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Help. My budgie bombon was bitten by a cat. I already examined him and found two wounds which I will show in the photos below. He is of course scared, but he is still able to stand up and he is not bleeding. I already have him separated from my other budgies, trying to keep him warm with a small towel and with the wound cleaned with a cotton swab and water.
I will take him to the vet tomorrow in the morning, since it's already midnight here, but I was hoping you could give me any advice on what to do and what not. Here are the pictures of bombon's wound and one of him still up after the attack. He is still, probably because he is still scared and he has made little noises but nothing more.
I took Bombon to the vet yesterday. The cat fangs did go through his skin but didn't touch any organ. The vet gave me antibiotics to put into his water and medicine for the pain (I have to give him one or two drops per day). He also gave me instructions to clean his wounds three times a day with microdacyn and keep the cage warm.
Today Bombon woke up a bit more active and, unlike yesterday that I had to hand feed him, he already ate some pellets. He seems to be cold still, so I haven't taken the towels over his cage and, whenever I take him out to clean his wounds or give him medicine, I try to place him on a small cloth for him to get warmer. He fell asleep for around ten minutes on that cloth today.
Hopefully, he will make a successful recovery. The vet told me to wait and observe him carefully for the next 6 days.
[About the incident, my cage is a Prevue Hendryx 53" with around 6 small doors. The smallest doors have no lock, but they have springs to close the door as soon as it's open. I'm afraid the cat had enough force to open one and enter the cage. I have other budgies in the cage but Bombon was the only one injured as I noticed right away and took the cat out. I have taken more precautions about it as I'm adding locks to every single door. I have already moved the cage to a completely closed room. It's true, we should not forget that cats are predators, no matter how friendly they may look. It's part of their nature to hunt and if we let them get too close worse incidents can happen.]
Your bird is extremely fortunate that no organs were punctured. Cat bites can transmit a bacteria called pasteurella multocida which can be quickly deadly to a bird. Please make sure your bird is drinking enough water for the antibiotic to be effective and if you see even the slightest sign he is feeling ill let the vet know immediately.
I have to say that I'm totally amazed that BonBon survived this attak.
The fact that your cat actually got into the birds' cage is beyond upsetting to read.
As indicated by Cody, cat saliva is extremely toxic to birds and those puncture wounds look very nasty.
I hope the antibiotics and pain medication will allow little BonBon to have a full and complete recovery.
Follow Cody's advice closely, please.
FOR ALL MEMBERS:
This incident completely underscores the reasoning why our forum insists that budgies should only be kept in bird safe rooms which are not accessible by cats or dogs.
To be honest here , I edited my original post because I thought it was a bit counterproductive , but I feel exactly like FaeryBee does , I care for my bird WAY too much to allow any cat near my bird , ever .