The Fur-Bearers is a solution-focussed organization, and has been since 1953. So when we saw what one of our supporters did for her cats, you can imagine how excited we were.
Barbara King-Halliday of Nova Scotia loves her pets – but she also loves the wildlife around her home. And when one of her cats turned out to be an expert bird catcher when he snuck out, she knew a plan had to be found.
“I resorted to putting them in the basement when the patio door was opening so frequently during nice weather, but I felt guilty about that,” she told The Fur-Bearers. “So the cat patio seemed like the perfect compromise.”
Barbara looked online to find ideas and eventually picked out what she liked best. With a few new supplies from the local hardware store, some leftover deck parts, and an upcycled tree that fell earlier in the year, her project came together. It took Barbara about two weeks of “puttering” to build the enclosure over a large window at the side of her home.
“The birds are safe, the cats get to enjoy the fresh outdoors and vitamin D, and my conscience has been appeased,” she said. “The fact that it also keeps them safe from local wildlife encounters, like raccoons, foxes, and coyotes, is a bonus.”
The Fur-Bearers is thrilled to see what Barbara did to protect her furry friends in her house – and the furry neighbours she outside her house, too.
If you have a creative solution to preventing wildlife conflict, rewilding your home, or other ways you’re “greening” your house, please send us a note with photos at firstname.lastname@example.org.