Many people believe that if a cat brings a dead bird home, it’s simply offering its owners a gift. However, in reality, this could be having a severe ecological impact.
Birds help maintain sustainable population levels of their prey and predator species and are essential in plant reproduction through pollinating and dispersing seeds, so they must be protected wherever possible.
But cats are notorious free spirits. They tend to prefer the outdoors — as they love to roam, explore and adventure beyond the house — so it can be tricky to convince your felines to embrace the indoor life as well as saving the lives of the birds.
The good thing is, there are other things you can do to minimise the chance of it hunting wildlife. So, if your primary concern is how to keep birds safe from your cat, we have the answers for you just keep on reading!
5 Ways to Keep the Birds Safe from Cats
Our garden experts have revealed some of the best tips for protecting birds, mice and other small mammals from being hunted by felines.
Dense vegetation is what naturally keep the birds and other wildlife protected from predators. However, if your garden has a bare lawn, it won’t be much use to them.
To provide cover, make sure to include dense plantings of shrubs or trees or even a wildflower patch where the birds and other wildlife can cover-up.
Tip: By using native plants, not only will they provide cover, but they’ll also offer a natural food source and nesting place too.
Feed the Birds Naturally
If your feline friend or other neighbourhood cats have staked out your bird feeders as a hunting ground, what you can do is to take the feeders down, on focus instead on feeding birds through native plants that provide seeds, berries and insects.
Positioning the Feeder and Birdbath
If planting dense, native species isn’t possible for you, consider instead where you’ve placed your bird feeders or birdbaths. They’ll need some open space around them so that birds will be able to spot cats before they get close enough to pounce – at least 10-12 feet away from any potential hiding places should work.
Don’t Feed Stray Cats
We understand if you want to help any feral, including stray cats in your neighbourhood, by feeding them. But doing so would only exacerbate the problem. As their hunting instincts are stronger, you’ll only be giving them more energy to hunt birds.
Keep the Cat Indoors
The only way to truly keep birds safe from cats and the negative environmental impact that they can have on wildlife is to keep them indoors.
Remember, it’s not their fault, as they’re just following natural instinct. So it’s up to us to prevent and solve the problem.