Your bird needs water. You already know that. But, do you know everything there is to know about watering your feathered friend?
There are probably a few things you could learn. Here’s what a professional veterinarian wants you to know about watering your bird.
Your bird always needs access to water
It’s never a good idea to let your bird run out of the water. Your pet needs access to H2O all the time.
Most pet parents know this, but they don’t understand its importance. To drive the point home, consider the fact that your bird is approximately 75 percent water. In order to remain healthy, he needs to drink a lot.
Clean water is more important than the type of water
Some pet parents feel accomplished because they provide their feathered friend with filtered or bottled water. But, they don’t spend the same kind of time and attention on making sure that water is clean.
It’s far more important to change the water often than it is to provide your bird with a fancy drink. That means cleaning out and replacing the water frequently. You might have to change it every time your pet eats or takes a bath, which means changing the water multiple times a day.
Don’t want to change the water that often? You can try teaching your bird to drink out of a water bottle.
If you still want to give your bird bottled or filtered water, that’s fine. Just know that tap water is probably okay for your parrot too. The only exception would be well water. It can be very hard, which can be harmful to your pet’s health.
Don’t forget bath time
Not only does your bird need to have clean water to drink, he needs to have water he can bathe in! Most parrots will bathe themselves in their water bowl, but if you’re using a bottle, you need to make sure he gets a bowl every once in a while so he can splash around.
If you don’t water your bird properly, he can suffer from many different health problems. If you’re having trouble watering your parrot, or you notice he isn’t drinking like he should, you need to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian clinic.