September 13, 2016 – Billions of birds fall prey to domestic cats annually but US company ChirpOn, LLC has developed a bird repelling cat collar it’s aiming to bring to market with a Crowdfunding campaign.
The ‘ChirpOn Cat Collar for Birds’ is designed to take advantage of the unique characteristics of bird vision discovered by researchers in 1970. Unlike humans, birds see ultra violet light waves that create intense reflective colours.
It took over a year of extensive research, development, and testing to create a collar that deflects birds, yet is unobtrusive and comfortable for cats. ChirpOn developed proprietary food grade silicone appendages that reflect UV light and sway with cat movement. Attached via grommets to a custom-manufactured collar, the flexible appendages jut up behind the cat’s head. The collar also includes standard features such as a break away safety clasp and size adjustment. It is made from 100% bamboo fibre that is naturally soft and smooth on cat fur, according to the company’s field testing.
Company founder and developer Steve Crawford told Pet News Today he was surprised that the crowdfunding has not yet been as popular as he’d hoped, but he was still confident.
“All I know is I made these and they work,” he said.
“The collar appears simple but it’s really very complex. It took a lot of trial and error. The cats are none the wiser. The birds chirp on!”
The Cat Collar for Birds is available for order exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign until September 21, 2016, and then at www.chirpon.com. The company plans to bring the collar to the commercial pet products market in 2017.
One cat collar costs $US9 plus shipping (ChirpOn will ship globally) and comes in a choice of two colourways: red with black trim or pink with white trim.
Photos: Courtesy of ChirpOn, LLC.