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Can a cat and a bird live in the same house together?

Saturday, October 29, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

Can a cat and a bird live in the same house together? The simple answer to this questions is “yes,” cats and birds can live harmoniously together in the same house.  The owner must take certain measures to ensure the safety of both the cat and the bird.  If  your cat shows an interest in attacking the bird, a quick squirt with a water bottle may discourage him for the moment. You may have to do this a few times before the cat gets the message.  If your bird is aggressive  toward the cat, you must discipline the bird as well. This can be a little difficult. Put the bird back in his cage and cover the cage for awhile. Keep placing the two together for short periods of time and supervise them closely.

Birds are able to catch certain diseases from cats.  Direct contact with the cat’s fur, especially through biting can increase the risk to the bird.  Try to avoid physical contact  between the bird and the cat if at all possible.

With consistent training, both should be able to tolerate each other fairly quickly. Many owners find that the their cat and bird actually enjoy each other’s company but you must always be there to supervise themwhen the bird is out of it’s cage. Be patient and persistent, you may be surprised at the results.

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