Felix making dinosaur noises
When he does this, use your index finger to gently rub his cheek and watch him turn into a vegetable. He'll 'open' or relax his feathers and his head will look so fluffy and you can just go to town rubbing his cheeks and under his chin.Felix making dinosaur noises
This reads like a Disney movie .
Such a great thread to read through as a soon-to-be budgie owner. Felix is absolutely precious.
I too have a cat household, so please share any tricks that you may have picked up!
Yep yepThank you for your kind words.
I would say (like Cody has) to try to keep the cat and bird parts of the household separate.
If that is not possible then maybe find a way to supervise the cage when the cats are around and lock the cage in a different room when you have to leave.
Cody and FaeryBee helped me find a cage that the cats can't knock over. We also got the biggest one possible because Felix will not be able to spend as much time outside the cage as he would in an all-bird household. (I feel very lucky that he loves his big cage so much that he doesn't want to come out of it very much.)
I only take Felix out in a closed cat-free room.
I think it also helped that I had a birdfeeder outside my window for a while first, and the cats at first were very murderous and excited by it. Over time (months) they grew bored with it. I really think this made them less reactive to Felix.
I would never have deliberately gotten a bird with my cats, but I was sort of granted my secret bird wish by finding a bird outside. I think that birds require a bit more commitment than cats, who enjoy solitude. There is the commitment of making sure your bird is entertained and loved, and the commitment to keeping it safe from the cats.
I hope these are both commitments you are ready for. Accidents are so easy and it doesn't matter if cats seem friendly, they don't view killing as personal or bad. It's just something they do in response to stimulus. I have plenty of scars to prove it! Please be careful.
He is not so lovey now! Those were his toddler weeks. Now he is a teenager with better things to do than cuddle with me. I miss our cuddles but a little relieved he is more independent and that I can actually leave the house! I will try to find and follow your thread.Yep yep
The team here has likewise helped me choose a heavy and large cage. The bird will never be out when the cats are around, but I can’t really separate the cage from their living space either.
Anyway, as you learn more, please share more . I just hope that my bird is even half as lovey as yours
I’ve been here for like 15 minutes, so no thread yetHe is not so lovey now! Those were his toddler weeks. Now he is a teenager with better things to do than cuddle with me. I miss our cuddles but a little relieved he is more independent and that I can actually leave the house! I will try to find and follow your thread.