by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
Some people are just pet people and like to have multiple pets. If you are one of those people, there is a good chance that you might have a cat and a bird, both easy pets to have. So, if you do have both a cat and a bird, you may have had a problem with your cat trying to attack your bird. If your cat attacks your birds in the home you need this tip.
The first thing you should do is make sure that the position of your bird cage is in a safe place. It is a good idea to suspend the cage from the ceiling and suspend it in a place where there's not easy access from a countertop. (You don't want to take precautions against a cat attack on your bird and then just have your cat jump up from the counter and pounce). I wouldn't recommend placing the cage on a pedestal or anything, because cats are definitely good at climbing places they're not supposed to access! If you can suspend the cage, that is the best way to prevent your cat from getting up to the bird.
If you do come across the circumstance where you cat is preying on your bird, try these couple of techniques to get your cat away. If you catch your cat jumping up or pawing the cage, spray the cat with water from a spray bottle, or you can smack the floor next to the animal with a rolled-up newspaper. If you irritate or scare your cat enough, then you can rest assured that your cat won't be trying any antics anytime soon.
If you own both a cat and a bird, then you probably don't want one attacking or devouring the other, so you need to take the proper precautions. Remember that it's definitely easier to protect the bird than to prevent the cat, and so protecting the bird should be your first priority. It's simple and virtually effortless; you and your bird will be left content!
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