Bird Watching for Cats

Keeping your cat safely indoors helps ensure a longer, healthier life. The problem is boredom -- especially for cats whose owners must leave them alone for long periods of time. Your cat can be entertained, even dazzled, all day long if you follow the simple procedures described in this fascinating book -- and it could lead to a new bird-watching dimension in your life as well.

While the cover you plant is primarily intended as shelter for the birds that will visit the window feeders and baths, it may also serve as a nesting area for cardinals, robins, chipping sparrows, house finches or mockingbirds.

Initially, a potted shrub and a hanging pot, overflowing with impatiens or geranium ivy, may be enough cover for a standard window. Outside a patio door, at least two shrubs should be available to the birds, placed as close to the feeders as possible without obstructing your cat's view of the action. Continue adding vegetation over time. The more natural it looks to the birds, the more they'll like it. The more they like it, the more your cat will be entertained by their presence.

The constant motion of birds flying to and from feeders, sipping nectar, or cracking seeds, provides hours of entertainment -- especially for Amy, who is enjoying studying these goldfinches.

Or, if a birdbath is set up in conjunction with a bird feeder, at the same bird-watching window, and surrounded by some natural habitat, feathered visitors could eat, drink and even take a bath on the same stage, all for your cat's entertainment. Good luck and have fun!

More information:
Indoor-Only Cats message board
Birds message board
Wildlife Watching message board


About the Author:
In addition to hosting the Birdwatching chat series at, George H. Harrison wrote nine books, including Garden Birds of America and The Little Book of Birding.

He is an award-winning nature writer, photographer, video host and consultant in the field of nature and the outdoors. And George is also the nature editor for Sports Afield and the field editor of National and International Wildlife magazines.

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