It has been years since I was last on here. I had four parakeets at one point, but my mom had me get rid of them when we got our cat. (they went to a good home, no abuse!). It was because our house just wouldn't work with all the people and animals in it (that and I am pretty sure my mom never saw what I saw in the birds).
Now I am in the process of moving in with my boyfriend, where pets are welcomed with open arms (his landlord is amazing). He has a cat, I have two cats now, and a dog.
Here's my problem: I want to get another parakeet so bad! I miss their quirky little personalities!! I am not going to rush into this at all, but I want another one. My boyfriend is open to pets, so he would be just as careful in the pet safety as I would be. I just want feedback on people with multiple cats that have birds too.
My cat, CJ and his cat Max are probably the ones that would be problematic. Both are kind of aggressive cats (although CJ being 3 is usually only playfully aggressive or when he is provoked). They like to get into things, and CJ is a mouser by nature. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if left alone and available access my cat would try and kill the bird, I am not asking if I can change cat instinct, because I know better than that. This move will be stressful for the cats and dog so I know at first it will all be strange, and I wouldn't get a bird right away. The one cat I left out of the story, Salem, is a relatively peaceful kitty, but I bet if he saw a bird hopping around a cage even he would be tempted to chase it.
I know that I would NOT let the bird out with the cats in the room. That is a given. I also know that I would probably have to make sure my dog is not around as well. He is a boxer and is so playful and hyperactive that he would probably think it was a cool toy to chase.
Anyways now that the story of my life has been revealed, I am looking for personal stories. I want a parakeet, I remember the basics to parakeet care (and would certainly brush up on it again), and I do plan to never leave the cats alone with an available parakeet.
I was wondering how stressful it would be for the bird to even know there are cats in the house. Will it stress the bird out moving from room to room? I was thinking of getting a thing to hang the cage from so when my boyfriend or I happen to be home we can let the parakeet be around us (since they are so social) and then at night and/or when we are out during the day move the cage into the bedroom and shut the door so the cats can't get to it. (the dog would be in a crate for this part so he is no worry at all here). I just don't want to get a bird and make him/her miserable! My wants don't come before the happiness of a future pet.
Thanks for any advice!