Yes, it is our pets, our neighbours pets and feral cats, that cause this carnage.
The most common peril for backyard birds are 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 neighbours 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.
Then there are the other cats which live in your neighbourhood. They are harder to control.
You can speak to your neighbourhood 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 neighbours to do the same.
Get a cat enclosure for your cat!
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 make 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 neighbourhood.
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.
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Feral or "free-roaming" or "community" cats, are ex-pets or their off-spring.
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 off-spring in a caring and humane way.
Implore your community leaders to take responsibility by adopting a humane method of taking care of rejected pets:
If you have feral cats in your neighbourhood and would like to help them yourself, here is one person's experience on how to do that:
The problem can be fixed if communities educate people and take action.
Then the phrase can be changed from:
Are Rats Your Problem?