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Cockatiel Care Tips
August 15, 2023

Cockatiels are one of the most popular pet birds. These cute fluff balls are very charming and adorable, and form very close bonds with their humans. A Las Vegas, NV vet offers some care tips in this article.

How Do I Set Up A Cockatiel’s Cage?

A cockatiel’s cage should be, at the very least, at least twice her wingspan, or 20″ x 30″ x 30″. However, bigger is better. Add several perches of different sizes, heights, and materials. Just don’t put them over your feathered friend’s food or water dishes, as droppings will ruin her food. For lining, you can use a paper bedding, such as butcher paper or newspaper. (Cleaning hack: put a pile of paper sheets down. When you’re cleaning, you should only have to remove the top one.) Add lots of fun, safe toys. Change out toys and perches regularly to keep things fun.


Choosing the right spot is also important. Don’t put Polly near any areas where she will be exposed to drafts, cooking fumes, or any strong vapors or scents. A family room or den is usually good. If possible, choose a room with a window, so your winged pal can get some natural sunlight.


Polly can have commercial bird seed for her main meals, supplemented with safe fruits and veggies. Some good options include dark, leafy greens and berries, melon, and papaya. For treats, you can offer millet spray or honey sticks. Your winged pal will also need fresh, clean water available 24/7. Ask your vet for more information.


Cockatiels are very sociable, and get extremely close to their humans. Spend time with your little buddy every day. You’ll need to take care to thoroughly birdproof any rooms she’ll be allowed in. It’s also important for you to provide plenty of fun toys. You’ll also need to bathe her a few times a week. 

Veterinary Care

Polly will need to see her vet regularly. Cockatiels are susceptible to certain health issues. These include liver and kidney disease, parasites, infections, and obstetrical issues, such as egg binding. Watch for warning signs, such as feather pulling, lost appetite, weight loss, unusual behavior or vocalizations, and changes in your pet’s waste. Call us immediately if you notice anything off.

Do you want to learn more about caring for a cockatiel? Contact us, your local Las Vegas, NV pet hospital, doday!