Do you have problems of cats around your feeders?

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    Stelios
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    One of the neighbour’s had 8 cats….living just two doors away on the other street behind us.  One of her cats kept coming into my yard and kept scouting for birds.  Then last year mid summer, another cat hid behind the large boulders near the pond.  The next day I saw a dead robin.  I think cats are lovely animals, but I wish people would keep them indoors.  Do you have this problem?


    Stella
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    fishseddyNYzn5A
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    Yes I do, but we have feral cats that some people feed and they are always after the birds.


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    PAgrandma
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    Stella and Judy,

    I understand your dilemma…but I’m a cat lover (and bird lover).
    We have adopted two feral cats. They are indoor/outdoor furbabies and I do have to be prepared for their possible instinctive behavior.

    All the shrubs around the feeder area are pruned high enough from the ground, so they can’t ‘lurk’. The seed is hung from a wire between two trees, so it is high enough and the cats can’t jump.

    Yes, I have had a disaster over the past five years…but few. Hope you can find away to protect. ~ Joyce


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    CatsBirds
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    We have two this winter out here at the lake…and as soon as I can I am putting the live trap out and getting them.. I will take them to the shelter… or the huge cattle farm north of us. 

    I love my kitties… we have always had them, always had outdoor kitties, but when they start going after my birdies… we have a problem. 

    I am like Joyce.. its nature, but you can put your feeders up away from where the cats can’t get them.. mothballs around the bushes keep them out too..

    We have 3 indoor cats that never go outdoors.  The vet says they can bring in diseases, pests, and eat something that they shouldn’t …so they never go out. 

    As for the ferals, it is getting to be a huge problem everywhere…

    Stella , if the lady has 8 cats maybe there is a rule in your county or city that she can’t have them? if so they could be taken away…which would be good…. maybe look into that… She doesn’t have to know where the call came from….and they are easy to trap… live traps with food in them and you catch them quickly.  Just a thought.


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    Stelios
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    I’m not sure I could trap all of the cats that roam around here.  Just the next door neighbour has 4, and across the street I lost count.  My dog Zorro does a good job, but during the summer months I don’t let him trample over my flower beds.  Maybe that   would do it, but I would lose my plants.  I’m hoping the new fence on the other side will help a bit.  All I have to do is one enclosure and it might save the day for a better word.  I will be monitoring the situation once the snow melts.

    We have a by-law that allows only 2 cats per household….which some people do not respect.  I’ve tried to talk to some owners, but you know the outcome of that.  They get upset.  Strange….I don’t let my dog trespass on any one’s property.


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    carross
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    My neighbor has 13 cats, and are here a lot, I have talked with her and talked with her, tell her to get them fixed, no go.  I just keep yelling at them so they go back home.  Now I live in the county so the cats are not close by.  I am outside a lot in the warmer months, so I just keep yelling at them.  My cat has gotten birds, and I try to get her interest else where.

    Sorry Stella I can’t help you, I do have a bb gun and I have used that.  They do come back in about 1 week.

    Carol


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    Hiker07_IL_5
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    For some reason the other cats in the neighborhood disappeared this winter. We have one but she’s getting older and doesn’t chase them much, she was already an outdoor cat we rescued, my one stays indoors.


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    theLark_IN_5
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    Gayle
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    I don’t seem to have a problem with cats & birds .  Neither mine or any of the neighborhood cats.  But then my dog goes nuts when he sees a cat other then “hers” anywhere near the yard so maybe that’s why.  Zorro doesn’t bark at the cats?

    The link did help me out with one thing though.  I have my feeder in the back yard as high as I can possibly reach in the tree becasue something kept pulling it down.  I have to hold it by the bottom & stretch up over my head to get it back up there .  I never thought of using a hook to do it.  A “Duh” moment for sure.   Now I have to see if I can find a similar hook.


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