When it comes to having different pets living in the same home, many people think of cats and dogs. And most times, these two types of animals can live together peacefully. But when it comes to cats and birds, it’s a different story. If you have a furry friend who you want to cohabitate with a feathery friend, you’ll have to take special precautions, because, as you know, cats are natural predators to birds.
Fortunately, there are few tips you can follow to ensure your cats and birds live together serenely.
An Introduction Is Necessary
If someone new was to move into your home, wouldn’t you want to meet the person first? Of course you would, and the same applies to your pets. A proper introduction between the two needs to take place, but make sure you prepare for the first meeting – or the first several – to not go down so calmly. In fact, it’s because of this that you need to play with your cat quite a bit before the first meeting takes place; this way, she’ll a be tired and worn out when meeting your new bird. Also, you’ll want to trim your cat’s nails because there’s a good chance she’ll take a swat or two at your feathery pet.
During the meeting, it will probably be best to keep your pet bird in a cage that’s sitting on the floor. You can then call your cat to come into the room and try to introduce the two to one another. Either the bird or the cat, or possibly both, may become aggressive. If this happens, simply pick up your cat and try to soothe her, while also talking to your bird and trying to soothe him. If it becomes apparent that neither of them will calm down, you’ll have to do another introduction at a later time.
Keep Your Birdie Friend Up High
Other than during the introduction, you’ll want to keep your bird in a cage that hangs high, away from any furniture that your cat could climb on and use in an attempt to jump on the cage. It’s highly encouraged that you allow your bird out of the cage at least once a day. When doing this, make sure the cat is in a different room.
Treats Can be a Life Saver, Literally
Any time you let your birdie friend and your cat around one another, it’s important to keep a bunch of bird treats and cat treats on-hand at all times. If your cat sits still while your bird is flying around, then you will of course want to reward your feline with a treat. The same applies to your bird if he or she doesn’t initiate any aggressive behaviors. If the two pets start bickering, and you are unable to separate them, this is the one time when you might want to use treats to lure the cat away from the bird.
Nighttime Rituals Are of the Utmost Importance
You need to assess your pets’ nighttime routines. Most importantly, you need to keep them completely separated when you are sleeping and can’t keep an eye on them. The same applies to any time you leave the house, such as when you go to work. Never leave your bird and cat in the same room if you’re not home, because there’s a high likelihood that a fight will break out between them. Depending on the size of your bird and cat, your cat could reach through the cage and injure your birdie.
The Younger, the Better
Tranquil companionship between a bird and cat is easier to establish if both of them are young when they first start living together. In fact, if the two of them are are only a few weeks or months old when they first meet one another, they might even grow to be close friends. Even if they form a friendship with each other, it’s still imperative that you keep a close eye on them. Cats are sometimes rough when they play, and the same applies when a cat is playing with a bird. Even if it’s unintentional, a cat can easily injure a bird during playtime.
As the owner of your pets, you should know your pets’ personalities better than anyone else. If you see that either pet does something to the other one which causes irritation, then you need to encourage the pet not to perform that behavior anymore. Most importantly, if either pet injurs the other, take the injured pet to your vet immediately. Even the smallest of scratches can lead to a deadly infection, so you’ll want to make sure proper medical care is administered as quickly as possible.