Did You Know – Cats Leading Cause of Bird Deaths in North America

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  1. Many people think of “birds of prey” as the number one enemy of backyard
    birds, but they are not!
  2. This predator kills more wild birds than any other predator.
  3. It is responsible for the deaths of 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds a year in the US alone.
  4. That is a huge number when the estimated population total for wild birds in North America is 10 – 20 billion.
  5. The number one backyard bird predator are feral cats which are not
    controlled properly by people and pet cats, which are housed and fed by

All cats should come with this warning!

“Cats Leading Cause of Bird Deaths”

Yes, it is our pets, our neighbor’s pets and feral cats, that cause this carnage.

House Cats & Feral Cats are the #1 Predator of Wild Birds

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The most common peril for backyard birds is house cats and feral cats or as some would prefer to call them, “free-roaming or “community” cats.

They kill more wild birds than any other predator.

This presents a difficult dilemma for “kitty” owners and their neighbors who want to feed the birds in their backyards.

If you have a cat there are ways that you can control the risk of your cat becoming a backyard bird predator.

  • Keeping your cat indoors permanently will of course completely solve the problem, as far as your animal being the perpetrator is concerned.
  • You can put a bell around your cat’s neck, but this will not stop the problem because cats are stealthy and by the time the bell rings, it is too late.
  • Keep your pet on a leash while it is outdoors, with you.
  • De-clawing your cat may also reduce the danger somewhat, but it’s not much of a deterrent for most cats as they have sharp teeth. Cats are backyard bird predators by nature and will do what comes naturally to them and that is to hunt. No claws may make it more difficult, but not impossible. And… is de-clawing the best thing for your pet?
A picture of a bird on a coffee mug with a cat in the background looking at the bird.
Cats Hunt Wild Birds for Pleasure!

What About the Neighbourhood Cats? Do They Contribute To Cats Leading Cause Of Bird Deaths?

Then there are the other cats that live in your neighborhood. They are harder to control.

You can speak to your neighborhood cat owners about keeping their pets indoors.

If they see your example of using a cat enclosure and keeping your pet indoors, that will be a big encouragement for your neighbors to do the same.

“Cats Leading Cause of Bird Deaths”

What is the #1 Method to Solve Pet Cats Leading Cause of Bird Deaths?

Get An Outdoor Cat Enclosure!

What is a Cat Enclosure?

A cat enclosure is an outdoor space just for your cat!

A cat patio or cat gazebo or cat deck, whatever you would like to call it.

It is just for your cat or makes it larger so you have a place to sit and relax with your cat outside too.

It can be positioned up against your house or apartment, covering a window where a “cat door” can be installed to allow your pet easy access when they want.

Your cat no longer has to be indoors all the time to be safe. It can go outdoors to enjoy the fresh air when it wants to.

Your kitty will also enjoy the outside world and all it’s entertainment, without bringing harm to your pet or your pet causing harm to anything else.

Sometimes people don’t realize how much danger their cat is in freely roaming the neighborhood.

A cat enclosure keeps a pet healthy and safe.

And many times pet owners are not aware of how much destruction their pet is helping to inflict on the bird population.

These cat “playpens” save the
wild bird population from
destruction and pets from harm.

See a good selection of

Cat Enclosures here.

“Cats Leading Cause of Bird Deaths”

How Do Cat Enclosures Save Cat Pet Lives Too?

  • By eliminating the possibility of a pet being struck by a  vehicle.
  • Prevents a predator attack by animals such as raccoons and skunks, which have a very high rate of carrying rabies and another disease.
  • Ensures your pet will not inadvertently eat something that could make your pet sick or worse.

What Customers are Saying

Paintergirl said:

owner was sick of me howling at the door to go outside so she purchased
this catio. She installed a cat door to the backyard and now I can go
outside whenever I please. I love it!”

radiOchik said:

“… my cats love it, and are going in and out on their own.”

MN said:

“I love this catio. My cat loves it too. The perfect solution to letting him have outdoors time without the risk of the dangers there are letting him run free. I sprinkle birdseed around the catio and my cat has hours of entertainment.”

Feral Cats: Who are they?

Feral or “free-roaming” or “community” cats are ex-pets or their offspring.

They now contribute to cats leading cause of bird deaths.

Sometimes pets are accidentally lost, but too many times people irresponsibly drop their cat off outside somewhere when they no longer want to take care of it.

These cats usually live short lives as they are not equipped to survive on their own. They have lived their lives up to that point being fed and housed by humans.  They never learned outdoor survival skills which results in a high death rate.

Many communities are adopting programs to lovingly take care of these orphaned pets and their offspring in a caring and humane way.

What can you do to help?

Implore your community leaders to take responsibility by adopting a humane method of taking care of rejected pets:

Community Efforts

If you have feral cats in your neighborhood and would like to help them yourself, here is one person’s experience on how to do that:

Learn How Here

The problem can be fixed if communities educate people and take action.

Then the phrase can be changed from:

“Cats Leading Cause of Bird Deaths”


“People Have Worked Together to Save the Lives of Cats & Wild Birds

  • Pests at Bird Feeders Understanding all the pests that come to bird feeders and bird houses is essential before success at controlling them is possible.
  • #1 Killer of Wild Birds
    Cats are the leading cause of bird deaths in North America. Pets and
    feral cats are responsible for millions of wild bird deaths each year.
  • Backyard Predators There are other animals that prey on our songbirds in our backyards. Learn what they are so you can help.
  • Where are they in winter? It can happen at any time of year. The birds you were happily feeding all of sudden disappear. What can be done?
  • Bird Feeding Problems Sometimes it seems like there are a lot of problems to overcome when feeding birds in your outdoor space. Find the answers.

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  • Rodent Control of Rats This situation calls for strategic and timely action. Learn the steps to achieving rat control.

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