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Thank you hanee for the great feedback. I also have budgies that he has contact with outside the cage daily for periods of time. Do you think he still needs a cockatiel?I used to have budgies and cat and dog kept together when I was a child. The cat did not care much about the budgies, but we have never left them together alone. However now as an adult I would not do that, as predators kept together with spoil animals is never a good idea. Although I can understand your decision and if you do some additional precautious actions there will be no problem with it.
You can tame your cat (and dog) that the tiel is also part of the family, and they will accept.
However you need to be sure they are never ever left alone together, and that when the tiel is out, the dog and the cat is in a different room and you clean regularly after the furry friends.
Even if they do not hurt the bird, the bacterias in their mouths can be seriously dangerous to the bird (especially the dog's), so it is also adviceable that they do not go sniffing around the cage (I can imagine the dog licking the cage as an example).
And very importantly I wanted to suggest to get a pair to your tiel. The cockatiels are very social animals, they need another cockatiel mate. It can be male or female does not matter.
I do keep the birds separate from the area that my cat is in when I leave the house.