I have a problem. Our neighborhood is full of cats. As a result, they stalk my feeders fairly often. I can’t be around all the time to shoo them away but I don’t want them to kill any birds. Is there a way to keep cats away from the feeders without me being there all the time? Thanks, Everyone!
Hi! I also have the same problem. No matter where we move to, there is always some cat out there who takes up stocking the birds at the feeders. I have used a Super Soaker water gun as a deterrent when I’m around. However, that’s of no help when absent. Even though some states actually have laws that cats are to be kept on a leash when outside, people still let their animals roam freely. The law is never enforced. Anyway, the only solution that I found that gives the birds a chance at survival is to make sure that there is no cover immediately near the feeders where the cat can hide unseen by the birds and then pounce on them by surprise. That way when the cat makes a run for the bird, it gives them enough time to respond and get away. It’s not exactly a foolproof solution, but it does make it harder for the cat to get a bird.
I like your approach! While we can’t really police other peoples’ pets and strays, we can put our bird feeders in locations that give birds an advantage. You can also use baffles or other barriers around your feeders that make it difficult for cats to reach the birds.
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