Press Coverage Of The CatBib

A growing list of magazines, newspaper articles, and books from all over the world have featured the CatBib within their news articles praising its effectiveness to help prevent cats from hunting, attacking, and killing birds.

November 2017:  Staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, at Maine Audubon recommends the CatBib. These bird saving ideas can be used all over the world, not just Maine. also sells window stickers to stop bird window strikes.

May 2017:  A nice article on the CatBib published this week in Australia’s Narooma News.  The Eurobodalla Council is distributing free CatBibs to reduce the threats domestic cats are posing on wildlife there.

“We’re hoping it eventually becomes normal practice that cats wear CatBibs every time they go outside…. Ms Fink-Downes said the council held a trial in 2013-14 with cat owners in Congo to protect the greater glider received  “nothing but positive feedback”.

Thanks Eurobodalla for caring about cats, birds and other wildlife!

January 2017:  A New Zealand news paper ‘Times-Age’ publishes an informative case study from a local resident Mrs Ward, who has outfitted her cat (Teddy Bear) with a CatBib when other cat collar and bells weren’t working.  “Mrs. Ward was skeptical at first, but quickly realized how successful it would be.  ‘I kept thinking it (the CatBib) was going to be a nuisance, but found when he grooms himself, he grooms the bib as well.”  Thanks Mrs. Ward, for doing your part in saving birds!

September 2016:  Considering a career in animal care?  Our friends at Open Colleges have interesting career choices including cats and birds, have Expert Advice, and are advocates of the CatBib.  See their feed HERE

May 2016:  The Australasian Bat Society is promoting the CatBib to protect microbats from Cats.  Read about it HERE

January 2016:  The BBC features the CatBib in a series titled “Worlds Wierdest Events”.  Episode #4

October 2015:  A reader get’s here question answered on ‘The Telegraph’.  “How do I get my cat to stop killing birds?” –   Read about it HERE

May, 2014 Tai Moses features CatBib in her new book Zooburbia: Meditations On The Wild Animals Among Us, just out from Parallax Press. The CatBib is mentioned in Chapter 16, “Peaceable Kingdom”. Zooburbia is featured in the May 2014 edition of O: The Oprah Magazine as one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now.”

November 2013: A United Kingdom product review magazine, with the funny name, WHICH?, features the CatBib in the article “Why songbirds are declining”. Thanks!

March/April 2012 issue Wildbird magazine:
Lynda McLaughlin writes: “Our bibbed felines can frolic outdoors, and the wild birds can feed while enjoying the protection that the CatBibs provide. It just feels like the right thing to do.”
outdoor cat option letter from Linda Mclaughlin and Wildebrid Magazine

NPR logo August 10, 2012 NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO interviews Dr Kerrie Anne Loyd, University of Georgia. She’s the researcher who put kitty cameras on cats to see what they do when outdoors. She recommends using the CatBib to stop cats from killing wildlife. ” Listen to the interview.

