We receive a lot of rave reviews because of how well Birdsbesafe collar covers work for cats. On this page, we share an assortment of comments, primarily from emails from customers. We are also sharing three special testimonials that come from a scientific study, a wildlife rehabilitation center, and a well-known author. If you want to check out more customer comments after you scroll through this collection, check out our social media links, too.
Science Study: St. Lawrence University Validates Birdsbesafe's Effectivenesss
In January of 2015, the report entitled "Birdsbesafe? Can a novel cat collar reduce avian mortality by domestic cats?" appeared in the Global Ecology and Conservation Journal. A field study of our product was conducted over two seasons (spring and fall). The researchers found between 3.4 x (fall portion of the study) and 19 x (spring portion of the study) fewer birds when wearing the Birdsbesafe® cat collar cover.
In their discussion section of the research article, they wrote: "Across all cats in our study, the average cat will kill and bring home 0.72 birds per year with a Birdsbesafe® CC [collar cover] and 5.56 birds per year without a CC." That estimate would represent an 87% reduction in birds caught, on average over all cats over a year's time.
In this same report, the Birdsbesafe cat collar cover was called "highly effective" as a conservation tool. "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." You can read more details are here.
From a Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer Staff Member
Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) center in Morro Bay, California does wildlife rehabilitation, and of course, that means that they see birds that have been harmed by cats. In 2010, Kathy, a senior supervisor at PWC had adopted a stray cat and it was frequently killing birds due, presumably, to a former need to kill to survive. Kathy found our website and tried Birdsbesafe. It worked for her cat. PWC has been selling Birdsbesafe cat collar covers to visitors of their center since 2010.
PWC described Birdsbesafe's results this way on their website: "... the result has been dramatic. Despite having a yard full of bird feeders, her cat stopped catching and killing birds." Here's the full story, which was featured on their website's home page for years. Link: PWC testimonial is here.
From author and customer, Elizabeth Gilbert
In 2010, we noticed an interesting customer: author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. She stocked up on Birdsbesafe cat collars over the next year, and offered this lovely testimonial in late 2011. Ms. Gilbert had written: "What a great product this is! Not only do my cats look jazzy and Elizabethian in these collars, but their murder rates among sprees of local sparrows and robins have been cut down considerably. All very cool."
In early spring, 2013, Ms. Gilbert again graced our product with a rave review in a blog post/and on Facebook, generating much excitement in our product. You can read the witty and wonderful portrait of her cat Clifford and see his photo here. Link: Liz Gilbert on Birdsbesafe helping protect birds from her cats.
More Feedback from Customers
Below, you can enjoy many testimonials by customers, taken verbatim from their emails. The comments are representative of the emails that we receive. On our Facebook page, you can also find recent customer comments and cute cat photos. Thank you for caring about cats and birds!
2016 Customer Reviews
"No birds have fallen on the field of battle in my neighborhood since I've been using this wonderful cat collar. My neighbor's cat also has one now and no longer goes out without it. She was a regular slaughterer--no more. Thank you for this great invention."
"These collars are the best! My cat caught a few birds, which devastated me. He has not caught a single bird since wearing this collar. I bought three, one for each cat. I no longer get "gifts" from them. I can see them working every day. Best thing to protect the birds when you have rambunctious cats that refuse to be contained indoors."
"This works like a charm. ...I accidentally let him out one a.m. without it and he killed a bird right away so I KNOW this works. If you have a break-away collar and a busy cat, keep a spare on hand when he somehow slips out of it."
"My cat was turning into a big time bird hunter, specializing in hummingbirds. :( I was coming to the point of turning him into an inside cat, as I love birds. I thought I would give this a try, so he could still enjoy the great outdoors and not be such a menace. Since he's been wearing the Birdsbesafe, he now rarely brings home a bird. I think all cat owners with pets who go outside should consider trying this. Simple but effective."
"Mamadoodle is outdoor kitty. I generally don't like having cats outside, but in this instance I took in a mama and two babies to keep them from going to the pound. ... it's a battle all day to keep her away from the birds. I noticed the birds just didn't seem to see her. I tried the collar with bells. Again, it didn't help. Then I saw this and it began to make sense. Cats - especially tabbies, have such good natural camouflage the birds are not seeing her. Between grass, mulch, tree bark and bushes, she just becomes invisible. I was skeptical about this item, but at this juncture, I was desperate. I had a breakaway collar on her already (with the useless bells). I slid this one figuring she would have it off in two minutes. Instead, she seems to like it. It doesn't bother her. She eats, sleeps, scratches and grooms the same as she always did. She just has a costume on now...lol. She looks adorable. And immediately, I saw the difference in the birds. For a change they saw her, and would move to higher limbs. ...so far it's been the first real chance to slow her down. She still goes on the mighty hunter routine, but the birds are able to stay far out of reach now."
