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To-Do Checklist for New Bird Owners

Are you adopting a bird? If so, that’s wonderful! Birds make very adorable and lovable pets. However, our feathered friends are quite fragile, and often more than a little mischievous. You’ll need to do a good deal of pet parenting to keep your new pal safe. In this article, a Cameron Park, CA vet lists some things that are very important for new bird owners to do.

Research

Polly’s exact care requirements will depend very much on her species. For instance, finches and parrots have quite different needs: finches need sunlight, and do best with buddies. They also need cages that are more horizontal than vertical. A parrot, on the other hand, needs lots of toys and stimulation, and will prefer a cage with vertical room. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Buy The Right Cage

This is one thing we really advise splurging on: your bird will be much happier with a big, roomy cage, and you’ll find it easier to care for her if your cage allows easy access for cleaning and feeding. You’ll need to keep Polly’s cage clean, and make sure she always has suitable perches, plenty of fun toys, and, of course, fresh food and water.

Consult Your Vet

Just like any other pet, birds need regular veterinary care. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. You’ll also want to get some specific advice on Polly’s care needs, and information on common signs of illness.

Pick The Right Spot

Make sure Polly’s cage is in a good spot. Many birds feel safest in corners. Your feathered buddy will be happiest if she can see, hear, and interact with you, but isn’t right in the middle of things. Avoid putting your birdcage in direct sunlight; loud spots, such as near TV or stereos; or anywhere she could be exposed to cooking fumes, cigarette smoke, or other harmful vapors.

Birdproof

You’ll need to do some birdproofing to make your home safe for Polly. Remove toxic plants, medicines, and chemicals; turn off fans; close toilets and washing machines; and put away anything small, sharp, or toxic. Other potential dangers include windows and window treatments, wires and cords, plastic bags, mirrors, candles, and other pets. Ask your vet for more information.

Is your bird due for veterinary care? We are here to help! Contact us, your Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, today!

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