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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

Whatever your general opinions on free-roaming cats may be, allowing your cat to hunt in a bird sanctuary definitely sounds like a highly irresponsible thing to do. If you'd rather not lock your cat ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

The best situation for any domestic cat is to live indoors; it would have been an easier transition when he was younger, but it can still be done, if you're willing to endure a period of "misery" for ...
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Can an owl be tamed and deliver letters?

Short answer: NO Long answer: Delivering anything to a remote place is an extremely difficult task for any animal. Mammals I could find evidence of messenger dogs and the occasional horse used in ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

Most locations have leash laws that apply to all domestic animals, in most areas they are only enforced on dogs. In an area with a bird sanctuary, it may very well be applied to cats as well. The ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

Get a collar with a bell. I'm going to say that the best and easiest way to solve this problem is to get a collar and put a small bell on it. The bell will provide enough warning that the vast ...
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How Can I Teach My Green-Cheek Conure the Concept of "Stepping Up?"

Frankly she sounds like she has you trained pretty well. Here are some tips that I used to teach this to a number of different birds. Your conure is still very young so this shouldn't be terribly ...
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How to get a pet bird out of a tree?

Put the bird's cage outside, as close as possible to the tree where the bird is, and put some food and water in it, preferably the kind of food that the bird enjoys the most. Leave the cage door open, ...
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Is it possible to raise a cat not to be a threat to pet birds?

I am hoping that someone with more experience with cats and birds will provide a better answer to this question, with "how to" direction. But here is part of the answer. Cats are naturally drawn to ...
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Are crows good pets?

Probably not Good pet might not be the word for it. While very smart, crows need a lot of space, probably more then you can provide. And smart means they need mental stimulation. Think flying border ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

I would encourage you to keep trying things, even if they don't seem to work or have not worked in the past. As others have suggested, try various things to make indoors more appealing, so he has ...
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What are the signs suggesting the gender of a cockatiel?

On traditionally-colored cockatiels, once they've been through 1 or 2 molts at most (maybe too early for yours), striped tail feathers are clear marks of a female bird. With color mutations, there is ...
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How can I safely catch an injured semi-domesticated pigeon?

It is easy to catch it in the dark, as many birds are completely blind at night; it doesn't need to be totally dark. Humans have better night vision than many types of birds, so at night one can ...
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An exterminator is coming to my apartment. Should I do anything with my bird?

(After calling an avian vet to double check) Yes, the bird should be removed from the premises for at least 24 hours if possible. Upon returning, all surfaces that the bird regularly comes in contact ...
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My budgerigar seems partially paralyzed, is breathing heavily, and is having problems standing. What should I do?

Budgerigars are common enough as pets that even a vet that isn't specialized in birds should have rudimentary knowledge. You should call any vet or pet clinic you find around you, describe the ...
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Cockatiels bowing heads to eachother

They're asking to be preened. Missy (pictured on the left) never gets the message, so Prince (right) pecks Missy after a few seconds, because he wants attention. I've also seen this in my other ...
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Is it possible to raise a cat not to be a threat to pet birds?

From my experience, it's possible for a cat to accept birds as part of the household but there are limits and risks. Some things I'd recommend: Make sure the bird cage is sturdy and hung from the ...
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What is the cause, prevention, and remedy for an egg-bound bird?

As far as I'm aware there's no easy treatment of egg binding. What I've heard suggested is simply giving the bird a light massage to coax the egg out. Taking it to a warmer room or giving it a warm ...
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Transport a cockatiel locally in car ride

You've got a few choices. You can do a search on Amazon for "bird carrier." They tend to be a bit pricey but are built specifically for birds. Alternatively, you can go buy a small animal carrier or ...
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How can I safely catch an injured semi-domesticated pigeon?

If she is too injured to escape the best method to catch her is to use a towel. You do not risk injuring her further as you would with a net - their wings and legs tend to get caught and tangled in ...
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Are crows good pets?

If you were to get a crow it would need to be from a breeder that offers crows legal to America. "...the only way that you can legally and ethically acquire a pet raven or crow is by picking a ...
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Is it safe to put a plant in a bird's cage?

Placing plants such as a spider plant into a bird cage would not harm the bird, and it is more likely that the bird will harm it. Leaves on the spider plant that may have been affected by the bird can ...
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How/why is non-stick cookware fatal to birds

By googling "PTFE toxicity to birds" you will get a good number of hits. There seems to be a consensus about the lethality. As in, get those PTFE coated pans out of your house if you love ...
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Is it safe to give candies to my parrot?

In general, many animals, including parrots, should not be given foods very high in sugar, fat, or sodium. It is not technically toxic, but too much of these things can cause various medical issues. ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

I see three possible options: Attempt to enclose the garden somehow so that he doesn't have free reign in the bird sanctuary. You'd need pretty tall fences though... Choose a different location. ...
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Hens and no rooster: what happens to hens and their unfertilized eggs?

Each hen is unique (just like people) Each hen has a number or volume of eggs that will make her start sitting. It could be anything from 1 to a dozen. Hens cannot count, there is one and more then ...
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How can I save this baby bird?

Depending on your country call a vet or a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. They will be able to tell you what to do and where to bring the animal. Taking care of a wild bird is not simple and needs ...
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What should I do about a mysterious hole found in one of my cockatiel's beaks?

It could be a discoloration, especially if you can't see through it and if the lighting is poor. Nevertheless, cockatiels are prone to ulcerative beak lesions and while it's possible that this is ...
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Can I keep a Cockatoo and finches in the same aviary?

Due to the large size difference between a cockatoo and a finch, your cockatoo could easily hurt the finches without meaning to, no matter how sweet or friendly he is, so first things first, you ...
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When is the best age to get a baby parrot?

This is an excellent question, and an area of some controversy right now. I'll stick to the main non-controversial points here, and will offer some personal experience. I won't try to settle the ...
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How do I help to heal a bird that has fallen from its nest?

Unless you are able to put the bird back into its nest, there is very little you can do. It is sad, but true; sometimes the strongest chick in a nest pushes its siblings out of the nest. This is ...
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