My cat caught a bird. It is still alive, what do I do?

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Even if there is no visible injury to the bird, it can die from infection after a cat attack. Bacteria found in the saliva and the mouth of a mammal can cause fatal septicemia (infection in the bloodstream) of a bird very quickly. Cat bites should be considered the most dangerous, as the Pasteurella bacteria commonly found in a cat's mouth, is extremely hazardous to birds. Even a simple puncture by a tooth can result in a fatal infection. Scratches from claws are also extremely dangerous, as the risk of infection is very real.

If a cat brings you a bird, place it in a dark, well ventilated box and contact either your local wildlife rescue or nearest vet that has wildlife/bird experience.

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