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Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

Did you know that January is Adopt A Rescued Bird Month? Our feathered friends can make very charming and lovable pets, but they often fall under the radar when it comes to supporting animal welfare. If you’re thinking about getting a pet bird, please consider giving a rescued one a good home. A local North Phoenix, AZ vet discusses adopting rescued birds below.

Choosing The Right Bird

Birds have some very specific care needs, so be sure to do plenty of research before adopting one. Different kind of birds behave very differently, so you’ll want to research the specific kind of bird you’re considering adopting. Macaws, for instance, are absolutely adorable, and very playful. They’re also quite loud! Finches, on the other hand, are very tiny and fairly quiet, but they tend to interact with each other more than with their owners. Choosing a bird that fits with your household is very important. In addition to behavioral traits, you also want to research your potential pet’s expected lifespan. Some birds can live up to 50 years! Make sure you can care for Polly for her entire life.

Basic Bird Care

Although, as mentioned above, every type of bird has slightly different needs, the basic facets of good bird care are the same across the board. Polly will need a clean, comfortable cage. Choosing the right location for your pet’s palace is also important. Your winged buddy will need good food, fresh water, and lots of fun toys and perches. Birds need time out of their cages every day, as otherwise they can become depressed and unhappy. You’ll need to do some birdproofing before you let your cute little friend out to play. This entails removing or securing any potentially dangerous items, like plastic bags or candles. Your colorful pet will also need regular veterinary care. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Letting Your Bird Settle In

Have you decided to adopt a rescued bird? That’s wonderful! Be sure to give Polly lots of time to settle in and get used to you. Spend time with your feathered pal while she’s in her cage: just sit nearby, and read or watch TV. Also, avoid grabbing your bird: this may just scare her. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have questions about your pet bird’s care? Call us, your North Phoenix, AZ animal clinic, anytime!

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