ASAP! Cat brought a baby bird into our house. Now what???
I heard wings flapping & went to discover my cat had brought a baby bird in through the doggy door. I'm sure its a mourning dove, since we have so many around. Perhaps it was trying to fly & fell out of the nest, only to be discovered by the cat. I'm not confident that it can fly yet, it still has baby down on it. Cat has only caught worms & snakes so far--we have a bell on him to warn critters that he is around.
I put the bird in a box with some water, where he is resting at the moment. Poor thing is breathing so hard, it must be terrified!
I have no idea where the nest is at. I cannot release it into my own yard due to the cat.
My neighbors a few houses down have some evergreen trees I thought I might put the bird under.
Another neighbor has a wildflower garden instead of a lawn, which seems like another option.
Other than those 2 spots, we are in the suburbs with lawns, driveways, & just some small flowerbeds.
What can I do to help this poor little soul? Of course, I will keep the cat locked up to give the bird a fighting chance, but where should I set it free?