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Songbirds see bright colors especially well due to their special eye anatomy. The colors look even brighter than to the human eye. So, a stalking cat will be instantly noticed by songbirds when it wears a colorful Birdsbesafe® collar cover. Birds simply fly to safety! It's like your cat is wearing a bright flag that signals: "Danger, here." Cats rely on being unseen until the last second of the hunt. With Birdsbesafe, the cats are quickly and easily seen by most songbirds. A new independent scientific field study in the U.S. showed an 87% reduction in birds caught, on average, over a year, when cats wear Birdsbesafe® collar covers. This figure matches our six years of customer feedback.
The patented Birdsbesafe® collar cover is a tube of fabric, held onto your cat's neck by a cat collar that is placed inside it. (A breakaway collar releases under pressure, such as if the cat were to catch it on something outdoors.) Both the collar and fabric cover fall free. Reflective "piping" (trim) on the Birdsbesafe® collar cover helps protect your cat from cars at night. Cats can wear our products 24/7. Cats can groom and feed with it on. It's comfortable and cute!
Visit our Shop Page here to buy one now! Buy Birdsbesafe® covers for $9.99 each. They're sewn in Vermont, U.S. Our fabrics are chosen with care and expertise, based on more than six years of customer feedback from cat-owning customers around the world.
SCIENCE STUDY: A scientific field study at St. Lawrence University was conducted in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014. Birdsbesafe cat collar covers were called "highly effective at reducing bird deaths" and the researchers "strongly support" its use. Overall, the estimated percentage of reduction of birds caught by cats in one year would be 87%, based on study results. The authors' conclusion: "The conservation implications are clear: if owners of outdoor cats choose to use Birdsbesafe® collar covers, a significant factor in the decline of bird populations would drop precipitously." The full report is in the Global Ecology and Conservation journal, here. Or read a short summary on our blog post here. There's also a second science study in the Journal of Applied Animal Behavior, from Murdoch U. in Australia. See blog posts for more details on this multi-year study in western Australia. (They found it helps save lizards, too.)
Our patented product is the clever solution of a Vermonter who stopped her own bird-obsessed cat from catching birds. She knew songbirds had specialized color vision, so she made her cat easier for birds to notice and avoid. It worked so well that she decided to help others protect birds too. Birdsbesafe® covers are worn by cats in 50 states, across Canada, and all around the globe! See testimonials on our Feedback page. One customer, Elizabeth Gilbert, author, penned a blog post about Birdsbesafe here. "Dress up your cat. Save your local birds. It's awesome," wrote Ms. Gilbert! Recent publicity finds Birdsbesafe® products featured in Audubon magazine online, Smithsonian magazine online, Discovery News, Australian Broadcasting Corp, and many more. See our "In the Press" page for this expanding list.
Here's a short video introducing Birdsbesafe® cat collar covers.
Twelve to 16 birds are estimated to be killed per year by each of the 60 million or more outdoor pet cats in the U.S. alone. Cat predation on birds is a recognized conservation problem around the globe. If you can, keep your cat indoors. If you let your cat outdoors, please consider using a leash/harness, pet enclosure, or Birdbesafe® collar covers. Read more about cat predation on birds on our "Cats 'n Birds" page.
For more product information, see our FAQ page. We have a good video on cat comfort and safety. We're a small business trying to make a big difference for birds, and it's working. If you like to use Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, look for us and spread the word!
Birdsbesafe® company is having a very productive and busy spring. If you've read our blog in years past, you know that the company started when Nancy (that's me) made an innovative neck garment to stop her cat from catching birds. My idea was based on bird biology (songbirds seeing bright colors superbly well due to unique eye anatomy.) Seeing my cat's bird carnage stop completely led me to think that we should share our solution with other cat owners. It was--and is--all about protecting birds.
A mere six years later, we are well en route to being a business success story...