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I live in a small staff flat next to the hotel where I work, and the 2 managers live next door. We're lucky enough to live in the Lake District and have hundreds of bird visitors an even red squirrels which we leave food out for and love watching. At the moment I feel so angry with my bosses as they've been irresponsible enough to get a cat who spends her days out by the bird feeders catching beautiful songbirds, or killing literally hundreds of small mammals like mice and shrews. My boyfriend has managed to make her drop them before but usually the poor things have died of shock by the time we get them.<br>
I know she's just doing what comes naturally to her, but I've started to find myself feeling so angry and even making noises to scare her when I see her out stalking the wildlife. My bosses have already given her a collar with a bell which hasnt helped. The last straw was when we had a family of bluetits nesting in a bird box on the garage roof and we literally had to watch 24/7 as she kept trying to get her paws in the box to kill the fledglings. Happily I can report they all managed to fledge without a fatality!<br>
I've never hated an animal so much in my life, it feels weird! I can't REALLY give my bosses any advice or guidance, they're not that type of people and would just take offence. Is there ANYTHING I can do?
 

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I don't think I could fault the cat, it is just following its instincts. However, the cat's owner should still do something about this. If the bell isn't enough to keep the cat from catching the birds you could look into trying something else. I've heard of something called the "cat bib" which goes on the collar and seems to interfere with the cat's hunting. A quick google search turned up some positive reviews, but I've never had any personal experience with it.
 

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Are there city ordinances against having outdoor cats? In our city, there are. Maybe you could call animal control? I'd hate for the cat to get taken to the pound, but maybe the owners would be willing to leave the cat indoors if that was their only choice.
 

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I don't know, I guess I'm the only one that thinks this, but I think this is just the cat's instinct, and it's natural. It's mentally stimulating for the cat to be able to hunt. I've had wild cats that hated being inside and loved going outside, and we tried getting them feather toys and things but it wasn't the same for them, no matter how much we played with them they'd still cry and whine and run around, getting antsy to go outside. One of my cats used to catch songbirds and even caught a hummingbird, which made me mad, but she'd go out, hunt, and then come home later and go right to sleep instead of crying and whining and pacing around the house, looking miserable. It's natural for these cats to hunt, they aren't being trained to or anything, and it's not a person going out with a gun and shooting them, it's part of being a cat for some cats, like the ones I had, strays that I took in. I see it like natural selection, because the birds fast enough to escape a cat, and the birds with markings to hide from a cat in that environment, will go on to breed and create a stronger species, while the birds that are too slow or have markings that stand out that a cat will notice, will not.
 

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I do believe it is the instinct of the cat. I do not however believe it is natural that cats kill native wildlife. I love cats but I am beyond saddened whenever a cat kills a wild bird. My cats are strictly indoors and luckily my kittens are not making an effort to go out.<br><br>
I have no advice really. I just want you to know I agree with you and understand how upsetting this is.
 

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If you're around when the cat is hunting, maybe a spray bottle would help. You could spray her when you catch her hunting. A little water won't hurt her (as long as it isn't during cold weather) and maybe she'll eventually associate the spray of water with hunting and stop.
 

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I know the feeling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> my exs cat started killing birds and I felt so bad that I only managed to save a few though I know that it's just instinct it's still sad. I agree with the water spray idea. I have heard of people using that before on cats (and dogs) to deter them from things and even keep them out of their gardens and it won't harm the cat even if it doesn't work
 

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Thanks everybody. I understand she's just following her natural instincts, & doesnt deserve to be cooped up indoors. We've bought some cat repellent spray and put it at the bases of all the bird feeders, where she hides in the bushes. Hopefully that will give them a fighting chance. I appreciate you empathising with my frustration!
 

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We've bought some cat repellent spray and put it at the bases of all the bird feeders, where she hides in the bushes.</div>
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Gosh. I would definitely stop feeding the birds in proximity to where you know the cat hangs out. That just seems cruel.
 

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Yes, it IS cruel but if you read my first post carefully, it's not my cat & not my garden so I have no control over this. If you want to come and shout at my boss then go ahead....
 

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Yes, I read your post. If you are able to put out repellent without angering your boss, maybe you could respectfully and calmly voice your concerns and come up with a plan to place the feeders somewhere safer for the birds.
 
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