Oooooh! I’m hopping mad. Some local marauding feline has eaten one of MY Chickadees! I found 2 bedraggled wings when I came home last night. I have seen a few sleek well-cared for suspects. All, I’m sure, are much-loved house cats that their owners let out. The first time I noticed I might have a problem is when I saw a huge cat that was the spitting image of my Tonka (who was safely ensconced in the house). I panicked thinking he had somehow gotten out. It turns out not, but it gave me a start and a sinking feeling. Why anyone would let their cats out up here on the mountain is beyond me. We have not only bears, but fox, bobcat, coyote, and owls not to mention ‘coon and ‘possum that can be terrors when cornered and come out fighting. The dangers are real.
As a cat lover and owner of 4 indoor well-fed, kitties who are living the life of Riley, I beg you keep your cats indoors. Even well-fed cats will hunt birds and other small critters. Millions of birds are killed every year because of predation. It breaks my heart that I am trying to make my property a sanctuary for birds by offering shelter, water and food only to put the birds’ lives at risk by having it invaded by the local serial-killer.