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Do you feed birds?   The Natural You: Wild Kingdom

Started 6/30/20 by MerlinsDad; 8743 views.

I did once upon a time, until I discovered that the cats were simply lying in wait to catch and eat the birds that were drawn to the feeder.

another advantage of living out in the boondocks. Far fewer pencil neck bureaucrats and arrogance of officaldom to make life more difficult.


From: Showtalk 


Yes, although people protect wildlife everywhere.  It’s hard when the wildlife impinges on people who also share a space with them.  I had to scare off a skunk the other night, peacefully.  The next morning, I let one of my dogs pee on the area where I smelled the skunk, very carefully, and the scent scared it off. Next night, no smell, no rustling, no skunk.


From: MerlinsDad 


That's right.  You have a lot of cats.  I would expect a congregation of them under the bird feeders. 

Showtalk said:

It’s hard when the wildlife impinges on people who also share a space with them.

Although technically, the wildlife was around long before developers impinged into their habitat with "little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky-tacky".

Housecats are, according to wildlife biologists, one of the most predatory invasive species that can be brought into suburbia. But they are so soothing and they purr and love attention. And right now an incredibly elongated rescue from 4 years ago is on my shoulder making me sweat more profusely, while she is purring quite loudly.

Probably wants attention and of course to be fed.


From: MerlinsDad 


Yes.  Which is why all my cats have been in-door kitties.  We have a screened in porch; that's their outdoors.

Enjoy your buddy.  

My current only cat, Mandy, is not a lap kitty.  She wants to be petted, but on her terms -- stretched out on the floor.  While I'm reading, she hops on the footstool beside the chair to be petted, but she won't get in the chair with me.

I have indoor kitties but there are a bunch of outdoor ones that show up demanding to be fed. I've managed to tame 2 of those.


From: MerlinsDad 


Sounds as if you are a favorite destination for feral and semi-feral cats.

Yeah, there's a Millennial cat lady I know who probably has more feral and semi-ferals, and yet another fellow electronics geek that actually has deep enough pockets to have a near industrial scale trap / neuter / release program going, so I probably rank 3rd out of the regional "rural cat collection club".