Will my cat's fur really kill my bird?
Hi there! I am wondering about the safety of training birds and other pets to interact with one another. Obviously teeth and claws are a danger and great care must be taken and pets never left unsupervised together. However, I find two conflicting messages out there about what is the safest way to own birds and other pets.
One thought is that, especially in case of an accidental escape, all pets should be taught to live in harmony with one another. In the other corner, people are screaming about "normal flora" and how even touching a cat's fur which has remnants of dried saliva on it will kill my beloved parrot. Is this a legitimate risk? And how much so?
In a house with several birds, which cat poses the most threat, the one who licks herself and allows birds to preen her fur, or the one who sees the birds only as fluttery prey? What about a dog? Thank you so much for your time!