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Common Household Dangers For Pet Parrots

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Common Household Dangers For Pet Parrots

One of the first steps in preparing your home for a pet parrot is to perform a thorough analysis, looking for any items which pose a threat to these delicate birds. Parrots have weak livers and aren't able to process chemicals and toxins effectively. While small amounts of toxins will pass right through our bodies, they can be life-threatening for parrots. Whether you own a small parakeet or a large African Grey, you need to be aware of the following household dangers.

Watch The Drafts!

After you bring your pet parrot home for the first time, you should think carefully about where you want to put your parrot's cage. Don’t just assume that every area in the house is the same, because it’s not. Placing their cage directly above or near an air vent can result in uncomfortable living quarters for your tiny avian friend. Whether it’s heat or air condition, the fluctuating temperatures is sure to take a toll on your parrot’s physical and mental well-being.

Alternatively, you should also keep their cage out of the kitchen where the oven and stove can change the surrounding temperature. The best location for a parrot and their cage is in a semi-open environment with windows around and a hardwood, laminate or vinyl tile flooring underneath.

Teflon-Coated Cookware

One of the most serious household threats for pet parrots is Teflon-coated cookware. When pots or pans featuring this non-stick lining are heated, well over a dozen different toxic gases are released. Even if your pet parrot is safely tucked away in a room on the other end of the house, these gases released from Teflon cookware can easily travel to their location. And once your parrot inhales some of these toxins, it will begin to wreak havoc on their health. There have been numerous fatal cases involving pet parrots and Teflon cookware, so remove any of this cookware from your kitchen.

Scented Candles

Another big 'no-no' for parrot owners are scented candles. Owners need to realize that scented candles contain numerous harsh chemicals which are used to create their pleasing fragrant aromas. Depending on what chemicals it contains exactly, some scented candles might be perfectly acceptable around a pet parrot. Others, however, may cause life-threatening illness and complications. The bottom line is that owners should avoid all scented candles around their pet parrots just to be on the safe side.

Fumes

Most owners underestimate the impact that fumes have on their birds. Things like paint thinner, pesticides and even some of the scented candles on the market can be deadly for a nearby parrot. When in doubt, avoid any product that may potentially leave harmful fumes in the air. Parrots are too small and aren’t capable of processing the chemicals in these fumes.

Cleaning Chemicals

Of course, cleaning chemicals also pose a risk for pet parrots. Things like household bleach, bleach-based cleaning agents, drain cleaner, toilet cleaner, floor cleaner, etc. Parrots are extremely sensitive most chemicals; therefore, it’s best to avoid using them when cleaning their cages. If their cage is dirty and you need to clean it out, use a simple solution of warm water and mild dish soap.

If you plan on raising a pet parrot inside your home, you'll need to use all-natural cleaning agents to create a safe environment for your feathered friend. One of my personal favorite homemade cleaners is diluted white vinegar. Simply fill a spray bottle with half white vinegar and half water and spray it on any surfaces that need cleaning. Don't worry about the bad odor of vinegar, as it goes away once the solution dries. Just remember to avoid spraying harsh cleaning products on your parrot’s cage or anywhere around it, as small particles can travel through the air into your parrot’s direction.

There's nothing that compares to the unconditional love and companionship offered by a pet parrot. When you get home from a long day at work, they’ll likely be the first ones to greet you. Like all animals, though, you’ll need to use caution around their cage and living environment to ensure it’s safe and free of any potential hazards.

These are just a few of the many safety precautions you’ll have to be aware of when owning a pet parrot. Remember, parrots are curious animals and they will frequently get into anything and everything around them. If you have to leave the house, be sure to close your parrot up in the cage for their own safety.

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