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Adopting a Rescued Bird

Are you considering adopting a bird? If so, this is a great time to do it. January is Adopt A Rescued Bird Month! Read on as a Folsom, CA vet offers tips on getting a pet bird.

Things To Consider

Adopting any pet is a very big decision. Make sure you are ready to commit to caring for your winged pal for the rest of her life. As with any other type of pet, there are pros and cons to having a bird. On the plus side, Polly is super cute, very personable, and lots of fun to watch. (That may be putting it mildly: birds can be absolutely hilarious at times.) However, birds aren’t exactly the quietest pets, and they can be, well, a bit sloppy. A bird that has a history of abuse or neglect may be a handful.

Finding Polly

There are several ways to find your new feathered friend. We suggest starting at your local shelter, and seeing what they have available. That said, it’s important to do some research before choosing your new pet. Different types of birds have different care needs. For instance, parrots love to climb, and need cages with vertical space, while finches need cages that let them fly horizontally. Volume and life expectancy are also things to consider.

Getting Ready

Before you bring your new feathered buddy home, you’ll need to do some birdproofing. Start by removing toxic plants, securing wires and cords, and putting chemicals, medicine, and small or sharp objects away. Next, choose pet-safe window coverings for windows and mirrors. Polly will need lots of time out of her cage, so get an area ready for her. You’ll also need to pick out a great cage, and fill it with fun toys, like bells and ladders. Ask your vet for more information.

Settling In

It may be tempting to handle and play with your pet right away, but it’s important to give Polly time to adjust. Don’t try to touch your bird at first. Give her at least a few days to settle in. To win her trust, try offering toys and treats, and just talking to her softly. It may take time and patience for your winged pal to come around, but it will be well worth the wait!

Do you have questions about bird care? Call us, your Folsom, CA vet clinic, today!

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