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. Gently contain the bird in a well-ventilated box and bring them to your nearest wildlife rehabilitation centre in British Columbia.

Still need help? Read more about rescuing wild animals or call the BC SPCA Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 for advice.

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