Cats normally rely on being stealthy and unseen while hunting. When wearing Birdsbesafe's bright colors around their necks, cats are easily seen by most songbirds. Birds simply fly to safety to avoid the cat! With a Birdsbesafe® collar cover, it's like your cat is wearing a bright flag that signals: "Danger, here." It's scientifically validated and was shown to reduce birds caught by 87%!
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.
With year-round use, you can expect about an 87% reduction in birds caught by cats that wear Birdsbesafe® collar covers, according to an independent scientific study. The 24-week field study was conducted by St. Lawrence University researchers in New York state, U.S. in 2013 - 2014.
Researchers compared the prey caught when cats wore Birdsbesafe® collar covers, to when the cats wore no collar at all. The study results were described in the Global Ecology and Conservation Journal. The authors wrote: "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." See our summary here for more details on the study.
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. Our summary is here.
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. A bird must be able to see the cat and then fly away to safety.
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 [cover] 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!"
Recent publicity finds Birdsbesafe® products featured in Pacific Standard magazine, on the BBC's The One Show, in The Atlantic online, Audubon magazine online, Smithsonian online, Conservation magazine, 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.