TJ and Checkers were sitting at the door waiting for their Mom to let them outside, but knowing they would not being going outside for a couple of days they had been bad yesterday for leaving the backyard and had been caught doing so by their loving Mom. TJ looked over at Checkers saying by way of his look if I hadn’t listen to your dumb idea we could be outside today. Checkers just whipped his tail and sat down to clean his face, he frequently looked up at TJ then towards the outside so how was I suppose to know that it was wrong to chase the bird onto the neighbor’s yard?
Have you ever thought how can my cats stay in their own territory? The answer is to buy birdfeeders and hang them outside at the proper height. Yes, cats can catch birds though if you hang the feeders at the proper height and feed the birds the proper food and keep your cats well fed and happy very rarely will a cat catch a bird. They will continuously try to catch birds, though most often the birds are pretty much spry enough to get out of the way of a stalking or a pouncing cat.
Cats have the ability to leap 6 feet straight up in the air, so in placing bird feeders be sure to hang those feeders on branches at least 7 feet above ground with the ability to lower the feeders down so that you will be able to refill the feeders for your convenience. This is also good idea for others who like birds but do not have cats. If you do not have trees, and still want to hang bird feeders use poles that the height is above seven feet and the holders or hooks are at a minimum of 7 feet. If you are lucky enough to have a fence there are other options available to you, such as attaching a pole or wood to the fence slightly above the fence with a hook to hang your bird feeder. There is a company called www.purrfectfence.com where you can purchase equipment to attach to your fence to keep your cats from escaping their backyard as well as using it to attach your birdfeeders. There are so many great places in Charlotte and the surrounding area to buy birdfeeders for the amusement of your cats and for you and your family. Some ideas would be at your local home improvement stores or at Wal-Mart you can even find them at the pet stores. Better yet stop in some of the local shops such as: Wild Birds Unlimited 1848 Galleria Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28270 ; Wild Bird Centers 8042 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277; Back Yard Wild 1819 Matthews Township Pkwy, Matthews, NC 28105; Chirp ‘n Chatter 805 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill, SC 29708.
TJ is so much happier now that he can sit and sunbathe and watch the birds fly from one bird feeder to the other, he also gets a chuckle watching his buddy try to catch those birds. Checkers is getting very good exercise every day by running from one side of the yard to the other side. Happy cats, happy birds and happy neighborhood!