Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:39
I have always had cats and have always fed the birds and now have a thriving population of house sparrows and assorted tits living in the eaves and around the garden plus visiting chaffinches and loads of other small brown jobs as well as woodpeckers, turtle doves, jays, robins, blackbirds and so on depending on the season.
You just have to be clever about putting hanging bird feeders high enough for cats not to leap at them and put down ground food away from shelter for pouncing cats. I also have bushes nearby where the birds can shelter when cats and sparrowhawks are on the prowl.
My house is surrounded by arable fields and damp pastures and the cat and Wheaten terrier are invaluable for dealing with the unwanted rodent population - rats all year and meeces migrating into the house walls in winter. The Labrador tries to help but is hopeless. Very funny though.