6 Things to Consider Before Buying a Bird

Are you considering adopting a bird? Polly makes a very charming and wonderful pet, but she may not be the best match for every household. Adopting an animal is a lifelong commitment, so it’s important for you to do plenty of research before making a final decision. Read on as a local Tipp City, OH vet lists some things to consider before adopting a bird.

Noise

One of the first things to think about is the amount of noise your pet will make. While some birds are fairly quiet, others are extremely loud. Do plenty of research into Polly’s breed before making a decision.

Longevity

Some of our feathered pals have very long lifespans. In fact, some birds can live up to 50 years, or even longer. Birds also tend to get extremely attached to their human pals, and can be quite traumatized by changes in ownership. Make sure that you are ready to commit to caring for Polly for her entire life.

Veterinary Care

Just like any other pet, Polly will need regular veterinary care in order to stay happy and healthy. Make sure you understand your winged pal’s veterinary care needs, as well as the associated costs. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Day-To-Day Care

Living in a cage can get quite boring. Polly will need at least a few hours a day out of her cage. You’ll need to do some birdproofing to keep her safe when she is out and about. You’ll also need to monitor her while she is out of her cage, and remove the waste from her cage daily.

Air Quality

Birds have extremely sensitive lungs. Fumes that are barely noticeable to us could make your charming pet very sick. You’ll need to take care not to expose Polly to dangerous fumes, such as those from cooking, cleaning, scented candles, cigarette smoke, and/or aerosols. Ask your vet for more information.

Mess

Unlike dogs and cats, birds really can’t be potty-trained. Sooner or later, your colorful little buddy will make a mess while she is out of her cage. It’s also worth mentioning that Polly is, well, a bit of a sloppy eater. Make sure you can handle picking up after your cute pet.

Please contact us, your Tipp City, OH animal clinic, with any questions about your bird’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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