Poor Pigeon

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Yesterday we found our kitten stalking a pigeon. We rescued him hoping he would fly away. Read on to find out more

Poor Pigeon

Yesterday morning, from our kitchen window, I spotted our kitten Mia, up on the fence between our house and the glen. She was looking down intently, and all my protective instincts were alerted, she was up there and couldn't get down maybe? Mia is nearly a year old, but still very small and kitten like.

Keith went out to get her down, but oh no, she could get down, she was just about to pounce on a pigeon nearly as big as herself, who was apparently just standing there, doing nothing. We didn't know why he didn't fly away, but after shooing her away, armed with a dog towel, Keith went out there, and manfully managed to control the pigeon, who was by now frantically flapping its wings.

We live in a cul de sac, by the entrance to the glen, so he placed him where he thought was safety, on the pavement outside, away from the prying eyes of madam Mia. I came out 5 minutes later, and there was no sign of him, so we assumed he had flown away.

What happened later

In the afternoon we went out in our car, we wound down the windows, it was so hot, and to our great consternation, in the next road, there was our feathered friend, walking up and down in the blistering heat.

There are several cats who live in that road, and we were so glad that none of them seemed to be aware of him. His wings didn't look broken, but clearly something was stopping him from flying away to safety. So we got out of the car, and Keith found a box with some air holes in it. We managed to get him into the box, he didn't struggle much, so we took him in the car to our vet, who is just around the corner

He was seen by the nurse

The nurse examined him, and said he wasn't too distressed. She assured us that he would be given food and water, and then they would look to see what was wrong with him. She also explained if there was nothing they could do, he would be humanely put to sleep.

We felt a bit heartened by this, leaving him on the pavement was not an option. Apart from any of the local cats, a fox could come along at night, and he had no defence against being killed. We didn't leave our name and address, we prefer to think he will recover, and what we did was only what anyone who cares about our vulnerable little creatures would do.

We just wish now we could stop our cats from hunting out and killing other creatures. Maxie got a mouse yesterday, and when we tried to get it away from him , he ran away. I know it's nature, and they can't help their instinct, but I feel for all vulnerable creatures, they need our protection.

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Cats, Foxes, Kittem, Mia, Pigeon, Road, Safe, Stalking, Unable To Fly, Vets, Walking

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Jun 2014 (#)

collars with bells help only a little bit, some people keep their cats indoors only or build cat enclosures so the cats are outside but safe in the yard and away from birds.

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author avatar Carol
11th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Mark, we tried a collar, but it caused our kittens a lot of stress. We just have to keep an eye on them.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Jun 2014 (#)

There's a great set of kids books about a pigeon by Mo Willems. You should check them out. You can even search Mo Willems on YouTube and find people reading the books so you don't have to go out & buy them. They are hilarious!

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author avatar Carol
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Jun 2014 (#)

What a giving heart you have Carol... A truly lovely page...! ...I have not cried in a long -long time...but never before having heard "Bird Song" ... tears flowed freely ...what a wonderful page and share Carol....I have down loaded Bird Song from Youtube,
it is a real treasure... as are you Carol! ... many thanks for the beauty of both -heart and song...

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author avatar Carol
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Oh bless you delicia, it is an apt song I thought

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Most people consider pigeons to be pests ...but it is so heartwarming to read how you saved this one from being killed dear Carol .
I like stories like this
God bless you and your family ( including your animals )
Stella ><

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author avatar Carol
12th Jun 2014 (#)

I know they do, but it's a living creature, and I believe we had to stop it from being caught by the cat. Best wishes to you and your family too Stella. xx

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Jun 2014 (#)

quite beautiful this is Carol...thank you so very much

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Jun 2014 (#)

heartwarming too for kindness is its own reward...

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author avatar Carol
12th Jun 2014 (#)

you are welcome Carolina xx

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author avatar Mariah
12th Jun 2014 (#)

I agree with Delicia and Stella, what a lovely caring thing for you and Keith to do.
Just heart warming Carol, and I love the quirks about 'madam Mia' lol she's looking great, can't believe she's nearly a year.
Great post thank you x

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author avatar Carol
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Hi Mariah, thanks for reading. Our kittens are 1 on 20th June, they are small so we still call them kittens. Mia can be a madam!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Bless your compassionate heart ,Carol!

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author avatar Carol
12th Jun 2014 (#)

Well they are so vulnerable aren't they

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author avatar Retired
14th Jun 2014 (#)

This was a heartwarming story. I too felt for the pigeon.

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author avatar Carol
14th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Carol

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Awesome and one of a kind post, cheers!

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author avatar Carol
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Fern

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jun 2014 (#)

Your kind act touched me Carol. We have to be kind to our fellow travelers who trust us - siva

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author avatar Carol
29th Jun 2014 (#)

Bless you Siva, it was the least we could do

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author avatar Margaret Michel
9th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes, it's in their genes to be hunters! I have two that kill, but only one will eat what he kills. Living out in the country, this is usually a good thing, but I do keep an eye out when they are stalking the birds!

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author avatar Carol
9th Jul 2014 (#)

Me too, have sprayed them with water, they don't like that.

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