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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question Birds bad for health???

My friend says birds are bad pets because their poop has spores in it that get in the anit, they never shut up, the cage smells,even if they are friendly they will still cut you up, the spores could cause respiratory problems in other pets and small children. budgies will have seizures if you turn on the lights?

True or false????
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 02:10 PM
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cages smell if there not cleaned, Iv had birds before and never had any respiartory issues with my kid or my other pets, and no they dont get siezures if you turn on the lights....

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Have you asked your friend where he/she is getting this information?


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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Shes owned birds and thinks she knows everything about all animals. That's why I asked you guys on here. She tried to tell me I should get my rabbit neutered because it inhumane.
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In order for any serious detrimental health problems to come from keeping birds, you'd have to basically never clean them... but some people with respiratory problems can be sensitive to dander and dust. Same as someone can be sensitive to cats or dogs... or rabbits... or pretty much any animal in the household. Clean, clean, clean. If they are cared for properly, they should have no appreciable smell. Wild bird droppings can be a source of disease though.

Most birds are noisy. Not much way around that. Making noise is all part of being a bird. Generally means they don't make particularly good apartment pets. Of course, some are much louder than others. Finches make little meeping noises, and doves coo, while macaws can deafen you with screeching... but no bird is going to be silent, nor even quiet when you want them to be.

Biting is all about training... but you have to understand that birds stand on their feet, and fly with their wings. Their beak is how they experience the world. So it is completely normal to have a certain amount of attempting to 'taste' things. Keeping nails trimmed will help with scratching, but all birds have grasping claws. The larger the bird, the more damage they can do, obviously.

As for budgies having seizures... never had it happen in years of keeping them. If you're going out of your way to scare them, maybe... or there was some other underlying health problem, but certainly not just because you flicked on a light.

There are many benefits to having your rabbit neutered. And you should probably give it some serious consideration, but simply saying "inhumane" is a matter of opinion and doesn't really offer any factual information with which to base your decision on.

Sounds to me like you should be looking for pet advice from another friend.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Funny thing is I didn't ask her for advice. I was looking at types of birds online so I could determine what bird would be a good family pet(family being mom dad me and my boyfriend), she just started ranting lol. I just wanted to know what was fact. Thank you
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Shes owned birds and thinks she knows everything about all animals. That's why I asked you guys on here. She tried to tell me I should get my rabbit neutered because it inhumane.
meant to say shouldn't lol
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I think we've all heard the expression: "They breed like rabbits!" There's a reason for that . Unless you are prepared to handle lots of bunnies, the neutering may be a necessary consideration.


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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Binoo is already neutered, she said it was cruel that I got him neutered. lol.
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