A stray cat that killed birds

About 3 years ago we had a thin, bedraggled, stray cat wandered into our lives.

It came from nowhere and started to come to the house. It would sit on the window ledge outside our living room window and tap on the window with its paw.

We told it it did not live here and shooed it away. But every time we opened the front door it ran inside and sat on the living room chair. We threw it out. It came back. We listened to the cat tapping and the rain tapping on the window at the same time. The cat won the battle and joined the household. We have never found out where it came from. We called it Tabby. Then the trouble started.

It killed and ate birds. Lots of them. Killing birds seemed to be its one aim in life. I would watch it as it climbed inside a high hedge, crept along a branch and tried to kill an unsuspecting bird. It was a born hunter. I did try to stop it. I put two bells on its neck. I tried to keep it inside all the time, but it found open windows and also sneaked outside whenever anyone opened a door. I put up with a lot. I tried to make excuses for this cat.

Then one day I found two sets of soft, red, fragile robin feathers close together. So light and innocent. These soft feathers gently started to flutter in the breeze. This was solid proof that two robins had been killed by this cat. This was two lives too many. If the robins died, should the cat die? My patience turned to anger.

I realised that cats will always kill birds. This was just a food factory for this cat. I did not kill it. I rang the RSPCA. I left it at a collection point to be picked up by the RSPCA and have not seen it since. It was the only decision I could make. We have been free of cats since then and it has been lovely.
It is because of this experience I know that cats do a lot of harm to bird life. Too much harm.
 I found out the other week that we have a feral cat round about.  Hope it’s not killing a lot of birds.

2 thoughts on “A stray cat that killed birds

  1. Stan. SWAN

    I was raised in a rural NZ region & have always lived with animals- cats especially. The little darlings certainly may catch birds, but most times they’ll bring prey back home to exchange for praise & tastier nibbles ! The poor bird will usually be shocked (& often needs a dark warm place to recover), but perhaps half of the birds we’ve had delivered survive to fly off. But in my experiences cats far prefer mice (which they play with & eventually EAT), & they do mankind an immense favour by keeping rodents at bay.

  2. Trish Post author

    Hi Stan,
    I replied on Bird Table News and have put this
    I have had two comments yesterday,which were similar, because they are about birds being preyed on.

    John says –

    It’s a load of rubbish “sparrowhawks go for the weaklings They attack so silently and swiftl. They will kill and eat any bird up to the size of a pigeo. In fact one of their favourite meals of recent years is the very fit, well muscled racing pigeon, and is well hated for its constant attacks on them.

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    Stan says –

    I was raised in a rural NZ region and have always lived with animals- cats especially. The little darlings certainly may catch birds, but most times they’ll bring prey back home to exchange for praise & tastier nibbles !

    The poor bird will usually be shocked (and often needs a dark warm place to recover), but perhaps half of the birds we’ve had delivered survive to fly off. But in my experiences cats far prefer mice (which they play with and eventually EAT), and they do mankind an immense favour by keeping rodents at bay.

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    Interesting

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