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How Do You Stop A Parrot Going Through A Catflap?

Discussion in 'Home and Environmental Hazards' started by hucker, May 16, 2017.

  1. Bradders

    Bradders Parrot Power! Staff Member Moderator

    Tough one then, might have to be the chipped collars though a friend of mine once said they were not that good. And as you know with parrots, where there's a will, there's a way! Maybe a porch on the outside door. If parrot gets through one door, you might just be able to catch them before they reach the other cat flap! Is your bird scared of anything? My Ruby hates rope perches so I hang them on no-go areas. Looks odd on the TV but does act as a deterrent.
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  2. hucker

    hucker Regular Member

    I wouldn't feel happy with two catflaps. If it went through one I'm sure it would quickly repeat the action on the second one before I noticed. No, they're not scared of anything, the cats are more nervous than the parrots! I will try the chipped collars and if they don't work I can always send them back!
  3. Kendra

    Kendra Regular Member

    @hucker what sort of birds do you have? A porch seems to be the best idea, unfortunately they are not something you could buy at the local Poundland.
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  4. hucker

    hucker Regular Member

    3 African Greys (2 are in my picture). I also have 2 cockatiels, but they're not in the same area.

    Not sure how a porch would help. Anything the cats can get through, the birds can.
  5. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Hi we don't allow our birds to go in hallway, conservatory and kitchen as these have direct access to outside including a cat flap. We treat these rooms as safety porches and we have netting on all our interior doorways so they can't get into these rooms. I wouldn't risk putting your bird in the room where there is cat flap, this is to be on the safe side.

  6. hucker

    hucker Regular Member

    Don't the parrots just walk through the netting? I can just imagine mine chewing it up, climbing on it, or simply pushing through.
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  7. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Some pet shops and zoo uses the hanging plastic strips https://www.pvc-strip-doors.co.uk/p/pvc_strip_curtains/category/327?gclid=CIXN1dve-dMCFem_7QodT9sBNg

    Ours do not go through our doors or touch the curtains, but I can't say what your's will do. My hubby hangs 2 net curtains on each door way using 2 curtain wires with one curtain hanging from each, this will allow the curtains to cross over in the middle. You can either walk through these, or when you parrots are away, you can draw them back. Also my hubby has fixed curtain on both bottom half of the door frames down the sides to also fix the curtains to, you will need to sew a seam down the sides of the curtains for the wire to slip into.
  8. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Also if one day they decide they want to explore the curtains, this gives us more time to act from them trying to get out.
    I can imagine birds can get their nails caught in the net curtains, so if this starts happening I personally will get hanging plastic strips in my home. But mine have yet to fly on them.
    You know your own birds, so you have to do what's best for you.

  9. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    there is a way to fix your problem and something I was working on in the computer development days for disabled and has been used in cars as a de-mobiliser. that is a weight sensitive carpet. of course it would only have to be set to open above the lowest weight of your cats. this was a device that just measured the weight and gave a reading on the computer that then sent a signal to the door and if it was an accepted weight then opened it the reading could be for each individual cat. this type of device was used for unlocking and opening doors as well as locking doors. it had other uses and in them days it used radio signals. net curtains get trashed by three of my five greys and max likes chewing plastic especially the milk bottle opaque one's. now you cannot say this is too technical as this was developed before pc's came along I was doing development for radio shack at that time
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