Real Christmas trees
Artificial Christmas trees
Christmas tree decorations
Other Christmas plants
It is important to remember that Christmas trees – both real and artificial – are not the only potential danger to your pet bird in your home.
Many plants traditionally used as part of the Christmas presentation, such as Ivy, Holly and Poinsettia can be poisonous to pet birds, as well as popular decorative flowers like Chrysanthemum and Yew.
Lastly, and some of you may find this one particularly disappointing, Mistletoe can also be toxic to some birds, so un-pucker your lips and take it off the door frame! (Or at least hang it somewhere where your pet bird cannot reach it).
A few more things to consider
- The festive season is a happy time for most humans. However, while you enjoy having friends and family over for some delicious food and a glass (or more) of mulled wine, having to share its space with a stream of strangers can be very stressful for your pet bird.
This is particularly true if any of your guests bring their own pets with them (especially the furry kind!)
Do consider removing your bird to a spare room away from the party to save its nerves.
- Birds have a particularly efficient respiratory tract. While this is beneficial in many ways, it also means they inhale more of whatever the air in your home contains.
Scented candles, potpourri and air fresheners may all make your home smell lovely for your guests, but can be very harmful to your pet bird.
Cigarette smoke and fumes from cooking can also be poisonous, so make sure your bird is not exposed to them.
Even if you give Nigella Lawson a run for her money in the cooking department, most human foods (particularly those containing caffeine, alcohol and chocolate), are harmful to birds. So refrain from sharing your Christmas dinner with your pet bird, and definitely keep it away from that tin of Quality Street and the glass of sherry!
Ultimately, however careful you are, accidents can happen – even the most responsible bird owners occasionally require the services of a vet.
The best way to help avoid being faced with high vet fees is to get parrot insurance for your bird, before they become ill or injured!
ExoticDirect has been providing the UK with insurance for exotic animals since 1996. Our policies are designed with your bird type in mind – from African Grey's to Macaws to Cockatoos, we insure a wide range of birds. And we can pay the vet directly, to make life a little bit easier.
Whatever your plans are this festive season, we hope you and your pet birds have a very merry Christmas!