When Irina Stepanova brought a little parrot into her home, she had no idea how her pet cat would react. Would the pair scrap it out – or would they hit it off? There was only one way to find out, so the pet owner tested her pets’ relationship by setting the bird free. And when she did, the cat was waiting patiently to greet the new arrival.
Stepanova lives in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, where she shares her home with a big ginger cat called Bonifazii. However, when the puss was ten years old, Stepanova decided to introduce another animal into their fold. And it’s fair to say the new addition might have caused some tension at home.
That’s because the pet in question was a parrot. This could have proved problematic since cats are known to hunt birds in the wild. Placing a feathery friend in Bonifazii’s own lair, then, might have proved too tempting for the cat to resist. With that in mind, Stepanova invested in a trusty cage to keep the parrot safe.