Skip to comments.Rescued dove from cat. Now what?!
Posted on 01/26/2011 10:33:13 AM PST by Excellence
I tied two bells to one of our cats to keep her from going after cats, but she still got one this morning. I rescued the bird, but now he can't really fly. He let me pick him up and put him in, ironically, a cat carrier. So I'm looking for advice. He's resting comfortably now. How soon should I try to feed him? What about water, small cup or big bowl? He's mostly white, with a little bit of grey.
correction: to keep her from going after birds.
How badly is the bird hurt? Its probably going to die if its hurt badly.
Birds eat all the time. They also need water.
Keep the bird quiet and warm...do not feed it bread!
If you could post a photo, we could tell you whether its a seed eater, berry eater or insect eater.
The dove will not recover, especially in a carrier or cage. It’s in shock. Place it on your garage roof or something. It has a mate who is looking for it. That may help. If the cat punctured the skin anywhere, it will die.
counting the minutes until the first recipe is posted...
Keep the cat in the house! Is there any bird rescue’s in the area? Doves do have mates.
"Now what?...bake and saute, some french bread, white wine, some cheese cake and coffee later"
I've got a couple of good recipes.
Let the cat out again - need 2 more Doves
6 Dove or quail breasts
1 Pie crust
1 md Onions; chopped
1/2 lg Green bell pepper; chopped
6 md Fresh mushrooms; sliced
5 tb Bacon fat or cooking oil
4 tb Flour
1/4 c Red wine
1/2 ts Garlic salt
1/2 ts Seasoned salt
1 ts Lemon pepper
Boil dove or quail in enough water to cover. Don’t let boil down. Done when meat comes off the bone easily. Remove doves; reserve liquid. Saute onions and pepper in fat/oil. Remove from drippings. Make roux with flour and drippings. Add onions and pepper back to roux. Bring reserved liquid to boil, mix in roux, onions, peppers. Add mushrooms, dove/quail meat, wine, and seasonings. Simmer 30 minutes. Fill pie shell. Make top. Bake per instructions for closed pie.
Call a vet and/or a pet store.
~ dove breasts, cut into bite size pieces
~ 1/2 stick butter
~ 4 - 5 tbsp oilve oil
~ onion, diced
~ bell pepper, diced
~ salt and pepper
Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet.
Add all the ingredients.
Cook until well done. Should be almost crispy on the outside. Stir occasionally.
Serve and enjoy.
He seems okay. He was walking around the back yard fine, and even fluttered around a bit. He is sitting upright now, but has his eyes closed unless I walk up to him. He didn’t panic at all when I picked him up.
While your intent is noble, you really shouldn’t mess around with wild birds, that are often sickly, carry mites and parasites, and are possibly caught by cats because they are already dying.
While domestic doves can live for as long as 20 years, the lifespan of doves in the wild is just 1 to 1.5 years. They make up for this by having a very high rate of reproduction.
Likely the bird you recovered is a goner, with or without your help, and worst of all, keeping the bird may be illegal in your State. If the State becomes aware of it, they will likely take the bird and put it down.
From what I’ve read, they eat all three.
How about steel cut oatmeal. I have grapes and spring lettuce.
It's very difficult for birds to recover from shock.
There is no blood anywhere, and he’s resting comfortable. He can’t fly. Turning him loose would be a death sentence. I’ve read rabbit pens work, but I don’t have one.
A wild bird should react a lot more strongly to being picked up. He’ll probably die unless you invest a lot of time in nursing it back to health. Even then he’ll probably die.
I’m not allowed to keep the cat in the house. It’s a rescue and the owner of the house doesn’t want her in. I thought the bells would be enough.
I have birds that hit windows and are stunned stupid...(seem knocked out). I pick them up and wrap them in my shirt and hold them close to warm them up...in about a minute they start flitting and take off as soon as I let go.
Keeping them warm is essential to fight off shock.
I would work toward keeping it warm and letting it go soon—rather than what to feed it right now.
More info would help. I have a first aid book “Caring For Wildlife”. Post more info about the bird if you can and good luck.
Doves mate for life. There probably is a lonesome dove in your area calling out for his or her mate.
