Adopting a Caique

by Nick Canale
(Highland, New York)

I recently moved into an apartment with a room mate. I adopted a kitty, who is now 15 months old and very playful. My ex girlfriends' mother, asked me if I would be interested in adopting her young, 6-year old Black Headed Caique. I was originally going to adopt him (before the cat) but Mom wanted to try and keep him but has since changed her mind (yet again *rolls eyes*).

The bird and his cage would most likely be put in my walk-in closet, which does have a window to the outside that does not open but some light could be shed into the closet. The closet itself does not have a door, just a doorway. My room door would be closed during the day when I am not home so kitty could not get to the bird.

Do you think it is wise to pursue this or am I biting off more than I can chew? Any advice you can give me would be extremely beneficial! I would love to give this bird a good home but don't want to accidentally kill it instead.

Thank you for your time.



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Jan 20, 2016
by: Roxie noir

Hay Nick I have African gray, and I had a caique, my daughter has taken that one. Now I am looking for one, they do need lot of attention.if u r just going to leave the bird all day alone it's better to give for adoption. I have seen some birds r in the garage and ignored its not fare to them. I am honest it's better not to take it. God bless.

Mar 05, 2008
Be Careful!
by: Anonymous

Nick, Cats and birds have been friends before, but this can be dangerous. Cat saliva and toe nails contain bacteria that can be very harmful to birds.

This is problematic because if a bird gets sick it can get very serious by the time they show symptoms. There is a cat in my house and it is not allowed anywhere near the bird simply because I love my bird and the cat is evil. I know of some cat-bird friendships, but I would never dare myself.

Jan 23, 2008
Caique adoption
by: Tracie

Hi Nick,

It sounds like you would be a good parront (bird parent). You are correct in thinking the kitty might harm the bird.

My concern would be, how much time would you be able to give the bird? They are very needy birds and need lots of attention.

If you do not think you would be spending a lot of time with the bird, it would be best to find a permanent home with someone that understands what they are getting into.

These birds are a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. They need attention and will not be happy left alone and bored.

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