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One of my outdoor cats just caught a Swamp Sparrow. It seems to be Ok with nothing wrong except being a little battered and minus a couple of feathers. I put it in a shoebox lined with a towel and it’s sitting at a healthy distance from the fireplace so it’s warm. What else should I do?

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1 hour ago, Seanbirds said:

One of my outdoor cats just caught a Swamp Sparrow. It seems to be Ok with nothing wrong except being a little battered and minus a couple of feathers. I put it in a shoebox lined with a towel and it’s sitting at a healthy distance from the fireplace so it’s warm. What else should I do?

Read "What to do if you find a baby or injured bird" at the top of the page.  Summary: Call a rehabber.

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1 hour ago, Liam said:

For starters, maybe keep the cats indoors? ?

Indoor cats out live outdoor cats. Less chance of being hit by a car. Less chance of getting in fight with another cat and losing. Less likely to eaten by a coyotes, foxes, bobcats, gators...This is good advice. One can provide cat towers and toys and attention to keep cats happy indoors.

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I've read that birds are very sensitive to bacteria on cats claws and teeth. So even a small scratch by claw or tooth could be too much even with rehab intervention. I've found my chickens hidden in the bushes frozen in a trance like state before after being attacked by something. I believe they literally could die of fright. 

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While I always advocate for keeping cats indoors, I do understand when you're young it's not always under your control and it can be challenging to reason with family members to keep our feline friends inside.

My older brother dumped his cat onto my parents when I still lived at home, and most of us were allergic so the cat went outside. We put a bell on but that eventually fell off. I still encourage my parents to try to find the cat a new home where she can not only receive the attention she deserves, but also be kept indoors, but they really have no interest in bothering. 

Keep encouraging your family. The squeaky wheel gets the grease!

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