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CatBibs help save wildlife in Eurobodalla

Dominic Giannini 30 May 2020
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CatBibs are helping preserve local wildlife by hindering a cats ability to kill its prey. Photo: CatBib Twitter.

Modern problems require modern solutions, and while cats harassing wild animals and birds is nothing new, the CatBib is making waves along the Eurobodalla Shire.

CatBibs – an apron made from neoprene – is helping save local wildlife in the shire by hindering a cat’s efforts to hunt, interfering with their coordination.

The bib acts as a barrier between the cat and its prey and gets in the way when the cat pounces, which allows the split second needed for its prey to escape.

It also serves as a brightly coloured visual warning to hinder the cat’s ability to creep up on its prey.

More than 80 per cent of cats were stopped from catching birds, while small-animal predation was cut in half according to some studies, Eurobodalla Council’s natural resource officer Courtney Fink-Downes said.

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CatBibs are helping preserve local wildlife by hindering a cats ability to kill its prey. Photo: Supplied.

“Contrary to popular belief, cats hunt even when they are not hungry and roaming domestic cats are a significant conservation issue in Eurobodalla, with birds, lizards, frogs and native mammals like bandicoots and gliders at risk,” Ms Fink-Downes said.

“Made from wetsuit-like material, the removable bibs interfere with the coordination needed for successful hunting.

“Initially some people thought the cats looked a bit silly in their bibs but the response from the owners using them has been overwhelmingly positive – they no longer have to deal with possum entrails or piles of feathers on the kitchen floor!”

However, the bibs still allow cats the freedom to run, jump, groom and sleep, and it only comes between the cat and the bird at the last moment.

The Eurobodalla Shire Council has started an Australia-first program to distribute the bibs after a trial at Congo on the South Coast in 2013-14 showed they helped protect the local greater glider population.

The CatBibs are available for free to owners of microchipped and registered cats, and can be collected from local vets or mailed out.

For more information about Council’s CatBib program or to request a free CatBib, visit Eurobodalla Shire Council.

You can also contact the Council’s natural resource officer Courtney Fink-Downes on 4474 1310 or [email protected].

What's Your Opinion?

11 Responses to CatBibs help save wildlife in Eurobodalla

Glenn Merrick Glenn Merrick 12:58 pm 30 May 20

Attach a besser brick, brings it up to 100% .

Rhonda N Jim Dickie Rhonda N Jim Dickie 11:53 am 30 May 20

Anything is worth a try. Better than doing nothing and saying they're just being cats

Jenifer Mather Jenifer Mather 11:06 am 30 May 20

Put bells on the bib too, it is very sad to see a cat go through your garden, cross the road, and come back through your yard to return to their home with a freshly killed native birds in their mouth. The council loans out cat traps to people who have had cats kill.

Robyn Kirby Robyn Kirby 10:58 am 30 May 20

It’s not rocket science. Keep your cat inside. Mine are house cats. And happy and well adjusted. I know we would lose our bird life if they went outside. If only the neighbour would keep theirs in. It has killed two birds in our yard.

Amanda Midlam Amanda Midlam 10:48 am 30 May 20

Keep cats inside

Rowena Cullen Rowena Cullen 9:45 am 30 May 20

Sally this would be good for Alf!!!

Jennifer Shuwalow Jennifer Shuwalow 9:36 am 30 May 20

I think it takes more than a bib to humiliate a cat. They are beyond humiliation.

Rasputin Jones Rasputin Jones 7:53 am 30 May 20

It also humiliates cats, of which I am absolutely in favour.

Sander Mimosa Sander Mimosa 7:22 am 30 May 20

Help save wildlife

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