A story about the common cat being “cold-blooded killers” made its way around the Internet yesterday (including at TheBlaze). It centered on a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute study that said domesticated cats kill up to 21 billion small mammals every year.

Treating the study as if it highlighted a fundamental flaw in our social fabric, and not as if it were just an interesting story, the New York Times was moved to offer a recommendation.

From an editorial this morning titled “soft and deadly”:

[C]at owners could help by treating their cats more like dogs. After all, it is a rare dog owner who lets a pet loose to roam the neighborhood.