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Julia | 2 years ago
Please Help!!! We Recently Rescued A Yellow Canary From Pet Smart 3 Weeks Ago. He Has Been …

Please help!!! We recently rescued a Yellow Canary from Pet Smart 3 weeks ago. He has been acting fine, loves attention, sings, perks up when you talk to him and was great all day today. He loves to stand tall and flap his wings normally. This evening we were making dinner and I walked back in the living room and he was stuck in his hooded food bowl. Within a minute this happened because I walked to stir the pot and went back and there he was. I immediately scooped him up and placed him on his favorite perch, I removed the hoods as I thought maybe they were dangerous. And reached over to give him his favorite pet on his neck and he climbed on my hand and would not get off, I wouldn’t be alarmed if this was normal for him so I kept my hand there for him thinking he maybe felt safe after feeling trapped. He kept closing his eyes and wobbling bad. He finally jumped off in about 4 minutes and kept trying to perch and would lose his balance and try to sleep but startle and lean forward doing so. He even tried resting against the bars. I have been watching him now for about 2 hours and he has finally settled in but just seems a bit off still, not seeming relaxed and cozy at his bedtime like normal. I also want to add he kept leaning forward after like he was afraid he was going to fall backwards. I just want to stay ahead of things if he is sick and with all that is going on I figured I would try here first to see if you think maybe he just got scared and will settle in now. He immediately fit right in here when we brought him home. He is such a happy and friendly little guy and we love him so much already. My daughter is so scared and so am I, he has brought so much joy during this crazy dark mess we are in with the virus threat. Thank you so much in advance and God Bless and keep you all safe.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
I would put him in a very quiet very safe place and let him rest tonight. It sounds like trauma and honestly in these small guys the only thing you really can do is give them time to heal. No food no water no ability to fly or fall. Just a safe small quiet place to rest. Check on him in the morning and give him time. I hope he heals ok.

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izzy ray | 3 years ago
I Have A Dog And A Few Bunnies But I’m Open To Getting Another Pet…

I have a dog and a few bunnies but I’m open to getting another pet to help with my anxiety I’m not sure if I should get like a toucan or like an African grey vs a maine coon cat. I’m looking for something friendly I like an afRican grey because I can talk to it then I love Maine coons because they get so big and they’re soft and amazing to cuddle. But I’m not really sure what do you think?

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Laura
3 years ago

I cannot recommend a parrot to anyone who isn’t willing to live with a toddler for the next 50+ years. Yes, Greys live that long, and yes, they’re as smart as toddlers. They need as much care as toddlers. They need a LOT of work, a LOT of attention, and they’re more than most people can handle. You said you have a dog…is there a reason the dog is not able to help you with your anxiety? I would discuss the addition of a cat with your doctor, to see whether they agree that this is the correct choice.

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Charlie Jardine | 3 years ago
I’ve Had My Parakeets For Over Two Weeks Now, But They’re Still Terrified Of Me…

I’ve had my parakeets for over two weeks now, but they’re still terrified of me. I’ve been taming them properly by first allowing them to adjust to their surroundings, then allowing them to get used to my presence, and now by having my hand sit at the bottom of the cage at least once a day. Despite my working with them everyday, I see no progress. I just want to be able to play with and hold my birds, but it makes me sad that they don’t like me.

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3 years ago

I’m not sure what happened to my comment, but…2 weeks is not enough time for most animals to adjust. Birds are especially sensitive creatures. I would continue to be patient. I know some birds can take up to 6 months before they really start to trust their handlers.

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Grace Leary | 3 years ago
Cat: Litter Box Issues, Asthma, And Food Weirdness: I’ve Had My Baby, Kira (“Monkey”) For…

Cat: Litter Box Issues, Asthma, and Food weirdness:

I’ve had my baby, Kira (“Monkey”) for about 3 years now. She is 7 pounds and adorable and snuggly and silly. We have a very strong bond. However, in the last few years, we keep running into issues:

(1) She started peeing regularly on my bed, my clothes, and my roommates’ beds and clothes. So we started keeping our doors shut when we aren’t home. This hasn’t stopped her from having “accidents” sometimes when she’s spending time in our rooms with us. Which is really hard for me especially, because she loves to snuggle and sleep with me every night.

