My Daughter moved back home recently and with her came two young cats, I'm not a great lover of cats basically they kill small birds etc, this morning I found one of the cats with a baby Wren which I was not best pleased about. Is there anything that can be done to reduce the chances of these cats killing, I hear that putting a bell round thier neck may be one solution I just wish they could be trained not to kill. Any ideas of how to stop these cats from behaving like cats.
If you use the bell method, then make sure the collar is the flexible and release type. Many a cat as suffered serious injuries and even death through having the wrong type collar.
If the bird is learning to fly, injured etc, then a bell will be of very little use.
Other birds can be just as much a problem for other birds. A few years ago, we lost some blue tits including one of the adults through house sparrows raiding the nest boxes. We overcame that problem, by reducing the nest box hole size. Still didn't stop the magpies and crows having an attempt at reducing the smaller bird population though!.
I know its hard to say, but in nature, its the fittest that usually survive.
My cat's a lazy so & so. He just sits and watches birds. The only thing I've seem him chase and catch are flies and the occasional grasshopper. He does chase next door's cat, but as soon as they reach the fence he just gives up. Its like he's saying 'Keep off my patch'.
We've had this discussion on several previous occasions, and it usually ends up the same way - people want to stop cats behaving naturally.
Nobody seems to complain about the way that fluffy little birds eat live insects.
The natural world (as it's called) is full of animals eating each other. We do it, but we're so sophisticated we employ special people to do the killing on our behalf, so we don't have to commit the act of slaughter ourselves.
Yes but in nature there are few wild cats in UK. By breeding, feeding, proecing them and paying for vets etc the balance between cats and birds is way out of kilter, so birds are predated by cats more than they would normalle be.