Within a pacing community that relations between human are becoming fade, people might find themselves at peace along with their pets at home, rather than other relationships. Therefore, the need of adopting a pet or more is increasingly appealed. Among cats and dogs, birds appear to be one among other options.
Raising a bird is not a strange thing to everyone, but to really have one in a house growing safe as our little friend we should pay attention and be ready to pick up experiments. Especially if the house is already beholding another pet, great awareness and pet care must be seriously taken place.
How to Introducing a bird to new home
Introducing a bird to its new home is not simple and we could not expect it to be done overnight. Existing cat or dog within the house is a big threat to the bird. They are ordinary predators and hunters that will naturally hunt down moving objects, one of which could probably be our bird. Regardless a cat or dog could be timid, its instinct of hunting is certain. Thus, leaving a bird around those pets unsupervised is never a wise idea. We are advised to always keep an eye on the bird and ensure that the cat or the dog could never reach the bird’s cage.
It happened in many cases they could actually free the bird. Start slowly on your old and new pets as they take time to get along with each other. Rushing could possibly turn out nothing but a chance of the pet’s life threatening. Choose a neutral area for their first meet. It could be a room that neither pet considers as their ‘territory’. In other words, it is where the dog is not familiar with and the bird cage is not normally located. It is more preferable the bird had spent some little time in. Getting the pets out of their familiar environment will help to minimize potential aggressive behaviors and somewhat make them more consenting.
If we are about to introduce the bird to a dog, make sure the bird is in its cage and the dog is leashed so that we avoid a possibility of one charging another. Once they are both comfortable, keep them confined and reward them with treats. Prepare plenty of good treats for their positive behaviors during introductory of their relationship. This process can be repeated several times in order to get the pets accustomed to each other. The same manner, same environment and same method are required. Until the dog behaves not to endanger the bird, we could unleash it with attention remains. Risk does exist all the time, the bird should be kept within its cage as long as the dog presents.
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Cats, however, behave different from dogs. A cat will pay more attention to the bird and considers it as an attractive prey. Hence, rather getting a cat accustom to a bird, we will train the cat to ignore the bird. It is great having a kitten welcoming a bird, but we can still work on a mature cat with a longer and consistent progress. We will need cat treats (divide them into smaller pieces if we do not have intention to fatten our cat, the smaller the better the cat treats) and water spray. At the first introduction, try to lure away the cat’s attention on the bird with treats. Absolutely the bird will catch the cat’s attention, but our main concern is to teach the cat not to.
Every time the cat pays ignorance, it gets reward. If the cat is too much interested in the bird and about to make a move onto it, the spray will diverse it intention. Water spray will cause no harm to the bird, so getting the bird a little wet is not much of a concern, but we must consist on spraying the cat only when it is bothering the bird. Although the cat is trained to ignore the bird, we should remember that it could make the bird anxious anytime. Never leave them together unsupervised. We can simply place the bird within its cage in a separate room when the cat is loose around.
Introduce to your existing bird
What about having a new bird into our home with an existing bird? The first thing we do is to put the new bird within quarantine for at least 30 days to ensure it is not sick and to avoid diseases contamination in case there is one or more. The new bird should be kept alone in cage with food, water, toys if applicable and other bird essentials. Put the cage in a separate room not too far from the current bird. They probably could hear each other and that is just good. They need to acknowledge the existence of another bird within the house.
During this quarantine period, we shall tame the new bird as well as keep all other birds healthy in preparation to their first meet. After the quarantine period, we may put the birds close but remain in separate cages. However, if there is any sign of stress coming from your birds, place them at a greater distance. There are some symptoms of suffering stress that we need to pay attention to minimize: picking at feathers or skin, squawking loudly, and pecking or flapping wings aggressively. Take it to a vet if there is any behavioral or physical abnormality.
After all, we are going to make a brief introduction to the new bird: having both birds meet each other for the first time. This stage could make up to ten minutes in another neutral room. It could be your basement, or any room that is different from the ones they were placed. Let the birds play together in the common when they are comfortable. We could provide a play stand to support the birds to hop on and fly around. Since the birds have got themselves accustomed, we could simply have them in the same cage for unite care. Note with attention after the introductory that whenever we enter a room that has both birds, we should take both out of their cages for a short time so they can look around the room and observe the other bird; keep in mind that the older bird should be taken out first. If they are about to be given treats, the old one should also be first.
Catherine Bono is a blogger, who is passionate about dogs and cats. She created Crittersitca.com to shares her experience as she studies to become a qualified vet.