At the moment, I'm a wreck. My eyes are burning and my chest hurts. This morning we took Skye (a.k.a Pretty Bird) to the vet because she was suddenly not acting herself.
The other day, my cat Finn hit her as she flew over him. He didn't bite her or use his claws and she was fine after; she flew and landed somewhere, I took her (she crawled up my chest and started playing with my hair). I put her back in her cage and for the rest of the day, she was fine. She still talked, she played with her toys and we did our usual routine at bedtime.
The next day (yesterday) I said good morning to her and saw that she was all puffed up and sleepy. I took her in the living room like always but she just seemed off...she didn't talk and didn't seem like she wanted to eat. She was usually so spunky so we made an appointment for the next morning.
We took her to the vet...he checked her wings (they were fine) and her breathing (also fine). He said that she may have just been sore from the hit. She flapped her wings when he tested to see if she'd fly. So, he gave her two shots just in case: an inflammatory and an antibiotic.
We brought her home and within 10 minutes, she started bobbing her head. I thought she was being playful like she normally does when she does that. But I noticed she was throwing up some seeds a bit. She'd bob her head up and down and then shake (and seeds would go flying). She then went on the bottom of the cage--she was walking around, bobbing her head and making this squeak sound. She climbed up the wall of the cage...and then fell down. I put her on a small washcloth on the cage bottom and she sat there, moving around unbalanced and squeaking. Then....she started to lie flat on her stomach...her breathing seemed to get a bit heavier. During this I had called the vet back and they said it wasn't a side effect of the shots an to bring her back in. She got worse and then went limp. Then nothing...it was so fast. I feel so awful...that it was my fault. I shouldn't have let her out...we were still working on commands and she liked to fly from room to room. I'd always chase her, reaching high up to bring her to her little play area on the shelf near me. My cats Finn and Izzy were so good, better than I would have ever thought...Finn would watch but ignore her and Izzy loved her (I think she was protective). I never was good with birds...whenever we'd find baby birds and try and help, they always died. I thought I was finally doing good.
She liked watching cartoons and football...and listening to music. She'd fly and land on my head while I'd be drawing...and go after the arrow on the screen...it's too quiet now.
I'm sorry for the tragic event that lead to your Skye's passing. You have my deepest sympathies.
Pet birds and cats are never a good mix and unfortunately you had to witness the very worst case scenario. It doesn't matter how sweet and mellow a cat is, the hunting instincts are always present and so is the unpredictability factor.
Our pets aren't rational beings and as such they can and will have moments when they will simply follow their natural instincts and then bad things happen especially when it's allowed coexistence and close interaction between prey and predator.
These two very different species of pets can't be friends, it's as simple as that.
Rest in peace, Skye.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
I am so very sorry this happened....just remember the fun you two had....print up some pictures and put them on your wall when you are feeling a bit better...then look at her and tell her you love her and smile as you remember her sweetness.
Sorry for the loss of Skye. Enjoy your cats. They are a lovely affectionate pet and unfortunately, having them is going to be hard to have a bird and keep safe. It's a terrible, tragic thing that happened so just love the cats and consider a bird in a cat free home in the future.
I'm very sorry to hear your girl Skye has passed on to the Rainbow Bridge
You must be missing her terribly right now, and I can imagine you feel very upset over the manner of her death. Try not to feel guilty, you loved her until the very end and couldn't control what the cat did.
Unfortunately tragedies like this happen every day when people's cats or other animals injure their budgies, and I'm very sorry you had to experience this the hard way.
Rest in peace, little Skye, and fly high.
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
Thank you everyone. I'm feeling a bit better today...
Finn and Izzy seem a little down today. When it happened, they were there watching. I could tell they were concerned too. I normally had Finn in another room when she was flying around and I tried to keep her on her little playground by me. She liked to play keep away which wasn't too great for a short person. She was so spunky...Finn went to sniff her and she bit him on the nose and he was like "Oh...it bites" and ran away. Izzy liked to sit by her cage and look at her and Skye would climb on the front of the cage talking to her. I always hovered but still...
I have a bunch of her feathers in a baggy...I forgot I had been collecting them (when she was molting everywhere) to use in my art. We're glad we found her...now we always keep an eye out for small budgies in the parking lot.
Would it be alright if I posted pictures of her in the thread?