Household Hazards for Birds

Have you decided to adopt a feathered pal? Birds are super cute and fun, and can make great pets. Our winged friends do have very different care requirements than other pets, however, so if you’re a first time bird owner, you’ll want to do some research before bringing Polly home. A Tipp City, OH vet lists some household hazards for birds in this article.


Ceiling fans are a major threat to our feathered friends. Always turn fans off before letting Polly out to play.


Windows can be very dangerous for Polly! Birds can easily fly into windows. Your feathered pal can also get entangled in drapes, blinds, or other window treatments. Mirrors are also dangerous.


Birds have very sensitive lungs. Many different types of fumes and vapors can make Polly very sick. Cigarette smoke, perfume, and the odors from household chemicals, paint, or glue are all very dangerous to your feathered pal. You also want to be sure to keep Polly out of the kitchen when cooking: many types of kitchenware emit fumes that are harmless to us, but toxic to birds. Scented candles and air fresheners can also endanger your winged buddy.


Even a full sink can be dangerous to a pet bird. Always keep toilet lids closed, cover any fish bowls, and don’t let Polly out to play if there are full pots of water on the stove.

Other Pets

Fido and Fluffy have many wonderful charms, but they also have innate predatory instincts, and may see your feathered buddy as prey. Even if your furry pals are sweet and well-behaved, it only takes one playful swipe of a paw to seriously hurt Polly. Keep your pets separated. Better safe than sorry!

Small Items

Birds are very curious, and will often try to eat or play with whatever they happen to come across. Buttons, pen caps, safety pins, and other small items all pose serious threats to your winged pal! Be sure to pick up any small objects before letting Polly out of her cage.


Candles and birds are definitely not a good match! Don’t burn candles around your bird. If you have a fireplace, use a secure grate to protect it when you have a fire lit.

Do you have questions about bird care? Call us! As your Tipp City, OH veterinary clinic, we are happy to help!

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