Now that the holiday season has officially kicked off, it is time to start planning for a stress-free holiday season!
While holidays are always fun and exciting, pet parents need to be on guard and keep a close eye on their pets. Holidays bring with them potential stress an dangers for birds and other household pets.
So, it’s best to always be two steps ahead and prepare for all possibilities.
In this blog post, we wanted to go over five tips to prepare your bird for the holidays. We’ll also go over a few safety tips.
Here are some tips that’ll help you prepare your feathered friend for the holidays.
Exercise is an integral part of your bird’s daily routine. Exercise stops your feathered friend from becoming overweight, but just as important, it helps reduce boredom (and the behaviors that come with it).
Your bird will feel content, happy, and well cared for if you ensure it gets plenty of exercise.
You can make exercise fun by using toys and playing games with your parrot! But, the best way is to get a play stand and keep your bird near the family. Your family members can also join in!
If you’re planning on visiting family over the holidays, make arrangements well in advance. You’ll first have to figure out whether or not your bird will be joining you on the trip.
Most years, you’ll probably have a lot of people over at your home during the holidays. Some birds find a lot of action to be stressful. If that's the case with your feathered friend, needs to get some quiet time off in a comfortable and safe space.
Try to create a human-free safe space that your bird can retreat to and make sure no one bothers it. Make sure you put things your bird likes in it--like its favorite toys.
This will help your bird stay calm and stress-free while you’re entertaining your guests.
Sleep is as important for your bird as it is for you. Holidays can be stressful for your feathered friend, too! It may not be easy for your bird to fall (or stay) asleep with all the people around.
The safe, quiet, and dark spacewill help your bird get the rest it needs!
Try to make sure everyone respects your bird’s boundaries when it is in the safe space and doesn’t disturb it. Keep little kids away if they stress your bird out or disturb its sleep.
Stress can lead to destructive behaviors like plucking and aren’t good for your bird’s overall health and well-being. You can try supplements such as the UnruffledRx Calming Bird Herbs Salad or Loose Organic Chamomile Flowers to help keep your bird calm.
While we’re on the topic, let’s go over some holiday safety tips as well:
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