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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." Most cats either catch no more birds or they catch very few birds. Even the most skilled bird-catching cats see their capture rate plummet. Cats rely on being stealthy and invisible until the last second of the hunt. With Birdsbesafe, the cats are quickly and easily seen by songbirds. The odds are tipped in favor of the birds escaping danger completely!
BIG NEWS: 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.
Our patent pending product is the clever solution of a Vermonter who stopped her own bird-obsessed cat from catching birds. She used songbirds' color vision sensitivity to make her cat more visible, and the birds flew away. When it worked to stop her cat nearly 100%, she decided to help others protect birds too. This innovative device is hard at work saving birds in deserts, ranchland, suburbs, cities, and country, all around the globe! See testimonials on our Feedback page. One favorite customer, Elizabeth Gilbert, author, wrote a blog post about Birdsbesafe here. "Dress up your cat. Save your local birds. It's awesome," wrote Ms. Gilbert!
Here's a short video introducing the Birdsbesafe® cat collar cover.
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 or Birdbesafe® collar covers. Read more about cat predation on birds on our "Cats 'n Birds" page.
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