Kernow Kenny, the bird could have died from a number of things. I propped him in an upright position with a couple of old tea towels - it just seemed like a logical thing to do - I've never seen a bird lie on its side in the wild - or in a cage for that matter. Despite the fact that a cat is definitely more dangerous to a bird than a bird is to a cat, a bigger bird is still able to do some harm to an unsuspecting cat. At any rate, I don't like living with them (and I'm quite sure they are not so fond of me at the moment!!) Your bird feeding area should be in an open area and at least 10 feet away from any shrubs or hiding places. I understand shock is what kills most cat attacked birds in the first instance. I need someone to pick out one best product from those on this list here. She is well fed (despite the look she is giving me and the empty bowl below...) but not fat - but still the urge to hunt and subsequently kill still seems to be quite strong. Refilling old candle holders with new home made candles! He lost interest after five or six sips. You can also place a fence around the feeding. Here's what I did... First I gathered up all my old wax. Your Pet Cats. I measured. Kind of sickening that you’re ranking the level of “green-ness” for saving an animals life. I learnt a bit about candle making the hard way! I hate the smell and can almost feel disease and cancer growing in me every time I spray. I called the vet and discovered that in Brisbane at least (not sure about the rest of Australia) that if you find injured native wildlife and can get it to the vet - they will fix (or euthanase) it for free. in there and then covered the top with another old towel and placed the whole thing in the laundry so he could have some peace and quiet. I used an old tuna can as I was only planning on filling four small candles. They can grab and bite a cat, especially if the cat is scared and not trying to attack the bird. Now we have a slightly mangled still alive but obviously unwell bird on our hands - what do you do? Cats can even eat small birds. I gently stirred the wax as it melted. It will hurt a bird with its sharp claws or can cause serious wounds and an infection from the bacteria in its mouth. we have a no kill policy and we will get the bird flying again. The vet reckoned she was about two when we got her and we did all the right things and got her spayed and vaccinated and all that stuff. It is fun for a cat to jump and catch items, living or not, and birds are no exception. The vet said because he is a nectar eater that it was an ok thing to do but not to go overboard on the sugar. With a section devoted to trouble shooting and FAQ's there is enough information for you to feel confidant about what to prepare, what to expect and what to do when things don't go to planned. Cats with songbird fever can expose people to Salmonella while they are ill and for quite a long time thereafter. So if the cat gets a bird, pop it in a box and get it to the vet asap. A cat's natural instinct to pounce, capture, and "play" with the bird can manifest at any time, instantly putting your bird's life in danger. I am particularly intrigued with your article the. But I'm not so keen on the chemical aspect of all this spraying and bombing. This may seem like an obvious answer but cats can hurt or potentially kill a bird very easily. I called the vet and discovered that in Brisbane at least (not sure about the rest of Australia) that if you find injured native wildlife and can get it to the vet - they will fix (or euthanase) it for free. The blue on his wings tell me its a Queensland Kookaburra. Sustainable suburbia - Just like the title says! Male King Parrot (the girls are all green) Seed eater and capable of a decent nip. if you are at all unsure of what you are dealing with, especially if it is a goanna, snake or possum, give them a call and let them deal with it. I hope you get proper help, sometimes you have to get a bit proactive or you don’t get the help you need. Please, for the sake of wildlife, keep your felines indoors! Thanks for the chook food! Galahs - These guys are a reasonable sized bird and are probably able to take a decent chunk out of your finger - be very careful with an injured galah. Great post I must say and thanks for the information.Body pain is a common symptom of various diseases. It was chirping a bit and gave the occasional fluff of the feathers. As is often depicted in cartoons, outdoor cats and even house cats will stalk and pounce on birds since these behaviors are very instinctual. Crimson Rosella ( the blue rosella is on the logo of Arnotts biscuits!) you can not assume that it dies of shock because that is too simple an answer to say. Yesterday our cat brought a small bird indoors - managed to free the bird and it flapped and flew towards the window then came down on the ledge - and flapped/flew/ran behind the sofa. We found a box - popped an old towel in the bottom and place him (her?) A cat who eats a bird slowed down or killed by salmonellosis is going to be exposed to large numbers of the bacteria, which can easily overwhelm the cat’s own natural protective measures. Written by Brisbane based backyard native bee keepers, this booklet is like having a friend alongside helping you make decisions every step of the way. Most birds, both in captivity or the wild, will fly away at the slightest startle, noise, or observation of a cat if they feel the least bit threatened. She loves people and no matter where you are in the house or garden, she will not be far away. it must also get antibiotics which vets often do not bother to do. Cats have bacteria in their mouths and can infect the little fellas who won't survive without antibiotics. The bacteria may be shed from a cat’s intestinal tract for three to six weeks after a cat has recovered. I'm OK with the resident cockies getting a lungful of chemicals and then keeling over but I feel its impolite (and probably illegal) if my guests and family members do the same thing!!! This is a reasonable amount of space that will still allow you and your bird to see through the cage, but will also keep your cat’s paws out of it. I opened the patio doors so the bird could get out if it wanted and after a couple of hours I checked and it was still there. Last weekend, she pounced out of nowhere on a rainbow lorrikeet - thankfully my husband and a band of teenage boys were also there and managed to grab the bird before the cat had done more than pounce. Despite the fact that cats naturally want to catch and even eat pet birds, there are things you can do to help these species live together peacefully within your home. It became clear that we have bird mites aboutr a month ago, because when I pick up my cat, I feel a slimy cover and I have become infested with the same critters, which are not visible to the human eye. Well, known diseases can cause flu to cause pain in the body. Please join us in our homesteading adventures! Call the vet or the wildlife ambulace on your mobile or walky house phone and follow the animal at a distance so you can direct the wildlife people to it when they arrive - Good Luck! I'm worried because I saw my cat with a bird in his mouth and saw the bird flap its wings and then I rushed and got the bird free but there was a cut on the head and body and it was sick twice (at least I think it was sick) so I put it somewhere and it managed to fly a bit further a way but i don't know if it will survive... ��. Blog really helpful for me. When a cat develops a Salmonella infection after eating (or being suspected of eating) a bird, songbird fever is the result. It got me into thinking why after a couple of hours in semi darkness behind the sofa to recover from shock, then a short flight to freedom, why should it suddenly die? I am talking about all topics bundled in this blog. Although the cats, will climb the fence, the fence will slow the cats down and give the birds time to get away.