13 days ago
Happy #InternationalCatDay !
As it so happens, we are celebrating the successful recovery of this Gray Catbird, who was brought in after being attacked by an outdoor cat. It required stitches to close up an infected wound in its side, as well as treatment for subcutaneous emphysema (air under the skin from ruptured air sacs) which is a common consequence of cat attacks. Its stitches were recently removed and this bird is now in one of our outdoor enclosures building flight endurance before it can be released.
This Catbird is a lucky survivor, however. Studies report that cats kill anywhere between 1.4 to 3.7 billion wild birds annually, and more than twice that of small mammals. These cat attacked cases account for about 15% of the Center's patients. We always encourage, for the safety of your cats AND wildlife, to keep cats indoors. Though many cats enjoy being outside, it is never worth the many risks they will encounter including other wildlife, diseases, cars, inclement weather, and many other dangers that can drastically reduce their lifespan and quality of life when compared to indoor cats. The best way to keep a cat safe is to keep it indoors, or build a cat patio to allow them to safely experience the great outdoors, while keeping your cat and our native wildlife safe.
If your cat is found with a wild animal, please call the Center immediately for advice. Cat attacks can lead to fatal infections for many small animals, as well as painful injuries, and these animals should be treated as soon as possible to give them their best chance at recovery.
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