More CatBib Mentions In The News

  • March 7, 2011 Dr. Pete Wedderburn, “Pete the Vet” from Bray, Ireland recommends the CatBib on TV! Pete The Vet is the regular Wednesday morning vet on Ireland AM, TV3
  • February 24, 2011 Dr. Pete Wedderburn in his column, Pets Subjects, for The Telegraph, a London newspaper, recommends the CatBib to stop cats from killing birds.
  • September 30, 2010 Garden columnist, Adrian Higgins, talks of cats, birds and the CatBib as a solution to the problem, in his article “Bird lovers see roaming cats as a threat to many species”
  • March 2010 Johns Hopkins University Press, “URBAN CARNIVORES: Ecology, Conflict, and Conservation” (Hardcover) by Stanley D. Gehrt (Editor), Seth P.D. Riley (Editor), Brian L. Cypher (Editor) – The CatBib begins the chapter on The Ecology of Dogs and Cats.
  • August 2009 Rodale Press, “WHOLE GREEN CATALOG: 1,000 Best Things for you and the Earth” by Michael W. Robbins, Wendy Palitz, Bill McKibben, Renee Loux – features the CatBib in the chapter on “Greening Your Pet”.
  • April 2008: Prevention magazine – Save the birds By Rebecca Skloot. Feline predators can cause serious ecosystem damage–it’s estimated that domestic cats kill hundreds of millions of birds each year. So consider the CatBib (about $11;, a brightly colored barrier to your cat’s paws that interferes with hunting ability.
  • Jan-Feb 2008: “Disarming Cats” Audubon Magazine
  • Sept 2007: Conservation Magazine, Vol.8, No. 3, July-Sept. 2007, pp35-36
  • July 2007:  CatBib field trial published Biological Science,Vol. 137, Issue 3, July 2007
  • April-June 2007:  Top Twenty five Hottest Articles Biological Conservation
  • May 26, 2007:  “Bibs for cats could cut toll on wildlife” The Guardian, United Kingdom
  • April 18, 2007:  “Anti-hunting bib keeps cats in check” Cosmos, The science magazine
  • April 11, 2007:  “Bib that saves wildlife from marauding moggies” ScienceNetwork Western Australia
  • April 4, 2007:  “Bib reduces cat attacks” Science Alert Australia and New Zealand

CatBib Helps Save Lizards Too!

lizard and cat fightingLos Angeles Museum of Natural History recommends us as one way to help save lizards from aggressive cats.

They explain:
[quote]Some free-roaming domestic cats kill more than 100 animals each year. One well-fed cat that roamed a wildlife experiment station was recorded to have killed more than 1,600 animals (mostly small mammals) over 18 months. Multiply that by 77 million pet cats in the United States and even more feral cats, and you can see this is an untenable situation.[/quote]

They go on to recommend keeping your cat indoors, but then give CatBib a recommendation for those who rather keep their cat outdoors:

While an outdoor pen is the ideal option for outdoor kitties, another idea for protecting wildlife is the CatBib. It slows down the cat’s ability to hunt, but is perfectly safe, allowing kitty to roam about.

Quoted from Los Angeles Museum of Natural History

In another article from the ‘Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz County’ has also started a new blog focused on the coexistence with native animals. Their first blog is entitled: “How cats and birds can peacefully coexist.”

Their cat “Puck” used to chase and kill lizards, but no longer can kill them since being trained to stop with the CatBib.

Audubon Magazine Recommends CatBib To Save Birds Lives

CatBib was proudly featured in the Audubon Magazine, citing research done proving the effectiveness of CatBib and how its used to protect birds and other small animals.

audubon Magazine Cat Looking at bird “Wearing a bib may prevent a messy meal for humans, but for cats it may also foil the meal altogether—which would be good for the estimated millions of birds and other small animals killed each year by domestic cats.
A recent study published in the journal Biological Conservation found that fastening bibs to kitty collars can reduce the number of birds they kill by up to 72 percent. Researchers suspect that like a warning flag, the brightly colored neoprene bibs alert potential prey to the presence of an otherwise stealthy cat.”

 —Melissa Mahony

Jan-Feb 2008 “Disarming Cats” Audubon Magazine

CatBib Is A New Tool Against Inter-cat Aggression

AVMA LogoJuly 16-19, 2006 – 143rd Annual American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2006 conference Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Jacqui Neilson, a veterinarian specializing in animal behavior, lectured on feline behavior problems. She mentions the CatBib as a new tool against inter-cat aggression.

Montana State University Master of Fine Arts Science and Natural History Filmmaking students, Simon Schnieder and Ed Watkins, made a film about the CatBib. “A Bib for a Bell”. It was accepted and shown at the International Wildlife Film Festival held in Missoula, Montana in May 2006.

The International Wildlife Film Festival was founded as the world’s first juried wildlife film competition in 1977. Their mission is to foster knowledge and understanding of wildlife and habitat through excellent, honest wildlife films and other media. Judges from around the world screen all of the films entered and select award winners for public screenings and special events throughout the year. Through the organization’s EarthVision Film and Video Library and Post Festival Tours, the best films are made available to schools, organizations and a wide range of other audiences. The International Wildlife Media Center provides workshops, educational programs and special events year-round, which raise awareness and understanding of wildlife and habitat issues and promotes high-quality, ethically produced and scientifically accurate films. The festivals promote excellent and honest film production, create new markets and train young people and newcomers to the wildlife-film industry.

