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    How to Cat-Proof Your Pet Bird

    ArticleBird AdviceFriday 25 February 2011
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    How to Cat-Proof Your Pet Bird

    Keeping a pet bird as well as a pet cat can be a head-ache. Many cats will always regard pet birds as potential food, but others can be trained to regard the pet as another member of the family. If a cat gets too close to a bird it can end badly for both of them!

    Make sure your birdcage hangs high off the ground, preferably from the ceiling. If you leave a cage on a stand, the cat can knock it over and get to the bird, causing significant stress to the bird in the process. If you have a cat and a bird do NOT clip the bird’s wings, as this will stop your avian friend from escaping your hungry feline!

    Your cat’s first introduction to a pet bird should be you holding the bird so the cat can see that it is a member of the family. Allow the cat to sniff the bird but not make any physical contact.

    Any time you spy your cat paying too much attention to the bird – and particularly if it adopts a predatory pose – scold it loudly. If this doesn’t work, squirt it with water.

    Don’t allow the cat and bird to interact physically, ever. The tiniest scratch on a bird will let saliva from your cat in. Animal saliva is toxic to birds. If this should happen, disinfect the bird’s skin and take it to the vet as soon as possible for a course of antibiotics.

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