We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
951 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON N1G 4S1
Phone: (519) 821-2473
Fax: (519) 837-8725
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Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
For those that love to attract wild birds to their yard, outdoor cats can be a very frustrating problem. We want to enjoy the wildlife in our yard, but at the same time, we do not want to be doing more harm by attracting birds to a certain place.
There are several things you can do to make your yard cat-resistant. For those that have neighbours with outdoor cats, you can talk with them and provide resources for them to learn more about keeping their cats indoors (see Resources below).
It is important to realize that cats are not a native predator to North America. "Because we brought the domestic cat to North America, we have a responsibility to both the cats and to the wild animals they may affect" (see Coleman, Temple and Craven).
Ways you can help reduce the problem of outdoor cats:
Ways you can help protect your backyard birds from outdoor cats:
American Bird Conservancy. www.abcbirds.org The ABC has program called "Cats Indoors: The Campaign for Safer Birds and Cats." This site contains many useful educational brochures and fact sheets, answering many questions and containing tips for both cat owners and bird feed-ers. (Click here to be taken to "Cats Indoors" directly.)
Coleman, Temple and Craven. "Cats & Wlidlife: A Conservation Dilemma." 1997. Available to read online at http://wildlife.wisc.edu/extension/catfly3.htm .
Habitat Haven Cat Dens. http://habitathaven.com/index.html This is a Toronto company that sells Cat Dens. You can put together enclosures so your cat can roam outside but within a boundary.
Ontario SPCA. http://ontariospca.ca/4-carefactsheets-safety-2.shtml This page outlines the potential dangers of letting your cat outdoors, and explores the benefits of making your cat an indoor cat.