BTW wild birds carry a lot of parasites. If it can’t fly it will die. So you can let it suffer for a time or wring its neck today.
Toughen up woman. It’s the consequences of keeping cat/s. That bird has a metabolism that’s very touchy if it’s wild. Chances are your version of resing comfortably is it’s catatonic state and impending organ shutdown.
Call the animal hospital and ask them to recommend an animal sanctuary or rehad that’ll take it in, help it out and release it.
I wouldn’t worry about feeding it right now...the thing is to get it stable enough that it will be ok on its own.
I am going to type you the first aid info from the book I have—hang in there! BRB
My dog caught a sparrow and bloodied it up. I got it, kept it warm. It rebounded and I brought it outside, once I thought it had gotten over shock. It did fly away . . . minus one eye.
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Rest, quiet and warmth. Keep confined in a safe place.
Cover it—keep it dark (it will induce sleep/rest if its dark)
warm water— my experience: you can cut a drinking straw like a scoop end and just carry a bead of water to the bird.
Try not to feel bad if it doesn’t make it. Birds hit windows, I see them get attacked and carried off by hawks...they fly into cars..it’s not just cats.
For © reasons, I decided not to type word for word from the book “Care of The Wild”.
Dishes, china closet, vases, curtains, television set, coffee pot, leather sofa, panes of glass on windows, glass coffee table, etc.....
Photos have to be uploaded to another site and then linked to here-—don’t worry about it, if you’re sure its a dove, thats fine...
Kill it and eat it or give it back to the cat!
Let the cat have him back. It’s what the good Lord designed your cat to do. Keeps the bird population in check.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure. He’s pretty, really.
Have you heard of veterinarian help? Do you know what a veterinarian is?
A veterinarian is an animal doctor. These wonderful folks take care of sick and wounded animals of all types to include birds.
I had one come to my home this morning to give one of my cats a shot. I should have taken a photo of him to send to you.
Oh, that’s too funny. Well, not really.
LOL! I'm laughing just thinking about it! I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time, but it would have made for some gut busting home video.
I shouldn't laugh at that, but I couldn't help it! The visuals, the visuals. I had brought the bird into the house and was carrying it around with me in a towel. I had to go out for an appointment, so I put it in a shoebox and kept the lid on top of it with some space. Coming home, I thought, "gee I really should have not done that." Sure enough, I walk in and the dog is looking at me, acting like "God, I'm so glad you're home! There's a bird loose in the house!" Thankfully, the little thing was seeking harbor from the dog under the dining room table. Donning my latex gloves, it just let me grab it. As I tried to put it in the shoebox again, it wriggle out and landed on the drainboard, clutching to it for dear life and got caught in between the sections. I am PRYING it out, finally being able to so I can bring it outside and be done with it. And my dog was probably wondering why I just didn't let her handle it outside in the first place, LOL. No good deed goes unpunished, right?
Been there, done that. No help. Called PetSmart! Got some good suggestions.
That is not because he is comfortable and relaxed, unfortunately. A wild bird is not going to like being handled, and having his/her eyes closed is not a good sign either.
Were I you ... I'd put the bird back outside. You're trying to do a good thing, and as an animal lover, I understand perfectly. Keep an eye on it if you can, but its best chances are in the wild.
Doves are ground feeders, so you can put a little dish of birdseed in for it, and a dish of water.
If it can fly, let it go. If it can’t, search online for a wild bird rehabber in your area.
Basically, you are not going to do much more for an injured bird but splint a break if it has one, which takes some expertise, and keep it warm and fed.
We rescued a mourning dove from a cat. It was alive and we took it to a rehabber, but it had a puncture wound to the brain - no chance for it. Nature red in tooth and claw.
I’m guessing your dove, being white, is a feral introduction, not a native bird, and so the laws against keeping wild birds won’t apply to you. Yes, Virginia, you may not nurse a native bird back to health without a license, although I doubt the feds will be breaking down your door - they never did mine.
Small hammer to back of head will cure her from going after birds.
Several years ago I found a morning dove on my deck that had been targeted by a hawk. I checked with a local bird store and they told me to put neosporin on the wound but not to expect it to live. They were right, it died.........
Get another 10 or so doves and make a dove pie.....yummy...
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