Although pedestal birdbaths are great devices to provide birds with water, they can be dangerous to cats, dogs and humans alike. All to often when a cat or dog tries to drink from one, or a curious child grabs the edge of the heavy cement basin, it comes toppling down.
When our two family cats knocked the basin off its pedestal several times in a single month, I began searching for a solution to this problem. I decided that I could either sit the basin directly on the ground or mount it atop something more stable than a heavy, slender column.
I decided to place the cement birdbath atop an old planter. The wide top and base of the planter proved to be far more stable than the pedestal.
Since I have discarded the cement pedestal in favor of a planter, our cats have not knocked it off the perch a single time, in spite of the fact that they seem to drink water from the birdbath on a daily basis.
If you currently use a pedestal birdbath in your backyard and want to reduce the chance of injury to your pets, children or grandchildren, give it a try.