Could it be, that your kitty has somehow (by accident) intervened into their nesting area, so now they think that she poses a threat to them, and they're trying to be defensive "just in case"? (Fierce crows in our town can do that: once i was walking by the bus stop, not far from the high birches, on which plenty of crows' nests are located (on the level of 9th floor). One huge crow flew over my head, and dabbed me into the occiput with her beak! I was lucky that it (the crow) wasn't contagious.My poor kitty ... she is getting harassed by wild animals ...
I am aware that - especially in rural environments (not that I would live in such) - cats can be under danger from wild animals, be they lynxes, coyotes, foxes or even minks and similar. But ... songbirds? Seriously???
So ... what happened?
Yesterday when I came home, I let my cat into the garden as usual.
A few minutes later, I became aware of a lout commotion outside, some birds were raising quite a racket.
Shocked, I though "I hope my cat is not trying to catch the birds" and went outside to check. What I saw was very different - my cat was already lying by the side of the terrace door and came inside immediately. Two small birds - I think they are thrushes, as they are not big enough to be blackbirds and brown, not black - were jumping up and down at our garden furniture and trying to come closer.
I was surprised, but did not think much about it. 20 minutes later, my cat again signaled that she wanted to go outside - but she did not completely go outside, but rather remain within the terrace door and just look outside. Immediately, the two birds were coming closer again and increasing the level of their noise. When I stepped outside, they increased the distance, but as soon as I went inside the house again, they again came closer and closer until the point where I was afraid they would come into our living room. At that time, my cat abandoned her place just inside the terrace door and went to lie on the couch, in safe distance from the door.
And while our cat normally at this time of the year loves to spend the whole day outside, just lying on the floor under the garden table or walking around next to our garden, she did not want to go out again yesterday evening until it was very dark and the birds presumably asleep.
In the morning, the procedure was similar.
Normally, my cat wakes me up around 4:30 by softly touching my face with her paws (claws half extended for better reaction), I let her out and go back to bed. Once we all get up around 6:00 a.m., she comes back from her morning patrol.
This morning, she again woke me up around 4:30, I fed her and let her out, but opened my bedroom window at the same time to become aware should anything untoward happen outside. And, of course, 5 minutes later, the birds' clamoring outside started again. I debated with myself what to do, but of course my curiosity and my concern for my poor kitty won out, so I got up again and went out. As soon as my cat saw me, she was visibly delighted, ran towards me, snuggled to my leg and came inside into the safe house with me again. At 4:45, she was again fast asleep on my bed.
So ... on one hand, I am, of course, happy that my kitty does not seem to pose a danger to the local birds, on the other hand I find it a bit unfair that a fierce predator (which is certainly the way my cat sees herself) would be so intimidated by her intended prey that she is afraid to leave the house again.
Predator and prey ... however with reversed roles ...
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Maintaining a safe distance ...
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