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Our cat injured a small bird that we've kept in our house for two days now. We were...
Our cat injured a small bird that we've kept in our house for two days now. We were wondering if we should keep him in a bird cage outside or inside.
We have fed him water-melt cat treats (temptations) and we have given him a bit of water. He is now in a cardboard box but there is a feud in our family because we think he should go outside and feel the wind in his natural habitat rather than be in a box isolated from the outside world.
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No, it is not necessary. Just like a sick human, an injured bird needs quiet and rest to recover, and the stress of changing environments will be frightening, and probably will do more harm than good. When the bird begins to flutter around when you check on it, you'll know it is ready to go out and fly away.
The very best thing to do with the bird is take it to a wildlife rehabilitator. If that is not possible, you should make an effort to identify what kind of bird you have, and determine what its natural food source is. If it eats insects, then the cat food will probably suffice; however if the bird is a fruit or seed eating species, it needs a different diet.
I am including some links below on how to care for wild birds. Though these are geared more toward baby birds, the advice applies to older birds as well. Birds are delicate and rescues are often unsuccessful; good luck with this one.
Posted by pacorz on July 13, 2012 at 3:16 PM (Answer #1)
Putting the bird outside might be a good idea. But don't forget to bring him in if it hails or something.
Posted by francy17 on July 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM (Answer #2)
I totally agree with ^..^.
As it needs some fresh air as well as it will refresh his mind.
Posted by susdas on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM (Answer #3)
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