Cats Indoors Update
Hannah Suthers

Do you hear drooling?

Soon the backbone of winter will be broken, and the birds know it. Tufted Titmice and Cardinals are already singing in response to the increasing day-lengths. Goldfinches have begun their molt from olive to brilliant yellow. Of course cats know it too. Since pet cats may be in the habit of being indoors during the wintry weather, the American Bird Conservancy recommends that we maintain the indoor habit by simply not letting the cats out when the weather changes.

Letting cats out at night when birds are quiet does not entirely solve the predation problem either, because cats can find nests and destroy the mother bird along with her nestlings.

Cat caught birds may look lively and unharmed if a wing or leg bone hasn't been crushed, because the bite marks close and are hard to see. But the sharp teeth puncture internal organs, and cat caught birds almost always die from internal bleeding or infection even in a rehabilitator's care.

A squirt with a toy water gun can discourage a cat yowling at the door. Take courage, cat owners, the transformation from an outdoor to an indoor cat can be done!


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Last revision: Friday, February 20, 2008