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Bathing When Vacuum Is On

Pet birds often bathe when an owner is vacuuming.


When the vacuum cleaner is turned on, many parrots are abruptly inspired to dive into their water bowls to take a bath.


Frankly, we have no idea. Years ago, parrot behavior consultant Sally Blanchard theorized that the sound of a vacuum might instinctually remind parrots of waterfalls. That is as good a theory as any.


Make certain you wait until after vacuuming to put clean papers in a parrot’s cage!

Disclaimer:’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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When I turn on the Vacuum, or just get it out of the closet, my scarlet macaw, raises his wings real big, trying to be bigger than the funny
Trish, new smyrna beach, FL
Posted: 1/22/2014 3:15:29 PM
I always have to make sure my bird has her bathtub in her cage before I vacuum or she uses her water bowl.
Elaine, Darien, IL
Posted: 8/23/2010 10:50:07 AM
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