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Choosing the Right Sized Cage for your Pet


As a responsible and caring bird owner, the most important decision you’ll ever make is choosing the right sized cage for your feathered friend. It’s vital that you provide your companion with adequate space in order for them to live a long and healthy life. Think about it, your bird will be spending a great deal of time in its new home and so it will need to be able to have enough room to walk around and feel comfortable in.

However, with so many different cage sizes and shapes to choose from, it can be a little confusing when shopping for your pet. But fear not, at Just Shops we provide you with a clear set of guidelines that will make the process of choosing a bird cage a lot clearer.

As ardent bird lovers, we care passionately about the health and long term happiness of your feathered pets and as a general rule of thumb (or claw), we find it’s best to buy the largest cage you can afford. Whether your pet bird is a large macaw or a small finch, they all adore plenty of space to spread their wings and exercise, so the bigger the better.

Remember, the cage will become your bird’s home, a place where it can eat, sleep and play in, so you’ll need to make sure that the cage is a place it feels safe and secure without feeling restricted or trapped. If you cannot afford the right sized cage for the breed of bird you want, then you shouldn’t get that breed of bird. It really is that simple. A cage that is too small and constrained can damage the health and happiness of your pet resulting in severe behavioural problems, such as feather plucking, screaming and pecking. It’s also important to remember that cage space will be lost if you decide to add any pet accessories such as stands, toys and eating equipment.

Bar spacing is another important issue to look at when selecting a bird cage. If you are purchasing a cage for smaller birds such as finches or lovebirds, then the bars need to be spaced no more than a half an inch apart, to stop it from escaping or getting caught between the bars. Don’t forget that birds are naturally intelligent and intuitive creatures and will often surprise their owners through their constant escapology stunts. We’ve spoken to many people who have often seen their feathered Houdinis squeeze through the bars of their cage and this was after being told by untrustworthy pet sites that their cage would be safe and secure. Larger birds such as African Grays or Large Macaw Parrots prefer to have bars that measure horizontally so they can use them to climb on and hang from to ensure plenty of exercise and muscle development.

Shockingly, our research shows us that many online pet stores are more than happy to supply customers with an incorrect cage size. Not only is this a complete abuse of animal welfare but it’s sending out the wrong message to people. At Just Shops we loathe the practice of forcing birds to live in small sized cages and go out of our way to take customers under our wing and educate them on the correct environments in which to raise a pet bird.

We explain to a lot of our customers that research and knowledge are vital before purchasing a bird. By knowing more about the bird you plan to raise, the more chance there is of it living a long and happy life. But, as we have spoken about earlier many people are being lied to and sold incorrect sized cages by untrustworthy suppliers.

At Just Shops we ensure that we supply our customers with branded products that are of the highest quality. All of our quality products are designed with the welfare of the bird in mind and this means that all of our cages are created to last the life span of the animal and if you the owner of a parrot this could mean at least a few decades!

So, by buying from a respected and trusted brand that as an owner, you are ensuring that your pet experiences a better quality of life. We also make sure that all of our are easy to clean and maintain by providing large surface areas and removable cleaning trays. Our high quality cages are easy to clean due to the materials that we use and we maintain that all of our products are toxic free.

In conclusion, if you want your bird to live a long and happy life then the best possible decision you can ever make is giving him the perfect home.

About the Author:
Joseph Lewis from
Quality parrot & bird cages!

My background is from a copywriting perspective and I have created copy for Ford, Cancer Research and The Dogs Trust and also worked on the huge catalogue of pet products that we distribute from our website. I have great experience working in the pet industry. I am also an animal lover and have been rescuing abused dogs and cats since I was a child, so I care passionately about the creatures I write about.


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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).

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