As a pet owner, you want to have a home that represents a safe and healthy haven for your beloved pet. However, one of the most important things that you need to remember is that it is impossible to create a 100 percent safe and risk-free environment for them. Every scenario carries with it certain risks and dangers. How you deal with these risks and manage them will depend on how well you know your individual bird and their nature. Keep in mind that knowledge is key, so arm yourself with the proper information on how you can minimize the dangers in your home.
Safe Cleaners and Disinfectants to Use around Birds
All aerosol sprays are dangerous to birds, and the propellants used are toxic. Spray room fresheners are particularly toxic because the scents in it can have fatal results on your parrot’s delicate respiratory system. Carbon monoxide leaks in a home can be fatal to birds at much lower levels than for humans so make sure that you own a carbon monoxide detectors. Some of the cleaners that are safe to use around birds are grapefruit seed extract or grapefruit essential oil mixed with water, organic apple cider vinegar mixed with water, chlorhexidine solution in water, and detergent-free soap in water.
Heat sources present potential risks to your birds. Pots and pans that are left simmering on your stove and dangerously hot food can attract and injure a bird. Wood stoves, fireplaces and space heaters can also be risky to use around birds. Make sure that your bird is in another room when you are cooking. Furthermore, make sure that your birds’ access to open heat sources is limited. Always keep your bird in a well-ventilated room to prevent dangerous fumes from damaging your pet’s respiratory system.
Your Bird’s Cage
Make sure that you only purchase a cage from a brand that you trust. While buying an off-brand cage can save you money, it also presents potential risks to your bird since they are often made of flimsy and dangerous materials.