Birds make up a large percentage of our total annual casualty intake and a high proportion of these are nestling and fledgling birds that have either been caught by a cat or pickedup because they are mistakenly thought to be 'orphaned'.
Many garden birds, when they first fledge from their nests,
spend the next few days hopping about on the ground and in
ow bushes and shrubs, excercising their wings to build up the muscles needed for flight.
During this time they are still regularly fed by the parent birds, but if anyone is close by, the adult bird will stay away.
In these circumstances the young bird should be left, unless it is
in imminent danger, from a cat for example, and should be watched from a discreet distance to ascertain whether or not
it is being fed.
If a bird is caught by a cat, it is vital that it receives antibiotics within hours, even if it has no obvious injuries, as it is very
likely to get septicaemia (blood poisoning) because of the
massive amounts of bacteria carried in cats mouths.
Ring us on 01386 882288 for advice.