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Home Safety For Pet Birds

Tips to prepare your home and pet bird for summer visitors.

By Chris Davis

1) Be vigilant! Open windows and doors can lead to the unexpected loss of your bird. Sometimes, it can allow neighborhood pets to enter the home and injure a pet bird. This can happen unbelievably fast, and it can negatively impact your life, and that of your pet bird, forever.

2) If your pet bird regularly perches atop open inside doors or cupboard doors, visitors may unthinkingly close them and injure, trap or kill your pet parrot. 

3) Uncovered toilets and water left standing in sinks or dog dishes are not the only water-related dangers to your petbird. Drinking glasses, partially filled with liquid — even melted ice — and left standing out, may become deathtraps for smaller, curious pet birds that can fall in headfirst and drown.

4) Pet birds that enjoy walking on the floor (like cockatiels and cockatoos), the furniture or hiding behind sofa cushions could be crushed by an unwary visitor.

5) During the month of July, it means not only visitors, but fireworks, too. Their scary sound can be drowned out with peaceful or cheerful music, or a television program or video turned a bit louder than usual. Closing curtains can block the sight of neighborhood fireworks from your pet bird. Do this before the fireworks start and periodically reassure your parrot, in a happy voice, that everything’s OK.

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