The latest scourge of progressive neighborhoods: Your pet cat

Your fluffy friend may be wreaking havoc on your local ecosystem.

A new report from Cornell University showed many people in the sustainability world don’t approve of outdoor cats. The researchers created two identical profiles of a “green” property with a small lawn, low pesticide usage and solar panels. One version had an icon indicating an indoor cat and the other had one with an outdoor cat. The researchers found that participants who didn’t own cats negatively judged property owners with an outdoor cat and considered them less likely to engage in environmentally-friendly behavior.

“It usually takes a strong environmental commitment to install a solar panel,” said Hwanseok Song, a fifth-year doctoral student in communication at Cornell University and the paper’s lead author.

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