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So this morning I let Spence out of his cage, (like usual), and I opened the door quickly to get something, he flew out before I could stop him, straight into mums room where the cat caught him. I got her off him before he could be killed (thank goodness), he has no physical injuries, we immediately called all vets in the area and they're all busy until Wednesday. That was this morning, we kept him warm and covered all day and kept him warm and watched him, he can fly fine and the shock is wearing off but he's still in some shock, he has a beak injury though, i don't know whats wrong with him but I can not get him help till Wednesday (its monday evening), can someone please help? Also, shuldI stay up tonite to keep an eye on him and did i do the right thing earlier?
I know I stuffed up so badly not putting him in the cage before I opened the door and I feel so guilty. My baby could have died because of me
I'm very sorry for this accident, it's really unfortunate that you had to learn not to open the door even if slightly when your Spencer is out of the cage.
This is especially true when there is a cat/dog in the house.
Even if the attack was only superficial, your Spencer may still need to be medicated. Cat saliva is toxic to birds and their claws can also harbour harmful bacteria, if a bird happens to be scratched by a cat. It's very possible the wound on the beak was caused by the cat and if that is the case, then Spencer runs risks of infection.
You can wash and clean the area with sterile saline solution and afterwards apply Betadine. This is part of basic care right after an accident, but given the circumstances, and to give your Spencer the best chances of a full recovery, it would really be best if you could find an emergency as in open 24 hours vet clinic or hospital vet where they have an avian specialist.
When it comes to cat or dog attacks it really pays off to be extra careful and to take a pet bird right away for a full check up, because chances are high they would need the right medication to prevent infection.
I'm wishing all the best to your Spencer and hope he makes a full recovery from this very scary ordeal.
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Last edited by aluz; 01-25-2016 at 06:32 AM.
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Spence was very lucky to survive this horrific incident which could have cost him his life. It's very good that he doesn't have any sort of major injuries and is flying well. Aluz has given great advice of the care to be taken for your bird.
It would be best for him to be get thoroughly checked by an avian vet.
In the meantime, try to calm him down by playing some budgie sounds and spending lots of time with him.
Akaela, I can't imagine how you must feel! I'm glad he pulled through okay and I'm praying he continues to do well.
Keep an eye on him and ensure he is alert, steady, eating and drinking normally, etc. If he seems to be in a bit of a shock you should continue keep him warm and offer him electrolyte solution until you'll able to get him to an emergency vet. You were absolutely correct in reacting the way you did and it is because of your fast thinking that he isn't more injured.
I would install a slide lock on the inside of your door to make opening the door a more mindful task and to prevent anyone from coming in and possibly letting him out that way.
I know it was an accident, don't feel bad. Keep us posted on his condition and I hope he recovers fully
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