What to do if your cat catches a bird
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​My cat caught a bird, what do I do?

Cats have bacteria in their mouths that can kill a bird if it is not treated with specialized antibiotics. Even if the bird doesn’t look injured, a small scratch or puncture can kill them. Do not try to treat the bird yourself. Call the BC SPCA Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 for advice on bringing the bird to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Read more preventing problems between cats and birds, or about pets and wildlife (PDF).

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Wild northern flicker bird flying away from berry branch
Photo credit: Tania Simpson