Entertaining Your Bird

Do you have a pet bird? Polly is a very cute and charming little pet! Birds aren’t necessarily hard to care for, but they have different needs than dogs and cats. One thing that is very important is keeping your feathered buddy entertained. Your bird will spend a lot of time in her cage, so it’s important to make sure she doesn’t get bored. Read on as a Folsom, CA vet offers tips on entertaining your bird.

Keep Polly’s Toy Box Full

Making sure your bird has suitable toys is very important! Rotate your pet’s toys out every week, so she doesn’t get bored with them. Store-bought toys are fine, but you can also make some great homemade bird toys out of ordinary household items. Poker chips, playing cards, popsicle sticks, cardboard egg cartons, plastic shower curtain rings, and even phone books can all make terrific playthings. Just be sure to only offer your winged pal safe, suitable toys. Never give Polly anything with small parts, sharp edges, or dangling threads. Avoid items coated in paint, stain, or dye as well.


Birds will get restless and unhappy if they don’t get enough time out of their cages. Polly needs at least a few hours of ‘recess’ every day. Be sure to do some birdproofing before you let your cute pet out to play!

Bonding Time

Spend some quality time with your bird every day. Handling your feathered friend regularly will help her feel comfortable, and keep her properly socialized.


Many birds enjoy listening to music. Parrots are particularly responsive to sounds. Polly is super cute when she is singing or dancing!


Polly will get lonely and depressed if she is left in a back room by herself. Most birds are happiest in a corner, where they can see, hear, and interact with their humans, without feeling too exposed. Just avoid putting your colorful pet in direct sunlight, or near fans, heating ducts, or air conditioners. You also want to avoid putting your bird near the kitchen, as cooking fumes are dangerous to birds.


Polly may enjoy having a playmate. However, this is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Some birds are much happier with buddies, while others should live alone. Ask your vet for advice.

As your Folsom, CA pet clinic, we are happy to provide excellent veterinary care for birds. Please contact us anytime!

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