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Setting Up Your Birdcage

Have you recently become a bird owner? Congratulations! Our feathered pals are both lovable and charming, and make truly wonderful pets. Since Polly will spend the majority of her time in her cage, you want to make sure it is comfortable, safe, and fun for her. Read on as a Northwest Denver area, CO vet offers tips on setting up your winged buddy’s cage.

Size

A good cage is crucial to your pet’s health and well-being, so you’ll want to get the biggest cage that you can. This is definitely something to splurge on! Pay close attention to the material your birdcage is made of: lesser-quality cages may contain substances that aren’t safe for Polly. Different types of birds need different sorts of cages, so you’ll want to do some research before you go shopping. For instance, finches fly vertically, so they need cages that are more wide than tall. Parrots, on the other hand, love to climb, and need lots of vertical space. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Location

Choosing the right spot for your birdcage is very important. Birds have very sensitive lungs, so don’t put Polly in a spot where she could be exposed to harmful vapors. Some of the things that could hurt your colorful pet include cigarette smoke; perfume; kitchen fumes; the vapors from arts and crafts, such as paint, glue, or turpentine; and even candle smoke. Also, avoid putting your pet near a fan or duct, or in direct sunlight. Polly will be happiest in a quiet corner, where she can observe her human buddies, but isn’t in the center of everything.

Accessories

Your feathered buddy will need some accessories. Perches are very important, as birds use them for sleeping, socializing, play, and grooming. Most birds need several perches, all of various sizes and shapes. Polly will also need dishes, lots of fun toys, and perhaps a birdbath. Don’t forget to add a cage liner, such as paper! Change your bird’s belongings out regularly to help keep things fun and interesting for her. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Landscaping

Since trees are Polly’s natural habitat, consider putting some pet-safe plants near her cage. This little touch can really help your winged buddy feel more at home!

Please contact us, your local Northwest Denver area, CO animal hospital, if we can ever be of assistance. We are here to help!

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