New Cat Collar Uses UV Bird Vision to Make Outdoor Cats Visible to Birds

ChirpOn-cat-collar

This post is sponsored by ChirpOn

Bird populations have declined dramatically over the last decades. Contrary to what some ill informed organizations would like you to believe, cats are not solely responsible for this decline. Major factors are habitat destruction, widespread use of pesticides and bird collisions with window reflections and motor vehicles. However, cats will be cats if they have access to the outdoors, and they will hunt and kill birds.

Steve Crawford, the creator of the ChirpOn Cat Collar for Birds, wanted to find a way to keep cats from injuring and killing birds that was comfortable as well as safe for cats.

The ChirpOn Cat Collar for Birds was designed to take advantage of the unique characteristics of bird vision discovered by researchers in 1970. Unlike humans, birds see ultra violet light waves that create intense reflective colors. This is the same technology that is used in those clear stickers you can place on windows so birds won’t fly into them. The outside of the stickers is coated in a UV material.

ChirpOn has developed proprietary silicone appendages that reflect UV light and sway with cat movement. Attached via grommets to a custom manufactured collar, the flexible appendages jut up behind the cat’s head.

ChirpOn-collar-detail

It took over a year of extensive research, development, and testing to create a collar that deflects birds, yet is unobtrusive and comfortable for cats. The collar includes standard features such as a break away safety clasp, and size adjustment. It is made from 100% bamboo fiber that is naturally soft and smooth on cat fur, according to the company’s field testing.

“When my kids finally went out on their own, they left me with their cats and their cell phone bills,” says company founder and developer Steve Crawford. “I’m still attempting to negotiate the cell phone bills, but the impact of the cats on the songbirds was distressing. The collar appears simple but it’s really very complex. It took a lot of trial and error. The cats are none the wiser. The birds chirp on!”

Essentially, this unique cat collar gives birds a big advantage, and still lets cats be cats and follow their instincts, unaware that the unobtrusive collar is hampering their success.

Watch this brief video for more information and to see the ChirpOn collar in action:

The Cat Collar for Birds is available for pre-order exclusively through ChirpOn’s Kickstarter campaign until September 21, 2016, and then at http://www.chirpon.com.

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9 Comments on New Cat Collar Uses UV Bird Vision to Make Outdoor Cats Visible to Birds

  1. scrawford@chirpon.com
    August 27, 2016 at 11:11 am (9 months ago)

    Hi, this is Steve, developer of the ChirpOn collar. While it is a great idea to keep all cats indoors, the fact is that 50 million plus domestic cats have access to the outdoors and are responsible for the loss of over a billion birds a year… and that’s just in the U.S. My goal is not to discuss the merits and responsibilities of cat ownership, but to address this awful statistic. It is important to consider that in our huge country there are a lot of different circumstances. In my case, for instance, I live on a large property in a rural area. My cats walk in the woods daily with me & the dogs. They chase each other, the cats run up trees, they hide in ambush to startle the dogs. They sleep in my bed. They live a great life. However, they no longer kill birds. That said, I can’t imagine living in an urban environment and letting my cats roam the neighborhood.

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  2. Sweet Purrfections
    August 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm (9 months ago)

    I appreciate what the creator is trying to do to help both cats and birds. My cats don’t go outside and they don’t wear collars, so it isn’t something I would use. Thanks for sharing this information.

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  3. Amy Allen
    August 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm (9 months ago)

    Actually, cats are far from being the big killers of birds. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of birds of prey like hawks and eagles that hunt birds, and will even attack cats.

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  4. Clea Simon
    August 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm (9 months ago)

    Thanks for this! I have a friend who lets her cat sit in their garden (she says he cries too much if she doesn’t let him out). He has begun getting birds, of course….

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  5. KimMarie
    August 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm (9 months ago)

    This is silly. Just keep your cat indoors if you’re worried about him or her killing birds instead of strapping on an unhealthy UV collar.

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  6. LucyP
    August 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm (9 months ago)

    This may help reduce bird casualties caused by cats who are allowed to roam, but it doesn’t protect cats from the many dangers they face when they are left to wander unattended–including cars, dogs, cruel people, contagious diseases, poisons, and more. Please, never let your cat roam unattended.

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  7. Paula Renee
    August 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm (9 months ago)

    It’s not safe for cats or birds to let cats roam outside by themselves! If you care about your cats, please keep them inside.

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  8. Louise Ayers
    August 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm (9 months ago)

    outdoor cats will always hunt….indoor cats try, they do get bugs, and mice on occasion….Next we will have a collar for that….my feeling is my cats don’t hunt birds because they don’t get outside. also afraid the plastic will put out a eye when cats playing…

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  9. Margaret
    August 26, 2016 at 3:55 am (9 months ago)

    This seems a very good idea basically and seems to work, but not everyone is keen on cats wearing collars of any description…. and ’tis only nature after all that makes them hunt and jump at anything that moves. Nobody likes to see anything being killed, we are all God’s creatures after all…. but do appreciate the reasoning behind the article and as I say, basically seems a good idea so hope it works and the bird population will not be decimated further than neceswsary. As you point out, it is not only cats who destroy it……

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