Outside entertainment for Kitties but No bird feeders allowed
May 21, 2014 10:20 AM Subscribe
My little indoor cat used to LOVE watching the birds visit the bird feeder in the garden at our old house. We recently moved house and unfortunately the same bird feeder has become an issue... we have a green belt behind our new place and the bird feeder, well, it's attracting rats!
posted by JenThePro to Pets & Animals (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Little Binky had been having a whale of a time watching the birds, but all of a sudden she was focused on the patio and the greenary underneath the bird feeder. I didn't think anything of it until I sat quietly watching with her and all of a sudden, there they were - 2 giant rats!
Binky has no teeth so she'd be useless if I did decide to let her out and "deal with the rats".. but also, we have since received a notice from our strata stating that bird feeders are no longer allowed due to rat sightings.... I get it, we don't want rats, rats are a nuisance.
But, now I feel bad for Binky who no longer has the birds or the rats to entertain her. I've put a hummingbird feeder outside because I've seen a few of them flying around, but it's certainly not as fun as the daily free-for-all that used to happen! (She's an indoor cat and won't be going outside ever so that's not an option!)
Are there any other avenues I can pursue? She has plenty of balls and toys and that sort of thing for inside the house, I just wondered if there's anything I can do to safely get the birds back outside without also bringing back the rats. Are there any other weird and wonderful things I can put outside that will keep Binky entertained while I'm at work? I have a lovely little garden and I want to plant a nice buddleia or something to get the butterflies coming but a shorter term fix would be better at this point!