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Have you been considering adopting a pet bird? Good for you! Birds have very specific care needs, so if you have never had one of these charming, colorful creatures before, you’ll want to do a bit of research before you proceed. A vet discusses bird adoption below.
We love birds! However, they aren’t necessarily the right match for every household. If you have other pets, you’ll need to consider them. Birds can live with dogs and cats, but you’ll need to keep them separated. Air quality is another thing to think about. Our winged friends have very sensitive lungs, and can get quite sick from breathing vapors, even those that are safe for us. If your housemates smoke indoors, or do a lot of crafts that involve chemicals, such as paint, you’ll need to be extra careful.
Different types of birds have very different needs and personality traits. A parrot may be quite loud and playful, and may enjoy belting out songs and dancing, and will need lots of toys and playtime, as well as a big cage. Finches, on the other hand, are small and quiet. Choose a bird that will fit into your household.
Longevity is also something to look into. Some of our feathered buddies can live over 50 years! That’s a much longer commitment than adopting a dog or cat would entail. Birds also get very attached to their owners, and can be traumatized by being rehomed multiple times. Adoption is forever!
Polly will spend a lot of time in her cage, but she’ll need lots of free time. Your pet will get very restless and unhappy if she’s stuck in her cage all the time! Like any other pet, birds need lots of love and attention, as well as toys and playtime. Birds are very curious and playful, and can easily get injured. You’ll need to make sure your home is safe for your colorful little buddy. Birdproofing is a must!
Once you’ve done your research and thought things over, the next step is adopting your winged buddy. Have everything ready for Polly before you bring her home. Be sure to give her time to settle in. A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order. Aside from that, just enjoy getting to know your new pet. We suspect it won’t take your feathered pal long to melt your heart!
Do you have questions about bird care? Contact us!