Buying the Right Birdcage

Are you welcoming a feathered buddy into your home soon? Congratulations! Polly can liven up any home with her pretty feathers, cute antics, and charming vocalizations. One of the most important things for you to do as a responsible bird owner is to make sure that your cute, colorful pet is happy and comfortable in her cage. Read on as a local Oshawa, ON vet offers tips on choosing a birdcage.

Breed Considerations

Different types of birds all have their own specific needs. Parrots, for instance, like to climb, so they need cages that are tall. Fiches, on the other hand, need more horizontal space, as they tend to fly crosswise. Be sure to do your research!

Safety

Before buying a cage, make sure that it doesn’t have any sharp pieces or edges that could potentially hurt your pet. You’ll also want to find out what the cage is made of. Some cages are made of or coated with materials that may not be safe for your feathered friend. It’s also important to make sure that your pet’s home closes and latches securely, and that the bars aren’t spaced too far apart. You don’t want to risk Polly getting stuck!

Size

Birdcages can be pricey, but they are also typically a one-time, upfront expense. This is definitely something you want to splurge on. Get the biggest cage you have room for. It may help for you to first pick and measure the spot for your winged friend’s cage, so you know how much room you have to work with.

Accessories

Today’s birdcages offer a variety of different bells and whistles. Some of these extras may seem frivolous at first glance, but are actually very useful. Things like cleaning doors, sliding trays, and removable play tops are often well worth the extra cost!

Perches and Toys

Make Polly’s home fun and exciting for her by offering lots of perches and toys. Although many birdcages come with perches, our winged buddies need a variety of perches. You’ll need to get several perches, of different sizes, strengths, and materials. Be sure to choose the appropriate sizes for your feathered pal’s breed. It’s also important to get your bird some fun toys. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Oshawa, ON animal clinic, with any questions about bird care. We are happy to help!