I'd like to have birds, but I have 3 cats. If I were to get birds just about the only place I can figure out to put them in my house where the cats wouldn't be able to get to them is hanging from the ceiling in a corner of a hall - kind of where the hall turns to the left and continues on. On either side of the spot where the cage would hang is a bedroom (bedrooms which are vacant) and down at the end of a hall is a big bedroom with a big window where light would shine for the birds, but not directly on them.

There's no table or dresser or ANY horizontal surface - other than the floor and we have 9' ceilings so that would be a good distance away - for the cats to spring from near by. My husband and I usually walk past that corner probably 2 or 3 times each every night, but it's on the second floor away from direct tv noise, kitchen smoke, and drafts.
So is it do-able to have birds and cats both? If so, and given the location I tried to explain, what kind of bird might work best for me? I was hoping finches because I think they're so pretty and I like the little 'eep eep' sounds they make. But from what little I've read about them I understand they like to be kind of left alone so maybe have 3 drooling cats lurking and my husband and I walking back and forth in front of them might stress them? Maybe I should stick with watching the birds outside my window?

I had a budgie once when I had only one cat (a previous cat - not any of the ones I have now) and that usually worked ok until the time when my dad and I walked into the room to find the cat clinging to the side of the cage trying to figure out how to get the bird without letting go and falling off of the cage Emotion: smile.
Thanks for any suggestions,
Lydia
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I'd say you answered your own question.
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I'd like to have birds, but I have 3 cats. If I were to get birds just about the only place I can figure out to put them in my house where thecats snip Thanks for any suggestions, Lydia

From what you have said sounds like you may be better off watching the outside birds.
Cat's and birds can share a house, but it's not done without a lot of work. Birds for the most part are not the pet for the average person. Those of us who keep them tend to be "different"
Finches are much easier to keep than any of the birds people want to be able to interact with, but they still require some work to keep. If you wanted to spend the money on a heavy enough cage the cats would not be able to get at the birds, and the birds could be kept in a separate room. As I said though you need to make sure you know what your getting into BEFORE you buy a bird. They are not at all like having a cat that is happy as long as you put down some food and leave it alone.

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I'd like to have birds, but I have 3 cats.

Forget about it. If it helps, put yourself in the birds' place.
I had a budgie once when I had only one cat (a previous cat - not any of the ones ... cage trying to figure out how to get the bird without letting go and falling off of the cage Emotion: smile.

And you're SMILING about that?!
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So is it do-able to have birds and cats both?

I have a dove and a cat. Several others in this newsgroup will tell you that this is a very bad idea. I have yet to have any real troubles, but it would be a very good thing if the dove were much more afraid than he is of the cat. At least Avery (the dove) isn't living in the kind of constant terror that others have said must surely be experienced by any pet that is living in the same household as a natural predator.



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I'd like to have birds, but I have 3 cats. If I were to get birds just about the only ... out how to get the bird without letting go and falling off ofthe cage Emotion: smile. Thanks for any suggestions, Lydia

It is a big enough problem having one cat and birds. I can't imagine what it would be like trying to manage it with three cats. Please don't try it! MandyR
I'd like to have birds, but I have 3 cats. If I were to get birds just about the only ... of the cagetrying to figure out how to get the bird without letting go and falling off ofthe cage Emotion: smile.

Don't get birds. To be honest it really sounds as though you want them to be some kind of neat moving ornament. How will you be able to spend any time with them if they are shut away in a bedroom? They will certainly not be happy hung up in a passageway. How will you spend any time with them in the passageway?
Don't get me wrong. I have birds and 11 cats, but apart from one cat, none of the others is allowed into the main house where the birds are.
I'd say you answered your own question. Regards

Thanks very much. Yes, I think I did know the answer to the question, I just enjoy animals so much and have this mental (unattainable) image of someday having one of each of everything I just wanted confirmation.
Finches are much easier to keep than any of the birds people want to beable to interact with, but they ... at all like having a cat that is happy as long as you putdown some food and leave it alone.

Thanks for the advice. I don't mind the work or the money. My cats require and get a lot more than food; physically, emotionally, and financially.
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Are you referring to the Monty Python skit? The only bird that will work for my situation is one that has "ceased to be"?

Yeah, I wouldn't want to live in a cage either.
I don't know the appropriate smilie for a 'squinchy' face. It wasn't that I found humor in the brief fear of a small creature. Forgive me... my smilie was meant to convey the "yikes factor". Maybe it's similar to the way some people contort their face at collections of home videos demonstrating the thousands of way a man can be hurt in the crotch.
It is a big enough problem having one cat and birds. I can't imaginewhat it would be like trying to manage it with three cats. Please don't tryit! MandyR

Thanks for your thoughts - I won't.
Don't get birds. To be honest it really sounds as though you want them to be some kind of neat ... 11 cats, but apart from one cat,none of the others is allowed into the main house where the birds are.

Thanks. You're right... there wouldn't be much interaction in the hallway. I saw that as a potential problem and that is why I explained where I would be able to put birds in my house so that if the cat obstacle was something that could be overcome, the cage location would have been another factor in deciding the right bird for me. The reason I mentioned finches was because I had understood, after some brief, initial research, that they would PREFER to be left alone and not spend much time with human interaction. So I thought that might be a good breed for the location. I certainly wouldn't shut them in a room - what's the point of having them in that case?

I just wanted to make sure. I'd rather have asked and found out it won't work, than live assuming* it wouldn't when there were actually things that could be done or species of birds that would still be able to thrive in the environment I could provide. Dogs and cats are also purported to not get along, but there are many cases where they do. So I was just crossing my fingers that the same might be true with *birds - or certain types of birds - and cats. No worries, all, I won't get any birds. Was just starting to think about it and trying to get a handle on it before the fact - as any person interested in keeping any type of animal should do.
Thank you for the input.
Lydia
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