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A Whistle Could Save A Cat — 18 Comments

    • I looked at it. It was very upsetting. I don’t even know anyone who flies anymore and it was upsetting. We used to have problems with geese at the airport where Danny kept his plane. It was really hard to take off because they’d be in front of the plane. He finally realized you just have to keep going and they’ll get out of the way, but show any hesitation and they stay. But it’s still scary. Because if one doesn’t get out of the way in time you’d have a busted prop or worse. And the goose wouldn’t fare so well either. Never seemed to be a problem with landing– they got out of the way. The chance was always there of hitting one though, especially in the air, which would have been bad. I’ll bet that little airport is having problems with deer now, with all the expansion around there. There was a road that Danny would never drive on because he said as a kid he played back there, rode his dirtbike and goofed around in this wilderness– which was being turned into a subdivision. When he was alive there were maybe two houses and the road he refused to drive on. Today the whole area is completely filled with houses.

  1. Everything spooks horses, so why not that? They really are a prey animal, like deer, so they are quick to flee from any real or perceived danger. So how would we find out, Michael? Should I install them on my car and go whizzing by the poor Amish guy in his buggy to see if his horse gets spooked? I don’t think so. The article said the whistles can frighten livestock who are being transported, so I was going with that assumption, plus a general knowledge of horses gained in my youth, growing up in horse country. We didn’t have them, but friends and family did.

  2. I’d worry about horses. I drive through Amish country sometimes to visit a dear friend up north. Whenever I pass an Amish wagon I drive really slowly so as not to spook the horse. At what distance from the buggy would this whistle be audible to the horse and possibly cause him to bolt? Someone could get killed. So as much as deer are an issue– even around here the suburbs are teeming with them– I probably would not install these whistles. At least not on a car I’d be likely to drive into Amish country. Maybe on the Toronado since driving it that far from the only mechanic who knows how to fix it is asking for trouble, plus the fact that it gets 14 mpg at best. There are cats around, but I don’t know if I’d be going fast enough in town for the whistles to work. Possibly, since many of the major streets are posted at 30 or 35 mph. But my guess is the way they spook horses is a major reason they aren’t standard equipment, not because they don’t work.

  3. I’ve never heard of these before, Elisa, and I wish I had. I wonder if my Alaskan friends know about them too–moose are the problem there and they’re huge. A VW doesn’t stand a chance! We have lots of wildlife where I live now too and even though the speed limit in town is 25 mph, it sounds like a good investment. Especially if it would mean not killing something. So far my record is two suicidal chipmunks in Yellowstone and I’d love to keep it that way.

    • I got mine at Wal-Mart. They’re back in the automotive accessories section. You’d be surprised at how well a VW will hold up. I was in an accident in my 1983 Rabbit and it held together really well. I wasn’t even hurt and at being hit at 55mph that’s amazing.

      It doesn’t work on possums or squirrels. Possums are just stupid and the squirrels are confused and suicidal. But it works great on the other animals.

      Here’s a link to them

  4. Michael circumstances like this are exactly why I’m still upset over the animal control investigation on us. In case you don’t remember, this is EXACTLY how we rescued Furby. He walked in front of my car and I turned the car around and went back to get him.

    There are many cats I’ve been tempted to go back after, but if I take in any of these cats some no good nosy person will turn us in to animal control again and we could lose everyone. This is not the type cat you take to a shelter and expect it to find a home. Wild cats aren’t adoption material and I have a good record of hand catching ferals.

    So these poor cats have to take their chances with traffic since I can’t interfere. I only hope someone is feeding these cats and not trying to kill them.

  5. Elisa, I think this is an excellent article. It shows a concern for all cats not just your own and it is a neat idea. It pushes the boundaries too and shows imagination. I just hope one or two cats are saved by your idea.

    • I didn’t imagine those cats doing a backflip to head the other way 🙂 if not such a serious subject I would have laughed. Those cats were afraid of that whistle and I hope all cats are.

      • And what about England?! Why are we cut out of this 🙂 We need some deer….It is too imaginative for the accountants who manage car manufacturing companies to fit them as standard! That would be asking way to much. Cats are not important enough to business.

  6. I like the idea that these things are standard on all new cars. They must hear them, its just a matter if they are deterred by the sound. I agree with Elisa, if there is even a chance then why not try since they cost nothing. Why not try to develop this technology/idea to ensure it works. It sounds like a very good thing apart from the issue with transporting animals who are effected by the sound. I have no doubt a loud high pitch sound will disturb a cat if done right. Great little thing to have found out about. You really do learn something new every day 🙂

    • They’re NOT standard on all new cars and this has been one argument they don’t work. But there are simply too. Many good reports on them now to get a set. They’re classy looking so its not like you’re defacing a car.

      • They are so small, you hardly notice them. All police and sheriff cars had them in Mendocino County. I think that says something.

  7. I lived way up north for eight years. I learned about the deer whistles there, where you wouldn’t be without them. Of course, you have to b driving at 30 mph for the whistle to sound, and at that speed in some rural areas -that is just too fast to avoid hitting a deer. They feeeze just like with headlights shining on them. A cat on the other had, has fast reactions. I can see how it could save a cats life. I hate to think about cats hanging out where folks are driving 30 mph or more. That is no place for a cat! But they do. The young ones loose their lives on the road.

    It is cheap insurance. For five bucks, it might help. I’m not sure if the whistles worked for me, or if it was my firm resolve to never hit a deer…one or the other worked.

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