In addition to the dogs, cats, and farm animals we’re all used to caring for, there are a number of birds (and other exotic animals) that can make excellent household companions. Everyone has unique care needs, so before you bring an exotic bird or animal into your home, make sure it’s a good fit for your space and lifestyle. At Hospital Veterinari Glòries we have prepared this guide to help you determine if an avian or exotic companion is the most suitable to care for at home.

Best pets of the avian species

Birds can be messy and loud. Some will demand your attention and can even become aggressive and destructive, while others can also be more affectionate. How can you know which bird will be right for you? According to experts, the most recommended birds to have at home are some that we all know. Consider one of these friendly smaller birds as your next companion:

  • Budgerigars.
  • Cockatoos.
  • Canaries.
  • Darwin’s finches.
  • Lovebirds

Any one of these little birds can live 10 to 15 years or even longer. Like a dog or a cat, these adorable creatures will need your care for a long time.

Larger birds tend to need more attention and care. Many are very appreciative of human affection and interaction, and many need plenty of space to live well. Consider these variants if you can provide the right environment:

  • Cockatoos
  • Pigeons

Parrots, including the smaller Pionus Parrot, Amazon Parrot and African Gray Parrots (Large Parrot), need more attention and lots of activity in the form of new toys and mental stimulation. They can live from 10 to 50 years or more.

What is an exotic pet and which one is right for your family?

An exotic animal can be a legal animal to own and relatively easy and safe to care for. Each exotic animal has special maintenance, feeding, and health considerations unique to its species. Activity needs, longevity, and size are just a few of the characteristics you’ll want to consider before bringing an exotic companion into your home. Some examples of exotic animals include:

  • Amphibians.
  • Chinchillas.
  • Gerbils.
  • Guinea pigs.
  • Mice and rats.
  • Rabbits.
  • Reptiles.
  • Sugar gliders.

The care and safety of birds and exotic animals

Safety (both animals and people) and care are of great importance when creating a home with any new life partner. If your avian or exotic can be aggressive, they may not be suitable for a family with young children. Talk to your vet about ways to prevent biting and fighting from your pets. Some questions to consider are:

  • Does your pet have adequate space inside the house?
  • Does your pet prefer the company of one or more of its kind?
  • Is your pet receiving adequate food?
  • Does your pet require regular grooming, including nail or beak trimming?
  • Does your pet get enough attention, distractions, and exercise/play?

Because our animals can’t talk to us, their behavior often tells us when something isn’t quite right. Understanding the particular needs of exotics and birds will go a long way in keeping them healthy and safe within the home.

Keeping your exotic pets healthy is our job at Hospital Veterinari Glòries. Exotics may have special grooming needs and dietary requirements that keep them in the best possible condition. We encourage our customers to visit us for regular exotic animal health checkups. We are eager to answer all your questions and concerns about exotic pet care. Call us at 932 460 805 or write to us at to schedule an appointment for any matter related to the care and health of your exotic animal.