The collar covers, which can be left on 24/7, are designed to make cats more visible to birds.
A cat's color tends to be neutral or almost camouflage, so he is not obvious in the environment. If he moves very slowly, the birds may not notice him until it is too late.
So, by adding bright colors to the cat, you make the cat more visible to the birds, giving most of them enough time to notice the cat and fly away. There's Remley in his new Birdsbesafe collar!
Songbirds, a group of birds that include most of the birds that cats catch, see bright color especially well due to their eye anatomy. For example, birds can see in the ultraviolet light spectrum. They also have many more light receptors than people and proportionately more nerve connections between those receptors and the brain than we do.
Cat predation on birds is a recognized conservation problem around the globe. Twelve to 16 birds are estimated to be killed each year by each of the 60 million or more outdoor pet cats in the U.S. alone. (That means 720-960 million birds are killed by cats in the US each year!) If you can, keep your cat indoors, but, if you let them outdoors, make sure they wear something with a colorful pattern like the Birdsbesafe collar.
In addition to reducing songbird deaths, you will also give your family and neighbors hours of entertainment watching your new "clown-cat!"
Next time you visit TLC's office, Hennen Conservation Area, 4622 Dean Street, you might see Remley in his new clown-collar. Just don't laugh too loud, cats are very sensitive about their appearance!