Cat’s ‘bib’ Keep Birds Safe

Sunday Mail newspaper, Adelaide, South Australia, September 1999 by David Valente

An obscure American invention may prove the answer to the problem of cats killing native wildlife. Studies have shown more than four million native animals across Australia are killed each year by domestic and feral cats. But Belair cat Benny has not attacked a single bird since his owner, Shane, fitted him with a CatBib more than three weeks ago. Shane, a bird lover, had often been upset by the dead and dying birds Benny left around the house, but the final straw came in July when Benny proudly carried a still-breathing rosella into the kitchen. That led Shane on a frustrating search for a solution to Benny’s killing. But until he found the CatBib on the Internet, the best advice he could find was to “keep the cat inside all day and all night”.

Benny is the first cat in Australia to try the device – a simple, light foam-rubber and neoprene bib that attaches to a cat’s collar and stops attacks by interfering with paw-eye coordination. Shane faced a family fight to fit Benny with the CatBib. His fiance, Sue, and her children, Dean and Ashley, and his son, Victor all thought it would be cruelly uncomfortable. “But it’s not uncomfortable for him at all. The cat does not even know it’s got it on. It lounges around and sleeps and climbs trees and does everything a cat does normally,” Shane said. “He purrs when he’s got it on. The neighbors are quite impressed and are thinking of getting one for their cat.”

He said now they had the best of both worlds with a happy cat and safety for the local birdlife. Now that he knows birds will be safe, Shane, a former native bird breeder, wants to put nest boxes into the trees around his house. Ms. Sabine Kloss, of the RSPCA, said the society would “watch with interest” the effectiveness of the new product and be thrilled if it protected native wildlife without harming cats.

Purring Predators Eyeing the Bird Feeders

Elinor Miller – Cape Cod Times – Nov. 26, 1999

When you read the title of this column, you probably thought it was going to be about the hawks that make frequent raids on just about everyone’s feeders, especially during the winter. Well, you are partially right; I will get to that topic, but before I do, there is actually a far more serious predator that is decimating out wild bird population. Cats. Yes, cats. The superb hunting ablilities of these free-ranging felines make them a real threat to our native species.

Believe it or not, it is well documented that cats kill more than a billion birds every year. Before we had agencies that monitored our wildlife, most people probably thought that it was just a natural thing for cats to kill birds and that letting a house cat out for a few hours of fresh air and recreation every day couldn’t possibly have any effect on bird populations. Birds are threatened by extensive loss of habitat, both where they breed and where they winter, as well as the effects of poisons used on lawns, gardens and agricultural lands. Add in a burgeoning cat population and it’s clear that we must take a variety of measures to stop the loss of our birdlife.

Cats are natural hunters, and if your cat is a hunter, then your cat is part of the problem. Fortunately, there is a simple, inexpensive, safe and benign way to stop your cat from killing birds. It’s a device called the CatBib. Attached to your cat’s collar, it’s a triangular piece of foam (broader at the bottom) that hangs loosely over a cat’s chest and interferes with the line of sight, timing and coordination needed to catch a bird. Strange looking it may be, but look at what is accomplishes. When a cat lifts its paws to catch a bird, it simultaneously lifts the CatBib which is then between the cat’s line of sight and the bird. I’d say that was pretty clever, wouldn’t you?

Elinor Millor, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, MA

Cat Off The Prowl

Register Guard LogoBy Stephen Anderson, nature columnist. Register-Guard – March 11, 2004
Local bird and cat lover aims to stop furry friends from preying on feathered ones. Have you ever bought a product you wanted everybody to know about? Something that can improve the world? A regular reader of this column did, and she put me in touch with a woman and her invention for saving birds.

