Recently Bossy Backyard Blue Jay came to visit me in the Sun Room to turn in his bird food inventory request list for me to give to my parents. As the weather turns cold, our bird friends rely on us to fill their feeders with all kinds of treats including, sunflower seeds, peanuts, suet cakes, cracked corn and more.
Well when the birds are more dependent upon the feeders, something else happens. Our outdoor cat cousins start to go on the prowl. My little feathered friend wanted me to remind all of you to keep an eye on the cats that share your habitat.
Bossy Backyard Blue Jay mentioned that it is already October and that means we are fast approaching Halloween! Many of our human and canine friends wear costumes to celebrate Trick or Treat night but most felines, myself included are reluctant to don apparel whether for Halloween or for any occasion. I especially do not like anything that restricts my ear movement. ~shiver~ I can’t hardly stand to think about it. In any case, Bossy Backyard Blue Jay told me he had come up with a list of what he considers to be both creative and outstanding ideas for cat costumes this Halloween season. He asked me if he could guest post again on our Conservation Cub Club and I obliged. Remember, his opinions are not my own. I asked him to narrow his bird brain ideas, I mean his clever costume list to the top 5. Without further adieu, here is his list.
The Top 5 Halloween Costumes for Cats by Bossy Backyard Blue Jay
1) Colorful Clown Cat
Your cat will look adorable sporting the Birdsbesafe® Cat Collar. Not only will your furry feline be cute as a button
for the Halloween festivities, but we birds will stand a far better chance of surviving the “witching hours” also known as whenever you let your little demon, I mean kitty out to prowl and pounce upon poor birds just trying to get a bite to eat.
The Birdsbesafe® Cat Collar is highly visible to songbirds because the birds’ eye anatomy has evolved to see bright colors in all light conditions. Because a bird’s eye has more rods and cones than a human’s eye, colors appear “super bright” which is an adaptation that helps birds find berries, flowers, a mate and your sharp clawed cat sneaking up on us in his brightly colored Birdsbesafe® Cat Collar.
Oh yes, this is why I think that a Colorful Clown Cat is an ideal Halloween costume for your cat!
2) Bad Celebrity Cat
What other species is better suited to pull off the Bad Celebrity attitude than a member of the feline family? Am I
right? Yes, we all know that the ancient Egyptians treated cats like royalty, but we birds have a few things to shake our tail feathers about too, after all it is a Phoenix that rises from the ashes and Homing Pigeons have been delivering messages for centuries. Ever try to get a cat to deliver a message on time? Well, our Friends at Tagg The Pet Tracker have just made it possible for your cat to text you when she goes all “Lindsay Lohan” on you and breaks out of her boundaries.
Here is all you need to keep your cat under house arrest as a Bad Celebrity Cat for Halloween. Tagg, The Pet Tracker! This lightweight GPS cat tracking device attaches to most collars and let’s you track your cat at any time of day using a computer or mobile device. The simple set-up procedure allows you to create your very own Tagg zone, the area that you allow your cat to spend their outdoor time. If the little devil, er uh darling gets too close to the bird feeders or out of their yard, you will get a text and email! This makes me want to sing. G-e-n-i-u-s.
Breaking news! You can enter the These Paws Can Text Photo Contest before October 12, 2011 @11:59 p, (PDT) to win your own Tagg The Pet Tracker system.!
3) Ringmaster Under the Big Top
Let’s be honest, most cats are natural born ringleaders, so the Ringmaster Under the Big Top costume is one that
your fussy feline will be able to pull off without much resistance. And keeping the little carnivore contained is music to a bird’s ear for sure.
Simply place your pride and joy inside the Kittywalk Carnival Outdoor Cat Enclosure and your cat’s Ringmaster Under the Big Top costume is complete. Kitty will enjoy the great outdoors from the safety of the big top and the wild bird population will entertain them for hours as they fly, feed and frolic in freedom from oppression from Felix and friends. This enclosure comes complete with bell topped colorful flags adding to the costumes appeal. Don’t forget the peanuts. What circus is complete without peanuts? And Blue Jays love peanuts.
4) Cat in a StraightJacket
This costume may not work for all cats, but I tested this out on Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger and it worked perfectly. You might know that a straightjacket is a garment shaped like a jacket, that is used to restrain a person who may
otherwise cause harm to themselves or others. It is the harm to OTHERS, in this case back yard birds like myself, that made me list Cat in a Straightjacket as one of the top 5 Halloween costumes for cats.
All you need is a super cute shirt from Martha Stewart Pets™ from PetSmart®. Now this may not produce the same results for all felines, but when Gracey wears a shirt she immediately lies down and behaves as if she can’t move. Of course she can move, she just decides to be overly dramatic and pretend that she can’t move. Don’t tell her I told you this, but in the photo to the right, she even looks a little mental doesn’t she? Oh don’t worry, she wore the shirt all of a few minutes. She is just fine. But in those few minutes that a cat “thinks” they can’t move, a bird is free to move safely about the yard.
5) Air Traffic Controller
Last but not least on my list is the Air Traffic Controller. We know that cats love to watch birds flying about their
habitats and that cats like to think they are in control so what could be a more fitting costume for the kitty than that of an Air Traffic Controller? Here is what you will need.
A Cat Power Tower placed strategically in front of a window so that your cat can climb up the tower and have a “bird’s eye view” of the flurry of feathered activity in the back yard. Your cat can think they are controlling the take off and landings of all the birds in their air space all from the comfort and safety of their tower that is enclosed inside the home providing maximum security and safety to the avian community. Ground control to Air Cardinal. You are cleared for takeoff.
I hope you like my list of the Top 5 Halloween Costumes for Cats. Remember, the most important thing when considering a costume for your cat is safety! Please keep both your feline and the wild birds safe this Halloween and every day.
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