How To Protect Your Birds From Cats And Dogs?

Every living species has a different temperament and personality. For survival instincts, both wild and domesticated animals would fight for their space and food.

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If you already have a dog and cat as a pet in your home and want to adopt a bird or vice versa, the safety of both different animals is paramount. Anyone who enjoyed the Sylvester and Tweety animation movie knows how difficult it is to keep predators and prey in the same house.

Domesticated dogs and cats eat their dry chicken bites or mixed formula food from the pet food bowl in a disciplined manner, but that does not mean their natural hunting behavior is nonexistent.

It’s been centuries since dogs and cats evolved from wolves, and wild cats both have instinctive predatory behavior and tend to prey on small birds. They play chase and pounce games or make loud warning noises to scare a bird to show their dominant power.

The dogs and cats hunt the birds based on their excitement and the prevailing situation. 

For pet lovers, the all-time question is, how to introduce a bird into a dog or cat home? How do I train my dogs or cats from attacking birds? What can be a trick to make them friends with each other? 

Let’s learn some techniques and tips to train pets to become good friends.

Why is it difficult to keep a cat or dog and a bird in the same house?

You have to concern about two prominent reasons for letting your four-leg pets interacting with your bird companions :

  • The natural, instinctual relationship between a predator(cat or dog) and prey (bird).
  • The second fact is that cat and dog saliva poses a severe threat to your bird.

Both a dog and a bird can coexist in a place, but you have to take the necessary steps to keep the bird physically safe from the dogs.

1. Natural, instinctual relationship between a cat or dog and bird

Dogs and cats enjoy catching flying objects no matter if they are living or not. Cats sleeping in comfy beds would stalk and hunt prey such as reptiles, mammals, small birds, and fish.

They see both wild and pet birds as their prey or chewy and squeaky toys to have fun playing with.

The birds in captivity are instinctively fearful and would fly away if they get startled or feel a little threatened by the observation of cats or dogs. However, if you adopt larger birds like Macaw and Cockatoo, their bites would send your cats to the hospitals, keeping them at bay.

2. Saliva pose a huge treat

The cat and dog saliva carry the deadly gram-negative bacteria known as Pasteurella, for which the birds have zero tolerance or defense against it.  At times, it even costs birdlife. Even cats’ claws are full of these deadly organisms hidden within. 

Therefore, there are numerous chances of cat saliva mixed with bird feed or birds occasionally taking a bite from the cat bowl. It can be fatal to the bird.

How to protect your bird from cats and dogs?

You can protect your bird from cats and dogs and help them live in a peaceful manner, despite their instinctual relationship and without war within your home. For example, You can build a secured birdcage away from the reach of your cat and dog, allocate a separate room to each species, or you can train them to become friendly to each other.

Methods and techniques that can help you to raise all the species in a place:

Building a secure bird cage or aviary

House your avian companion in a large, heavy bottom and high-quality birdcage in the ground. Your curious cat would knock down a lightweight or small aviary placed on the table, which may injure the bird. Hence, go for a heavy bottom one.

Secure the birdcage doors with steel carabiners or cage locks to ensure your mischievous dog and cat cannot trespass inside the cage.

Separate your dog and cat

Invest a sturdy dog cage or cat cage outside

Place a dog cage outside in the garden or backyard and ensure your bird cannot see a cat from the birdcage. Invest in a large type enclosure cage outdoors that can protect your cat or dog from outside predators. 

Close your bird room door

 Lock your bird room door when you are not around. Make sure both species don’t get opportunities to interact with each other. Allocate a separate room to all types of pet species in your room and ensure that their cages are robust and withstand sudden attacks.

Don’t allow your cat or dog to play in the bird room.

Even if a bird is not present in its cage or aviary, don’t permit your four-legged pets to enter the bird’s territory to spend time. Ensure your dog or cat never develop any sense of territorial claims on the bird aviary as their place.

Introduce your bird to your four-legged pets

From starting, allow your pets to see each other from a distance and ensure that they understand that one more species entered into their home. Eventually, you can reduce the ruption between them and make them comfortable.

How to choose the best cat and dog-proof cages for a bird?

Investing in the excellent quality, size, shape, and design of the pet cage help lower your supervision burden and maintain harmony among pets.

Opt heavy and sturdy ground-base cages

Prefer a heavy-bottom cage with a stable stand rather than a lightweight wall or post-hanging birdcage. Your cat would jump on the hanging cage and startle your bird and even injure them when the cell falls on the ground. 

The birdcage should have ample space in diameter so that the bird can escape from the cat probing paws.

Buy a cage having door and locking system.

To safeguard the birdcage door, buy a high-quality padlock or sliding lock system rather than a simple locking mechanism latch. The padlock system not only prevents your four-legged pets from entering into the cage but will also help stop a bird from flying away.

Buy a solid door cage rather than a bar door, which prevents your pets from opening it and escape from the cage.

Use a breathable cloth to cover the cage at night.

Use a sizeable breathable piece of linen or cotton cloth to cover the birdcage at night that would block the light from entering the cage. In addition, the fabric would help a bird feel safe and secure since the bird would not see their predators.

Make sure to use a machine washable cloth because it accumulates large amounts of dander and dust for a long time and is easy for your maintenance.

Buy tightly enclosed metal bars cages.

Buy cages with a small gap of 0.64 cm wide space bars to prevent the probing paws of cats and dogs from attacking the bird. Use a metal bars birdcage that is indestructible, stronger, and has a long life compared to plastic.

Fix hiding spots inside the cage 

Fix nests, toys, or preaches inside the less-traffic places in the cage so that birds can hide inside whenever they feel scared. Place the cell in the corner of the room, where the walls help make a bird feel secure like a nest.

How to introduce your bird to your bird companion?

Some people go against the idea of introducing pets to each other. They insist on keeping separate rooms. All three species can think and learn from humans. It’s better to train to become friends and maintain calm in the home.

  • Introduce your cat and dog slowly to your avian pet from a distance. Maybe, when your bird is safely placed inside the cage or a carrier. If your pet bird appears aggressive, or stressed out, keep your cat a few feet away from the cell. If your bird seems relaxed and calm, allow your cat to take a look at the bird.
  • If your dog or cat tries to jump on the cage and push down, warn them strictly to stop doing something dangerous to the bird.
  • Every day train your pets for 10 minutes to get along with each other. Then, as they get comfortable with each other, extend the session time. You can also try to get your bird out of the cage to mingle with a cat or dog. 

You can use this method only when your cat shows a negative sign to “predator mode” while watching a bird inside the carrier or cage. If your cat shows negative signs like widening its eyes, making crutches, or being ready to pounce while seeing a bird, it’s better to keep a bird inside the cage.

  • Once both animals get familiar, allow them to interact the way they want but keep an eye on them to react quickly before getting into a disaster.
  • Recruit two to three people to help in the training session and refer training books online to learn the most accessible techniques and methods.

When pet animals and birds bond together, people feel that their families grow closer and complete. The air makes you happy and peaceful for the night. 

Some other products that you might want to refer to when buying pet supplies are,

1. A high-quality padlock or sliding lock system

A high-quality padlock system can help to keep your pets away from each other. Investing in a good one can help you avoid unnecessary fights between two different pets. 

2. Hide-outs for your pet birds

Birds can get scared when occasional bawling happens between cats and dogs. Keeping small hide-outs like nests, toys, or stuffed pouches to hide when needed can comfort the bird companions. 

3. Training Books Online

A little more learning can always help you manage your pets. So invest in some good books for training pets, give them a read, and then proceed to buy more pets.