How To Protect Birds From Cats?

by Renee

We have been watching birds in our yard for about 6 years now & keep adding newcomers all the time. We have always been worried about feeding the birds, that they will be a "Cat" feeder too. This happen the very first time the other night. A stray cat jumped up on a box feeder (4 feet off the ground) & nabbed a dove. I scared it off, but unfortunately it was too late for the dove.

My question is, is there anything we can us to keep the cats away from our feeders to protect our birds?

Love watching our birds

Dear Renee
Field naturalists and others who have studied conditions surrounding our native birds, agree that the house cat is one of the most destructive enemies to birds. The number of birds annually killed by them is enormous.

Feeders and nesting-boxes may be protected from cats by wrapping a piece of tin, about eighteen inches wide, around the tree or post four feet from the ground, and fastening it there. Cats are not able to climb over this.

One reader wrote in:
"We have solved the question of how to control our family cat. His days are spent inside on the south porch, where he sits contentedly looking out through the netting in front, or curls up in a box in a shady corner. After the birds are quiet for the night, he is released. The good supper that awaits him at nine o'clock never fails to bring him to the door, where he is captured and safely shut up for the night."

If it is a neighbor's cat, you might suggest a bell collar. Hope this helps.

Happy Birding,

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