Cats and Birds – Feeding Time?
Advice on keeping our furry friends out of feeders
In our tireless search for new and interesting topics to share with our fellow bird lovers, we at Allison Richter Wildlife Studios recently came across a story that we found equal parts genius, amusing, and maybe just a little thought provoking.
According to a series of articles posted on newsela.com, bird lovers in Florida have been protesting the state’s TNR (that’s Trap-Neuter-Release) program for feral cats. Rather than put hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats to sleep each year, the Humane Society captures these hapless felines, and, as the name suggests, neuters them so that they cannot repopulate, then releases them back into the “wild”. This, the avian advocates say, creates a danger to the local feathered fauna, in that traditional option of putting the cats to sleep helped keep the population down, thus reducing the cat-to-bird predation.