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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Pet bird with my cat?

I've been thinking about getting a bird. I assume that keeping it up high and out of kitty's reach should be okay... wondering if anyone has any thoughts, or have both birds and cats. I want a bird because I think that they are pretty, not as an expensive snack. Perhaps a bell around the cat's neck?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 07:23 AM
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I want a bird because I think that they are pretty, not as an expensive snack.
If appearance is the only reason you want to get a bird, I would encourage you to reconsider. I know some people with birds, and they can be time-consuming in their attention needs. They need to be socialised and treated like any other animal, and those birds who are simply left in their cages as room decor often suffer a variety of physical and mental ailments. Birds are highly intelligent animals and need to be intellectually stimulated.

That said, I know a number of people who have both cats and birds, but their birds are kept in another room, where the cats cannot harass them. A bird would undoubtedly be unnerved by a cat wandering around their cage at all times.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 07:37 AM
 
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I have 12 cockatiels and a macaw. My cat doesn't mess with my macaw because he is so big and she is scared of him . But I have the tiels in another room that she isn't allowed to go in. I have tried keeping a couple of them in their cages out here (in the dining room) but she will go nuts trying to get to them. It doesn't matter how high up, she will try to figure out how to get to them. She is good and doesn't mess with them when they are out of their cage and on me, but when she see's them in their cages, she wants them. The bell would not work, because they still can't get away from the cat if they are in their cage and the cat tries to get them. But if you keep the cage in another room it should be alright.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 08:42 AM
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Re: Pet bird with my cat?

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They need to be socialised and treated like any other animal, and those birds who are simply left in their cages as room decor often suffer a variety of physical and mental ailments.
ITA with this. I very very badly want a cockatiel or a conure - I've done a ton of research into them, but as long as I have cats while living in a small space, it really isn't an option. Birds aren't like fish - they're very sensitive and very intelligent, especially anything larger than a lovebird. They are very social - they love being with you, and being involved in your life. Birds shouldn't be kept in a cage 24/7 - it's best for them to be let out for a certain amount of play time - and more than just a couple of minutes while you keep the cat in another room. If you can't give a large bird that quality time, perhaps something smaller like a few finches would be better than one larger bird.

However, like Birdgirl said, cats and birds can and do coexist. Make sure that the bars of your cage are narrow enough that a kitty can't get her paw through. Birds can die very easily from tiny cat scratches. And I would recommend doing a lot of reading on different species of birds to decide which would best fit into you and your cat's lifestyle. Some, like macaws, have the intelligence and emotional needs of a three-year-old child.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re-reading my post, I see how that reads as home decor and my apartment isn't big enough to keep the cat away, so perhaps I'll wait on the bird. I just love seeing them in petstores however. Thanks, I hadn't thought about the unnerving of the bird or the intellectual capacity of them (they are smart). My grandmother used to have one and I just loved it.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-20-2005, 05:29 PM
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NO WAY !!! Even bird feathers dropping from a bird cage would drive cats crazy. I had seen my cats done their fair share in killing birds every time they manage to slip out. It is just way to risky. Also, cats can learn to open cages when they are presented with constant temptation.
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