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To bird or not to bird

April 13th 2013 5:27 am
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Okay so mom needs some advice,,,, she was down in Raleigh yesterday at the rose nursery and decided to stop in the petsmart while she was there. Not really looking she noticed some pretty blue parakets. She said they were really gorgeous. Now, right above them was a green cheek conure. And boy did he like mom. He liked her so much, one of the vet assistants noticed it and said " it looks like you have a bird for life" Naturally, mom isn't looking for a new pet but that little guy danced for her. He even followed her from one side of his glass enclosure to the other. She keeps wondering will he ever meet another human he likes like that again. Mom has seen many birds in pet stores and never has had one act like this towards her before. The little guy wanted to go home with her. But and this is a big but.... He has no idea what home consist of.. IE Zach and Gris.

So mom wants to hear all of the stories..... Birds living with cats, Bird stories in general, and bird advice. Mom is confused about what to do... She will tell you this, when we had our Calico Mice we were interested but not as much as you thank. So she's hoping if she does get the birdie well get used to him too.

Needing advice,
Zoe and Mommie Chris

Purred by: Bibi (Catster Member)

April 13th 2013 at 8:40 am

Oh boy! that's a tough one. Maybe your vet or a petsitter, or someone else who kows you well, could offer their opinion. We just bird watch out the window. Good luck to you and the little birdie.
Purred by: Jasper, Angel Dreamboat #49a (Catster Member)

April 13th 2013 at 9:54 am

Parakeets and parrots are pretty brave birds. Our grandma had a parakeet, and long ago, when Mom's cat Caius stayed at grandma's while Mom was on vacation, the parakeet scolded Caius every time she saw him. Caius gave the cage a wide berth.
Purred by: Sammy (Catster Member)

April 13th 2013 at 10:31 am

Our Grandma had a couple of parakeets and her two kitties Tigger and Tyler were always licking their chops whenever they saw them. Grandma kept the cage way up high where the cats couldn't get to them, and the birds eventually died from natural causes, but those cats would have eaten them fur sure if they had a chance. Our Mom loves birds in the wild, but would never want them inside the house because they are noisy and messy. Plus she's pretty sure we'd try to catch and eat them! Nom nom!
Purred by: Calísta (Catster Member)

April 13th 2013 at 2:27 pm

Once upon a time, long, long ago, mom "bird-sat" for her friend. Mom brought the bird, a cockatiel, to stay with her and Figaro (I wasn't even born yet). On the very first day, the cockatiel took one look at my future tuxie brofur Fig and hissed at him and threw a fit! Poor Fig was completely completely terrified of the bird. When mom's friend called to check on her bird mom had to tell her that the only problem was the bird bullying the cat!

So...I think it depends.
Just to keep in mind, Conures are really loud--maybe you know that, but we had another friend who had to find a new home for his Sun Conure because the apartment complex was giving him fines for sound complaints.
Purred by: Zoe Kona Sunshine DG#2 (Catster Member)

April 13th 2013 at 5:37 pm

Mariette told Mom a story today at work. She said she had a friend who had a few Canaries and also raised Havanas. She said those poor birds never got to rest. That she had a time trying to keep the cats away from the cage. Mom thanks that either way whether the cat is afraid of the bird or the bird is afraid of the cat isn't fair to put them through that. And the stories of them cohabiting together peacefully is fair and few between (usually those are kitten and baby bird stories.)Mom also knows she doesn't have the time to spend with the birdy like she should and what lock us out of the room when she does!!!!! Really!

So as much as Mom would love to have a bird and as enchanted she was with his little dance...she has came to the conclusion that it wouldn't be a good idea. (She came to the same conclusion about 10 years ago when she fell in love with an African Grey) Maybe Mom should get a fake bird and put it in a nice cage.
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

April 13th 2013 at 10:17 pm

I'd give you bird advice Zoe, but most of it consists of proper decapitation methods which may not be what your momma needs.

I'll just say that the best place to leave a decapitated bird head is on the welcome mat on the front porch where it can be properly admired by all comers and goers.

I wish my momma would buy me a bird since I'm now an indoor cat - I bet I still have some decapitations left in me.
Purred by: Calísta (Catster Member)

April 13th 2013 at 11:12 pm

MOL JEZ!!!!!
Purred by: Alex R

April 14th 2013 at 5:12 am

Jez - I couldn't have said it better myself! MOL!!! I'm the bird catcher around here, having TWICE caught sparrows while on my leash! (of course, both times the leash had parted contact with the Mama's hand...)
Purred by: Alex R

April 14th 2013 at 5:15 am

I have to say that I agree with your Mama's final decision. If you were starting out with kittens and baby birds, raising them together, that might have worked. May be expecting too much for either party to adjust at this point.
Purred by: Zoe Kona Sunshine DG#2 (Catster Member)

April 14th 2013 at 5:23 pm

Jez, that has got to be your best comment I've seen on antibodies diary so far this year. My Mom just died laughing when checking the emails and she said "that's got to be Jez"

Thanks for the laugh!!!!


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