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Can Cats Catch Hummingbirds?

Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds that bring a lot of joy to any backyard they visit. But when cats show up in the mix, it can be concerning for hummingbird lovers. Can cats catch hummingbirds? The answer is yes and no.

Are Hummingbirds Fast Enough to Outrun Cats?

Hummingbirds have wings that beat faster than the human eye can follow and they can fly at speeds up to 60 miles per hour – so it’s easy to assume that cats couldn’t possibly keep up with them. However, this isn’t necessarily true. Domestic cats have been known to catch slower flying animals such as mice and butterflies which means they could theoretically catch a slow-moving hummingbird or one that flies too close by mistake. On the other hand, most wildcats such as mountain lions and bobcats aren’t fast enough or agile enough in the air to successfully capture a nimble little bird like a hummingbird!

What Do I Need To Know About Keeping My Cat Away From Hummingbirds?

If you are concerned about your cat catching your backyard visitors, then there are some things you should do: Keep your cat indoors – Indoor cats cannot come into contact with wild animals such as hummingbirds; Feeding station placement – Make sure you place your feeders away from trees where cats may sit in wait; Install anti-predator baffles – This type of device helps prevent predators from being able to access suet cages or hanging feeders; Monitor closely – Pay attention when outside and if necessary shoo away curious felines who may be encroaching on an area frequented by birds; Use deterrents – Deterrents like motion sensors or ultrasonic devices emit loud noises which will scare off both felines and feathered friends alike!


In conclusion, while it is possible for domestic cats (or larger wildcat species) to catch smaller wildlife including hummingbirds, there are measures you can take as an owner/caretaker/observer of both species involved that should minimize any potential risks posed by predatory behavior. By providing safe places out of reach of predators (like keeping feeds well away from trees), employing deterrent methods inside our yards (i.e., motion detectors) ,and monitoring activities closely during times when these two species might interact we can help ensure nothing bad happens between them!