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Old 07-12-2008, 01:24 AM
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Sun Conure question

I just got a Sun Conure and was told they can't be around cats. Has anyone ever had a problem with a Sun Conure around a cat if so what was it?
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Old 07-12-2008, 02:51 AM
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Re: Sun Conure question

No parrot should be around cats. A simple scratch from a cat will, in all likelihood, kill your parrot. Cat's saliva and claws are so bacteria laden that
they are both simply toxic to birds. Please do not keep your birds near cats.
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:20 PM
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Re: Sun Conure question

personally i would never own a cat and parrots - if you have a cat be super careful and never leave your bird unattended with it even in cages. When you go to work or school close the door to where the birds are so the cat can't get in while you are gone. No parrot should be forced to deal with a cat.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:33 AM
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Re: Sun Conure question

Not that I disagree with the conclusions, but the sentiment behind it seems skewed. I've known of many households here a small bird can dominate and terrorize a even a big dog, and certainly a cat.

Check out Red's videos, it took the dog quite a while to stand up to the bird over his food, and even then no one got hurt.

As far as diseases in their saliva and claws that would be a worthwhile concern; though I didn't know of any prior to reading Tex's post.

NO new pets should be left together unattended or unsupervised, even two cats, or two dogs, etc.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:35 AM
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Re: Sun Conure question

"CATS: Cats commonly have Pasteurella bacteria as part of their natural flora. While this bacteria is ubiquitous in cats and does them no harm, it is DEADLY to birds. If your bird is ever in a confrontation with a cat, take him to the vet immediately even if there are NO apparent wounds. The bird could still have been exposed to this bacteria. You should get your bird to a vet the same day if you think it has come in physical contact with a cat's saliva, feces, or food. This bacteria means even friendly relationships between cats and birds are not safe. Period."

http://www.sunconure.com/safety.html

Hey I learned something new today.

But that does not sound like you cant have a cat and a bird.... There may be deadly bacteria in my garbage can... I just don't let Auggie eat out of the garbage.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:43 AM
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Re: Sun Conure question

http://www.cockatielcottage.net/cats.html

According to this source dogs have the same bacteria which is deadly to birds, though this site says it does not affect humans, which is false - humans can become infected as well. MANY people have dogs and cats, and infection is rare. I certainly know MANY people who have dogs and birds, even ones that interact regularly and it has never been a problem.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:53 AM
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Re: Sun Conure question

http://www.wingedwisdom.com/ww13evi.htm

There certainly is a danger. You should certainly be aware of it. But it should not necessarily scare you into not having pets....

You could probably have an in depth discussion on the potential risks with your vet. I know what MY vet would say as I know about her HOUSEFUL of birds and cats and a couple dogs, all who interact.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:59 PM
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Re: Sun Conure question

Quote: Originally Posted by Auggie's Dad View Post
Hey I learned something new today.

Wow, and I thought that my ego got larger when someone told me I was right ... the fact that you have said this makes me wonder how I am going to get my head out the door and into the pubs here on our last night in Ireland.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:18 PM
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Re: Sun Conure question

Stick a needle in it and let the air out
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:29 PM
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Re: Sun Conure question

For what it's worth: I have sun conures and a siamese cat that considers them a much lesser life form unworthy of her interest. We always pay very close attention when the birds are out in the same room with the cat. The birds never roam about on their own when out of the cage, but are rather within our grasp at all times. We've had no problems, but we are very careful. We know that animals are animals and are hardwired in evolutionary ways. We also have a doberman mix that is intimidated by the all the birds and the cat. I'd say it depends on the individual animal.
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