90s scrunchies on cats can save wildlife

Ideally, all cats should be indoors. It is safer for them and the wildlife they hunt. Up until now, bells on collars of outdoor cats are the only measure that will warn birds and other prey of their potential doom. A friend of ours has put three bells on her feline because he is such a great hunter, even then, some birds are still caught.

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In comes Birdsbesafe, a company based in Vermont, USA. They have produced a patented anti-predation collar, bearing stark resemblance to the popular 90s hair accessory – the scrunchie.

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A study carried out by Murdoch University here in Australia found the collar reduced death rates by 54%. How you might ask? Is it because the cats are too embarrassed to go outside in their clownish accessory? Perhaps, but all jokes aside, Birds have four cones in their eyes, one more than us which allows them to see more colour. Most cats have dull coats (grey, black, beige, etc), it makes them hard to spot. When they wear Birdsbesafe collars, they are suddenly more visible, especially with the rainbow and red patterns.

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Birdbesafe collars are comprised of two parts, a clip-on collar and a removable colourful sleeve which can be changed to keep up with the trends. So if you want to reduce predation or simply embarrass your kitty, you can get it here.

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Via Mashable, Images via Birdsbesafe

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