Can a predatory live with its prey?
February 16, 2011 11:15 AM Subscribe
Can I keep a kitten, three birds, and a mouse all in one apartment?
posted by wansac to pets & animals (20 answers total)
I live in a 500 square foot studio apartment with three birds and a pet mouse. The birds are mine: two parakeets in one cage, and a Green Cheek Conure in another. The mouse was a pet my sister could no longer care for, so I adopted it with the hopes of finding it another home; so far no takers. He lives in the bathroom in a small cage. A few days ago, my sister found a kitten outside and “rescued” it. A wonderful, sweet thing of her to do… except that she can’t keep any animals at the place she is living. So now I’ve got it. My original plan was to find it a new home ASAP (its a kitten, surely someone I know will want it, right? WRONG!). So now I’m trying to decide what I should do here. At the present moment, it takes relatively little interest in the mouse and birds (apparently it isn’t old enough to have a killer instinct yet). However, I’m keeping it shut in the bathroom when I’m gone as a precaution. Obviously, it does not enjoy this; I would just feel so bad if anything happened to any of the other pets while I’m gone that I don’t feel like I can let the cat roam free while I’m gone.
I was talking with a coworker who also owns birds and cats and lives in an apartment. She thinks I can keep the birds and the cat. The cat will grow up with the birds, and the birds are all pretty bossy and aggresive (however, none of them are very big at all). I’m not sure if that’s a realistic idea or not. This would also mean spending a lot more money, because I would want to invest in very sturdy cages, and I would also need to take the cat to the vet (we don’t know its age and gender, eventually it will need to be fixed, etc.) I’m not really sure how I feel about that at the present moment.
I rent, and although I’m in a pretty stable situation right now, I will probably move to be closer to my school in about 6 months time. So what do I do here? Bring the cat to a shelter and leave it to an uncertain fate there? Keep it shut up in the bathroom all day and hope someone I know decides to take it soon? Or actually try to integrate it into my tiny home?
I guess I could switch things around so the birds live in the bathroom, allowing me to close the door between the cat and the birds, but the birds are used to sitting by the only window in my place. There is a huge mirror in the bathroom, so they would have that to look at, but I’m not really sure if that’s a fair trade. The conure also likes to spend lots of time out with me on my shoulder. So the cat would have to be shut up in the bathroom when the bird is out.
As is probably apparent, I'm already emotionally attached to the kitten, otherwise I probably wouldn't be asking this question. He's so GD cute!