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Sometimes you see something that immediately makes you cringe before you even click play. Case in point: this video of Kyara, an adorable umbrella cockatoo, slurping away at Starbucks coffee.
While the video stated that the owner checked with her veterinarian to make sure it was OK for her cockatoo to indulge in a caffeine addiction, that does make me wonder why. Caffeine is one of those no-no foods for pet birds. According to the article, Bad Foods For Parrots, "Caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and cola can cause an increase in heart rate in pet birds and make them hyperactive. If enough of a caffeinated beverage is consumed, a bird could have seizures and die.”
Considering how lightweight and so much smaller pet birds are compared to us, it’s hard to determine portion sizes for them. I’ve heard people say use the size of your bird’s eyeball to figure out your bird’s portion size. In that case, portions can be pretty small.
Which brings me to my first point: what’s worse? Giving caffeine to parrots (definitely a no), or to a cockatoo? We all know how cockatoos can be. (Cockatoo owners, you know what I'm talking about.) They really don’t need caffeine thrown into the mix.
Why is it always cockatoos always dabbling into the bad foods anyway?
One of the memes that needs a huge disclaimer to it.
What do you think? Do you give your birds caffeine? What has your veterinarian said? Let me know in the comments.
*The cockatoo in chocolate thing is fake. It's from a movie (see below), but you know it could happen.
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