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My parakeet has a puncture from my cat biting him. My cat had gotten into the room by accident and got a hold of him thanks to my brothers quick actions he is still alive. He was taken to the vet were I was told it was going to be $400. His puncture is very deep and needed stitches for the inside and the skin. I told them I did not have that money(I'm 21) Well he cleaned the wound out and stitched the skin together than put on a Elizabeth collar. Also was given Gentacalm to spray on the wound. What else can I do to help him heal and stay calm. He has yet to stop trying to get the collar off.

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Old 12-25-2015, 11:30 PM
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Cover the cage on the top and three sides, and keep him warm. Play some soft music for him so he feel safe. I'm glad to hear that your brother was quick in saving him, and that you took him in to the vet right away. I hope he will be ok. This may be touch and go for a bit. Cat bites are extremely dangerous to our birds as their saliva is very toxic, and full of harmful bacteria. Just keep a real good eye on him and if he starts acting really 'off', call your vet and take him in just to be safe.

See if your vet will work out some sort of payment plan, That's what I usually do when I have a big bill. You will have to ask the vet him/her self because it's usually up to them, not the practice itself.

Now that we have that out of the way, I'm so sorry that this happened, and on Christmas day to boot. I do hope he makes it and recovers fully. Good luck to him, and good thoughts and prayers are being sent your way from us here.

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Old 12-26-2015, 03:49 AM
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I am sorry this has happened, cat bite are extremely bad for budgies not to mention the stress and trauma of the whole situation. You have been given some excellent advise regarding the covering of the cage. Try to keep your budgie calm, distraction and plenty of love and care I hope it is a successful recovery for your budgie. Please take extra care when having birds and cats together.
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I've very sorry to hear your poor little budgie was injured by your cat. You were extremely fortunate the vet cared for your budgie quickly. I hope he will recover from this unfortunate accident. Anytime there are birds and cats in one home, all family members must be especially diligent to prevent possible accidents of this nature.
Kristen has offered excellent advice with regard to helping your little one during his recovery.

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Thank you for your help. I'm glad to say he made it through the night. Sprout really want the Elizabeth collar off. How does he get water with it on? Oh and the vet said to give him bread? Is that right should he be given bread??
I asked about making payments and was told no. He was not willing to work with me. I will not be taking him back to the vet because when I got home I decided to look at reviews, being it was emergency I did not do so before. The place had horrible reviews. To sum it up the place is more concerned about the money than the animals. They acutally held a dog hostage until a guy payed the rest of the bill instead of allowing him to pay a little at a time. I'm suppose to take him for a follow up Monday so I have to find somewhere else to take him.
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It's surprising that your bird was not treated with an antibiotic injection since aside from the trauma, the saliva of cats is especially a huge problem and often can cause death within less than 24 hours. If your bird is doing relatively well at this point, that's a plus. Keep him comfortable, give foods that are his favorites, don't try to change his diet during this time of stress. Play the tv, budgie chatter whatever he seems to enjoy. Good luck and prayers to you.
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Phil is right. Stressing him out with a diet change is the last thing you need to do at this point. If the vet said to give him some bread, you can try, but do NOT remove his normal food source. He needs to be stress free, not stressed out.
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On the paper it says

Bite wound on right thigh rear leg area
part of chest muscle exposed
stable
laceration grade 3
prognosis guarded to grave
2 sutures placed to close wound

The area was clipped and cleaned before he closed the skin up. And how do I give him water?
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You can try to give him water with a dropper, or I know they have these gravity feed water dispensers, kind of like the ones they use for mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, etc. And then the also have a similar type to that, but with no ball. Also you could try some very wet kale or lettuce leaves.
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Can I let him fly a little bit and can he visit with my other bird Toby? Sprout is lifting the door up and down trying to get out. I'm worried that Sprout will be depressed being stuck in a small cage for so long and not being able to be with Toby. I'm also concerned about Toby becoming depressed. Toby is 9 years old and had became really depressed before we got Sprout. When we got Sprout, Toby's feathers and cere became so much brighter.
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