My experience is similar. While it is perhaps slightly less relevant in the UK due to the lack of wolves/lynxes/jackals/eagle owls that prowl the continent, cats that are left unsupervised outdoors are always at risk from traffic or other accidents, or even getting killed by larger predators. Frankly, if I were to own "outdoor" cats, I'd worry about them getting run over, all the time.As a former cat owner, I agree with the above, my 2 rescue cats lived a safe and long life without leaving the house, why should they be outside where they can kill or be killed?.
Can't you give them a collar with a bell?
There are also very colorful collars that seem to reduce the camouflage of cats: birdsbesafe.com
check it out I would say.
My stance is that no living thing should be locked or killed for fun (of humans). So cats shouldn't be locked, and wild birds shouldn't be killed by pets. I feel that a cat with a collar that makes noise or is very visible, will most likely be acceptable as they won't kill a lot of birds (but some other animals will unfortunately be still too slow to escape).
Welcome Becca !Hey,
This is actually a very good point! I have done a bit of googling and there are a few things that might help: https://meow.hpage.com/stop-cat-killing-birds
I don't think i will be actively attracting birds though, but having the added precaution of collar bells is actually a good idea!
One of the cats actually doesn't seem bothered about birds (she's a little chunky) so maybe i should try fattening the other two up a bit! I think i'll stick to watching the birds away from the house to be on the safe side. I live in Bath but am often heading further west to visit family and had the pleasure of seeing wat i am pretty sure was a little wood warbler last weekend!
Thanks for all the responses! It is a shame bacuse I love the idea of waking up and seeing lots of birds on the feeder outside, but of course this shouldn't be at the detriment of the birds!
I don't want to keep the cats indoors as they love going out so much!
My partner lives a few roads down, so maybe i'll have to start my bird feeding project in his garden instead?
Agreed.Cats are a scourge on native wildlife. The law should be changed and they should be kept in or exercised on a lead as dogs are and not to mention the indiscrminate shitting on private property where they roam.
For "outdoor cats" I might be inclined to agree, but for "indoor cats" that's quite untrue, and really quite an unfair judgement upon cat owners. If I judged dog owners by the way most of them managed their dogs I could easily leap to similar sleights against "all dog owners."Cats are basically a pet for lazy people who can't be bothered walking a dog.
Get a bird table with a long pole up the middle of a large flat table with facilities to hand seed and fat feeders from the top of the pole. Make sure the table area is as big as you can find. This will prevent food fragments coming down to the ground where they would attract birds and make them vulnerable to cat strike. Ground birds like Blackbirds will learn to fly up to the table to get food that has fallen. Clean the table regularly to prevent the spread of diseases especially to finches. Your birds can now feed safely from cats.
If possible site the feeder table near a hedge preferably hawthorn or similar spiky. The birds can lounge in here and hide if Sparrowhawk comes and the spikes prevent cats climbing up to use the hedge to jump off.
You now have birds coming to feed reasonably safely.
Cats are basically a pet for lazy people who can't be bothered walking a dog.
By the same token, dog owners are all (sweeping statement alert):
Or they couldn't tolerate the yapping of their stupid dog all through the day and half the night, standing in their back garden, barking at nothing.
Daft in the head
They fall into two categories, both equally daft. Half let their dog poo in the park where kids play. The other half do the same but scoop up most (but not all) of the poo into a polybag and hang it in the bushes where kiddies can enjoy finding it and making pattacakes from the funny PlayDoh they find inside.
These sturdy folks that take their pooch for bracing country walks think the sheep that run away with dog chasing them are all just joining in the hearty fun. The dog isn't chasing them really: they are running together. And its all just a coincidence if a sheep dies from shock later that night after having a dogs teeth sink into its hind-quarters.