Yesterday I rescued a house sparrow form my friend's cat. It was playing dead and the cat, who had brought it in to 'show off' had let it go presumably waiting for it to move or try to escape.
The cat had a collar but no bell. My friend had no idea that cats do such damage to wild birds, and usually when the cat did bring them in simply shruddered and cleaned up the mess but had never actually tried to do anything about it. He tells me he will try and get a bell for its collar. The bigger the better, I said.
Apart from simply dispensing with our purring friends, does anyone have any good advice? I had a cat for 18 years and a small bell worked wonders - very few birds brought in, or mice for that matter! (Maybe she was just no good at hunting).
By the way, to my surprise, the sparrow my friend's cat caught simply flew away apparently unharmed, as soon as I put it on the shed roof out of the way.