Q: How do people feel in regards to Feral cats and song birds?

November 2, 2008 | By naneki26 k. | 9 answers | Expired: 2639 days ago

naneki26 k.

I am part of a feral cat rescue group and I feed birds front yard and back. I love both sets of critters. My 2 indoor/outdoor cats hunt gophers,but rarely do i see them bothering the bird. They were mulitiple bells and if I see one contemplateing birds, they wear the bib for a day or so. I pretty convinced that TNR does reduce the numbers of feral cats thus helping the birds. I saw a video that Ranked humans #1 to the songbird problem, then came squirrels and other predatory birds as foes as well. What do you think?

Readers' Answers (9)

Nov 02, 2008

My experience is that most ferals come out to feed at night (cover of darkness). So not too much of a threat for birds on a feeder then.

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Nov 05, 2008

I would absolutely say that humans are the number one problem. Cats are simply another predator within the environment. What is the difference between cats and wild predators? Perhaps only that one is usually domesticated, or that the results of its kill are more visible than that of, say, a hawk.

Cats and every other predator that ever lived prey upon the sick, the weak, and the slow. Humans, on the other hand, turn vast corridors of territory into forbidding cityscapes, obstructing flyways, polluting food sources, etc.

What predators take away, regenerates. If too many birds are eaten, predators will starve to death or leave the area. Once the predator population has been reduced, the birds are free to multiply. Humans are not bound by any such cycle; the changes we make are mostly to the environment itself.

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Nov 15, 2008

I do TNR & feed birds too. My experience is similar to some of the others who have answered. For the most part, I don't see my TNRs during daylight hours because they stay hidden. On the rare occasions a couple might feel comfortable to come out to catch some rays or chase bugs, there's always plenty of food & they seem to leave the birds alone.

I agree that our bird population has bigger concerns than feral cats. On many occasions I have seen predatory birds destroy nests & attack other birds. My parents have a neighbor who put out bird feed so he can shoot birds with his BB gun (of course, he'll also shoot cats if given the chance). We had lots of birds die here a couple of years ago because of disease helped to spread through unclean feeders & baths. I really think cats are the least of their problems & are just used as a convenient excuse by those who want to get rid of feral cats.

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