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April 23, 2012
It is probably not a coincidence that Earth Day comes during spring in North America. This Earth Day, I'm taking a moment to remember two different springtimes, and what led me to start Birdsbesafe.
One spring day, in Vermont, my ten-year-old cat Jasper made it known that she was ready to go outdoors again. In the wintertime, she usually stayed close to the woodstove and indoors. I let her out into the yard, where, in about a minute, she caught a chicadee that was near the house. I was distressed. The poor bird had made it through the challenges of winter only to meet my cat's clutches the first warm day. I wasn't mad at my cat, but I was sorry. It was my pet, and my problem, I thought. And Jasper was, I told myself, going to be my last outdoor-going cat.
And she was... until I met my husband. His indoor-outdoor cat George was a real bird fanatic. He brought birds into the house half-alive, but few could be saved. Cats' claws have a bacteria on them that can often kill a bird eventually, even if you think the bird is okay. In the wooded area, George hunted, he was able to harm some real beauties. George was a terror and honestly, I didn't like him for it, but he was too used to his cat door to keep indoors.
The spring day that I remember with George was the day he dragged in a ruffed grouse, a game bird about as big as a chicken. I was so dumbstruck. How could he...? But he had killed it.
Right then, I said, aloud, as I recall, "I'm going to stop you, George". And, I did stop him.
I remembered that birds see bright colors extremely well. (I was a budding birdwatcher and had read this somewhere.) With nothing to lose, I fashioned a red cloth thing-a-ma-jig to add to a cat collar, and sent George outdoors wearing it. No birds were caught. None. Nada. Zilch.
Instead of spring mayhem, carnage and guilt: Spring Bliss! George was still trying to hunt, but the birds saw him too quickly before he was done stalking them. They flew off. I only saw this once, with a robin, but I knew George had been thwarted because there were no more dead birds.
After being thrilled about the change, I decided that everyone should know about this device. In order to help more cat owners stop their cats from catching birds, Birdsbesafe LLC was born. It's been a challenge, but it's always been great to hear from customers that it really works for them, too.
When I'm shipping you your Birdsbesafe cat collar covers, dear customers, I'm as happy as can be. Thank you for proving that Birdsbesafe works and for helping to save birds all around the world. Happy Earth Day, all.
P.S. I only have an indoor cat again, but she's one great Birdsbesafe model and an excellent indoor mouser.
April 28, 2021
Does this make our pet products officially famous?
We made the list of 10 best eco-friendly pet products for Earth Day! We're lucky #7. See the story by People Pets' editor here.
We're on a mission to protect birds from cats that hunt. Thank you, cat owners!
April 16, 2021
We are grateful for the loyalty and dedication of our sewing partners, who have sewn our products ever since 2015. Our products are made in the United States, and they always have been. It is a decision of ours to support American manufacturing, and to support the fair compensation of the sewing professionals whose hands guide our products through the sewing process. We rely on their superb professional sewing capabilities in order to bring you a beautiful collar cover to help protect birds -- and to dress up your cat in an attractive way.
Fabric is the main "ingredient" of our product. Over the years, fabric prices have increased. Today, we raised the price of our product. It was our first price increase since 2013. We needed our prices to better reflect our actual costs. We hope you will understand and appreciate that it was an overdue adjustment.
February 12, 2021
Results of a scientific field study, led by Univ. of Exeter's Dr. Robbie MacDonald, were published in the journal Current Biology this week."Fitting Birdsbesafe collar covers reduced the numbers of birds captured and brought home by 42% but had no discernible effect on mammals."
And, the research paper characterized it: "Birdsbesafe is a colorful collar cover that works as a visual warning, increasing the visibility of cats to potential prey animals with color vision. It exhibited pronounced effectiveness in reducing killing of birds, and more generally, prey with good color vision, including herpetofauna."