Why did my bird die?

by Brian
(Byron Bay, NSW, Australia)

My bird flew away 3 days ago, he was missing for a whole day, but a family and found him being attacked by there cat they saved and took care of him, but when we found him - the next day - he was completely normal.

We put him back in his cage and he was fine. The next morning i noticed that he was laying at the bottom of his cage and i just thought that he was resting.

I came home from work later that day and he could not even stand up. I fed him fresh water - for energy - but he didn't seem to eat or drink...

For hours he just stood there, sometimes laid down. Then He started having fits and flapping like crazy, then he look like he was possessed and his legs were stretched backwards, his tail and head were pointing up as high as they would go, then he was silent for a while then the seizures happened more constantly and on about the 4th one he fell over and slowly stopped breathing. It was horrific to watch.

PLEASE for peace of mind could someone let me know why he died? The cat got one of his feathers but he wasn't bleeding, he was generally healthy but he may not have had water for a day or two as he was in the wild until that family found him. And he had very bad diarrhea (runny poo, in case i haven't spelled it right, and when I say runny - I mean slimy water - no poo at all even.

Please answer.

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Aug 12, 2015

my parrot die with cat bite in 24 hours because no medical treatment

Feb 11, 2010
why ur bird died

your dird must have died because he was bleeding a lot.

Nov 29, 2009
Why did my bird die?
by: Linda

Brian, thanks for writing. Since I don't know how your bird was acting before he flew away and was attacked, I cannot say if he was already ill or not.

In view of the cat attack, I'll tell you how they work. Cats have all kinds of harmful bacteria in their mouths and in their claws. A bird can die from just one cat scratch, maybe even several scratches that don't shed blood.

In most cases, birds will die from these attacks because the amount and kind of bacteria injected into their systems is lethal in quantity and types.

I am sorry for your loss, and may I recommend you take your next bird to an Avian Vet for a checkup and to have the Primary Flight feathers clipped so flying away does not happen again. It is always good to take new birds to an Avian Vet because they tend to contract bacterial infections when being moved around. Hope you have better luck with your next bird.


Nov 29, 2009
poor bird
by: Hillary

Such delicate creatures. I'm so sorry for your loss. Cats can do terrible damage without breaking skin. Not much survives a cat attack. I hope you get a new bird and heal your heart.

Nov 29, 2009
Oh, I'm so sorry!
by: Amy

So sorry about your sweet little bird! Most likely when the cat got a hold of your bird, he punctured or scratched your bird's skin, which introduced infection into his system. Cat saliva from bites, and cat scratches are both lethal to birds. Once that bacteria gets into the bird's system, you have to get your bird to an avian vet immediately to start medication to fight infection. Even with veterinary care, once a bird has been bitten by a cat, there is no guarantee he'll live. So sorry this happened to your bird!

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