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Tips on Buying a Birdcage

Have you recently decided to adopt a bird? If so, that’s wonderful! Polly is a wonderful pet, and she is sure to brighten up your household with her cute antics and charming vocalizations. One thing that is very important to your colorful pet’s health and well-being is making sure that she is comfortable in her cage. In this article, a Glendale, AZ vet offers tips on purchasing a birdcage.

Size

When it comes to birdcages, bigger is definitely better. We recommend getting the largest cage you can possibly afford. One thing that can help is to decide where Polly’s cage will be before you go shopping. Measure the space carefully, and then look for a cage that will fit into it.

Features

Birdcages come with a variety of bells and whistles. Go ahead and splurge on this one-time expense. Removable playtops let you keep Polly at your desk, while easy-access doors will make cleaning a snap.

Materials

Before buying a birdcage, check the label, and see what materials it is made of. Certain substances which are sometimes used in cages, such as lead and zinc, are actually toxic to birds. Stainless steel or powder-coated steel are generally good options. Ask your vet for more information.

Shape

Birdcages are definitely not one-size-fits-all. Different types of birds need different types of cages. Before you go shopping, do some research on your feathered friend, and find out what size and style of cage will fit her best. For instance, finches fly horizontally, and need more width than height, while parrots like to climb, and need lots of vertical space.

Perches

Many birdcages come with perches. However, we still recommend buying a variety of perches, as Polly needs perches of different sizes and textures. Rotate these out regularly to keep things fun and exciting for your feathered pal.

Accessories

In addition to the cage itself, Polly will need some accessories, such as dishes, toys, swings, and perhaps a birdbath. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Secondhand

We know, buying used goods is often cheaper than buying new. However, with birdcages, there is a chance that the cage’s former occupant was sick, which could mean the cage is contaminated. For this reason, it’s generally best to purchase new goods for pets.

Do you need to make an appointment for your bird? Please contact us, your Glendale, AZ veterinary clinic, anytime.

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