I’ve spent a LOT of money on multiple litter boxes, multiple sizes, some covered and some uncovered. I’ve also had many litters–right now she has Dr. Elsey’s Litter Attract in one (large storage bin with an entrance cut out) and then Pretty Litter in another (covered, average sized litter box). I’ve also used litter attract (that green herb-y stuff) and didn’t notice a difference.

It doesn’t help that I live in a small apartment and so the bigger box is in plain sight in the living room (my roommate HATES it and has been asking me to move it to the closet…) and the covered smaller one is in our hallway hidden under a table.

(2) Monkey was diagnosed with asthma a few months after I adopted her. She is meant to use an inhaler every day but hates it so much that the vet wanted her to start on the oral steroids again temporarily. So, she’s on those now. I did spend the first few weeks training her to use the inhaler and reinforcing with treats, but she isn’t very treat-motivated. The times she best cooperated were when she was having asthma attacks and seemed to know I was trying to help her. But she’s supposed to take a PREVENTATIVE dose.

(3) Suddenly, she has stopped eating the canned food I am giving her but seems to prefer dry kibble or any food on our counter–she tore apart a plastic bag trying to get at my roommate’s bagels earlier. It’s possible it’s because she HATED when I was pilling her those steroids and so I started crushing and mixing half a pill into her wet dinner (she has 4 small meals a day).

(4) Because we live in a small apartment, I did have my moms take her in to their larger house with windows with better views of squirrels and birds. When I visited, I could tell she enjoyed having a bit more space, but my mom got so upset–Monkey started peeing on their couch and carpet in addition to beds/clothes. So I took her back immediately.

What’s weird is that, once I brought her home, she had no litter box problems for probably 3 months. And then it started again. It can come in weird waves…

I’m taking her to the vet again (for at least the 11th time in 3 years) on Saturday. But I’m starting to get really emotional over all of these issues. It especially doesn’t help that my roommates get upset and want me to get rid of her, but I know I can’t just give her to a shelter because she has so many health issues… It would just be cruel. I feel so guilty about the entire situation and don’t know what to do. I feel like I’ve spent 50+ hours online researching these various problems (hoping and praying that Jackson Galaxy could meet my troubled “cat from Heaven”) and thousands of dollars on different litters and foods and inhalers and medications and vet bills. I hardly make $28K a year, so my family is also advising me to “get rid” of her…. 🙁 I hate that–you can’t just “throw away” a loving companion.

If anything, I would consider finding her a home where she could freely go outside in the country and maybe with other cats. I know she had kittens and was a stray before I adopted her… Should I ask local rescue organizations for advice? How do they help cats with these health issues to get adopted?

Any advice would be very helpful. Thank you all!

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Sarah
3 years ago

I would make an appointment with the vet… I know you’ve been to the vet what seems like a million times already, but that is where I would start. Explain ALL the issues. Litter box, peeing on furniture and clothes, the sudden eating changes, everything you mention above. Explain your frustration about it and what you have already tried. You may have already started these conversations at previous visits, but sometimes hearing it again can help a person connect the dots differently. Good luck!!

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Anna Trelease | 4 years ago
My Female Zebra Finch Has Been Spending More Time In The Nest Than Usual And…

My female zebra finch has been spending more time in the nest than usual and has her feathers puffed out all the time. The male also seems to be hanging out near or in the nest with her too and seems to puff out his feathers at anyone who gets too close to the cage or nest. I am not sure if this is a sign that the female is pregnant or not. Can you help me figure this out?

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3 years ago

Birds are not capable of pregnancy. They lay eggs. That said, she might very well be gravid. If you’re keeping a male and female together, chances are eventually you’ll have eggs, and there’s a good chance some of them will be fertilized.

