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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:21 AM
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Lucy caught it and, of course, brought it inside, still very much alive. I waited until it was too stunned or whatever to move, then picked it up (with gloves) and took it outside. It flew away.

It lost some feathers but no flesh that I could see, except for a bit off the top of its little head.

I hope it's okay. :(

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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:24 AM
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1. yay!
They fly into this window sometimes (or used to until I put tape on it). I rescued one once and within an hour or two he was cursing me out, ready to get out of the cage and get back to his outside business.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:35 AM
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2. If it flew off it's probably alright.
Birds have such delicate bones, I'd think if she'd roughed it up much it probably couldn't fly.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:37 AM
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3. That's what I'm hoping
It didn't fly exceedingly well, but it did fly. I'm hoping it met with friends who took it to Bird Doctors On Duty.

I also locked Lucy's door.

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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:50 AM
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10. I'd agree with that. Although I bet it sat on a branch somewhere
really shaken up for a long time
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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:02 AM
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4. My old cat, Mr. Ticket, brought a baby rabbit into my parent's house one night
Its skin was thin and loose, where it was torn on the scruff of its neck. I put it in the bathroom sink, applied some Neosporin, sewed it up with needle and white thread, and put it outside, keeping cat in.
I have no idea if it healed, but I thought the stress of being kept away from its mother in a box all night, until I could take it to the Audobon rescue the next day, would do it in.

I'm glad you got the bird out of Lucy's clutches. I expressed dismay when Mr. Ticket caught a bird, and after that he caught only mice (except for the baby rabbit). I never saw any feathers around so I'm almost positive he let the birds be. I did have to chase his live mouse toys around with a dish towel when he'd come in the dog/cat door making his special "Look what I've got!" "ROWRR, ROWRR" call, around a mouthful of mouse, then drop it where it would zip behind the sofa, or some other hard to reach spot. :eyes:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:44 AM
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9. Lucy's done that a lot
I recognize the "Lookit what I got!" meow. It's different.

Why they sometimes wanna play with 'em, I dunno. It's just some kinda cat thing. :shrug:

Really good on ya for bein' a bunny nurse. :hi:

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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:09 AM
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5. Lucy must have been pretty proud of herself
You stole her thunder, bastid!

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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:26 AM
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6. I dunno
When she's proud of her catch, she brings it to me y'know, all "Lookit what I caught!" This time, she just brought it inside to play with. Didn't even look at me. :(



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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:28 AM
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7. Glad you were able to rescue the bird. I've done that more than
once. Two of my cats love to bring "presents" into the house, often in the form of live birds. I've always been able to catch and release them (and gently chide my kitty kids).
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:41 AM
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8. This wasn't the first time
But this one seemed to have the best chance of survival. The others, I just took 'em outside and put 'em near their friends' trees, hoping they'd get taken to hospital.

She's brought in way more mice than birds, though.

:hi:

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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:53 AM
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11. I have the same problem with my cats
WHat I do now is pour water on the back of their neck if they won't let the animals loose. The water just drives them nuts and so far they always let the birds go. I keep a gallon milk jug full of water at all times at the patio door just for that purpose. It happens about 3 or 4 times a year.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:22 AM
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12. I have read that these birds don't usually survive the trauma.
I hope the bird made it.

I have two cats. I got one at the shelter as a kitten and the other came here as a starving stray. It took him a long time to recover.

But from what I've learned about outside cats I've decided when these 2 have lived as long as they can I will never get another cat. They devastate wildlife around our homes and the only way you can stop them from killing is never to let them outside - or at least have an outside structure where they can be tightly controlled. They can't help being what they are.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:32 AM
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13. Gnocchi says...
BAD KITTY!


If you're in NoCal, I can give you some numbers of avian vets and rescue orgs who can help you out if this happens again. Birds don't usually survive cat bites without treatment.

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