protect wildlife in your neighborhood.

To learn more about how meat can reduce a cat’s hunting instincts, click here.