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Adopting A Bird

February 16, 2022

Are you thinking about adopting a pet bird? That’s great news! Birds have very specific care needs, so you’ll want to do some research before you proceed if you have never had one before. A vet talks about bird adoption below.


Compatibility

We are crazy about birds! However, they aren’t always the right match for every family. Other pets are one thing to consider. Polly can cohabitate with dogs and cats as long as you keep them separated. Air quality is another issue to consider. Our feathered friends have very sensitive lungs, and can get quite sick from breathing vapors and fumes. So if your housemates smoke in the house, or do lots of chemical-based crafts, you’ll need to be extra careful.


Breeds

Different birds have very different personality traits and needs. For example, a finch is very tiny and quiet, and may be quite timid. A parrot, on the other hand, will likely enjoy belting out songs and dancing, and will need lots of playtime and toys, along with a big cage. So make sure you pick a bird that will fit into your household.


Lifespan

Longevity is something else to consider. Some birds have a 50-year lifespan! That’s a much longer commitment than adopting a cat or dog entails. Polly also forms strong attachments with her owners, and can be traumatized if she’s rehomed multiple times. Adoption is forever!


Care Needs

Polly will spend a lot of time in her cage, but if she’s stuck in it all the time, she’ll get very unhappy and restless. Like any other pet, birds need lots of love and attention, as well as playtime and toys. This means you’ll want to give your little buddy time out of her cage every day. Birds are very fragile and small—as well as playful and curious—so you’ll need to create a safe home environment for your colorful little buddy. Birdproofing is a must!


Getting Settled

After thinking things over and doing your research, the next step is adopting your winged buddy. Make sure to choose your bird before you go shopping, since you’ll need to have Polly’s cage ready for her. A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order. Aside from that,all that’s left is to enjoy getting to know your new pet. We suspect it won’t take your feathered friend long to melt your heart!


Do you have questions about bird care? Contact us!


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