How to Protect Bird Feeders From Cats

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How to Protect Bird Feeders From Cats
Cats watching bird feeders with fascination is bad news. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cats are often extremely attracted to bird feeders. Not for the birdseed of course, but for the chance to grab a bird. While it is fairly unlikely the cat will be successful, just the presence of it will scare off the birds. A bird feeder should be on a pole at least 5 1/2 feet tall to keep cats from jumping into it. Cat-proofing is mostly a matter of setting up the feeder so the cat can't get to it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Baffles
  • Garden hose
  • Motion sensitive lawn sprinkler

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  1. 1

    Position the bird feeder at least 15 feet away from bushes, trees, or any other object where a cat can lie in wait or jump down on the feeder.

  2. 2

    Install a metal or plastic baffle around the 5-foot mark of the pole or on top of the feeder. Most metal baffles will snap into place around the pole. If the pole is wooden, the baffle may need to be hammered into place. The baffle will make it impossible for a cat or any other animal to climb the pole.

  3. 3

    Spray cats that approach the feeders with water from a hose. Install a motion sensitive lawn sprinkler to do the spraying when you aren't there. This will train most cats to stay away from the feeder.

Tips and warnings

  • Use spill-proof feeders if possible. Cat attacks are more likely to succeed if the birds are trying to pick up seed on the ground.
  • Put a bell around the cat's collar. This won't keep a cat out of a feeder, but can give the birds a little warning.

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