Experts Suggest Putting Clown Collars On Cats To Protect Birds
If you love your cats but want to keep them from being bird-killing machines, you may want to get them a special collar. More specifically, a clown collar. Yes, it looks just as ridiculous as it sounds, but there’s a good, eco-friendly reason to do this.
Experts say that accessorizing your feisty feline with a big, bright, colorful collar rather than a bell can give birds a heads-up that a cat is nearby. University of Northern British Columbia biologist Ken Otter told the Times Colonist that birds have a vivid sense of color. Putting a bright, ruffly clown collar on your cat can give foraging birds like robins and sparrows a warning that danger is near and to go look for food elsewhere.
Why is this an issue? As far as the birds in Canada are concerned, domestic and feral cats are public enemy number one. A 2013 study found that cats snatched between 100 million and 350 million birds per year. It’s even worse in the U.S., where 1.4 billion birds are killed by cats each year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. And in Australia, many municipalities have actually instituted curfews for cats in order to protect birds and other animals.
I get it. We had a cat when I was growing up and he was an active hunter. That cat took down more prey than all of my dogs combined. And that’s probably why my dog now is so cautious around cats.
Bright cat collars help protect birds, study finds https://t.co/xdmK9TYxzS— Times Colonist (@timescolonist) April 23, 2023
List: 32 Plants That Could Be Poisonous To Cats
There is one thing all cat owners know. Those mischievous little troublemakers love nibbling on plants when they aren’t being watched. And there are several plants that can be poisonous to cats. So, if you have a cat, it’s best to avoid any plants that could be toxic plants at all costs. This should be done whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat as toxic plants can be found in both locations.
Lawnlove recently compiled a list of plants that can be toxic to cats as well as the symptoms that can occur if part of the plant is eaten. While plant-based diets are popular with humans, maybe it’s not the best option for our feline friends. Artificial plants actually might be best especially if your pet is prone to sampling the flora and fauna. But if live plants are a must then make sure to avoid any that are on this list. This list is specific to cats, but chances are these plants may not be safe for other animals as well.
Before adding a plant to your home consult the following:
If you suspect that your cat has eaten any of the plants on this list or is experiencing any of the below symptoms make sure to consult your vet immediately.