Date: 3/25/20 1:01 pm From: Carol Pecot <carol.pecot...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: Device and information to reduce bird kills by cats
I totally agree about keeping cats indoors!!! Years ago, I had a cat and
we kept her indoors except for a couple of times that we put her on a
harness and leash to go outdoors. Sadly for the birds, there are many cat
owners who will never keep their cat indoors, so this at least can offset
some of the damage that will be happening.
It was good to see that a scientific study was done on the effectiveness of
it, so we do not need to rely on the claims of the manufacturer or the
anecdotal notes from the cat owners.
I used to do wild Bird rehab at Alexander Lindsay Museum, and when you
picked up the birds who were listed as "Cat caught", it basically meant
that the birds would die in the next couple of days. So even the birds
that temporarily survive will usually die later in my experience. If the
collars could prevent many birds from getting caught in the first place,
that would be a big improvement.
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...> wrote:
> I am always skeptical about cat owners (and the product's manufacturer)
> reporting how those collars work so well. I agree with Jane. Keep cats
> indoors. Birds need all the help they can get.
> On Mar 25, 2020, at 10:26 AM, Jane Orbuch wrote:
> I gave my neighbor one of the collars described by Carol about a year
> ago. My neighbor is in denial about the effect her outdoor roaming cat has
> on wildlife. In fact, while we were gone for 3 weeks it roamed on our deck
> and property everyday (we are pet free :)). In any event, if she used
> collar (it is pretty huge and obnoxious), I never saw the cat with it on.
> So, might work for folks who know how outdoor cats harm wildlife, but not
> for those who refuse to see or understand the science. BEST SOLUTION IS NO
> OUTSIDE CATS!!!!
> On Mar 25, 2020, at 9:53 AM, Cindy Scott <cdleescott...> wrote:
> Carol, I'm delighted to see your post, and very grateful for the
> information. I've been on the "educator" end of so many conversations
> regarding this topic, and this is just what is needed for such venues like
> the City of Watsonville Nature Center where I worked. I will happily pass
> this information on to my cohorts there! Thank you! Cindy Scott, Corralitos
> On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 2:33:53 AM UTC-7, carol.pecot wrote:
>> 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.
>> It is very interesting to read the reader comments on Amazon
>> <https://www.amazon.com/Birdsbesafe-Cat-Collar-Cover/dp/B007I5MFFS/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=birds+be+safe&linkCode=sl2&linkId=2ac8c16e7f35f659f5c9b8ea374c5c5c&qid=1585126427&sr=8-2>, most
>> of which were expressing amazement at how effective it was. It might make
>> a nice gift for the cat lovers you know. :-)
>> 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!
>> Carol Pecot
>> Above Soquel
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