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Old 10-10-2018, 11:59 AM
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Re: Need some advice

The birdsounds are great haha I can keep trying to teach Oz the imperial march again! Three spritz in and the cat already seems much more reluctant to bother the birds. I also trimmed his claws to be as blunt as possible just in case.

Edit: added bonus of the spray bottle, Oz got to enjoy a nice misting after kitty left
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:13 PM
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Re: Need some advice

Hello there!

How old is your cat?

Since your cockatiels think the cat is safe, it’s best to never let them have contact. Sadly, I don’t think there are any other alternatives seeing that your cat has a high kill drive. Cats are natural predators and will strike if angry / frustrated / hungry, no matter how trained they are. I agree with the answers above. Make sure that the cage is high enough where the cat can’t get to them. Make sure you don’t have any furniture close by, because the cat can jump from there to the cage. Ofcourse, it may not be able to directly kill them, but her paws snapping at the cage is enough to give the poor birds a heart attack. Also, the cat’s saliva is deadly to birds.

Make sure your cat’s nails are always trimmed.

They can coexist in the same house but you have to take MANY precautions.

If you have cat toys that have feathers, get rid of them. Establish a routine with your cat that becomes a rhythm for her. What time does your cat nap? You can let your birds out then (in another room, ofcourse). Play with her everyday, enough to tire her out. If she’s exhausted from play time, she won’t focus on the birds. Cats are usually very active because they get over stimulated from not doing anything. Make her foraging toys with treats she can’t resist and let her play with it in the room the birds are in when they are in the cage. Keep a sharp eye out. If she still chooses birds over her favourite treat, remove her from the room immediately.

Additionally, birds sometimes shed feathers and you have a little fluff of feathers floating around. Clean. Clean. Clean. No feathers should ever come in contact with your cat because it’ll only encourage her hunting instincts.

Are your cockatiels flighted? If they have playgyms, make sure they are higher (5 feet and above) and that they don’t have to ever come lower than that for anything. Again, playgyms away from furniture which the cat can access.

It’s always best to keep your cat and birds seperate to avoid accidents.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:57 PM
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Re: Need some advice

Wow, that is some terrible advice from the shop lady!

I've used the spray bottle with my cat before and it does work. As sad as it is to use it as punishment it really does deter them. I've only had to use it a couple times and he got the hint. And I imagine it would work much better than shouting at the cat.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:51 PM
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Re: Need some advice

That lady at the pet shop should be smacked...just sayin'.

This is going to be a tough one, as getting this cat "used to them" to the point where he ignores them isn't going to be easy, and probably won't happen. Doesn't hurt to try, you know the risks and what you can and cannot do...The biggest worry right now is the cat really stressing the birds out, simply with his constant "staring" at them. The birds know exactly why he's staring at them, they know that they are prey, so this can cause them great stress. I've known people who actually think it's okay to allow their cat to sit right in front of their bird's cage and just sit and stare at them all day long, and when I said something to them they said "He's fine, at least he's not touching them"...yeah, he's fine, meanwhile you're birds are literally frozen and don't feel safe to even more an inch inside of their own cages...So trying to keep the cat away from their cage all-together is probably the better option than just trying to keep him from trying to climb them...You know how much psychological stress can effect a bird's physical health...
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:20 PM
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Re: Need some advice

Yes, I realise how bad stress can be for them! Its why last night when they were hissing at the cat putting his head under the cover I removed him immediatly.

When not in the dark though, as weird as it may seem, they dont seem to find his presence too stressful. They've been playing and chirping as usual. Both enjoyed a misting as kitty stared at them. They ll go so far as to come play near the edges of the cage which sometimes puts them rather close to him.

I've also been spraying him everytime he makes contact with the cage and there's already a drastic difference. I had to spray him about 3 times in the first 20 minutes and only 3 more in the past 5 hours. He's only been staring at them on and off now instead of the obssessive staring of yesterday.
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