Are you passionate about cats and birds? If so, this may leave you in something of a quandary when your cat kills a bird.
My name is Elizabeth and like many of you, I love cats! Like some of you, I also adore birds. Our feathered friends make my heart sing, each one with their distinctive character and song.
My first cat - Marmalade – was a beautiful ginger tom. Latterly I have shared my home with two beautiful Burmese - Harry who was sadly killed on the road in 2012 and Harriet, my current companion, age three.
My sole purpose in setting up this website is to support birds whose numbers are reduced in several ways: by the ubiquitous use of pesticides and unfriendly farming methods, by paving over our front lawns to park our cars and by the large number of adorable cats in the UK! Many of us love our cats - their special and unique ways, their independence and the love they freely share and yet we are saddened every time they kill or maim a bird. What can we do to not only make ourselves feel better, but make a real difference to birds and bird habitat in the UK?
I would suggest that when our beloved cats kill or maim a bird, that we make a donation of whatever we can afford to the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology). You can do this through my Just Giving page, or simply phone the BTO and make a donation, tel.+44 (0)1842 750050. (If you do, please could you mention that you saw this website.) Given that there are 9.2 million of us, if we each paid a minimum of £1, that would amount to a great deal of money that could be used to support birdlife in the UK, having knock on effects all round the world. Please start now by going to my Just Giving page where funds will be paid directly to the BTO.
Many times people have voiced the same words to me, ‘You know it is in a cat’s nature to kill birds…’. Yes indeed that is true. The killing of birds by cats is not malicious in any shape or form, it is of course part of a cat’s natural instinct and therefore, in the great Chain of Nature, it has its place. These instincts are there for good reason – each creature being dependent on another. However, we know that we have interfered and therefore numbers are out of control having a knock on effect on the bird kingdom. There are 9.2 million cats in the UK – they are all gorgeous of course! However, when they are not neutered, the numbers get out of control and the poor things suffer from overcrowding which leads to all sorts of territory problems.
The Robin of whom Wordsworth wrote:
Art thou the Bird whom Man loves best, The pious Bird with the scarlet breast, Our little English Robin…
The nightingale, the lark and the blackbird of whom William Henley wrote:
The nightingale has a lyre of gold,
The lark's is a clarion call,
And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute,
But I love him best of all…
The Chaffinch, immortalised in the poem by Frances Duggan
Chaffinch you were born to live free
Amongst the sheltery hedges and the trees
And when you feel bored your boredom you can ease
by flitting off to anywhere you please.
Note: 99% of funds raised will go directly to the BTO with 1% covering running / administration / website maintenance costs.
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