New Cat Collar Alerts Birds to The Cat About to Eat Them
Are you repeatedly horrified by the gruesome gifts (dead, mutilated birds) that you cat keeps bringing you? Well now, there is a solution. With this new collar, cats are now unaware they are alerting and startling their prey. This gives birds the opportunity to make their glorious escape.
A huge number of songbirds fall prey to cats, and now a company has developed a bird-deflecting cat collar that it is bringing to market with a Crowdfunding campaign. The campaign targets the owners of pet cats that have access to the outdoors.
The ChirpOn Cat Collar for Birds was designed to take advantage of the unique characteristics of bird vision discovered by researchers in 1970. Unlike humans, birds see ultra violet light waves that create intense reflective colours. ChirpOn has developed silicone appendages that reflect UV light and sway with cat movement. Attached via grommets to a custom manufactured collar, the flexible appendages jut up behind the cat’s head.
It took over a year of extensive research, development, and testing to create a collar that deflects birds, yet is unobtrusive and comfortable for cats. The collar includes standard features such as a break away safety clasp, and size adjustment. It is made from 100% bamboo fibre that is naturally soft and smooth on cat fur, according to the company’s field testing.
“When my kids finally left home, they left me with their cats,” says company founder and developer Steve Crawford. “The impact of the cats on the songbirds was distressing. The collar appears simple but it’s really very complex. It took a lot of trial and error. The cats are none the wiser. The birds chirp on!”
Bird populations have suffered dramatic decline over the last decades. By far the major factor is habitat destruction, but cat predation is significant, followed by the widespread use of pesticides and bird collisions with window reflections and motor vehicles.
The Cat Collar for Birds is available for order exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign until September 21, 2016, and then at www.chirpon.com. The company plans to bring the collar to the commercial pet products market in 2017.
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