She and her husband love birds, and they feed hundreds in their garden. She also loves her cats, and was dismayed to discover many birds falling prey to them. Keeping the cats indoors wasn’t an option, because when they tried that, the cats began to mark their territories in the house, instead of in the litter box. She researched the problem and discovered that 4.4 million birds are killed by cats every year. Even that dismaying estimate likely is low, as there are approximately 60 million cats in this country, and many of them are allowed to hunt outside every day. Some cat owners think birds being stalked by cats isn’t a problem. Predators prey and their target species adapt. That’s true up to a point, but the problem with domestic cats is that they were introduced by early settlers to this continent, and the native birds evolved with defensive strategies that didn’t include them.

What about bobcats, you say? There were here during that evolution. Studies show that bobcats are poor at preying on birds, and in fact, their diet is two-thirds rabbits and hares, with most of the remainder being mice, ground squirrels, gophers and muskrats. Also, just think about how many bobcats you’ve seen in your life. Compare that with the number of domestic cats you see in your neighborhood. Between that number of cats, and the reduction in habitat for many birds, we have losses that are unacceptable. She solved her problem with a device she patented as the CatBib. The CatBib attaches to a cat’s collar and looks like a bib. It hinders the lunge that cats make at the end of their stalk, which seems to slow cats just enough for the birds to evade capture. The CatBib is a simple mechanical solution that is easy to use; it doesn’t interfere with any of the outdoor activities of a cat’ and best of all, it prevents cats from killing birds. Realizing the potential of her invention, she began local production of the CatBib, and it is available online. She has drawn customers as far away as Canada, Europe and Australia, as birders everywhere hear about this device.

The CatBib is durable, washable, and comes in a variety of colors, including “purrple.” It would make an excellent gift for the cat owner you know. We would love to see one on every cat in the neighborhood. You can bet the birds would love to see that too.

CatBib Is A Birds’ Lifesaver

Free Press Leader, January 24, 2006, Knoxville, Victoria, Australia
An Upwey resident has discovered what he says may be the perfect solution to cats killing wildlife in the hills. Melvyn Bowler said several neighbors in his block of flats regularly fed parrots and raised concern when he and his two felines moved in. Mr. Bowler said he’d seen his younger cat, Bonnie, stalking birds and after several were found dead around the flats he knew he was in trouble.

“I’d just got Bonnie from Animal Aid and I knew from one look at her she had a keen interest in birds,”Mr. Bowler said. “I tried bells, mirrors, reflective things, you name it, but nothing seemed to work.” Frustrated, Mr. Bowler said he began searching the internet for devices that could help prevent his cat from attaching, his lengthy research eventually leading him to CatBib. The American-made rubber bib attaches to a cat’s collar and interferes with the animal’s hand-eye coordination as the cat lunges for the bird.

The CatBib was introduced to Australia in 1999 but is not readily available on the local market. Mr. Bowler said he had not found any feathers of birds since buying the device recently. “It doesn’t stop her climbing, jumping and getting around, but it’s a barrier when she lifts her paws to strike,” Mr. Bowler said. “It means she has freedom during the day and I can put her out and have an easy mind. It’s terrific.” So impressed was Mr. Bowler by the bib, he bought up big and has several spares available for cat owners in the hills who are desperate to stop their cats from killing birds and wildlife.

Preserve The Bird Population

Dr. Jeff Nichol Albuquerque Journal logoA veterinary advice column by Dr. Jeff Nichol
Albuquerque Journal – Monday, June 5, 2006

Bird savers: Remember the question two weeks ago regarding the bird killing cat? I suggested an Invisible Fence in part because it will keep pets in their yards and out of trouble. A reader has an option worth consideration.

“To preserve the bird population, Simon the Diamon always wears a Cat “bib” that attaches to his collar and breaks his striking stride, but otherwise does not interfere with his movement. Occasionally, he wears it like a cape as he plays “SuperCat.” Since we started dressing him for his forays, he has not caught a bird, and the neighbors think he is a laugh-riot. The Web site is” I really appreciate hearing about useful alternatives like this. Thank you to Simon’s person for writing.

Dr. Jeff Nichol cares for pets with behavior and health disorders at VCA Wyoming Animal Hospital in Albuquerque.

