One of the basic responsibilities of pet bird ownership is to provide your bird with adequate living space. With so many different models, colors and sizes of bird cages on the market today, it is easy to become a bit overwhelmed when shopping for that “perfect” home for your pet bird. Even though it may seem there are endless products available to choose from, following a few simple guidelines will make the choosing process a lot less stressful for the pet owner.
The first important step in choosing the right cage for your pet bird is to decide where your bird’s cage will be located and shop for the one that will work well with the area you have chosen. This area should be located away from windows and other drafts, yet should be in an active part of the home so as to encourage your bird’s social development.
The next step is to consider the size of your pet bird. While a small cage would be perfectly fine for a Canary or Finch, larger birds require more space and therefore would need a larger cage. It is always best to give your pet the most living space possible. Housing a bird in a cage that is too small can lead to undesireable behaviors such as biting, screaming, feather plucking and psychological disorders, to name a few.
Your bird should have sufficient space for walking around comfortably and to fully extend and flap his/her wings. Also, be sure to take into consideration the amount of space that will be needed for food bowls, toys and perches. Your veterinarian would be happy to advise you in recommending the appropriate cage size for your particular bird species.
Bar spacing is another important factor to consider when choosing a cage for your pet bird. Smaller birds, such as, lovebirds and parakeets require cages with bars spaced no more than 1/2-inch apart to prevent them from squeezing through the bars or becoming stuck between the bars. For larger birds, look for bars that are placed horizontially rather than vertically to give your pet a means of climbing and exercise.
The style of your bird’s cage is also an important aspect to consider. According to some veterinarians, round cages have been found to be bad for your pet’s psychological health, so angled cages are the preferred choice. These cages come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accomodate any pet bird species.
Take the time to inspect the overall quality of the bird cage you are considering before you purchase it. Does the cage appear to be solid and sturdy? Does it have any sharp edges or loose parts? The best choice would be a cage made of stainless steel which is non-toxic, easy to clean and will not chip. The primary purpose of your bird’s cage is to protect your bird. Be sure your pet’s home does not pose a threat of any kind to his/her health and well-being.
A well designed bird cage will give your pet many years of use and enjoyment. Your bird will spend a great deal of time in his/her cage, so decorate it with colorful perches, toys and accessories that will provide your bird with enjoyable entertainment.
With careful planning and decision making, you will be able to choose a cage for your bird that will provide him/her a safe, sturdy, entertaining and secure living space!