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Hermes is going to be Moving!

Me and Mike were talking tonight that we feel bad for Hermes being stuck in his own room all of the time. He doesn't get to interact with us during the day when he's in there and he can't be out all of the time because of the cats.
Well, we've decided we're going to move Hermes' cage into the living room.
"How?!" do you say? What, with the cats out there?
Yes!
Our plan is to get clear plastic sheets (like acrylic, or whatever they have at the hardware store), cut them to the size of the sides and roof of the cage, drills holes in these sheets (for obvious reasons), and then secure them to the cage. We'll make it so that the front panel can easily come off so we can access the cage for food and water and such.
After this is done Hermes' cage will be put on a table in the living room where it'll permanently live and we will secure the cage to the wall with Bungee cords so that the cats can't knock it down either.

This way Hermes will be able to see us and interact with us even if he isn't out with us. He'll still be able to be part of the flock, especially since we spend most of our time in the living room. Also, the cats will be able to be out too without having to worry about them getting Hermes if he's in his cage.

I can't wait to get started on this because I feel so bad for Hermes right now! He doesn't get as much out time as he used to because of the cats and when he isn't out and he's in his room I feel bad because he'll flock call us whenever he hears us.

This'll be a much better arrangement I think! He can still have my art room as his bird room but he'll just live in the living room!

I am going to see if we can go to the hardware store tomorrow to look for some plastic sheeting.



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Sounds great! I'm lucky, my cats don't bother the birds in their cages and are put up when birds are out.

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Sounds like a good plan. Some cats get along with birds but you never ever wanna risk it Hope it goes well! Maybe if Hermes gets a little bit too lonely you could get him a friend? I mean, when you do get your next bird then maybe they can move back into your art room cause they will have each other

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Yeah, I would never risk it. Even if a cat usually ignores a bird instinct can kick in and I wouldn't risk that.
I want to get him a friend eventually but that probably won't happen for a while, hence why we're planning this!! I will enjoy seeing him and talking to him while just going about my business. Having him in his bird room is safe for him but it's not exactly stimulating!



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but ventilation will still be a major issue.... even with holes drilled in. what you might want to do is leave one part open. his bar spacing is 1/2" the cats paws will not fit through that. second, because tiels are dusty, the acrylic sheets over the cage will keep all his dust in, and this will severely affect his respiratory health. not a good mix. because he will constantly be breathing in his own dust, plus you have mentioned before that he does not like mist baths or any other form of baths? this is another reason that it would not benefit his health with acrylic sheets over his cage. even with a lot of holes drilled in the acrylic, its still confining most of his dust in with him, and it will be ten times worse when he is molting. i would honesty just spend more time in the art room with him, it is better for his health. plus, if it gets warm or in sunlight at all it can get very warm.


just my two cents as ive looked into acrylic for munch, but we settled for a single sheet on the front of her cage for only when the tiels are out, other wise her cage is wire. our cats are allowed in the same room as the birds if the birds are securely in their cage (never when they are out) but they do not harass the birds one bit, and their cages are relatively high. also, the bar spacing plays a good role in keeping paws out.



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HmMmMmm, that's true. I never thought about the dust issue, I don't want that to affect his health! So far whenever the cats have been in the art room with me they'll just sit and watch him anyways. I'd just be worried about at night if they somehow decided to try to get him. His cage has guillotine type doors. I usually have clips on them so that Hermes can't let him self out but since he's been in the art room I've misplaced them.

I think we might go with our first plan of building a shelf mounted in a corner of the living room higher up to put the cage on so that the cats can't get to him. That way we wouldn't have to put any sheeting or anything on his cage.



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here's a solution i think may work for this case.

can you go to the dollarstore or hardware store and get some cloth window screen or bug screen to wrap on his cage? its protection from annoying paws and would compromise on the dust issue. and if there is any sunshine on his cage, it wont overheat him and its cheaper

i know our dollarama in the summer has bug screens for $2 i believe, it may be a good option for you

putting his cage on a shelf is a good option too.

my tiels cage is on a stand so is far enough off the ground. our cats may watch sometimes, but they generally leave them alone. the cats would have to stretch up on their hindlegs to reach the bottom of the tiels cage here. the lovebirds are up on the top of our dresser, i have to stand on a stool to feed and water them because i am short, but they cats cannot reach them. having cats and birds is a hassle but it can work out if you are careful. one of our cats is getting old and is arthritic so she does not jump on anything higher than the couch. and the rest sometimes watch them but leave them alone. but our 3 other cats are 4 years old and younger so theyre more energetic but they are not big jumpers. they often sleep on top of our 5 foot tall chinchilla cage but they literally have to climb it, theyve never done it with the birds cages whatsoever



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Tha'ts a good idea.. plus it's be cheaper! I'll have to check that out. It'd also help to keep some mess in his cage if he is to be living in the living room, lol.



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just be sure its the fabric screen, not the metal screen



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Yeah for sure.



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That's a good
Idea ill have to keep it in mind for future reference
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