By law of nature, cats are natural predators and birds serve as their prey. To your cat, dropping a bird at your feet is the greatest gift they can give, but what do you do if their victim is still alive?
If your cat drops a bird at your feet that appears to be alive and kicking don’t be deceived. A bird may appear fine at first but often times will die after 24 hours of your cats attack. The bird ultimately will die of a bacterial infection caused by your cat’s saliva.
Despite how the bird may act or appear, it should be treated for external and internal injuries. If you decide to rehabilitate a bird yourself you should still take it to a veterinarian for proper antibiotic treatment. If rehabilitating a wild bird is not for you, there are many wildlife rehabilitators who would be more than happy to nurse your bird back to health. For more information on finding a wildlife rehabilitator or for more information on rehabilitating an animal yourself you can visit Rainbow Wildlife Rescue.