If you've decided to bring a bird into your home you'll soon find that you have many options when it comes to cages. They range from basic to models with all the bells and whistles. You might lean toward a cage that looks good with your decor. But while you can find many stylish cages that are fine for your bird, be sure to factor in more than the look of the cage. Of greater importance are your bird's safety and comfort. Your bird will be spending all -- or most -- of its time in the cage. So select a cage with painstaking care. After all, it's your bird's home. Here are some questions you'll need to answer:

  • Where will the cage go? The cage should be away from windows, which might be drafty. The spot should be in an area that members of your family use a lot during the day and the evening. This encourages your bird's socialization.
  • What is the cage made of, and how well is it constructed? Look out for sharp edges or anything else that could hurt your bird. Stainless steel cages are preferred, because they are non-toxic and easy to clean.
  • Is the cage large enough? Your bird should be able to easily move about and open its wings. Also factor in the space that will be needed for food dishes, toys and perches.
  • Are the shape and display style right for your home and bird? You have four basic options. Flight cages, also known as aviaries, which gives your bird -- or birds -- plenty of room to move around. Play-top models are ideal for birds that spend a large amount of time outside their cages. Many come with carrying handles so they can be carried from room to room. Dome-top cages give your bird more room to climb. Classic cages are generally either square or rectangular. They are often the most affordable type of cage. 

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