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Setting Up Polly’s Cage

Our feathered friends are very charming and adorable pets. One thing that is absolutely crucial to Polly’s health and well-being is making sure that she is comfortable in her cage. Choosing the right size, shape, and style of cage is very important, but it’s also crucial to pick the right spot for it. Here, a Sugar Land, TX vet discusses setting up a birdcage.

Measure First, Then Shop

If you have limited space, you may want to choose a spot for Polly’s cage and measure the space before you go shopping. You’ll want to get the biggest birdcage you can, of course, but you also need to make sure it fits in its intended spot.

Corners Are Good

In the wild, birds must always be on the lookout for predators. Consider putting your cute little pet’s home in a corner. Many birds feel safest in corners, as they aren’t as exposed.

Keep It Quiet

Many birds do like to dance and sing to music, but that doesn’t mean Polly wants constant noise. Your feathered pal won’t be happy too close to a TV or stereo, and she definitely won’t like sitting near your teenager’s drum kit.

Air Quality

Birds have very sensitive lungs, so it’s important for you to protect your winged buddy from harmful fumes and vapors. Don’t put Polly near a kitchen: modern cookware often emits vapors that are toxic to birds.

Safety

If you have a cat, make sure that that your feline friend doesn’t have easy access to the cage. Even if Fluffy can’t actually reach your bird, she may paw at the cage, which would scare Polly.

Ventilation

As noted above, air quality is very important. However, you shouldn’t expose your feathered buddy to too much of a draft. Don’t put Polly’s cage too close to a fan, vent, or heating duct.

Isolation

Birds are very social, and can become unhappy and depressed if they are too isolated. Your winged friend should be in a spot where she can see, hear, and interact with you.

Homey

Consider setting some pet-safe plants near your bird’s cage. Wild birds spend a lot of time in trees, so this will mimic Polly’s natural environment, and make her feel at home.

Please call us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your bird’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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