>From my VERY limited experiences, the birds try to eat the food until they figure out the cats start seeing them as dessert. But birds are pretty smart and they'll wait until the cats have eaten and moved away from the food dishes to then swoop down. Its tough to come up with a solution as they're both hungry. My guess is the birds might prefer bird feed but will eat the cat food for lack of anything else.
Christiane Biagi 914-632-4672 Cell: 914-720-6888 [EMAIL PROTECTED] Katrina Animal Reunion Team (KART) www.findkpets.org Join Us & Help Reunite Katrina-displaced Families with their Animals From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of laurieskatz Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 9:19 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: feeding birds and feral cats That is what I suggested. I think she was wondering about other ideas, too. The birds even eat the canned food. L ----- Original Message ----- From: Pat Kachur <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 7:24 PM Subject: Re: feeding birds and feral cats Is there some reason not to feed the birds? It would seem logical to put out enough bird food so the birds are not tempted by the cat food. ----- Original Message ----- From: laurieskatz <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: email@example.com Cc: Brubaker, <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Angela [DOC] Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 8:11 PM Subject: feeding birds and feral cats I have a friend who feeds (and TNR) feral cat colonies. She has a new problem. The starlings are eating the cat food. Has anyone encountered this? Have suggestions for what works to feed cats, not birds? thanks! Laurie