2014 and 2015 Customer Reviews
"While this is not a scientific study, it is important. I have two killer cats. I bought one collar initially to conduct my own test about whether this product works. The cat wearing the collar has caught one bird in the last three months-down from 3-4 a week. The cat without the collar has continued her horrific success rate without change. Needless to say, now both cats will forever wear your collars. Thank you!"
"We grounded our outdoor cat after a particularly bad couple of days when she brought home a sparrow, a robin and a chipmunk. I searched the internet for solutions and sent off my order to you for a collar, expecting nothing but wanting to try something. Well, there has not been one bird brought home in the month since she's been wearing it. She doesn't even mind us putting it on every morning. Thanks, and fingers crossed it keeps Ottawa birds safe for a long time to come!"
“Thank you for this information – it’s heartening to know although personally I can see a huge difference with my cat Horatio. If he gets a bird its usually around once every two to three months and even that is starting to slow down. So simple yet so effective, well done.” (From New Zealand.)
"I just want you to know you saved my rescued black outdoor cat from finding another home. I love him, but I feed birds and this was my first cat that killed them. He was bringing in a bird a day into the house and playing with them. I thought he was beyond hope. Your collar was a lifesaver all around-the birds, the cat and me. Not one bird since the collar and I just ordered another one for him. I take it off at night so I can scratch his neck. He's fine with it all other times. I will end with a sincere thank you from Spooky and me."
"In the spring of this year (2015), I bought a Birdsbesafe collar for my cats. It has been an unparalleled success. My female cat used to catch an average of about a bird a week. This year, she has not caught a single bird. My male cat worked off his collar as he usually does, so unfortunately, the birds are no longer protected from him. Luckily, he has nothing of her agility, so on the whole, the bird kill rate around here has plummeted. Thank you on behalf of the local bird population of Toronto East."
"Thanks so much for your wonderful product, it's helped reduce the birds my cat brings in. I pass the word along wherever I can, including to my vet and the local wildlife rehab center. Hopefully this catches on more!"
"Dear Nancy, Thought you might like this photo of Cleo gazingly longingly at the birds she can't catch!! By the way, her "coon tail" with the distinctive rings is inherited from her Scottish Wildcat ancestors! Best, J (From a long-time customer in the U.K., and by the way, her cat was indoors for the photo, but is rendered unsuccessful outdoors as well.)"
"I can report that our bird casualties are down by some 98%. Not a 100%, alas, our cats are just too good hunters, but it is absolutely no comparison to previous years. I think we had 3 dead birds throughout the entire year, which for 3 outdoor cats really isn't bad. I mean, it's bad enough for those 3 birds, but it used to be close to 3 birds a week; so compared to that we feel extremely lucky having found BBS and put a stop to the killing." -- from a Vermonter
"Before we ordered Birdsbesafe collars, our two shelter-adopted cats, Jinx and Herbie, were bringing in birds frequently, and it was breaking our hearts. Our cats have now been wearing the Birdsbesafe collars for several months, and they've only capture one bird in all that time. We love the Birdsbesafe collars because they have almost eliminated bird capture, but we also enjoy the comments and questions from neighbors and friends who want to know about the cats' snazzy apparel." --CH
"Tubz... is/was an expert bird hunter who managed to catch birds when I thought she was dozing next to me. After the collar [Birdsbesafe], her kill rate is down exponentially (just 1 or 2 so far)." -NL
About Birdsbesafe, another customer wrote: "1) They are pretty. Everyone thinks our cats look really sweet and funny. 2) they work. Instead of killing 2 or 3 birds/week, our cats now only manage to catch 2 or 3 every year, as long as they're wearing their collars. Take the collars off, and sure enough, dead birds appear." --CA
"Thank-you. My all-black cat "Little Bear" only needed one 15-minute session in the house to get used to his collar...much praise from us about how handsome he looked seemed to actually help out. Watching him from inside as he pranced around outdoors, guess he was feeling like a dapper boy. He apparently took a trip into the woods last week and came out collarless... However it is SO worth it for us to invest in more collars. NO dead birds presented to us for all the time he had the collar. [Note: Birdsbesafe was purchased a month before this email came.] Actually he used to present us with live birds that he had incapicitated slightly so he would have a live "toy". THe [Birdsbesafe] collar is saving us a two-hour round trip to the wildlife center to patch up his catches...Thanks for this wonderful product." --MM
