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Cat and Bird Do Everything Together

They even play hide-and-seek.

When Irina Stepanova brought a parrot home, she hoped her 10-year-old cat, Bonifazii, would at least tolerate him.

But she never imagined they'd spend their days playing and snuggling together.

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

Once the parakeet, whom Stepanova named Yasha, had settled into her home in Chelabinsk, Russia, she decided to cautiously introduce her to Bonifazii.

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

"I began to let [Yasha] out of the cage," Stepanova told The Dodo. "He flew and Bonifazii calmly watched the parrot. Then Yasha landed on the floor and met the cat."

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

Since this first meeting went well, Stepanova allowed Bonifazii and Yasha to spend more time together.

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

"They play together and run around the apartment," Stepanova said.

Their favorite game is "hide-and-seek," she said.

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

"The parrot flies out of the cage and immediately looks for the cat," Stepanova said.

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

Now Bonifazii and Yasha do everything together.

They gaze out the window.

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

Go on adventures.

Bonifazii even lets Yasha sit on his head.

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

Stepanova trusts them completely now, and she's happy to leave them alone together.

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

"Whenever I'm home, the parrot cage is always open," Stepanova said. "Bonifazii is a tolerant cat, and very gentle. I trust my cat."

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

While Bonifazii and Yasha's friendship is very beautiful, it's also extremely unusual. It's best to always use the utmost caution when introducing different animal species to each other, particularly a cat and a bird or other small animal, Celia Haddon, a cat behavior expert, told The Dodo.

Cat and bird who are best friends
Irina Stepanova

"Although you will see cats being friendly to other species like house rabbits or parrots on Youtube, these are the exceptions," Haddon said. "Never take this for granted. Always supervise."

"Something the other animal does - a squeak or a sudden movement – could trigger the dormant hunting instinct and the feline friend could become the feline hunter," Haddon added. "Where animals are concerned it's better to be safe than sorry.

Owner with her cat and bird
Irina Stepanova

Their relationship may not be typical, but Bonifazii and Yasha have certainly shown that love knows no bounds.