Corbin the domestic cat © Liz Turner
1 Nocturnal curfew
Keeping your cat indoors at night can be a simple yet effective way of reducing the number of small mammals it kills.
2 Bells on collars
Some studies have found that bells may reduce the hunting success of pet cats. However, elastic or poorly fitted collars can cause injury to cats.
3 Neoprene bibs
Adding a neoprene bib to a cat’s collar interferes with its ability to pounce, which may mean it catches fewer birds.
4 Ultrasound alerts
There is some evidence that attaching an ultrasonic device to a cat’s collar may warn potential prey of its approach.
5 Garden design
Place birdfeeders about 2m from thick vegetation to prevent surprise attacks by cats, while giving birds an escape route.
6 Distraction toys
Allowing your cat to ‘hunt’ prey-like toys might reduce its motivation to kill, but this hasn’t been scientifically evaluated.