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Choosing Bird Perches

Perches are very important to a pet bird’s health and well-being. They provide your winged pet with socialization areas, exercise, and sleeping spots, and also help keep your feathered friend’s legs and feet in good condition. A local NW Las Vegas, NV vet offers suggestions on choosing the right perch for your bird in this article.

Variety

In order for Polly to get the most out of her perches, she’ll need a few different ones. Give your pet perches of different materials and diameters, and place them at different heights. Make sure they are securely fastened to the cage, and are not too slippery.

Rope

Rope perches can be great fun for Polly. They’re also excellent for keeping her foot and leg muscles in good shape. Keep a close eye on your rope perches, though: if they get too frayed, your feathered pal could swallow string pieces of get her toe caught. Replace rope perches when they start looking worn.

Wood

Wood perches are great because they are the closest thing to trees, which are birds’ natural perches. Not all woods are safe or suitable for birds, so be sure to choose a non-toxic wood, such as ash or elm. Avoid perches that have residue on them, and be sure they have been properly cleaned and disinfected before you give them to your feathered buddy. Avoid sandpaper perches, as these can be too harsh for Polly’s feet.

Mineral

Your winged pal should have at least one mineral perch. These are also called concrete perches or cement perches. The rough texture of these perches can help keep Polly’s nails in shape. Your bird may also use it as a grooming tool for her beak.

Options

Did you know that you can get heated perches? These can be great for regulating your pet’s temperature and keeping her comfy on chilly nights. If your feathered buddy enjoys playing in water, she may like a shower perch, which, as the name suggests, sprays water. Edible perches can also be fun for Polly.

Size

Getting the right size perch is very important. Your winged pal will need a few different sizes, but be sure you aren’t picking perches that are too large or too small. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Do you have any questions about caring for your pet bird? Please contact us, your local NW Las Vegas, NV veterinary clinic, any time!

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