Cats Kill a Million Birds EVERY DAY!

Spokane Spokesman ReviewA wildlife column by Rich Landers
The Spokesman Review- July 16, 2006

With a new hatch of young birds bringing song to our yards, it’s worth pointing out, once again, that in the United States alone, cats kill a million or more wild birds EVERY DAY.

“Not my Kitty!” you say. Yeah, sure. If you insist on letting your cat run free to slaughter birds, consider breaking out of the denial phase with a CatBib. The light flexible neoprene bib is easily attached to the cat’s collar. A six-week study on 56 known bird-molesting cats indicated the product could stop 81 percent of the cats from catching birds.

The bib was invented by Sue Mandeville, a bird-feeding cat-lover, as a way to keep her own three hunting cats from catching birds while outdoors.

Ask The Vet – How To Stop Cat Aggression

Dr. Jeff Nichol Albuquerque Journal logoA veterinary advice column by:
Dr. Jeff Nichol Albuquerque Journal
Monday, October 2, 2006

Dr. Jeff Nichol on ways to reduce inter-cat aggression: “Cats are not like the rest of us. While their groups have hierarchies, most have little need to hang with their homies. The indoor cat has other instinctive requirements like hunting, stalking and pouncing on prey. If another indoor cat is weak and helpless, the aggressor cat can’t resist.

To stay out of trouble, indoor cats need more vertical space. Considering your cat population, I suggest at least two floor-to-ceiling carpet-covered cat trees with hidey holes. Locate them near windows for the bird’s eye view. When a cat needs to attack, you can share stalk and pounce toys like feathers on a stick. With more of his primal needs met, he’ll be less inclined to use a weaker cat as a rodent.

Add a bell to his collar and a CatBib (, a must-have feline fall fashion accessory, and the aggressor cat will find predation of any sort difficult. To reduce the risk of urine wars, you should have one litter pan for each cat plus one. You can relax the masses with a Feliway diffuser, a calming pheromone, available at many pet specialty stores. If medications are necessary for the aggressor cat, try paroxetine. Buspirone can help the weaker cat be less anxious.

Study Proves CatBib Works

Valley Reporter, Roleystone, Western Australia

Valley Reporter
Roleystone, Western Australia
January 20, 2007

“In view of the latest controversy surrounding cats and the amount of native fauna they maim and kill it may be worth considering products that help give cats away when they are hunting.

One of the tools that may be used is a “CatBib”. CatBibs are sold by an American company online. Murdoch University conducted a study on the success of their product. A quote from the study states, “CatBibs stopped 81% of cats from catching birds, and 45% of cats from catching mammals.”

CatBib Study – Stop Cat Hunting

Roleystone Courier
Roleystone, Western Australia
February 2007

An online American company has made available a product that may be effective in stopping or limiting the hunting of native fauna by cats. The company refers to a study undertaken with the CatBib at Murdoch University, and the summary results appear below.

“In an attempt to provide sound advice to owners seeking to curb the predatory behaviour of their pet cats, we evaluated whether or not the commercial collar-worn product the CatBib reduces the number of vertebrates caught by pet cats. We also tested whether the colour of the CatBib influenced its effectiveness, or if supplementing the CatBib with a bell could reduce predation further. Fifty-six cats identified by their owners as known hunters completed the study, which took place in Perth, Western Australia over a six week period in November/December 2005 (southern hemisphere late spring/early summer).

Each cat spent a period of three weeks wearing a CatBib and three weeks without it and the number of prey brought home during each period was recorded. Participating cats caught a total of 13 bird species, five mammal species, and 11 herp (reptile and frog) species. The mammal the Southern Brown Bandicoot was the only prey species of conservation concern. CatBibs stopped 81% of cats from catching birds and 45% of cats from catching mamamals. Protection of herps was limited. CatBibs of both colours were equally effective at reducing predation. There was no statistically significant evidence that adding bells conferred additional protection. Most cats (86%) adjusted almost immediately to wearing a CatBib, 10% took a day or so and only 4% took longer.”

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