Stop Your Cat from Attacking Your Birds

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!

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


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2015-10-05 22:57:44


My cat latches on to they Bird cage and sticks his paw in

I've tried everything on this site and a couple of others

If I get a chain and put the cage on the roof with the chain my cat just sits and keeps looking at my Bird

Can someone please help me

2014-04-03 10:55:05


I HAVE a suspended cage and my sons cat manages to jump onto it! He has knocked the bottom off several times and once had the bird out and was trying to make lunch of her. Luckily my son woke up to the bird screeching beside his bed IN the cats mouth. We've taped the bottom on VERY securely but the cat keeps jumping up ONTO the cage and terrorizing the bird. He mostly does this at night... Now because the cat is fully grown...when he jumped up last night he pulled the bottom off again. HELP!

2012-06-30 14:13:41


I have 2 female calico cats, one of which tried for about 5 days in a row to smell a Quaker Parrots tail only to gt her nose pecked on immediately. Each day she would try and each day get the same thing in response. On the 6th day I asked her if she'd like to try and smell the bird, she looked at it and walked away and hasn't tried since. The other cat only took once for her to get the idea she didn't like what the bird did. As a result I can bring any of my birds out while the cats are in the room and they don't try for theem no matter how small the are.

Oh, what I didn't say was that there are 46 birds here: 3 Quaker Parrots; 1 Sun Conure; 39 Cockatiels; and 2 Love Birds. I've been knows to say to the cats that these birds are my hand raised children. Over half of the Cockatiels are bird children and I did hand raise them. There have bneen 93 Cockatiels born here at the house, 24 of those children are here and Grandad bird has the bulk of those children in my over sized [40" x 24" x 54"] flight cage, there are 14 birds in that cage.

I only have 1 nesting pair left, a 2nd clutch bird born to the original parents and mated to a Pied female. They have haad 6 clutches of babies. My original pair also has had 6 clutches of babies, but the first clutch bird [which I was told don't expect anything of] and her mate who'd courted her mother has had 18 clutches of babies in 3 years.