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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dove not getting domesticated

There is a very essential difference between "domesticated" and "tame". An animal that is "domesticated" was intentionally bred by humans over many generations to ensure ...
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Replacing bottom of a bird cage

I'm not very familiar with bird cages and how they sit in the plastic tray, but guinea pig owners have been using coroplast for the bottom tray in custom cages for many years (I think I first heard of ...
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Are candles scented with fragrance oils safe for birds?

Is It Safe? Currently there are no long term studies on the effects of essential oils in birds. As you know birds have a very sensitive respiratory system which makes the general recommendation for ...
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At what age should we get a Cockatiel baby at home?

I agree with Layna's post however I wouldn't say cockatiels are beginner pets. Each animal is different and has specific needs, you could easily say any pet is not a beginner pet with that logic. Be ...
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What is an ideal age gap for between parrot friends?

It's very hit or miss with parrots regardless of age, as babies they are more likely to get along however once they become adults it still has a chance to turn sour. Some things to keep in mind when ...
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What food should I give to African gray parrot?

The Old Train of Thought We are slowly but steadily making progress on diets for our captive parrots, the old train of thought was comparing parrots to chickens in the sense of only feeding them ...
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A pigeons' nest doesn't seem to have a "bed" for the chicks, should I add one to it?

You should leave the nest as it is. Looking at pictures of pigeon nests, it seems absolutely normal that they don't have a soft and fluffy "bed". As a general rule, you should not interfere ...
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How can I warm up my budgies cage in winter?

You could use a gentle heat lamp (ensuring the actual heating elements, which can burn, can't be touched by animals), or use rubber hot water bags or heated socks full of rice (you can microwave these)...
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