What to Know About Owning a Bird
A bird as a pet seems simple enough, but it’s a lot of work! There is so much more to owning a bird than sticking a bird in a cage and feeding it. Find out the dos and don’ts to owning a bird before taking on the task. Birds are high maintenance pets. They are wild creatures that need to be exercised and socialized. These are just a few things you should know about owning a bird. Different species of birds need different amounts and types of care. If you plan on owning a bird as a pet, do your research. Preparing for the various needs of your pet ensures that they get the proper treatment and care they deserve.
What You Should Know……
- Birds are early risers, if you like to sleep in, a bird may not be for you.
- Birds are messy, especially when it comes to eating-make sure your vacuum cleaner is up to the challenge.
- Birds bite – all of them, to keep their beaks in shape, not to be mean!
- Certain houseplants need to go – many houseplants are toxic to birds, for example: Lillies, Ivy and Philodendron are all toxic. Get rid of Teflon, and other nonstick cookware – these items give off toxic, odorless fumes that can kill a bird within minutes.
- Quit smoking-birds are extremely susceptive to the toxicity of tobacco products, even lingering on clothing and skin.
- No more scented candles air fresheners or scented oils – a bird’s sensitive respiratory system cannot handle chemicals and fumes.
- Don’t wear shiny clothing or jewelry-birds are attracted to shiny objects and they will take them
Animal Medical Center of Appleton can help you with any other questions you may have about owning a bird. We serve pets in Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Grand Chute, and the surrounding areas. Call 920-749-1717 or visit us at the Animal Medical Center of Appleton.