Are cat scratches/bites fatal to chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ParrotChicken, May 25, 2016.

  1. ParrotChicken

    ParrotChicken New Egg

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    I've googled every variation of this question and can't seem to get a straight answer. Don't worry I don't have any chickens that have been attacked by cats, but I have been told with parrots that if a cat bites or scratches them they are very unlikely to recover since the bacteria in a cat's claws is deadly to them. Question popped into my head after I saw a video of a mama hen fighting with a stray cat that wanted to eat her babies.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    No, death is not an automatic outcome when cat attacks are involved -- while death *may* occur IF infection sets in, more often than not you are able to use basic wound management and come out the other side with a fully recovered bird.
     
  3. ParrotChicken

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    Thanks, that's a huge relief! I was so worried for mama hen!
     

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