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if you have a cat do you feed the birds?

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ReadyToRumble Tue 02-Apr-13 18:34:51

Before I got my cat I used to love feeding the birds, throwing out bread, seed etc and buying those fat balls.

I have had my cat just over a year now (a lovely black and white thing called Bob grin ) but I havent fed the birds because im frightened if I tempt the birds in the garden Bob might kill one. Up to now his only victims that I know of are a small mouse and a spider sad

So suppose im asking if you own a cat do you feed the birds? By the way Bob never ventures far from the garden hes still only young.

tilder Tue 02-Apr-13 18:37:13

Sadly not. He is a keen hunter and it just made it too easy for him. He just sat under the feeders and waited. Only downside to having a cat.

Love the name btw.

RightUpMyRue Tue 02-Apr-13 18:39:45

No. It would be like setting a trap for them sad

My neighbour, unfortunately, hasn't realised this(despite being told it aint a great idea) and is still putting out food for birds on my shed roof which the cat takes full advantage of.

ReadyToRumble Tue 02-Apr-13 18:39:55

Thanks tilder grin

Thats a shame dd is just coming to the age where she would really enjoy seeing the birds in the garden.

Suppose its common sense really blush

Sparklingbrook Tue 02-Apr-13 18:40:32

We have one of these and a bird table. Sparkling Cat hasn't managed to catch a bird from them yet.

ReadyToRumble Tue 02-Apr-13 18:47:10

Oh no RightUpMyRue does the cat catch many birds? Its only instinct for them I suppose if the temptation is there! Poor birds though sad

Thanks for the link Sparkling that may be the way forward smile

GingerPCatt Tue 02-Apr-13 18:51:18

I think if bob isn't a hunter you could try it and see. My parents have a cat and still put food out for the birds. The cat ignores the birds so there's no issue. I couldn't since one of my cats is a bird killer. It would be carnage.

RightUpMyRue Tue 02-Apr-13 18:52:59

She perhaps has one a month/every other month so isn't making a huge dent in the garden bird population of West Herts but she tries many more times unsuccessfully.

Phineyj Tue 02-Apr-13 18:53:18

Yes. Cat is very lazy indeed and considers the birds 'cat TV' if she even bothers to get up off the sofa. grin

pepperrabbit Tue 02-Apr-13 18:53:52

I have spent a small fortune a lot time trying to find feeders that the birds are safe from the cat, the food is not hogged by ginormous pigeons and magpies and the squirrels can't get at it...
Feeders suspended from the trees or a crook seem to work, though the squirrels can climb the crook hmm
In winter I hang peanuts from the flower hanging basket hooks which the cat can't access.
My cat is 15 though, and talks a good game, but can't really be bothered with more than looking ferocious now.
I wouldn't throw food on the ground though, we get foxes as well.

Sparklingbrook Tue 02-Apr-13 18:53:52

Sparkling Cat never does that 'talking to the birds' thing many cats do. She watches them put of the window, ears flat and the end of her tail twitching. But she brings back grass snakes just for a change. sad

Clearlymisunderstood Tue 02-Apr-13 18:54:30

I do, but my cat doesn't spend a great deal of time outdoors and is totally disinterested when the birds land right next to him anyway

Sparklingbrook Tue 02-Apr-13 18:54:44

Food on the ground is never a good idea. Rats, Foxes etc.

ReadyToRumble Tue 02-Apr-13 19:11:26

Thank you all I will get a couple of hanging feeders to give it a go. Bob doesnt like to go out until very late at night and then its not every night so we might be ok. He is as daft as a brush anyway smile

Lovethesea Tue 02-Apr-13 19:50:55

No, I had to stop feeding them once we got Cat1 last May from the Rescue.

Cat1 sees the hedgerow as a sushi bar as it is, it would save me a fortune in catfood pouches if I enticed more poor things in, but doesn't seem ethical somehow!

I am however getting to see the richness of Norfolks bird and mammal life, and the DC are getting close ups of shrews, wrens, blue tits, pigeons, mice and obviously intestines. They are 4 and 2 and seem unperturbed by the gore.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 02-Apr-13 19:56:28

Yep, we have 2 cats and still feed the birds. I've got a crook thing like the one that Sparkling has, and some other feeders, and a table. Key for me has been to not site the feeders anywhere with ground cover - ie nowhere that the cats can hide and pounce from. And make sure that any hangy things and tables are very high - I need to use a little stepladder to refill, and I'm quite tall.

bruffin Tue 02-Apr-13 19:56:34

Have been feeding them since Christmas on a bird table similar to linked above. Rosiecat will sit and talk to the birds but never shows any inclination to stalk them.

NorksAreMessy Tue 02-Apr-13 20:03:14

Yes, we have a hanging bird feeder like sparkling's. In fact we have five. I LOVE watching the birds.
We also have a cat who is a demon hunter. She brings back something every single day for our dinner...very considerate puss, although how she thinks one vole is going to feed four adults and three dogs, I don't know.

Of all the prey she brings back, maybe 1 a month is a bird. Tiny mammals are so much easier to catch

BUT we live on a farm where mammals are very plentiful and there are piles of hay and straw and cow barns and mammal-friendly places

cozietoesie Tue 02-Apr-13 20:06:17

Yes I do. But I'm careful about what and where. You might find this article useful, Rumble.

bird friendly gardens

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 02-Apr-13 21:19:19

I use a bird table. He does catch some of them, but he's going to catch them anyway. If not my garden then next doors, I've seen him take them from the front garden where I don't have a bird feeder.

ReadyToRumble Tue 02-Apr-13 22:20:07

Thanks everyone for the info. That article is very helpful cozie smile

gobbin Tue 02-Apr-13 22:39:19

I've stopped using the table and got a couple of hanging feeders on 's' hooks in the front rowan tree. No issues with the cats so far. They like to sit in the bay window and watch 'bird tv'!

SummerRainIsADistantMemory Tue 02-Apr-13 22:57:25

We feed everything: birds, cats, foxes, rodents of all sizes, badgers, hedgehogs, pinemartens, badgers.... Remarkably few murders occur, although fat cat attacks the foxes and grey kitten teases the magpies.

We get occasional rodenty gifts but only about one bird a year.

Shaky Tue 02-Apr-13 23:08:52

We would never have a bird table. We have 2 cats that both look like the Felix cat food cat.

LovelyShakyCat is gorgeous, timid, loving and will give you a pussycat snog within minutes.

EvilShakyCat is a different story. He is an evil, psychopathic twat. He kills EVERYTHING!

I have seen him eat birds, mice, rabbits he even killed 2 moles! He regularly eats mice and just leaves the stomach and the head outside my bedroom door <boak>

He is the most vicious creature ever...

Free to good any home grin

sashh Wed 03-Apr-13 05:31:10

I don't. It's not just my cat, there are 5 next door and one over the road and about 5 regular visitors.

I'm in a bungalow with a 6ft fence between me and the other half of the semi.

The cats use the fence to get on the roof and steal the baby sparrows. But mum and dad sparrow still nest in the loft year after year.

The blackbirds are not much better.

In the year I've had Misty she has brought in a non script brownish coloured bird - maybe a baby black bird and a robin.

I screamed at her both times and I think she has got the idea not to bring them into the house. The evidence for this was the large patch of magpie feathers in the garden.

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