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My cat just found a sparrow with a broken wing - it seems he

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My cat just found a sparrow with a broken wing - it seems he can hop a bit but not fly. what can we do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.I am sorry to hear that this wee one has been injured. Though if it cannot fly due to damaged wing (not that its just hopping like a fledgling not quite ready to fly --as those need to go back where found since they are still fed by their parents), then it would be kindest to consider turning it over to a wildlife facility who is going to be able to provide pain relief and care for this wing. If there is any salvaging of the wing, they will be able to help him and if not they will be in a position to retain him long term. As well, the experienced rehabilitation centres will be in the best position to legally (since the US have wildlife laws on the federal and state levels that require permits for wild bird rearing and keeping) provide the care this bird requires. As well, they will be best prepared to identify the species of this bird which plays a huge role in how it must be fed and supported for it to survive in the long term. To find one near you, you can check at:Wildlife International (,US Wildlife Rehabilitation (,Wildlife Rehabbers (, orWildlife Sanctuaries ( Alternatively, you can turn this bird over to your local veterinary practice and they will be able to examine/treat him and be able to directly turn him over to the rehabilitation centre (often the vets will have a relationship with the local rehab centre and sometimes are able to get them in even if the facility isn't accepting birds from the public). Overall, the best thing you can do is get him to someone who can address his medical needs and give him the best shot at a normal life. Therefore, it would be worth considering having a vet evaluate and take over the care of this wee bird and/or turning him over to the rehabilitation center so they can take him in to their avian vet. This will give him a chance to receiving the care he needs and give him the best chance of of having a stable life. Please take care,Dr. B.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. *Please make sure to rate my service afterwards, as this is the only way I receive credit for helping you today. Thank you! : )