if you have a cat do you feed the birds?

(31 Posts)
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.

DoTheBestThingsInLifeHaveFleas Thu 04-Apr-13 21:11:15

I have a cat and I do feed the birds. My cay wears a little bell. Somehow he seems to now not catch the birds as they hear the bell. He does however often still catch mice type things and rabbits (why can they not hear the bell?). Anyway I have special feeders on a pole and some really high in a tree (on the edge of a branch that wont support the cats weight) that we reach down with a pole. The only problem last year was a bird fell out a nest (teenager type bird) and wasnt quite ready to fly. We had to keep dogs and cat in so the mum bird could feed it and teach it to fly. Took 2 days I think. The cat was ANGRY!

ATouchOfStuffing Thu 04-Apr-13 21:06:43

I keep meaning to buy one of these -
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you could put it on her bedroom window or patio doors so cats couldn't reach. I have 2 cats and get mice and birds as offerings a fair bit, so have the same problem.

lovelyredwine Thu 04-Apr-13 20:59:52

We do, but we have pathetic cats. One of them does, to be fair to him, kill the odd mouse or shrew. The other doesn't like leaving the comfort of the house and actually enjoys watching the comings and goings in the garden before retiring to bed for a well deserved snooze. I may think twice if they were proper killers.

We have three cats and have the Garmin bird feeder.

The cats like to watch the birds from the window but don't seem interested in catching them.

However, somewhere in my garden is a giant mouse nest, so we get a lot of alive (my cats have no teeth) mice in the house.

Hassled Thu 04-Apr-13 20:07:09

I have 3 cats and would never leave food out for the birds. If I see birds I try to shoo them away.
My current cats are way too thick to ever catch a bird, but I'm not taking the risk after the feathery bloodbath I came downstairs to once.

thebestpossibletaste Thu 04-Apr-13 20:03:24

I have the same bird feeder as sparklingbrook.

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.

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

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.

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'!

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 18:53:52

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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