How to Train a Bird and a Cat to Live Together

Two Parts:Training the CatMaking Sure the Training Worked

This article will teach you how to train a bird and a cat to live together. There are two methods: one for teaching, and one for making sure they are trained. These methods are very easy, and anyone can do this.

Part 1
Training the Cat

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    Bring the cat in front of the bird's cage (with the bird inside of it).
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    Place the cat on the ground; it is recommended that you leash the cat, so that it won't run away.
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    Stand closely behind, with a spray bottle filled with water.
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    Observe the cat and be ready to react. If the cat jumps up to the cage and tries to attack the bird, spray water at the cat. If the cat just looks up or does nothing, do not do anything.
    • Since cats dislike water, they will realize that they will get "punished" if they try to attack.
    • Do not pull your cat away when/if they attack. The bird will not get hurt, and the cat needs to stay there in order to learn.
    • Even if the cat doesn't do anything, still keep your guard up.
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    Continue doing this until your cat does not lunge/attack at the bird. Be patient, as this may take anywhere from 2 minutes to even 30 minutes. It all depends on what your cat does.
    • Refill the spray bottle if you have to, but still keep an eye on the two.

Part 2
Making Sure the Training Worked

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    Keep the cat on the leash, while you bring the bird. This step needs two people: one to hold the cat and one to bring the bird.
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    Be ready to react. If the cat tries to attack once the bird arrives, spray him/her with water and press the stop button on the leash.
    • Make sure the bird does not fly: try calming the bird and holding it's feet.
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    Continue until the cat does not try to attack.
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    Keep trying this for a week. Then release the cat without a leash in front of the bird.
    • Remember, if the cat lunges, go back to keeping him/her on a leash.
    • Never leave the two together unsupervised.
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    Be present at all times when the cat and bird are together. With the training and your reassurance that the cat won't attack, they should be fine together.
    • The full course of the training process should take about a week and a half.

Warnings

  • Never leave the two unsupervised together.
  • Make sure that the gap between the bars in your bird's cage is smaller than 3/4 of an inch. This way, the cat's paw cannot go in.
  • Always keep your guard up, no matter what.


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Categories: Cat Training | Birds