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.
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