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Should You Get Your Child a Bird?

Has your little one been asking for a pet bird? While birds aren’t right for everyone, there are plenty of people who absolutely love them. That said, our feathered friends do need a lot of care, so you’ll want to think carefully before deciding to adopt one. A local Glendale, AZ vet lists a few things to consider in this article.

Timing

Children all mature differently, so there really isn’t any set ‘milestone’ age when they’re ready for a pet. However, we don’t recommend getting them for children that are younger than six or seven. Consider how mature your child is, and whether or not they accept responsibility. Gentleness and empathy for animals are also important. Keep in mind birds are extremely delicate, and can easily be injured. If your youngster is prone to playing rough, you may want to hold off a bit.

Birdproofing

Birds have some specific care requirements. You’ll need to do some birdproofing to keep your winged pal safe. Air quality is also very important. If there are smokers in your household, or if your home is often filled with fumes from paints or perfumes, it probably won’t be the best environment for a bird.

Choosing A Bird

If you’ve decided to go ahead, it’s time to pick out a bird. Our feathered friends vary greatly in size, personality, and care needs. Longevity is definitely something to keep in mind. Some birds can live to be 50 or even older! Choose something with a shorter life expectancy. Canaries and finches may be good choices for younger children. These pretty birds are typically a bit aloof, and will bond more closely to one another than to their owners. Therefore, they don’t need much hands-on care. If you want something with a bit more personality, parakeets and cockatiels both make fun, interactive pets. However, they will need more attention. Do plenty of research, and ask your vet for recommendations.

Backup Plan

It isn’t uncommon for children to beg for pets, only to lose interest in them. This is very sad, as it can result in the bird being neglected or rehomed. Make sure that you’re ready, willing, and able to take over Polly’s care if this happens.

Do you have questions about bird care? Contact us, your local Glendale, AZ vet clinic, today! We are dedicated to offering great veterinary care! 

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