Gardening Articles: Care :: Pests & Problems
Stop Cats from Catching Birds
by Charlie Nardozzi
Cats are cute and cuddly, but they still are felines. Their instincts are to hunt. Many cat owners are horrified to find their cat stalking and killing birds, especially those at the bird feeder. Its estimated cats kill more than 4.4 million birds a year. Unless you keep your cat indoors 24/7, there is a possibility they will go after birds in your yard.
Now theres a new product that will allow your cat to roam the property freely, yet prevent them from catching and killing birds. The catbib is a lightweight neoprene material that attaches to the cats collar. It hangs down in front of your cat to disrupt their hunting while allowing the cat to run, jump, eat, sleep, and act normally. The brightly colored bib alerts birds to a cats presence before they strike. Tests at Murdock University, Western Australia, showed the catbib prevented 81% of cats from catching birds. It also reduces small mammal predation as well.
For more information on the cat bib, go to: : Cat Goods.