Last Updated on: September 27, 2015 by Ingrid King
Guest post by Stephen Pritchard
Cats have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years, but domesticated cats still share many attributes with wild cats. The desire to hunt is one of them. Many cat lovers are also big bird fans, which means cats’ remarkable hunting skills can often be cause for concern.
Indoor cats live longer and healthier lives, but some cat guardians just can’t or won’t confine their cats to live indoors. The following will help you make your garden safer for birds if your cats go outside.
Attach a bell
A bell on your cat’s collar can warn birds that they’re about to be had for lunch. A study by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds found that a bell on a collar could reduce predation of birds by 41%, making it a simple and effective way to help keep birds safer.
Keep your cat well fed
As many as 25% of cats in the UK are considered obese; in the United States, that number is a staggering 53%. It goes without saying that it’s important to not over-feed your cat. However, if your cat is underfed, he or she is much more likely to go searching for food elsewhere.
Choose dinner time wisely
Birds are most vulnerable during sunset and sunrise, as this is when they are most likely to feed. Try feeding your cat at these times so they’ll be less likely to catch birds.
Keep bird feeders above ground
If you enjoy a garden full of birds you probably feed them. Avoid leaving birdseed on the ground – this invites cats to pounce on unsuspecting birds. Instead, place feeders where cats will have trouble getting to them. Consider placing spikey plants such as holly around feeding stations and bird baths to keep cats at paw’s length.
When things go wrong
It can be distressing to bird lovers when your cat brings his prey into your home. Remember that it’s in your cat’s nature to hunt and attempting to discipline or scold the cat will have little effect but to upset him.
With proper precautions, birds and cats can peacefully coexist in your garden.
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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.