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#254853 - 02/18/14 02:07 PM Cat Attack!  
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At about 3:30 this morning, Aphrodite, my budgie, managed to get out of her cage (maybe I didn't lock it??) and was captured by one of my cats. Thankfully I'm a very light sleeper when it comes to my animals, and managed to get her out of Samantha's mouth before any serious harm could be done. There was a considerable amount of blood, and I just about had a panic attack - I thought for sure that Sammy had ripped out a chunk of my poor bird. Fortunately, it appears to have been a couple broken blood feathers under her wing. After cleaning her up I can confirm that there aren't any puncture marks or scratches, and other than being in shock she seems to be alright.

Do you figure I should bring her for a vet check in the AM, or just keep an eye on her and handle it myself? I don't want to stress her out more by trying to catch her; she really doesn't like to be handled. In fact, today was the first time in months that she let me pick her up without much of a fuss (likely due to shock!).


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#254854 - 02/18/14 03:22 PM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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I think at least a call to the vet if not a visit. Can't be too careful with cat mouths.

#254856 - 02/18/14 08:27 PM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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I would not hesitate in bringing her to the vet ASAP. Cat saliva is the worst, it has the pasteurella bacteria in it which can be deadly to birds.


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#254858 - 02/18/14 09:11 PM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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I am so sorry. Budgie to vet ASAP. My AV told me years ago that even just cat saliva on the unbroken skin can kill a bird as it has something in it that gets absorbed through the skin of the prey be it a bird, mouse, etc that changes the ph of the blood in the prey and causes tiredness, weakness and lethargy. I know this sounds weird but that's what a board certified avian vet. told me. Just the cat saliva making contact with unbroken skin can kill......


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#254863 - 02/19/14 05:07 AM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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I was unable to bring Afro to the vet today, but I did give them a call. They think she'll be fine, so long as I keep a close eye on her. She's been moving a bit slower, but she's flying, eating, drinking, and playing as normal.

It's really scary, what can happen in just a few seconds. frown


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#254868 - 02/19/14 07:05 PM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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Aphrodite passed away at some point last night. I'm kicking myself for not bringing her to the vet.


My flock: Monty (Eleanora/medium sulphur crested cockatoo), Benjamin Button (European Starling).
#254869 - 02/19/14 07:09 PM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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I'm so very sorry AJMontyBird. Don't kick yourself my 'bird' friend. Even in the very best homes with the very best people honest accidents happen. You gave her a good home.


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#254870 - 02/20/14 12:24 AM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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I'm so sorry. I know its hard but forgive yourself.

#254878 - 02/20/14 10:01 AM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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I'm so sorry to hear this! As a child I had two budgies. Both died one after another when the cat would open their cages and let them out, then he would nab them mid flight. I'll never forget the night after the cat bites as my lil guys would continue to get sicker and sicker as the night went on before they died. I'm very sorry to hear about Aphrodite. frown


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#254880 - 02/20/14 07:20 PM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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I'm so sorry for your loss.


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#254909 - 02/22/14 04:21 AM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: BE2Cassie]  
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Aw. As I tell my birdies, life ain't fair.


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#255959 - 07/13/14 12:34 AM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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That is why, despite the fact that I really do love cats and dogs, we will not have them while the birds live. (and the birds may outlive me, anyhow) Phred is so much calmer now, than when he first came home with us, and got out of that cat-and-dog filled "home"! It just amazes me how much ignorance there is even among rescue personnel about this issue.

AJ, sorry for your loss. You have had some tough times with your little birds, haven't you?

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#255960 - 07/13/14 03:53 AM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: jm47]  
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A wise decision, jm47 (in my opinion). A good friend of mine would have been a great fit for a bird I know, but she refused to adopt the bird because she had ferrets. She believed it would not be fair to the bird because she KNEW there would be an accident eventually.


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#255994 - 07/21/14 03:19 AM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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Im so sorry for your loss.


#256180 - 08/07/14 06:49 AM Re: Cat Attack! [Re: AJMontyBird]  
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Words can't express how sorry I am. She had a good home with you and accidents can happen, no matter what we do.


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