Dr. Michael Craig, Vol. 5, #24 – June 20, 2017
Actually, the little thing was murdered yesterday . . . by our male cat, Sammy, who finds joy in rounding up small critters.
Sammy was immediately scolded and exiled to the back room . . . his “time out” place.
It was not a good day. I spent the next hour trying to save the baby rabbit before he finally succumbed to his wounds. I now have him enshrined for viewing in his cardboard open casket . . . ready for burial as soon as the rain stops.
There is a silver lining, however. Baby rabbits, small moles and a few unfortunate lizards are the only thing our cats catch these days . . . ever since we took a few precautions.
How to Protect Birds and Other Critters
While I love our two ragdoll cats, I also understand they are hunters by nature, and won’t stop no matter what we say or do. My wife and I were able to find something, however, that has at least saved a goodly number of the flying prey . . .
Its called CatBib. You simply attach the bib to the front of their collar using the built-in velcro, and this disrupts their bird-catching rhythm.
And hey – it works! Last year our cats caught dozens of birds. This year they caught only one – a wounded baby bird that apparently fell from its nest. All the other flying critters are very happy to now visit our bird feeders again. And the cats don’t seem to mind the inconvenience.
I just wanted to share this little tip, mainly because I figure the more birds we save, the healthier the planet will be.
So pass this one along to other folks with cats, and let’s all make a difference.
To the Birds,