How to Protect Baby Birds From Outdoor Cats?

I saw two birds within the nest close to my house , which are unprotected without their parents nearby. While I was looking at them, I noticed that the mom bird had been watching me in order to make sure that I didn’t get too close to her baby. While she was looking at my movements, she was looking for food to give to the birds. She walked towards the nest and fed her young. She tried to shield the babies from predators.

Later that day, I went back to check if they were fine. I noticed that one little bird had died on the ground. The cat from the neighbor’s house climbed up to the nest and snatched some of the bird. I was really sad when I saw the little bird lying dead on the ground. I looked over at the mother bird and noticed that she was much more vigilant to safeguard the one remaining bird. She was fighting any animal that tried to come close to the nest. She even tried Dive-bombing me a few times. Visit:-

I was thinking about how I might do help her to protect the one bird left. It is my belief that if I do touch the baby or the nest she will smell my odor and she will turn her back on the baby and not come back at the nest. (That’s not true). I can touch the nest and the birds without difficulty. Birds are not able to recognize their young by smell but rather because of their appearance and their sounds. They will continue feeding their young even after somebody has touched them.

In that instant, I had a million questions in my head. What should I do? Should I take the infant bird back to the nest? It’s not a great idea to take the birds from the nest. Birds stand a higher chance of surviving under its family members as opposed to under human care with the exception of expertly trained experts. Never bring them back to their homes.

Should I feed the infant bird? Feeding the bird’s baby can be risky and could cause the death of the bird. The baby birds require a special diet high in protein to help them grow quickly.

Should I remove the nest out of the tree? Remove the nest and bird in the same spot you found them since wild animals have to stay in the wild in order to survive until they become injured or abandoned by the mother. In this case I recommend you to contact the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. They are knowledgeable about how to care for the birds in a more efficient manner that is different from regular humans.

After obtaining all this information I learned that I had to leave the baby bird in the nest. The cat was still there in the nest, securing the nest. My neighbor provided me with some ideas.

A temporary solution to this issue could be to set up an automatic sprinkler in the vicinity of the tree. It will scare the cat and deter it from entering the area for a few days. Another option suggested by my neighbor was to construct an enclosure close to the tree. One of the best solutions that the neighbor and I discovered was to keep the cat in the house for as long as we could. This is what the neighbor and I did.

Hi, I’m Marinalva Benson and I have been interested in feeding and housing outdoor birds for several years now. Due to my love for these small creatures I have created an online site (Outdoor Birdfeeders, Inc.) with my partner (Christopher Benson) to help others like me.