"Three of my eight cats are prolific bird killers. I found it so distressing to see them bring me back dead birds. ... whenever they wear their collars [ie, Birdsbesafe], they never bring back a bird. The collars do work and I am telling all my cat owner friends about them." She continued: "Knowing that a flightless fledgling can not be protected by Birdsbesafe," this cat owner also wrote: "I shall have to keep the cats in soon as fledglings do not flee from cats and are easy pickings. However, once the fledgling season is over, I shall be putting their collars on and letting them out. I can relax when they have their collars on." -- EC in the UK
"We love birds. We also love cats. For years we have endeavored to make our garden as bird-safe as possible, with the understanding that it is ultimately cat territory. We took many precautions, but no matter how much we did, it usually ended with our cat Henry, slaughtering birds. Before discovering Birdsbesafe collars, we were at our wits' end. It was heartbreaking to watch Henry bring home between 1-4 birds a week (on average). With our very first Birdsbesafe collar, we noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of birds Hnery would catch. The striped pattern works the best! We would not recommend a red colored collar for those who live in areas populated by hummingbirds. Not only does Henry's Birdsbesafe collar save our feathered friends, but ... everyone seems to love his little jester outfit!" (Slightly edited for length.) -ML
"I love them because they look fabulous! But I really got them because my Boudin is a ferocious birder–the first cat I've had with this problem–and I am also a serious bird lover. THis cat needs to be outside so I began to seek a solution and I found your website last year. Boudin would bring us birds every other day. Since we have them, which he wears without fail, he only gets about one or two per month. ... Really they are such a smart and creative idea, and they look really beautiful....Your [business] card is at my vet's and I suggest Birdsbesafe to anyone with outdoor cats because it works." -- JT in Canada
[JT also mentioned also that a young new cat in her home wears Birdsbesafe too, but this young cat has never really learned to hunt birds well or often, and she surmises that Birdsbesafe made it hard for him to learn to succeed at it. Cool!!]
Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) endorsed our products after using them for about a year. This spring, she posted her thoughts on her Facebook page, to our surprise and delight. If you care to, you may find it all on our Facebook page, too, including photos.
Here is an excerpt: Her three cats... "often go outdoors where they go on killing sprees together, practicing their genocidal ways, and then spreading the crime scene all over our house. ... but not anymore, they don't! Nancy sent us these ridiculous-looking brightly-colored Elizabethan clown collar thingies, which she swore, if I put them on my cats, would stop the cats from killing birds. (She didn't mention that dressing my cat like this would also make both me and the cats look crazy, but that's just a harmless side-effect.)"
She continues: "Because I have no shame, I put the goofy collars on my cats, and THE CARNAGE HAS ABSOLUTELY STOPPED. Immediately. Birds see that warning flash of color, and then they beat it! Works way better than bells, which do not work (in my experience). There are no more crime scenes on our kitchen floor every morning, and the birds in our neighborhood can safely go about their lives. Also, the cats look insane, as you can see by this portrait of Clifford, which is entertaining."
Our year is starting well with this thank you letter from a customer in Alabama:
"Just wanted you to know that the birdsafe[sic] collar you made has been a miracle for our family. We love our cat Asia who was a stray that adopted us and our two dogs, but has been tormenting us daily with dead birds on the back porch. Sometimes two or three a day! Your collar has worked from day one and I have not seen a dead bird since putting it on her. She even seems to like her new collar, which surprised me. I think because it is so soft. Thanks again! You saved us from a lot of heart ache and of course saved a lot of beautiful birds. God bless!! Sincerely,J"
Customer Satisfaction Survey, Fall 2012
100 people were sent surveys, and 40 people answered the survey. 28% of them were repeat customers. Here is the key set of questions and answers.
BEFORE your Birdsbesafe purchase, about how many birds were caught by your cat at most?
4 or more birds per week: 20% (8)
2 - 3 birds per week: 28% (11)
About 1 bird per week: 15% (6)
Aabout 1-3 birds per month: 18% (7)
Fewer than 1 bird per month: 20% (8)
Almost no birds at all/none seen caught: 0% (0)
(Total responses: 40)
WHEN WEARING a Birdsbesafe collar cover, about how many birds were caught by your cat?
