Edmonton, Alberta

How to Prevent Cats from Killing Birds

Deterring cats from accessing birds at feeders is a challenge. However, there are a few techniques that you can use to help keep the birds safe. Place feeders in the open about 10 feet away from any low shrubs or areas of concealment where cats can hide. The open space allows birds time to recognize the danger and get away safely. Avoid feeding birds at ground-level or low to the ground. Use tidy feeding techniques to prevent food from falling to the ground where birds are vulnerable to cats. Use no-mess blends and place trays under feeders to catch any falling seeds. You can fence off the bird feeding area to create a barrier that will help slow down any attack by a cat. The cats will probably climb any fence you install; but, it will give the birds some additional time to get away.

For more information about how to reduce the chances of your cat or neighbour cats from killing birds in your yard, check out these links:

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton - Cat Predation on Birds

Protect Backyard Birds From Cats

City of Edmonton - Unwanted Cats on Private Property