Shuri (ex-Dubai street cat) has obviously decided that the best way to keep warm is to go hunting... He doesn't do anything in our garden as the puppy would want to join in too and get in the way ... So he goes two doors down where the neighbours have got a bird table ... He thinks that's very thoughtful of them, thank you very much and has caught three birds in the last week
Our neighbour seems to think I've got a lot more control over Shuri than I actually have and wants me to Do Something ...
He does have a collar and bell most of the time (much to his disgust) but he is a champion collar-loser so there are times when we're 'between collars' (although I got a spare today so I'm prepared!). Any ideas, cat gurus?
Those pitiful bells on the collars are next to useless. I'm seriously considering piercing my cats' ears and attaching big, cast iron, chirch style bells to them! I know dead birds and mice are part of the package with keeping cats but, between them in the last month mine have bought in over 50 mice, voles and shrews. They must have hit a mother load of nests. Thank gods they haven't discovered the neighbour's bird table... Yet!
Yes - that is definitely a Yet. They'll have discovered some 'mouse runs' in eg the longer grass/low bushes and be satisfied with those for the time being and until the supply runs dry. Also, cats being quite lazy for their fun, they'll likely be happy at the moment with prey at a lower level rather than having to climb at all - and that's in a winter garden with no baby birds flobbling around on the ground and more limited cover for them in the shrubbery so that your garden's Watch Bird can see them more easily and warn all comers.
I don't know as there's much you can do, basildon, other than try the collars which Fluffy mentioned. If you've got an outside cat, there's a basic conflict between those and birds - and it's not just other people being concerned because many cat owners themselves like birds and have a problem with their capture.
The RSPB have some useful advice on the topic which you could institute in your own garden but if you mentioned that to your neighbours they would likely say something like 'Why should I have to do this in my very own garden when it's your cat that's causing the problem?'.
Perhaps give them permission to squirt him with water if they see him hunting in their garden?
Put two bells on the collar. RPSB recommends this. They may be able to creep along keeping one bell silent but they won't manage two.
I restocked our obelisk bird feeder yesterday. I already know that Moonkitten can climb halfway up, but the birds would have to be excessively stupid/blind not to see/hear a large and clumsy B&W kitten trying to surreptitiously climb a cast iron obelisk!
I am looking forward to getting home tonight just to see if the birdies have found it. Hoping the cats aren't sitting underneath like Simon's cat with the hungry expression! I also have a supersoaker water pistol. Bought to squirt squirrels on the feeder, but also works with cats!
you could suggest that they put a wire mesh layer beneath the table part which is bigger than the table part where the birds eat, so that though he will be able to climb the pole part but not be able to get to the table part
We came down to feathers yesterday morning, thankfully the rest of the bird was eaten, but Huntercat has a steady stream of mice, shrews, birds etc.
If they have the instinct to hunt they hunt. He is well fed, has treats etc but if it moves he pounces. Even feet under the duvet are enough to trigger an attack!
I'd go with the water pistol option, you could give them one and say squirt him if he's in their garden, but otherwise it's nature red in tooth and claw.
I don't use collars or bells, I've known plenty of cats who hunt successfully with them and as an occasional tinnitis affected soul I cannot give my cat a constant ringing sound in their ultra sensitive hearing, it seems cruel to me. My two can hear a treat packet opened a floor away for the other cat and be down in two seconds flat - and that's a faint rustle.