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Building Peace Between Cats and Birds

Posted on December 02, 2016 by Nancy Brennan

Bergamot for Birdsbesafe. Copyright 2016 Birdsbesafe LLC all rights reserved
A new book by Peter Marra and Chris Santella, entitled "Cat Wars", discusses the conservation issue of cat predation on wildlife. The authors' approach to the subject divides the interested factions into "cat people" versus "bird people."
We have a few thoughts on the topic, ourselves, after 7.5 years of hearing from cat owners who are concerned about protecting birds.

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BBC and Birdsbesafe!

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Nancy Brennan

Birdsbesafe cat collar

Hello friends of cats and birds in the UK. We were just featured on the BBC's show "The One". Terrific!

Here's the link, viewable in the UK only in this format: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04jclr7

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It Takes a Village

Posted on October 04, 2016 by Nancy Brennan

It takes a village to raise a child, they say, and it certainly takes a village to start a business from scratch. We have always been lucky finding support for our efforts at Birdsbesafe LLC.

Our business lost a member of its inner circle today, with the passing away of our gentle mentor and personal friend. He was our first champion of our efforts here, and he sustained his enthusiasm, never balked at our questions, gave expert advice, and celebrated our successes.

He always looked at the glass as half full, and although that is a cliche, when you are running a business, it is good to have someone a phonecall away who can describe any challenge as an opportunity. And it's even better when they have faith in your ability to persevere and succeed. I was blessed to have this MBA consultant "on call" for the last eight years, generous with his time and his guidance.

We will continue to try to honor him by being a strong business with a great product that helps saves birds far and wide. Thank you, PD, for your grace and strength, in business and life. We are beholden. And we will miss you, dearly, not just in business, but in all else.

What about Feral Cats?

Posted on September 08, 2016 by Nancy Brennan

We hear from people and from groups, wanting to know if we would recommend using the Birdsbesafe® cat collar cover on feral cats. Sorry, no, we don't recommend it at this time. Our pet product is a well-designed, validate solution for protecting birds from pet cats is not really a great match for feral cats.

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Two New Articles on the Impact of Cats on Birds

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Nancy Brennan

 

Birdsbesafe wearing cat posing in a tree

Recently, Birdsbesafe products have been mentioned in two new articles penned by wildlife rehabilitation centers in California. Read one or both for a good overview of why the impact of cats on birds is an important wildlife issue.

The first article describes the use of "catios" and other ways to mediate the impact of cats on wildlife. It was written by staff of WildCare in Marin County.

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How Does a Birdsbesafe Collar Cover Fit Around my Cat's Collar?

Posted on June 19, 2016 by Nancy Brennan

Are you wondering how a cat collar goes inside of the Birdsbesafe® collar cover? We know it is a little hard to visualize. This description should help!

It’s important to understand that you need two parts in order to put the fabric Birdsbesafe® Cover on your cat. You need: the Birdsbesafe® collar cover and an interior cat collar (with the buckle).

The cat collar can be any brand of cat collar. Maybe your cat has one already? It should be a breakaway buckle type that releases under pressure for cat safety.

Here’s a photo of how the collar looks, inside the Birdsbesafe® cat collar cover.
Birdsbesafe Collar Cover with Cat Collar Inside of It

You can adjust the fit of the interior cat collar in the normal way that most cat collars are adjusted—with the slider part, adjusting the overall length.

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Thanks for Caring about Cats and Birds

Posted on May 28, 2016 by Nancy Brennan

Lou Not Hiding in Purple Flowers with Birdsbesafe

Here's Lou, not hiding in the purple flowers, because he's wearing the bright colors of Birdsbesafe cat collar covers. This photo, which came from a customer recently, sums up how our products work:

  1. Cats try to be stealthy and invisible when hunting. They stalk slowly. They seek "cover" in plants. And then they attack birds, when the can.
  2. Birds, however, have a special ability to see bright colors really well, (songbirds do), and,
  3. When the cat's head is seen surrounded by our bright colors, the birds gain time and opportunity to avoid the predatory threat and fly to safety.
  4. We know from customer feedback in North America, and from scientific testing, that the Birdsbesafe cat collar cover can very greatly reduce the number of birds caught by outdoor pet cats.

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