Keeping Birds And Other Pets Together: Better Said Than Done

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When nature created a diversity of organisms, it made its own rules for predators and preys. Though, both these elements of nature could co-exist in a single kind of environment, they possess some specific traits with which they could survive against each other. For instance, the predators depend on preys for their food and the preys too have adequate opportunities to protect themselves.

Troubles arise only when the most intelligent elements of nature- the human beings pose disturbances in the working of natural processes.

One of the similar situations arise when you choose to keep multiple pets together, out of which, the beautiful birds such as parrots are bought to live with dogs and cats. You might have used all the pet grooming tips to turn your furry, four-legged mates gentle in nature, but the mere sight of a prey could turn them ferocious. And this is to an extent that they could end up killing and eating your sweet pet bird.

You might have seen your cats hunting birds on trees in the garden, and your dogs chasing them in the meadow, in order to catch hold of them. In such a situation, could you ever imagine that two pets of exactly opposite nature could coexist with each other? Let us have a broader look at the above viewpoint.

Birds And Other Pets At Home:

People have choices among various kinds of parrots, dove, mynah, owls, nightingales and larks etc. to keep them at home in cages.  Most of these are extremely colorful and pleasing to view. Everything goes perfectly well until you decide to have just another pet in the form of dog or cat, or the other way round while having a four-legged pet first.

Though, it is absolutely not an offence to keep the pet birds, dogs and cats together, it is always better to be safe and sound with the predators and preys coexisting in a single place- your home sweet home.

Predatory Actions Of Your Four-Legged Pets:

It is very obvious and you might have viewed in innumerable animated movies in your younger days. The most famous one was the Looney Tunes Cartoon, where the cunning Sylvester Cat attacked the small but brave Tweety Bird. Though he could never accomplish his intentions, the reality could be completely distinct.

At the very first instance, all that your pet (most probably the cats) would come up to is the juicy flesh of the bird that could satisfy their belly. But how do you notice such conditions in your pets?

Well, you could see conditions such as the body of your pet absolutely still and its eyes stuck on the bird’s cage. The mouth could be closed tightly or the tongue of the animal smacking with delight. It would have absolutely erect ears and the tail too would be stiff, standing up straight. When your pet dog or cat focuses rather too much on your pet bird, it is a sign of caution to be paid heed to.

The predatory actions could occur almost in a wink of eye, but the prior steps are immensely measured and calculated. These are the warning signals for you to get prepared and hush your pet to turn off from the attack.

Even if you have tied your dog securely, it could attempt to break loose by pulling its leash or barking continuously. Cats of course, are rarely kept leashed and thus they have better chances of attacking your pet birds.

If you find any such condition in your house too, offer to calm your pets with instructions and pats. The pets could also be offered bits of treats as rewards to know that being in a friendly gesture is more rewarding than trying to attack the feeble mate.

If you are unable to control the tussle between your furry and winged pets, you could probably require the advice of an animal behavior specialist. The person could offer you the exact guidance upon your conditions, on how you could turn their brawl to more of a friendly gesture.

Precautions While Your Furry And Winged Pets Coexist:

While you wish to inculcate such an idea, you need to be careful of some specific points which are as follows:

  • Keep Pets In Contact: If you think that the best method to prevent your pet bird from being attacked by your cat or dog is to separate them wholly, you could be completely mistaken. While the birds you possess love being socialized, the dogs and cats too could develop a sense of liking when they see the other pet daily. However, you need to practice this with some distance maintained effectively. Birds should be kept in a proper sturdy cage, which could either be hung on a secure place. Make sure that it is big and strong enough to resist the attacks of the mightier pet.
  • Ensure Safety Of The Birds: The cage in which your bird is kept should be kept at a place that it makes it difficult for the other pet to attack. Make sure you hang it securely, so that it does not falls down on being knocked.

It is not always obvious that the dogs and cats would attack your pet birds at their mere sight. However, proper safety measures are always to be ensured. Most of the birds that either stay in cage or open with the other friendly pets, could get wounded in their play due to the sharp claws and teeth of the four-legged pets. Make sure to prevent any such conditions as these could turn out to be nasty.

  • Do Not Leave The Pets Unattended Together: If you tend to forget the laws of nature and come to a conclusion that your opposite-natured pets have developed enough bond to forbid any perils, you could repent on your decision drastically. The birds that play open with dogs and cats could turn annoying at any instance and this is due to no specific reason. If the cats or dogs find enough reasons to do so, they could always tend to attack your pet birds, no matter how friendly they have been before.
  • Pet Toys: If you have furry pets at home, before bringing a bird to their company, you could offer your dogs and cats some stuffed toys in the shape of birds and view how they react to them. It is no surprise that the pets could turn aggressive to use their nails and claws on the toys. It is then the liability of the pet keeper to calm an aggressive pet and turn it friendlier towards its toys. If the dog or cat tends to grab the toy bird in its mouth, you could forbid them from the process by offering them treats. In this manner, the new entrant in your house will have lesser chances of being welcomed with a nasty attack.

The Other Way Round:

It is really very unobvious to think but when you have a small breed of dog or cat and the bird is comparable in size to it, any timid nature of your furry pet could cause your winged-mate to attack it. Birds too have nails and sharp beak, with which they could do a lot of damage. This could also be possible when you bring a new young-one of a furry pet in contact with your previously existing bird in house.

In such a case, you would be required to keep your timid pet with safety and in a secure place. Offer them protected vicinity where the birds could never attempt to enter. Though the pets could turn friendly in the future, you would be required to make sure that the introduction process goes well, without any kind of fury from any side.

When Your Pets Get Injured:

Just as we mentioned before, accidents could occur at any instance and similar is with your pets. Whether they are friendly or not, they could tend to injure each other with the natural armaments that they possess.

In this too, the chances are always major of your birds getting injured. If this happens, follow an immediate vet referral. The bites from the teeth of cats and dogs or their claw-attacks could be lethal for the bird and hence they require an immediate medical attention.

Vets would diagnose them completely for any toxic consequences and offer treatments in the form of dressings and medications. You would be required to keep track of the vet schedules and offer medications in time for your pet’s hasty recovery.

In contrasting cases, the birds could offer a nasty bite to the furry pets with their beaks and also tend to injure their eyes with their sharp nails. This situation too requires an immediate medical attention and could lead to many disorders in the body of pets.

Here too, the vets would offer the appropriate treatment, but with the assistance of the pet keeper to ensure their healthy recovery with proper measures.

Keeping winged pets (birds) and furry pets (dogs or cats) together could always be a matter of chance with its outcome. You may or may not expect them to behave aggressively towards each other, but paying heed to the safety measures and precautions is always imperative with such a notion.