Did you know that there are many potential hazards hidden within your home.
This is a short list of known dangerous items that are used regularly in many housholds;
- Aerosol sprays
- Various cleaners (oven, toilet)
- Toxic fumes from nonstick cookware
- New carpet smell
- Fresh paint
- Room fresheners
- Scented candles
- Various plants
- Hair spray
- Smoke and cigarette smoking (nicotine)
- LPG gas (when not burnt)
- Carpet / rug cleaner
The first highly dangerous item that we will make you aware of today are the Toxic Fumes that are released from non-stick and Teflon pans.
Any non-stick coating on your cookware when heated becomes a toxic nightmare for your birds.
The hidden fumes that are not visible and very hard to notice by us are highly dangerous to your pet cockatiels.
As you can imagine the respiratory system of a small bird like the cockatiel is delicate and sensitive. They will be affected by any small amount of toxic polluted air well before we can even sense it.
Fresh Clean Air
The importance of having a fresh natural air flow in your home should be high on your list. If you can smell any strange odour then be sure that your cockatiel has suffered for a while now. Don’t go spraying the air freshener either, you are going to do more harm than good. Just allow the bad odours to vacate your home naturally.
Fresh air-flow is very important, but not draughts. Draughts are also bad news for cockatiels, but more on draughts in a later post.
Out With The Old
So, right now I want you to go and remove all the non-stick cookware from your kitchen, go on I’ll be here when you get back.
I thank you for that, and believe me so do your birds.
You might be thinking ‘my cockatiel is fine’. That might be the impression you get, but believe me your feathered friend is going to breath a whole lot better. Our budgie ‘Bluey’ had a respiratory problem and he held on for a long time, but in the end it got the better of him and on a hot night he passed away. RIP Bluey.
A bird that suffers from any health issue that is the direct result of something that could have been prevented is very sad. I urge you to do all that you possibly can to keep your feathered friends safe and healthy.
You probably didn’t use those pans too often anyway, and now you have a good excuse to go and buy that dream set of stainless pans you’ve always wanted. You might even be able to sell the old set in a garage sale, or at the very least donate them to a charity.
The important thing not to forget is that you have given your cockatiels a better living environment and healthier one at that. I will cover more toxic and potentially dangerous traps in your home as we progress in this blog.
P.S. don’t forget to get some new pans…