Cats are predators, and unfortunately, this means they will kill birds and sometimes red squirrels if you are lucky enough to have these endangered creatures visit your garden.
Make sure your cat wears a collar with a bell attached, which makes it much harder for them to ambush their prey.
Another helpful strategy is to make sure your cat is always fed well and regularly, as hungry cats are more likely to hunt wildlife.
Position bird feeders away from low shrubs, so cats cannot hide in them and ideally, above a low platform or table, so they are out of reach– this also makes them easily cleaned down to prevent the spread of disease.
In addition, nest boxes can be positioned on high fences or walls, to make it harder for cats to reach.
If you have red squirrels in your garden and have decided to feed them, you can help protect them by ensuring your feeding station is placed somewhere high, preferably 5-6 feet up a tree.
Lastly, keep your cat indoors overnight means that they will not be outside hunting at first light when birds and red squirrels are particularly active.