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post #1 of 10
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i have a bird feeder over my balcony, and it drops bird feed on the floor....today (have 2 cats -male siamese, black domestic female) when i was sleeping wtih the balcony door open for the cats, i heard a noise out there...my siamese comes in and jumps on my bed, and looks at the balcony door..i knew something was up..i got up and went into kitchen to get cat food, and then i heard a noise against the living room wall....a live dove was trying to get away from my black kitty...the dove must have been caught when i went into kitchen...was i ticked,,,i know most of the time they will be alive, the 4th live bird in 3 months...they are damaged, cannot fly....so i have to take the bird away, and put it to its death...i just hate this, i cannot stand killing the birds, but they are allready half tortured to death....i quess the bird feeding has to stop, because i have too much feelings for the birds......

post #2 of 10
Yeah, either stop feeding them (at least in that location) or keep the cats off the balcony. . .it's really not fair to the birds to lure them in to an area where a cat can get them frown.gif.
post #3 of 10
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i thought maybe my cat would eat them....nope...the siamese i have does not really try to catch them,,,he just looks at em.....the small black female is possessed with it..i am gong to stop feeding the birds...if  i move the feeder from the balcony,,the cat might  jump at the birds, and fall one story.....the black female have fallen twice now., lucky she has not got  hurt......

post #4 of 10
Wow, yeah, high time you removed the feeder. If the birds are getting mangled and the cats are falling ten feet trying to get to them that is not a good situation for anyone involved.
post #5 of 10
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agree...i just took the bird feeder off the balcony and put it in storage...i thought it would be good entertainment for the cats, but it has got out of control.....cats are just going to have to look at the birds.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by ronss View Post

i thought maybe my cat would eat them....nope...the siamese i have does not really try to catch them,,,he just looks at em.....the small black female is possessed with it..i am gong to stop feeding the birds...if  i move the feeder from the balcony,,the cat might  jump at the birds, and fall one story.....the black female have fallen twice now., lucky she has not got  hurt......

 

Do I understand this correctly? Your original idea was that the cats could eat the birds?

post #7 of 10
Please do two things for the sake of your kitties and the birds. Since the black kitty fell off the balcony you need to either stop allowing them access to it, or get some netting, or chicken wire and install from ledge to ceiling. It's not hard to do. Just need a heavy duty stapler if the area is wood. If it's stucco there are special nails just for stucco. Then get a tall cat tree and set it out there so they ca still look out safely. Glad you retired the bird feeder.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by StealthKitty View Post

Do I understand this correctly? Your original idea was that the cats could eat the birds?
From what I gather, the bird feeder was supposed to be there for entertainment... then when the cats started catching the birds, s/he wished they would at least actually eat their prey instead of leaving it alive. But a well-fed cat will hunt even if it's not hungry, and if it's not hungry it won't eat the bird... This is what makes them such good mousers. I've heard of farm cats bringing in five, six mice in a day, consistently. They're little predators.
post #9 of 10
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i had not wanted the cats to eat the birds...just something for them to watch.....the birds were throwing feed onto the balcony flloor,,i think the dove landed there and the cat got it....its over with, no more bird feeder......the birds are now safe, i feel bad about the whole thing....unfortunately, cats hunt birds, hungry or not.....4 birds lost there lives, i feel very sorry about it..and killing the birds afterwards due to injury,,,,it was hard to ends the birds lives,  i hated to do,,,but what was i to do it, but it would be bad just to let the cat at it.....the dove had its tail bitten off...the others could not fly either...god bless the poor birds

post #10 of 10

Oh, I see. I just had to ask out of curiosity... if your idea had been to "feed" the cats, well, there are people who feed theirs live prey and I wouldn't have judged. smile.gif Cats do what cats love to do. But that did make me curious. So sorry that it ended badly for everyone. frown.gif

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