Cat killing Martins

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ldybala
Posts: 61
Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2004 1:32 pm
Location: Texas/Houston

My wife feeds three cats in the neighborhood. Two have not caused any problems. But a third, younger male cat, has been sitting under the Martin poles and waiting for the birds to fall on the ground while fighting. Yesterday he got his third adult male Martin.

I've had her keep him in in the morning, when the fights are most prevalent. And I've placed a bell and KatBib on the cat, but because the birds are always stunned, they do not have a chance. Yesterday he got one in the evening as they were returning to their housing. Any other suggestions other than getting rid of the cat (which I cannot do) or keeping him indoors permanently during Martin season.
2013 one pair; 4 eggs; 1 fledged
2014 three pair; 6 fledged
2015 six pair; 16 fledged
Ransom Graham
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Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:13 pm
Location: Newton, NC

Since I see cats in a somewhat similar light as starlings and house sparrows you really don't want my suggestion.
lynnh
Posts: 390
Joined: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:07 am
Location: Iowa, New Sharon

Only other thing that comes to mind is New wife LOL pun intended .
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged
jhcox
Posts: 498
Joined: Thu May 26, 2016 9:23 am
Location: tennesse
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2014. First pair to stay and raise young in 2018.

The best thing that I know of for this an invisible fence. You can buy them at Petsmart. There are no wires just the signal unit and the collar that the cat would wear. If you train them right they will learn to stay inside the boundaries that you set and 90% of the time the pet doesn’t even need to be shocked. The vibration alert most of the time will send them back closer to the house. If your martin racks are in your backyard then set the unit in the front of your home and this should solve your problem.
JRow
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Joined: Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:23 pm
Location: Eastern South Dakota
Martin Colony History: 2017--super 24 gourd rack with a mix of Troyer horizontals and natural gourds

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I’m not sure what your space is like (kids around, etc.) but maybe an electric fence several feet out from the pole? The cat would learn fast—and I’m suggesting a pet fencer, not cattle. I know cats have nine lives but the cattle fencer would probably take all nine. :roll:
~Jen

2017-- 23 pair with 99 eggs: 81 hatched, 80 fledged.
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Fuzzmeister
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Location: Saskatchewan Canada

I understand your dilemma cat! Wife!! Wife! Cat! I wish you good luck.
Louise Chambers
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I suggest keeping the cat inside, or building it a catio - those are really nice. Google "catio" for ideas.
Brad-AL
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Location: North AL

Ransom Graham wrote:Since I see cats in a somewhat similar light as starlings and house sparrows you really don't want my suggestion.
He wouldn't like my suggestion either.
High quality plastic gourds with porched, tunnelled SREH are Martin magnets.
Dave Reynolds
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Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

The only thing that I have heard that made a lot of since was a motion detector that would turn on a sprinkler system and spray the area with water.. The cat stayed away because he didn’t like getting sprayed.. Good Luck

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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Purple Man
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Joined: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:54 pm
Location: North Carolina
Martin Colony History: My First year 2018

ldybala wrote:My wife feeds three cats in the neighborhood. Two have not caused any problems. But a third, younger male cat, has been sitting under the Martin poles and waiting for the birds to fall on the ground while fighting. Yesterday he got his third adult male Martin.

I've had her keep him in in the morning, when the fights are most prevalent. And I've placed a bell and KatBib on the cat, but because the birds are always stunned, they do not have a chance. Yesterday he got one in the evening as they were returning to their housing. Any other suggestions other than getting rid of the cat (which I cannot do) or keeping him indoors permanently during Martin season.
Put a water sprinkler by martin pole with a motion detector sensor
Mike
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Gun
Posts: 78
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:26 pm
Location: Turner Valley, AB
Martin Colony History: 2016 - 1 pair - 4 fledged
2017 - 4 pair - 16 fledged
2018 - 7 pair - 24 fledged
Moved and starting over in 2019

Brad-AL wrote:
Ransom Graham wrote:Since I see cats in a somewhat similar light as starlings and house sparrows you really don't want my suggestion.
He wouldn't like my suggestion either.
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sugarcreek
Posts: 223
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:43 am
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Martin Colony History: 2016 First Yr.

Gun wrote:
Brad-AL wrote:
Ransom Graham wrote:Since I see cats in a somewhat similar light as starlings and house sparrows you really don't want my suggestion.
He wouldn't like my suggestion either.
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2016 - 1st Yr. 14 Compartments 4 Active Nests 9 fledged, 2.25 Fledged per Active Nest
2017 - 2nd Yr. 36 Compartments 18 Active Nests 65 Fledged, 3.61 Fledged per Active Nest
2018 - 3rd Yr. 54 Compartments 43 Active Nests 169 Fledged, 3.93 Fledged per Active Nest
2019 - 4th Yr. 108 Compartments 67 Active Nests 209 Fledged, 3.12 Fledged per Active Nest
2020 - 5th Yr. 108 Compartments 72 Active Nests 243 Fledged, 3.38 Fledged per Active Nest
wolfey
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Joined: Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:40 pm
Location: Spartanburg County, SC

Kill the the cat!!!!! Or move it to a better location like a dog kennel.
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