28 Oct '15, 2am

Colorful collars could bridge the great divide between birdwatchers and cat lovers.

Colorful collars could bridge the great divide between birdwatchers and cat lovers.

One of the most contentious debates between wildlife enthusiasts and cat owners is the impact of domestic cats on other species, including songbirds, reptiles and small mammals. Cats have a talent for killing small animals . Cat owners who allow their pets outdoors and those people who feed colonies of feral cats play a role in cats' damaging effect on local wildlife. But there are solutions. For some cat lovers, keeping cats indoors is not an option they'll consider (even though science has proven indoor cats live longer, healthier lives). Such was the case of Nancy Brennan, creator of the Birdsbesafe cat collar . She says her cat George "was a terror in our Vermont yard and woods. Sometimes, he would catch a bird each day. It was altogether heart-breaking, but George was used to going outdoors at will through his cat door. What to do? We agonized, and tried every so-call...

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