Garden Birds Can Benefit from Your Cat!

Great tit chicks

While I can’t speak for the rest of the country, here in Sarf London spring has most definitely sprung; which means that birds are busy nest building.  Many of our feathered friends like to line their nests with a soft insulating material, and this is where your cat can help out: cat hair keeps eggs and chicks super-snug.


So next time you groom your cat, or hoover cat hair off your furniture, instead of throwing the resulting fluff away, put it out in the garden for your local birds to use.

I use this homemade cat fur dispenser (simple to make with heavy-gauge garden wire and a pair of pliers), which I hang in a tree a few feet from my bird feeder, and it’s always a big hit with the local blue and great tits.



But if you don’t have the time to make your own, a fat ball dispenser, like this one from Pets at Home would do the job just as well.  (Please don’t use plastic netting to dispense either cat hair or fat balls, as birds can become entangled in the mesh by their tongues or feet, with tragic consequences.)

So why not give it a go?  It’s not only the birds who’ll benefit: your cat will look smart from all the extra grooming you’ll be doing to keep up with demand, and every time you spy a small bird leaving your garden with a beakful of cat fur you’ll smile at the irony!

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