The top priority of the pet owner should be ensuring that your pet is healthy. This is no different having a cat, dog or bird. We want to make sure the birds that are part of our families are healthy not only for themselves but also for the members of your family. Birds do have the ability to spread certain illnesses to humans so maintaining a healthy pet is not only good for the bird but good for the family.
Birds in general are clean animals. However, a bird that is confined to a cage does not have the luxury of a rain shower, dust baths and a seemingly limitless bathroom. There are many steps that you can follow to be sure that your bird is clean and healthy. To begin with, choose a good location to put the bird cage. The bird cage should not be in direct sunlight but should be a location where the changing of day and night can be seen. Place the bird cage in an area that does not get too warm or too cold and is definitely not drafty. Your birds comfort level is essential to its physical as well as mental health.
Keeping the cage clean is a must. Your bird cage should have a liner that allows you to easily clean the bottom of the cage. Liners also help avoid rust and other damage that can occur to your cage due to excessive contact with acidic moisture, like urine. A liner can catch all the debris that falls to the bottom and is easily removed for regular cleaning.
Cleaning the cage regularly is extremely important. Pet birds are going to make a mess. They tend to throw and scatter food, water and whatever else they can get their beaks on. Cleaning on a regular basis will prevent the buildup of odor causing waste. A clean cage means less smell along with a more enjoyable experience for the family.
If you discover you have a very messy bird, your cage may require an additional layer of protection like a cage net or hanging something beneath the cage to trap anything that falls.
Regardless of the actions you take to keep the bird cage clean, some things are going to make it to the floor from time to time. For this reason, the cage should be located in a spot where the floor is easily cleaned. Tile, concrete or hard wood floors are preferable. Carpet would not be a good alternative for this area.
One of the keys, and it’s a major one to keeping your bird healthy and happy, is keeping a clean cage. This is done by emptying the bottom of the cage regularly and cleaning anything that may happen to get outside the cage. Not only your bird but your family will remain safe, happy and healthy as well.