4 or more birds per week: 5% (2)*
2 - 3 birds per week: 3% (1)
About 1 bird per week 18% (7)
About 1-3 birds per month 5% (2)
Fewer than 1 bird per month 28% (11)
Almost no birds at all/none seen caught 41% (16)
(Total responses: 39)
Note: It's hard to convey these results perfectly without showing all the individuals' answers, but almost all cats caught fewer birds while wearing Birdsbesafe cat collar covers. For instance, a cat could go from more than 4 birds per week to about 1 bird per week.
Almost every cat caught fewer birds, and as you can see, above, there were 69% of cats catching fewer than 1 bird per month after wearing the device, and without it, there had been only 20% in that category.
*If you're worried about the 2 cats reported to still catch 4 or more birds/week: don't worry much. These two survey respondents also said that their cats lost the device quickly and that they had little time to judge the results. We left their results in. And, we currently sell a better cat collar, that is safe but stays on better.
More Survey Results:
How would you describe your satisfaction with Birdsbesafe's ability to warn away bird from your cat?
40% said "very happy" and 35% said "happy". That's 75% who were very happy or happy, combined.
5% (or just 2 people) said that they were unhappy. These were the same people whose cats lost the device and they could not judge how it performed yet.
Customer Emails, continued, Summer 2011:
From Scotland: "I have not seen my cats with a bird since they started wearing the collars here in Bonnie Scotland! Am subjecting everyone who comes to the farm to a demonstration and shall forward some pics of my killer, Queens (cat) sporting the latest fashion."
This same customer also offered this high praise: "Best invention ever."
From Vermont: "My cat used to kill at least one bird a day! Now he doesn't kill any."
From the UK: "[My cat] has only caught one bird since wearing it. Now [my cat] has had it on every day for last month or so."
From the UK: "I do consider my cat's use of Birdsbesafe cat collar a success. Since wearing the collar, she has not successfully to my knowledge caught any birds. She has various colours and designs which she uses with the breakaway collar sent by you. This seems to stay on and hopefully would snap off it did catch on something. Thanks for a great product!"
From Alabama: "I wanted to let you know that I have been extremely pleased with the collars. (My cat) has always loved to catch birds, much to my frustration. Since getting the collar, she hasn't caught a single bird. I'm much more thrilled about that than she is, but she at least seems to have adjusted to the collar just fine. Thanks so much!"
From Maine: A customer says, "[Birdsbesafe] works great. Tell Audubon about these collars!" and "[cat owners should] always use breakaway collars."
From Virginia: Customer calls Birdsbesafe a success. "[My cat] caught a fledgling, which was very sad, but otherwise, no dead birds."
From Arizona: In answer to: "Would you recommend the product to others?" - "Absolutely." Customer has replaced lost collars to continue having the cat wear Birdsbesafe. "Successful as long as we keep the collar clean and bright. We launder it about once a month."
From Vermont: "Our efficient bird-hunting cat has yet to capture a bird since wearing the collar for three months!"
From North Carolina: "I do [consider the collar a success]! My cat was bringing home at least one bird per week, sometimes two or three, and after putting the (albeit ridiculous-looking) Birdsbesafe collar on her, she hasn't brought me any birds!"
From Oregon: "The week before I ordered the collar my cat killed 4 birds. After starting to wear the collar, shed hadn't killed any birds until yesterday. Plus, she seems to think it is a fashion statement and loves wearing it."
From Virginia: "[My cat] has caught a few birds with the collar but significantly fewer than prior years. I would say he has caught 4 this year, compared to 20 last year."
From New York: "My cat wears her collar and gets teased both by people and other cats for looking so silly. We tell people that that is how the collars work, ie, the birds laugh at her too!"
From Michigan: A customer notes that the Birdsbesafe cat collar is a success for her, and that: "my cats don't roam any more."
D. from Gig Harbor WA has a 1 year-old cat, Luna...”She killed three birds in two weeks. I was so angry with her...” Luna was kept inside for a time while D. waited for Birdsbesafe to arrive in the mail. “She been oustside for at least two weeks now. Previously, she had gotten so proficient that she would bring back a bird in 30 minutes. NONE since I put on her little 'clown” collar!' ... I would highly recommend this to other cat owners with this problem. It’s been a wonderful relief and greatly improved our human/cat relationship!”
Another customer reports that: “nesting birds could spot [my cat waring Birdsbesafe] from a distance, giving them time to escape her path.”
