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Georgette

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Chikorita , my beloved cockatiel was 17 years old. He was my "child". I've had cats for over 30 years. Chikorita had a safe cat proof room. One of my cats got on somehow and I think when I left the room he snuck in. 😩... I don't know exactly how it happened. It's approaching a month and I go in a state of shock and break down thinking he's not here anymore, empty cage, no sound...here's how it happened in details. I don't know if I'll ever get over it. I feel totally guilty! 💔💔💔
https://m.facebook.com/Remembering-Chikorita-The-Cockatiel-497236916963293/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1595557330464574&_rdr
HeartBroken12

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I'm not able to open up your fb post about Chikorita's passing, but so sorry for your loss!
Georgette

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MEMORIAL TRIBUTE VIDEO
Memorial Music and Photo Tribute to our beloved Chikorita. We'll always remember him forever. <3 <3 <3 :'(
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY0...


On Wednesday, September 27 2017 I lost my beloved 17 year old cockatiel Chikorita. My sister and I who lived together most of our lives have cats. Chikorita was my bird and I have always been extremely cautious especially having cats. Chikorita always had his own room away from the cats only under supervision while we are in the room with them.
The nightmare happened on Tuesday September 26, the day before he passed away. I was in the kitchen and I heard screaming that sounded like a child. It was coming from other end of the house and when I got there my heart sank, my legs gave way and I got numb all over. From inside Chikorita's room was Archie, one of our cats, closed inside. Chikorita's room is very protected and cat proof. We have a pet gate covering most of the cage and a large board on bottom. (Go to album THE NIGHTMARE link below for photos). When I enter and leave the room I am very careful about any of our cats getting in. As I entered Archie went out. I looked around didn’t see Chikorita anywhere. I kept called Chikorita’s name and got no response. There were feathers were scattered everywhere! I felt sick! Then I went to one corner of the room and there he was hiding behind my James Dean standee. He was still alive but shook up. I checked him carefully and didn't find any blood, stayed and comforted him and put him back in the cage. I checked up on him every now and he seemed fine. I made an appointment with vet for later in the afternoon still checking up on him.
*** THIS IS WHERE I MADE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE! ***
Chikorita looked fine to me. I thought he was just tired from Archie chasing him etc so I cancelled the appointment" !!!!!!!!!!! I am crying as I'm writing..... :’(
On September 27 2017 I got up at 4:30 am to get ready for work. The first thing I do each morning is to turn on the light in Chikorita’s room to wake him up a bit before I uncover his cage. When I uncovered the cage I found him at the bottom. Tears are falling again... He was sitting still half alive. I rushed him to the emergency 15 minutes away but he was already gone when I arrived. I’m flooded in tears!......

“PLEASE TAKE YOUR BIRD TO THE VET "IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!"
No matter how little of contact between a cat and bird you should never take chances!
I know I’ll get over this but it will be a long hard road for me. I just have to remember that Chikorita definitely knew how much I loved him.

From a message board online:
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"I am so sorry. Budgie to vet ASAP. My AV told me years ago that even just cat saliva on the unbroken skin can kill a bird as it has something in it that gets absorbed through the skin of the prey be it a bird, mouse, etc that changes the ph of the blood in the prey and causes tiredness, weakness and lethargy. I know this sounds weird but that's what a board certified avian vet. told me. Just the cat saliva making contact with unbroken skin can kill..."
http://www.mytoos.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=254853


https://www.facebook.com/notes/jett-kostopoulos/no-matter-how-careful-you-are-accidents-happen-how-i-lost-my-beloved-chikorita-t/10154925544055544/
HeartBroken12

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I am not on Facebook. Do you care to share here what happened? 
HeartBroken12

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So sorry for your tragic loss! I can only imagine how you felt! And thank you for sharing your story. I wish I could say something that could ease your pain. It's always heard wrecking to lose out babies.
I like how you said at the end:"I just have to remember that Chikorita definitely knew how much I loved him." That's definitely a good thing and sometimes even hard to keep in mind.
Lasweetbaby33

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Awww I saw all of the memories that you had with your beloved baby Chikorita and it broke my heart just by viewing and reading what had happened. I don't know if it was a female or a male but I did view a couple of your youtube videos your baby was just so adorable and funny aww. No wonder you are feeling down I would of been to with such a intelligent little pet like yours was. Please accept my most sincere sympathy in the loss of your baby Chikorita 17 years is a lot of memories that you had with him/her. It's just hard for us pet owners to say good-bye when we want our babies to be with us forever. What happened to your baby was a terribly accident. you did the best you could to protect him/her and apparently somehow your cat Archie got to your beautiful bird. You were explaining that your bird was so protected in he's case, I don't explain how your cat even got to go inside the cage and attack your bird in the way he did. I don't blame your cat for what had happened because they honestly don't know what they are doing they are innocent pets that just like to explore and do things that they don't even realize that what they are doing is totally wrong. Thanks for sharing the beautiful tribute of your beautiful bird and all the wonderful memories you had with him/her. And again I'm so sorry for your terribly loss much love to you. 

~ Mayra 
Georgette

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Thank you Myra. I will overcome but it's a long way to go. He was special. I will.see him sgain when my time comes. I just gave to be strong until them. 💝💔
Lasweetbaby33

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You are very welcome Georgette! I completely understand how hard it must be for you, especially after having him for so many years. I'm also going through a hard situation myself because for some reason I keep losing my baby kittens one by one not sure why. So I'm trying to be strong as well but it's just to hard to do so. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that all the beautiful memories that you had with your Baby Chikorita you will soon become less heartbreaking and instead you be happy by remembering them forever.. 
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