Dear Readers: Here is some invaluable information from the Humane Society that really comes in handy if you are transporting a bird by car to your vet during an emergency or even if you are moving to another town.
The bird should be placed in a carrier or travel cage. Don't take a chance of your bird flying off.
In the cold, have the car heated before going out to it and wrap the carrier with a blanket to protect the bird.
In hot weather, be sure to provide your bird with vegetables and fruit that contain water. Mist the feathers once in a while with a fine spray of water.
Don't leave the cage or carrier door open at any time while inside the car. Keep your feathered friend nice and quiet, and the move should go well. -- Heloise
CAT AND BIRDS
Dear Heloise: I have five bird feeders in my yard and feed the birds all year round. I also have two cats, Miss Pris and Molly. Miss Pris will never go outside. I feed Molly on our deck, right in front of our sliding-glass door.
When Molly comes back in, doves swarm to the leftover dry cat food, as well as to the variety of bird seed I give them. My veterinarian said dry cat food was all right for birds to eat, and they love it, so I always keep the dish full.
My indoor cat is happy with that arrangement, too. She sits real close to the glass door and is entertained watching the birds. -- V.W., San Antonio
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000 or fax it to 210-HELOISE. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.
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