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Our cat caught a sparrow this morning, I picked the bird up, it was still breathing so I kept safe in an open box and put a small cage over it.

I wasn't sure if it would survive but like to try.

Late this afternoon it's still with us, but appears not to be able to fly although it can move about.

I've given it some bird feed and water and some straw to lay on.

Am I being cruel trying to save it or is there a chance it might recover?

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Re: Sparrow

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If the cat bit the sparrow it will almost certainly develop an infection. There's probably not much you can do. I've tried with countless birds, but they've never survived. :cry:

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I'm afraid I agree with Veem, but still I'd do what you're doing even if it's no more than making the bird's last days more comfortable. I once "saved" a sparrow from Timmy - it was playing dead, so easy to pick up, and it flew away when I took it outside - no idea if it survived. The pigeon I fed for a couple of days didn't.

But I've seen the abscess a cat bite can cause, on T, so if the cat bit the bird it's unlikely to go well.
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I don't do domesticated animals I would shoot the cat.

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I have a friend who was sitting reading and his own cat suddenly flew at him and attacked. The cat did severe and permanent damage to my friend's wrist tendons. I would have killed the bloody cat. Filthy animals.
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Sadly late this afternoon the bird died.

Now I feel terrible for trying to let it survive, but there is no way I could have finished off, you never know do you.

On the subject of cats, a few years ago our black cat bit my finger when the vet tried to get a blood test. I ended up in hospital, operation to clean the wound, 8 stitches and IV antibiotics. The nursing staff asked me if I killed the cat, how could I do that. 🐈🐱🐅🐆

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Re: Sparrow

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Well I think you did the right thing trying. We have recovered a number of birds, many have died but a few have survived. We put ours into a shoe box with airholes cut into it and the birds are left for 2-4 hours to recover. They are then let free if still alive.
The chances of longer term survival does depend on whether they have received any wounds. Actually biting into the skin is not something that usually happens in the early stages of the capture.

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I also think you did the right thing.
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Re: Sparrow

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exile wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 11:09 pm
Well I think you did the right thing trying. We have recovered a number of birds, many have died but a few have survived. We put ours into a shoe box with airholes cut into it and the birds are left for 2-4 hours to recover. They are then let free if still alive.
The chances of longer term survival does depend on whether they have received any wounds. Actually biting into the skin is not something that usually happens in the early stages of the capture.
I agree, at least you gave it a chance, I would have done the same.
By contrast, a Collie/Breton X we had here as a foster some years ago went to a robin's nest and gently extracted a tiny baby. He brought it to me and readily gave it up, perfectly uninjured. It was just as gently replaced in the nest by me. The parent continued to feed all of the chicks. :D

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Re: Sparrow

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Thanks to the supporters.

We tried, and failed, but at least we tried.

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