Margaret from CA writes: "Pearl is a sweet cat and we were so upset about the bird killings. We knew she was leaving them for me because I feed her and she was doing what comes naturally. But it’s not fair to the birds and wildlife in our area that struggle to survive as it is. The only time she caught a bird was when she lost her collar and didn’t have it for a few days. We love birds and are very relieved that you created this product and that it works so well. Thank you!”
Another customer notes that their cat still tries to hunt for birds but “to date she has not caught a bird. Thanks, this is a fast, easy way to stop our cat from killing birds.”
At the Pacific Wildlife Care Center, a staff wildlife rehabilitator, Kathy, used Birdsbesafe to stop her adopted outdoor/stray cat from killing birds. She found that the cat no longer caught birds, despite having access to bird feeders where he used to hunt! You can read their testimonial on their website. As of 2013, they continue to sell Birdsbesafe cat collar covers directly to their supporters at the Pacific WIldlife Care Center.
Ina from Massachusetts:
“Squeak continues to strut his collar much to the neighbor's amusement, but I think he looks very handsome. I've seen no evidence of bird slaughter. That's happy news!”
Like Kathy’s cat above, Squeak had access to a bird-feeder and had been an avid bird-hunter until wearing Birdsbesafe.
Tom from Huntington, Vermont:
Tom agreed to let us interview him about his cat, Jorgina, on camera. You can see it here: Tom and Jorgina for Birdsbesafe. Jorgina has been wearing Birdsbesafe for about 14 months and Tom calls the success of the collar in stopping her bird-hunting “at least 90%”. Jorgina catches a bird “maybe once a month” whereas before she caught several a week often and sometimes more than one a day.
From a customer in Massachusetts:
“Our cat Ollie for some reason not known to me is a very successful hunter of birds and yet seemed to really like his collar. It did significantly reduce the number of disgusting moments--although not completely.”
From a customer, SF, in San Diego, CA:
“Our 6 month old female, Catriona, was bringing in a morning bird or lizard each day. We had tried belled collars which drove her crazy (she pulled these off after a couple of hours). We put a Birdbesafe collar on her about three weeks ago. So far, no dead birdies!! Yesterday, I found a large wood rat outside my bedroom door and we still get a lizard every couple of days. But at least No Birds!”
From a customer, JB in the United Kingdom:
“Marvellous-- a stroke of ingenuity. I would suggest getting the cat used to an ordinary collar first and then switching to the birdsbesafe one. So glad that I found the website. I was really upset to see birds being hunted. These collars really do work. SAVE WILDLIFE--make these collars a legal requirement for outdoor cats.”
From a customer, KD, who is a wildlife rehabilitator in California:
“I believe indoor cats are best for the environment, but, I ended up with this abandoned cat who I have to leave outside in the day. She has tolerated the collar well from the very beginning. I remove it at night because she's locked up then. So far she has not caught a single bird with the collar on. I've been using it for about a month now. Good work!” Also: See above comments about Pacific Wildlife Center, where Kathy works.
Customer #1: ” The collar never really bothered him, he's just a young rambunctious, neutered, tom cat (that someone dumped off when he was a kitten). He slips through wooden fences, goes to old barns, and climbs trees. The collar did keep him from killing birds and it kept me from sending him to the animal shelter.”
Customer #2: “We have had no incidents with birds since we used birds be safe. Our cat only goes out 1-2 hours a day, and we always use her birds be safe collar and many bells. So far so good. Thanks.”
Customer #3: “I think the collars did help keep the birds safer from my two. Since they managed to lose them, I have found myself rescuing live birds from the house again and unfortunately the occasional dead ones too. So hopefully with the new collars it'll cut the number of birds caught down again.”
Summer and Fall 2009:
We asked various customers: How do you feel about Birdsbesafe Cat Collar?
"Great. I always felt guilty about the stress on the bird population but couldn't stand to keep my cat indoors... the birds are faring much better." --Tom, Huntington, Vermont (See his video and later comments above.)
"Thanks for coming up with a solution for those of us who love our birds and our cat..."--BG, in Portland OR
"Thanks for taking the initiative to make these collars"--LC, Montpelier, VT
"Luna hasn't caught any birds while wearing the Birdsbesafe Collar! She used to catch them mid-flight, but now they take off sooner!" --LS, Waterbury VT (Luna is a leaping Golden doodle, and you can see a YouTube video about her.)
"Your bird business really resonates. One of my pet peeves is the view that most cat owners are willfully ignorant about the impact of their sweeties." --SP, Princeton NJ, ecologist