Have you decided to adopt a bird? Good for you! While Polly may not be as popular as dogs or cats, she certainly is a very charming and lovable pet. (Birds can also be absolutely hilarious, but that’s another topic.) One thing that is very important is making sure that your feathered pal is happy in her cage. Choosing the right spot is a big part of that! A Dahlonega, GA vet offers some tips on this below.
Birds are very small, and they can easily feel threatened. Polly often feels safest in corners. That way, she can only be approached from one side. A corner of a family room or living room is a great choice.
Don’t put your pet in a loud area, such as near speakers or television sets. (Of course, some birds are themselves quite noisy, but that’s another topic.)
Light is another thing to consider. Some birds, such as finches, need exposure to direct sunlight. However, they shouldn’t be in a spot that is too bright, as they could overheat. Ask your vet for advice on this.
As you may know, birds have very sensitive lungs. Polly can get sick from breathing fumes that are barely noticeable to us. Don’t put your pet’s cage near the kitchen. Many types of modern cookware emits fumes that are toxic to birds. Plus, if you ever burn your dinner, your pet will be exposed to the smoke. (Note: it’s probably worth your while to get a good air purifier.)
We know, it’s cute seeing pictures of birds hanging out with dogs and cats, but this is actually quite risky. Even the sweetest dog or cat can seriously injure a bird with just one swipe of her claw. Keep your canine, feline, and feathered friends separated.
Birds get very fond of their humans. Polly won’t be happy if she’s stuck by herself in a back room all the time. In fact, your winged pal will get sad and lonely if she’s left alone too often. Make sure that the birdcage is in a spot where your little friend can see and hear you … and perhaps imitate the ringtone on your phone.
Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Dahlonega, GA veterinary clinic, we are always here to help!