Date: 3/25/20 2:33 am From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Device and information to reduce bird kills by cats
I can’t remember if I have posted this before, but spring is here, along with baby birds soon…..
There is a highly effective cat “collar” called Birdsbesafe which strongly reduces bird kills. In this <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2351989415000050> study, cats wearing it killed 19 times fewer birds in the spring! It isn’t too costly (~$10), and can be used with a breakaway collar to protect the cat. Also is reflective at night, which again protects the kitty.
Also, there was a nice, short, article in the Good News Network ( a site which gathers news stories about environment, people, etc, which are actually good and/or hopeful/encouraging - pretty nice these days) titled “New Study of 900 House Cats Finally Answers Age-Old Question About What Felines Do When They Go Outside”. It is interesting, very cat-lover-friendly, AND just slips in there the part about cats killing up to 4 Billion birds. It then goes on to say there is a solution, and tells the story of this collar invention.
It is the best write-up I have yet seen to get the information across to the people who need to be aware of the issue, if they are not already. The other write-ups or posters I have seen can elicit a very defensive reaction for the people who most need to see it.
Note: I know there are a lot of birdwatchers who have their own beloved kitty, and are very aware, plus have taken steps to protect birds. This is to help get the word out to those who are unaware, or think there is nothing to be done.
Sorry for the long post, but here’s hoping that it can save some birds!