It seems there would be a much better way than a bell to keep birds safe. Before I put collars on my cats, I removed the bells. I was going to do this anyways but my brother lightly jingled one of the bells in my ear (which is extremely loud even with a light jingle & gave me a small headache) & asked how I’d like to hear that ALL DAY that close to my ears. Don’t cats have sensitive hearing anyways?
Cats Ring Bells for Treats | Jukin Media
Like many other viral videos, the subject is cats, and these two are ringing bells in exchange for treats. That’s it. But it’s strangely enjoyable to watch.
Guy's Kitten Video Of The Day: Cats Ring Bells For Treats « Y98
A Japanase Twitter user of the two well-trained cats as they sat side by side and repeatedly used their paws to ring the shiny, metallic bells in order to receive a treat on the plates placed before them.
Apr 3, 2017 - Two cats were trained to ring bells for treats
This is a video of two brother cats demonstrating their ability to ring bells to receive treats. Whatever, anybody can do that. *tries to ring bell, accidentally knocks bell of desk, bends over to pick up bell, rips pants, juicy farts, dies* Eventually, the cat on the left starts ringing his brother's bell, presumably because you get better treats for ringing that one. Is this like Pavlov's dog, but for cats? "Why are you drooling?" I don't know but I can't stop. Forty-one pet cats known to bring home prey were selected to take part in the study. The cats came from a variety of rural and urban environments, and were currently wearing collars without bells. The study period for each cat lasted for two continuous months, and each cat wore the bell half the time. When wearing the bells, the 41 cats delivered a total of 82 mammals, 26 birds, and 10 amphibians; without the bells, they delivered 167 mammals, 48 birds, and 11 amphibians. These results were statistically significant, and at least during the timescale of the study, bell-equipped cats appeared to kill only half as many mammals and birds as they did when not wearing bells. There was no apparent impact on amphibian prey, though, presumably because the hapless frogs and toads either couldn't hear the high frequency bell sound, or they didn't associate the sound with impending doom. For whom the bell tolls
Aside from keeping Bruiser indoors (advisable for many reasons, including his own health), what can you do to give the unsuspecting birds a fighting chance? One approach is to attach a bell to Bruiser's breakaway collar. Theoretically, the audible alert will warn of a fast-approaching object, giving his prey a few extra moments to elude capture. This technique has been suggested for many years, but its success has been called into question. In fact, two studies performed during the last decade found that cats wearing bells were just as successful in their hunting attempts as were bell-less cats. But researchers at the University of Glasgow pointed out some shortcomings of these studies, and undertook a slightly different approach. Their study, " appeared in the British Journal of Zoology. One question they sought to answer: Does wearing a bell reduce the amount of prey a cat captures? I recently read in a cat magazine that you should not put bells on your cat’s collar. The ringing, although an alarm for the birds and a locator for the owners, is very irritating and disorienting to a cat’s sensitive hearing. Should I remove the bells from my cats’ collars?