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Christena A. Bergemann | 4 years ago
Dear Vet, Krista Magnifico: One Of My (former Stray) 2 Cats, Jazzy, Was Blimped…

dear Vet, Krista Magnifico: One of my (former stray) 2 cats, Jazzy, was blimped out & looked very pregnant last summer or early fall, so I had her spayed, not wanting to have babies to feed, care f/ & find homes f/. Vet said she hadn’t been pregnant, no babies inside. (I couldn’t believe it). Well now, months later, this winter, she looks like a huge blimp again, & I don’t know why. She waddles now, & walks funny, never goes outside, exercises, very sedentary. In summer she’s a very fast runner, climbs tree, catches & eats lots of birds. (yuk. don’t like that, plus she tries bringing in house.) But she’s fast!, normally, & normally skinny. (u can feel her spine, still.). Any ideas what my be the problem causing this unusual blimping out, b4, & now months later after being spayed? She does not look pretty, healthy, or normal, & her huge sides & belly are tight & hard, not soft like normal kitty. She’s not a very affectionate kitty, often skittish just when I walk near or into a room she’s in. Constantly begs f/ food, espec. chicken. gets under foot in kitchen to point I don’t realize she’s @ my feet & bump into her accidentally. I’m not that fond of her, but didn’t want to just abandon her when I moved, & thought I could easily find her a home if I decided not to keep her myself. I took her & another cat (that one was pregnant, later died huge w/ stillbirths inside & major dehydration)…to Humane Soc. to find a nice home f/ her, but they let both escape & both found way home & walked miles, across big highway, to get back to trailer where I used to live where all these strays kept breeding. I love Cherokee, also former stray, & am keeping her forever. But not so thrilled w/ Jazz. She scratches door frames & insulation around door when wants in or out, (which ruins beautiful nice new house.) I noticed this morn she had dried poop residue near her anus, so I removed much as could & softened rest stuck in her fur w/ water & scott towel best I could b4 she scratched free. Maybe she’s not pooping like should & extremely constipated? Maybe I should get 2 litter boxes vs. just 1? Cherokee grooms herself til super clean, she would never let poop dry on her like that. She also grooms/licks Jazz’s ears, face f/ her, many times, as if she were Jazz’s Mom, maybe to show her affection. Any ideas how to help Jazz get back to normal? I don’t want a vet bill bc I’m just not enamored w/ Jazz & don’t really care, tho I feel guilty even saying that, it’s true. I just figured if she could walk all the way home from Humane Soc., she wanted to stay, so I kept her. & she used to greet me & mailbox when I pulled in. She’s terribly afraid of other people, incl. me, many times, (when I walk by, or walk into a room,) so not easy to shower her w/ “love” or affection, she’s quite skittish, tho she will come up to be petted outside when I come home, etc. TY, Krista f/ your expert advice! (I can send u pics, if helps, tho I know u can’t diagnose from pics.)

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, This is a tough one for me. First it is not possible to diagnose a pet without an exam and a vets in person asssiance and help. Second. I tell people all the time that the only thing I can’t help a pet with is when the parent does not care. Your cat Jazz is your cat. She needs you. And playing favorites or helping simply so that you don’t feel guilty is hard for me to hear. She needs help. And loving a pet is always unconditional. It doesn’t matter how much money you have it matters simply… Read more »

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Lily F | 4 years ago
Found Cat In My Neighborhood. Seems Healthy But Covered In Dreads And Dirt. Learned Her…

Found cat in my neighborhood. Seems healthy but covered in dreads and dirt. Learned her owners lived here but moved away last year. Took her inside to brush her. Would keep her but for starters we have birds and she’s a hunter. She’s affectionate but cautious. May have found a potential home but it’s far and I worry she’ll run back here. Dad thinks we should let her back outside as she has been there fine for a year and sits by the door. What should we do?? She comes to me when I look for her. I think she wants to leave

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Julia Morrell
3 years ago

take her to the vet and scan for a microchip. put up a found ad. give her a bath or take her to the vet to get a bath.

