Cats normally rely on being stealthy and unseen while hunting. With Birdsbesafe's bright colors around their necks, cats are easily seen by most songbirds. Birds simply fly to safety! It's like your cat is wearing a bright flag that signals: "Danger, here."
Bird Biology: Songbirds see bright colors especially well--even in low light. Their eyes include specialized cones for easily perceiving bright colors and making those bright colors appear prominent in the environment. Their special extra rods help them to see bright colors well in low light conditions, like at dawn or dusk.
Following an independent field study, the effectiveness of Birdsbesafe cat collars was described this way in a Global Ecology and Conservation Journal article here: "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."
With year-round use, you can expect about an 87% reduction in birds caught by cats that wear Birdsbesafe® collar covers. (See our blog post for more details.) The 24-week study was conducted by St. Lawrence University researchers in New York state, U.S. in 2013 - 2014.
Australian Study: There's also a second science study from Murdoch Univ. in Perth, Australia. Their study showed their local birds with good color vision and herpetofauna were significantly protected by our products, with a combined 49% reduction. Are you in Australia or New Zealand? Please read relevant more about your region's local results on our FAQ page.
Reflective trim on the Birdsbesafe® collar cover helps protect your cat from cars at night, by being visible in car headlights. Bonus: Helps you spot your cat at night, by shining a flashlight around your yard.
Comfort and Safety: Cats can wear our products while grooming, feeding, and enjoying cat life. The Birdsbesafe collar cover is shaped like a tube, and you insert a breakaway-buckled cat collar inside of it. Both parts will release under pressure for your cat's safety. We sell breakaway cat collars that work well with Birdsbesafe® cat collar covers.
Fabric Formula: Our patented Birdsbesafe® collar covers are sewn in the U.S. We choose fabrics with colors and patterns that are based on 7 years of research and customer feedback. Our exclusive "fabric formula" helps make the Birdsbesafe cat collar cover work well to protect birds--and your cat.
Success: Our customers report success with Birdsbesafe collar covers. Although it won't protect 100% of birds from 100% of cats, your results should be close to the expected 87% reduction in birds caught overall. See our FAQ page for some notes on limitations in performance.
Feedback: You can read many testimonials on our Feedback page. One customer wrote: "I am happy to report that since I put the BirdsBeSafe collar on my cat, I have not had any dead birds delivered to my door. She doesn't seem to mind wearing them at all and they look adorable. THANK YOU!" Another customer, author Elizabeth Gilbert 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 The Atlantic online, Audubon magazine online, Smithsonian magazine online, Discovery News, Mother Nature News, and many more. See more stories on our press page.
An Important Conservation Issue: Nearly 100 million individual birds may die annually from cat predation in this country alone. See our Cats'n'birds page for more information and see our FAQ page for product details.