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Follow-up Center Threads made in the Emergency Room forum will be moved here by staff as a way to follow-up with members after their budgie emergency. This keeps the E.R. for only the most current emergencies.

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Old 08-14-2015, 01:19 PM
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Stitches was attacked by my moms cat just about a minute ago I checked him over first thing and there's no blood or anything and he's walking fine. I'm pretty sure his wings are okay too. However his beak has a little crack on it's left side (my right if i were looking at him). It's still all together and he was opening and closing it just fine but is that something to be very concerned about? Is there anything I can do for him? Unfortunately I'm going to my dad's house in less than an hour so I can't take him to the vet today and then it's the weekend anyway and I won't be home until around Monday afternoon or later. I'm extremely worried about him. I've only had him about a week and I was just starting the taming process with him so he doesn't take being handled very well, but I had to check him. He was in the cage when it fell and the whole thing collapsed, even though I had made sure it would be secure. (Obviously not enough) I'm concerned there could be internal damage and then by the time I get back to take him to the vet it'll be too late. Is there anyway I can check for signs of internal damage? (he seems to be acting fine) What should i do until I can take him to the vet?

It looks like mostly just ruffled feathers and his beak.

The cat is already not allowed in my room, but the door doesn't always stay shut so he can open it sometimes. I'm getting a deadbolt for it.

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Old 08-14-2015, 01:25 PM
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There is no way you can check for internal damage.

If you are going to your father's and leaving Stitches at your Mom's house for the weekend you need to find some way to ensure that door is securely shut and there is no way for the cat to get back in the room.

Can you take the budgie in his cage with you to your Dad's house so you can monitor him over the weekend?
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:28 PM
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I can't take him with me because his girlfriend (he lives with) has cats as well and there's nowhere I could put him to ensure that he'd be safe there, but I can ask him when he gets here even though I'm sure that's a no. We currently have a deadbolt on a door we don't use much so I'm taking that to make sure the door wont open on its own, and then I'm getting another bolt for that door.
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:30 PM
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As long as Stitches is safely secured in the room and you know the cat can not get in while you are gone then that should be OK.
Can your mother check on him a few times each day and ensure he has food and water, etc. for you while you are gone?
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:46 PM
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Yes. I always make sure there's someone that can take care of that. I've already told her about blowing the husks out, changing his water and making sure he has fresh food.
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You might want to ask her to just look in on him a few times over the next couple of days to ensure he isn't showing any ill effects from the trauma he experienced with the cage being knocked over.

If he starts having diarrhea, is sitting fluffed up, etc. those would be signs he needs to go to the vet.

Additionally, depending on where the crack in the beak is, you may need to see the vet next week to determine the best course of action regarding how to handle it.
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Old 08-14-2015, 02:11 PM
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I plan on making an appointment and taking him as soon as I get back, and I'll probably actually make the appointment once I know when I'll be back for sure.
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You've received great advice concerning little Stitches. I hope everything goes well with him and I'm sure your mother will take good care of him.
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I think that is a wise decision!

I'm moving your thread over to the "Follow-Up" section of the forum as I don't think we are dealing with an "Emergency" now.
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Stitches must be really freaked after such a horrific incident. It could have meant death for him but we all are glad he's fine. About the 'crack' in beak - Is he eating now? If he's able to eat properly then it may not be an issue. Budgie's beak undergo changes and what we may see as a crack might be the tiny line...which is normal. How about you post a pic or two so the members here can determine and assess it.
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