- Philip York claims his collar could save the lives of millions of birds in the UK.
This is the invention that will put the cat among the pigeons – and let the pigeons live to tell the tale.
A designer has created a collar that works when a cat is about to pounce, quickly alerting its prey.
Philip York claims his collar could save many of the 55 million birds killed by Britain’s 11 million cats every year.
The 82-year-old said he first got the idea when he saw his local pub’s Bengal cat Maggie walk in with a dead bird hanging from her mouth.
He observed that when cats hunt, they crouch down in ‘stealth attack mode’, moving their hindquarters from side to side to create the lowest possible profile.
Its collar uses small motion sensors that detect when a cat is exhibiting this type of hunting behavior and emits a blackbird or hawk warning call through a small amplifier to scare away the intended prey. can go.
Mr York said: ‘Until now, cat owners have been forced to use bells or bibs when trying to stop their pets from killing birds. But there is a new, unique and harmless way to stop this behavior.’
Maggie’s owner, Brian Mulerney, 60, who ran The Railway Tavern in Derham, Norfolk, said the collar might be the only thing that would stop his pet from being killed: ‘I fitted Maggie with a bell. Attempts were made to alert the bird before it was too late to leave.
‘However, Maggie is smart and has learned how to move stealthily enough to make no noise.’
Mr York and Bird Sonic are now looking for further investment for the collar, which can be switched on and off when the cat passes through the flap.