Cats are not always desirable visitors to your garden. Below you will find information on how to protect your own cat, how to discourage roaming cats and ideas on how to protect the local wildlife from cats.
Read our advice on how to be a responsible cat owner.
Provide a cat-proof birdbath or water container where birds can drink and bathe safely. Cats very quickly become aware of bird-feeding and drinking times and lay in wait. Birdbaths should have:
Following are some ideas on how to make your own cat-proof birdbath.
Alternative 1You will need the following:
Dig a circular hole wide enough and deep enough to accommodate the opposite end of the pipe from the flange. Hammer a star picket (or several if necessary) into the hole to ensure the terracotta pipe cannot topple over. Place the pipe over the star picket(s) with the flange clear at the top of the star pickets. Finish off by placing a terracotta dish on top of a size that the flange can support comfortably.
Alternative 2You will need the following:
Dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the post and ensure stability. Glue the bowl to the top of the post.
Alternative 3You will need the following:
Suspend the water bowl within the foliage of the prickly thicket. This provides security to small birds whilst they drink and bathe.
Did you know that cats are responsible for killing 211 million species of wildlife in Victoria each year? Cats not only hunt for food but also do so for leisure. Studies have found that cats bring home <25% of kills, they consume only 29% and leave a staggering 49% to rot. De-sex your animals as they can breed and produce feral offspring that will continue to hunt our endangered wildlife.