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Old Apr 1, '07, 12:39 pm
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Default Cat proof bird cages - is there such a thing?

We have a cat who is quite the hunter - but we would also like to add a parakeet to our family. I've owned one before and they are great pets.

Is there such a thing as a bird cage that a cat can't break into?

Of course we will keep the bird in a room away from the cat, but I want all bases covered.

Any cat and bird owners out there?
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Old Apr 1, '07, 7:44 pm
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Have 3 cats & (amongst other animals) also have a parakeet (used to have 2, long story).. My parakeet's cage is hung from the ceiling on a chain, would love to have a cage that stands, can't think of how though.. if you find out the solution, please let me know
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Old Apr 1, '07, 9:38 pm
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Have 3 cats & (amongst other animals) also have a parakeet (used to have 2, long story).. My parakeet's cage is hung from the ceiling on a chain, would love to have a cage that stands, can't think of how though.. if you find out the solution, please let me know

So.....is a hanging cage pretty much cat proof?
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Old Apr 2, '07, 12:20 am
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it depends upon the cat
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And it depends on how high the cage hangs (and how high the ceiling is), how large the room is, and how far away the cage is from any furniture the cat could use as a jumping-off point. Most cats can easily leap across a small room, but if the room is large, and there is no furniture too close, and the cage hangs high enough, it might be out of reach.


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Hanging does NOT deter all cats. Ask me how I know. The thing that helped us most was to make sure we put clamps on all the doors, even the food/water doors to keep the cat (OR bird) from pushing them open. Eventually the cats got bored by not being able to open the cage and left it alone. At first though, they payed a lot of attention to it, trying to figure out how to get it. They coexist peacefully enough now.
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by the way twist ties do not work to keep the cage doors of bird (or hampster) cages closed if your cat is wily enough. Also a hampster exercise ball is not cat proof. Kitty Olive, 1, Peaches the Hampster, 0.
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We used to have a parakeet that would let himself out of the cage. He would actually look for the cat and sit on her. The cat was so bewildered she did not know what to do. He would also imitate the doorbell to scare the cat into hiding. He was smart enough to avoid the cat when flying.
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FIL had a japanese mini-dog can't think what the breed is looked like something you would sweep up under the bed in the spare room, but yapped a lot. They also had a parakeet. The bird learned to whistle the way the dog's master did and would call the dog all day long while FIL was at work, so dog would work up a sweat running up and down barking, carrying his leash, because the thought it was time for walkies. Then the bird learned to yap like the dog, but he could also throw his voice, and FIL would look all over trying to find the dog, who was asleep in the den or someplace all the while.
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This thread is so darn funny!!

I once had a blue Parakeet in a locked cage hung from the ceiling and 2 cats.
I went away for 4 days.
When I came home I had 2 cats and a scattering of blue feathers.
I never did figure out how it happened.

I had a friend who owned an African Grey parrot and a cat. The cat was scared to death of the parrot. The bird had run of the house and loved to freak the cat out and watch it run under the bed. Hilarious to watch, though I felt sorry for the kitty.
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by the way twist ties do not work to keep the cage doors of bird (or hampster) cages closed if your cat is wily enough. Also a hampster exercise ball is not cat proof. Kitty Olive, 1, Peaches the Hampster, 0.
What does work good for this though.. are small cable-ties (Also have a ferret..lol )
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And it depends on how high the cage hangs (and how high the ceiling is), how large the room is, and how far away the cage is from any furniture the cat could use as a jumping-off point. Most cats can easily leap across a small room, but if the room is large, and there is no furniture too close, and the cage hangs high enough, it might be out of reach.
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It's all about *where* you hang it.. no chairs or sofa nearby, no bookshelves, no *nothing*.. because no matter how much you think "there's no way they can get to that bird".. trust me.. They *will* find a way.. and not when you're around either. They might not even look at the bird when you're around.. but when you're out.. they're scheming, and climbing, and playing a little game of trial and error.. lol (remember Sylvester and Tweety?)

As for me, that's what it took - trial and error.. they knocked it down one night while I went to the grocery store.. they didn't get in , but feathers flew and so did seed.. they did this by climbing bookshelves which I would've never thought physically possible at the time.. but the laws of physics.. do not apply to a cat .. especially one that wants a bird

So if you do wind up hanging it, look at that cage from *every* conceivable angle and make sure there is not a single object, no matter how low or seemingly unclimbable, that they can use to spring off of and leap.

Best of luck & hope this helps a little,

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You could always put the water container (the kind that hangs on the bars in the cage) on strategic places so that when the cat jumps on it, the water spills onto the cat. I don't have a cat, but a neighbor of mine who used to live next door once had a kitten that tried to jump on the bird cage. The water spilled, and the kitten was on the other side of the room in less than a second. The poor little guy never did go near that cage again.
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by the way twist ties do not work to keep the cage doors of bird (or hampster) cages closed if your cat is wily enough. Also a hampster exercise ball is not cat proof. Kitty Olive, 1, Peaches the Hampster, 0.


oh no - poor Peaches!
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It depends on the cat and on the bird. I've owned four birds and three cats. The only close calls we've had were when the birds were out of their cages. At one point, one of our cats harassed one of the birds while the bird was in her cage, but the cat wasn't able to break in. We just used a standard cockatiel cage that we got at the pet store.
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