For those of us who are lucky enough to have feathered friends to enrich our lives, their companionship is a treasure that we wish to prolong as long as we can. The two main ways that we can help keep birds happy and flourishing is through a healthy diet and clean air.
Food for Life
According to TOP's Parrot Food, a USDA Organic Certified manufacturer of parrot food, a daily diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and pellets can lead to energetic, engaged birds who are full of fun and ready to enjoy life to the fullest.
Be sure to do your homework and read product labels when searching for pellets. Many manufacturers add sugar, unhealthy fillers like corn and soy, and artificial ingredients that can contribute to behavior and health issues. TOP's parrot pellets are not only organic certified but also free of sugar, fillers and artificial additives. The all-natural pellets are cold-pressed, not heat-baked at high temperatures, so they retain more nutritional benefits.
Other food-related steps you can take to maintain a parrot's wellness include changing its water dish each day, hiding food so birds can forage and stay mentally stimulated, sprouting seeds, and offering new foods regularly to avoid boredom.
Clean Air, Happy Birds
Clean air is important for us, but especially for birds. Birds that live in the wild are able to breathe fresh air, whereas pet birds, who live indoors, are exposed to many indoor pollutants that can affect their sensitive respiratory systems. Pollutants, such as dust, mold spores, and products that we use everyday can build up indoors, especially during the winter months when windows and doors are closed.
To help keep the air fresh and clean for birds and you, their owners, it’s important to avoid harmful chemicals and use bird-friendly products in the home, and also to run a true HEPA-rated air purifier. HEPA filters are considered one of the most effective ways to trap and reduce airborne pollutants in your environment and it is recommended to look for one that can trap 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size.
Rabbit Air purifiers utilize a HEPA filtration system that can trap and reduce airborne particles, such as dust, dander and feathers. Paired with a Charcoal-Based Activated Carbon filter, the air purifier can trap odors, toxins, and chemicals to keep the air clean and smelling fresh. Renowned in the industry for their quiet motors and beautiful designs, the MinusA2 and A3 models can be wall-mounted and even outfitted with a Pet Allergy Customized filter option or a decorative front panel.
There are many steps that we can take to improve the quality of life for our pets, and healthy food and clean air are hopefully the first steps toward showing your birds the love and appreciation that they deserve.