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Introducing a Pet Parrot to a Cat

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If birds are prey for our feline friends then if we wanted a parrot as a pet what would happen when the bird was introduced to the cat? Can the two co -exist? The fact is they can and here are some steps to introduce the two.

  1. Preferably, introduce the cat and the animal(s) who will be living together. Don’t just throw them in a room and assume that they’ll get along.
  2. Exercise caution during the first encounter. Hold the animal tightly when it is meeting the cat. Ask a friend to restrain the feline as well.
  3. Let them sniff each other. If hissing ensues, use common sense and wait a while before another close contact.
  4. After about a week of introductions, determine whether or not it’s safe to let them frolic freely in an enclosed area. Constant supervision is required.
  5. In the case where the two animals do not get along, progress with another week’s worth of introductions, then try again.
  6. If all goes well, you will be able to have no worries about your cat killing your bird or any other delicate animals.

Exercise caution and have patience. This process can take awhile!

Remember, your pets count!

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