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News: June 2005

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Research finds in favour of cat collars

Appeared on Space For Nature on June 13th 2005
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New research has found that cats wearing collars fitted with a bell or sonic alarm catch and kill up to a third less garden wildlife.
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The research was carried out by the RSPB in conjunction with volunteers up and down the country who own cats. The results showed that cats equipped with a bell returned 41% fewer birds and 34% fewer mammals than those with a plain collar. Those wearing an electronic sonic device returned 51% fewer birds and 38% fewer mammals, compared with cats wearing a plain collar. The results are particularly interesting because they show that good results can be obtained with a plain, and cheap, bell. Sonic devices were found to be more effective but at around 20 a shot, they are much more expensive - particularly if your cat (like mine) is apt to lose its collar from time to time.
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RSPB. Collar that cat to save wildlife! http://www.rspb.org.uk/gardens/advice/cats/collarthatcat.asp on June 13th 2005.

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