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Steps to Stop a Cat Catching Birds

This article provides useful advice on how to stop a cat catching birds. To stop cats carrying out this impulse, read this guide.

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Wednesday, 24 de February 2010
Author: Viva Pets

Steps to Stop a Cat Catching Birds
Stop Cats Catching Birds

It’s one of the most irritating habits any cat can suddenly pick up – the impulse to catch birds and leave you an unwanted gift by the door. If you want to train a cat to stop catching birds, it may be worth considering some of the advice below.

 

 

How to Curb a Cat’s Impulse to Catch Birds


•    The best way to stop a cat from managing to successfully attack a bird is to attach a small bell to the cat’s collar – this will give a bird some warning sign that a predator is in its midst. This technique offers the best of both worlds – the bird can roam the garden in relative safety while the cat can continue the thrill of the chase (if a little unsuccessfully).

•    In extreme cases, it may be best to trim the claws of a cat to ensure birds can escape safely from the cat’s clutches. However, many people frown upon this method, and full declawing is illegal in the UK. To curb the problem in a humane manner, it’s perhaps best to use the collar bell technique suggested above.

•     Subtle training may help soften the cat’s impulses – if the problem is spiralling out of control, it may be worth keeping the cat indoors with more regularity, only allowing access to the gardens for short periods at a time.

•    In some cases, the previous tip may even be advisable as the bird may inflict injury on a cat in the process of escape, making the cat susceptible to disease or infection. Although it’s nigh on impossible to stop cats carrying out this behaviour completely, limiting outdoor activity can at least keep it to a minimum.

 

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