Sarah
3 years ago

First of all, thank you for taking her in. Secondly, I would get her to the vet to make sure she isn’t carrying anything parasite wise or disease. If she’s been out for a year, there’s a chance. Third, is there a way to contact her previous owners? They may be looking for her if she left them and went back to the previous home. After exhxhaisting those options, I personally would keep her if she is available. If you can’t, then finding a home would be the best thing. Good luck! She looks like when cleaned up she’s a… Read more »

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3 years ago

People often think of cats as disposable, and assume any cat can do perfectly fine on their own without human intervention.

Thank you for taking care of her.

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Karen Guckert | 4 years ago
My 14 Week Old Puppy Found A Dead Bird And Picked It Up In His…

My 14 week old puppy found a dead bird and picked it up in his mouth. He only had it for a minute before I got it out. Is this something I should be worried about or do something about? I know dead birds can carry diseases. I don’t know how long it had been dead but it didn’t look like it was very long.

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Julie Brader
4 years ago

Hi perhaps just watch your puppy very carefully for the next few days. If you see anything at all, sickness, loose stools….lethargy or anything else you are concerned about then take him to your Vet. I would make sure he hasn’t picked up fleas or lice from the dead bird too. You could always phone your Vet for advice also. Hope all is well with your puppy.

Jennifer Taylor
4 years ago

When my dogs have found dead animals I usually run it by my Vet just to be on the safe side. In all but one case my vet wasn’t too terribly concerned, the incident that concerned her was a scrap with a possum, we opted to boost our dog’s rabies vaccine. Best of luck!

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Sarah | 4 years ago
Hi Pawbly Friends- I Was Just Walking My Dogs And We Came Across A Crow. It…

Hi pawbly friends-
I was just walking my dogs and we came across a crow. It is somehow injured, though I don’t really know what is wrong with it, other than it seems unable to fly. It flaps both wings, and can run away from us. I put the boys in a sir stay, and scooped the bird up carefully. He/she is resting in a paper- lined box on my front porch at the moment as I am really not sure at all what to do.

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Jennifer Taylor
4 years ago

Hi Sarah, If you are in Jarrettsville I would contact Phoenix Wildlife, they can usually help with birds! We are in Jarrettsville too and found an injured crow yesterday afternoon in a neighbors yard. I wanted to give him a little time to see if perhaps he was just stunned, when we went back to check on him he was gone….I wonder if it was the same crow! If you need the number for Phoenix Wildlife please let me know!

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James Lindsay | 4 years ago
Hey There, I Am 17 Years Old And I Adore Animals. I Live With Just…

Hey there, I am 17 years old and I adore animals. I live with just myself and my mother and I currently have 4 cats (soon to be more probably) 2 gerbils, and 2 goldfish. I look after my pets very well and make sure they are happy and healthy.

I have always loved birds and have always pictured myself having a parrot (such as a macaw) I have owned finches, budgies, and other small pasts in the distant past, but I haven’t had any for a while thus I will not get a large bird like a macaw. One that has really caught my eye is a Sun Conure. I think they are beautiful birds and would love to have one as a pet to commit my time to.

I will mention in a list-styled fashion what my concerns are:

-I am 17, very young and my life is just beginning. I don’t travel much but will likely travel every so often. Not to mention I may be starting university soon.

-I have 4 cats, obviously cats and birds don’t mix. My plan would mainly be to just make sure they are seperated at all times in the house but I am still concerned, should I be?

-Gerbils natural predators are birds, as far as I know, Sun Conures do not eat rodents, however they would still terrify my gerbils. Gerbils only live until around 4 years old so maybe once they are gone I will get my bird.

Besides what I listed, I cannot think of any reasons as to why I would not be ready. I will always commit my free time to looking after it and spending time with it, I will be sure it’s healthy, regular check ups, and so forth. Would like to hear some feed back. Am I ready?

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello,
It sounds like you have a very full and busy life with your pets already and that you are about to embark on a new adventure at school. birds need a great deal of time and attention and can be very fragile in stressful environments. I think it would be best to focus on your current pets and starting another chapter of your life and leave the bird quest for a time when you are settled and comfortable with a home and can devote the hours and space needed to care for them adequately.