My suburban Florida neighborhood is overrun with stray cats, a common problem in Florida where the mild winters make it easy for these animals to thrive in the wild. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love cats, and have several of my own. I choose to keep them inside, though, because I love feeding birds. And bird feeders are basically just one big buffet for hungry feral cats. It’s long been a disappointment to me that my feeders remain deserted because of strays lurking in the bushes and around the corners. But recently, I made an investment that has really paid off – I bought the tallest bird feeder pole I could find and installed it in a place where cats can’t possibly jump onto it.
This bird feeder pole is from Duncraft.com, and is more than 8 feet above the ground. It’s very sturdy, and screws firmly into the ground so you know it will stay put, even in our sandy soil. I added a squirrel baffle, which is pretty effective, and a few of my favorite feeders. I quickly realized that I was going to have some problems getting these feeders down to fill, of course, so I spent a few more dollars and invested in a long-reach garment hook pole, meant for taking clothing items down from high closet poles. It works perfectly, so filling my feeders is easy now. And my birds have returned! They now feel safe enough to feed without worrying about the threat from below.
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