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Cats are deadly for birds

~Wildlife education: preventing cat attacks.~

This poor bird didn't have a chance.

Even well fed, pampered cats will hunt and kill. Every year, domestic and feral cats kill between 100 million and 350 million birds in Canada.

Cat attacks are the primary reason for bird admittances to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (NIWRA). Bacteria found in the saliva and mouth of a cat can cause swift and fatal septicemia (infection in the bloodstream) in birds and small animals.

Nesting birds are particularly vulnerable to cat attacks.

How can you help?

· Keep your pet inside or have someone handy build an outdoor enclosure fit for a feline king or queen.

· Get your cat a cat bib to help prevent bird attacks. Sold under names like "Birdsbesafe", cat bibs are brightly colored to alert potential prey to a cat's presence before it can pounce.

A contented cat enjoys the outdoors without causing harm.

You can help the wildlife in care at NIWRA by making a financial contribution on our secure website. Thank you so much for caring about wildlife!




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