If you’ve come across this article, you’re probably well into researching what would make a cage right for your bird. You want him to have a great cage, one that he’ll be happy in, but also something that won’t be a nightmare for you to maintain.
There are a huge amount of bird cages out there to choose from, made from all sorts of materials from steel or wrought iron, even cheaper cages made from wire or wood. Maybe you’ve heard about stainless steel bird cages but couldn’t decide if they were worth the price.
Well, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to outline some of the things I think are most important to consider when deciding if stainless steel is right for your bird; durability, appearance, ease of maintenance, and health benefits.
I’ve written this article specifically to discuss stainless steel cages, but if you need a more general guide to choosing the right bird cage, try reading The Best Bird Cage – A Buyers Guide for Your Avian Companion.
Built Bird Tough
All birds are intelligent, curious animals that will wreak havoc on their surroundings in their efforts to explore. That makes the durability of the cage you buy for them incredibly important if you don’t want to be stuck replacing your cage every few years. Especially any breed of parrot, who are well known for knawing vigourously at the bars of their cages, durability is key.
Fortunately, this category is an easy win for stainless steel. Quality, medical grade stainless steel is the strongest material your bird cage can be made of unless you have a stash of adamantium laying around.
Comparatively, a wire bird cage can be a serious risk to a bird because the can chew and twist and chew the wire until it breaks, leaving your bird vulnerable to puncture injuries.
Another benefit to the inherent toughness of stainless steel is that it won’t rust. Well, it won’t rust if it’s made of high-quality medical grade stainless steel.
Be wary of a cheaper cage advertising itself as stainless steel. It’s probably made of a lower quality steel that uses a higher level of chrome. What you want is the medical grade steel made with a higher level of nickel so you enjoy a rust-free cage for years to come!
SHINY! Sorry, I Should Say “A High-Quality Appearance”
Stainless steel is shiny though, super shiny! That feature is actually one of the first things that drew me to stainless steel cages because I’m really a magpie at heart.
That shininess might be important to you too as the years roll by. After a few months or years of being subjected to sever bird abuse, most cages will start looking a little beaten up.
Stainless steel is almost impossible for your bird to damage, as well as easy to clean (more on that next) which means that your cage will continue to be a show-stopping piece in your home for as long as you have it.
Rinse and Repeat
As nice as it is to have a strong, visually appealing birdcage in your home, I’m sure some of you are wondering about maintaining the cage.
After all, no-one is really thrilled to be cleaning up bird poo, so it makes sense to have something that makes the task as easy as possible for you. Well, I’ve got some exciting news for you when it comes to stainless steel, and that is that it’s non-porous!
What does that really mean though in terms of cleaning the cage? It means that bird poo, feathers, spilled food, even dander, won’t stick to the sleek bars of a medical grade stainless steel cage.
Anything that falls onto the cage bars can easily be wiped away with a damp cloth. I don’t know about you but for me, that’s a major pro for stainless steel!
A Bird in the Home is Worth Two at the Emergency Vet
Understandably, one of the biggest concerns any bird owner will have is the safety of their beloved pet. All of the points we’ve talked about so far (well, maybe not SHINY) contribute to the overall health and safety of your bird.
Steel cages are easy to clean, making it easier to clean the cage more often, which is incredibly important to the health of your bird. Birds are incredibly clean and well-groomed animals by nature, after all, dirty or crooked feathers won’t keep them airborne very well!
A clean cage isn’t just the preference of your bird however, it also prevents them from developing respiratory problems and infections.
The sturdiness of stainless steel is an important factor in your bird’s safety. Not only can your bird injure themselves on the pointed end of a broken wire, but birds have also been known to swallow small bits of wire or paint that they were able to chew off of cages made from weaker materials.
In the End,
Stainless steel isn’t the only option available to you for a quality bird cage. There are many high-quality bird cages made of materials like wrought iron, for example.
Every bird is unique and only you can know what sort of factors are most important for your particular situation. The best thing you can do when buying your bird a home is to thoroughly research all of your options and make sure you buy a high-quality product, no matter what it’s made of.
If it’s in your budget, I believe that you can’t go wrong with stainless steel bird cages. They can be pricier than some other cages, but keep in mind that it’s probably going to be a one time purchase. Cages made from less sturdy materials will inevitably have to be replaced, but a stainless steel cage can definitely last the lifetime of your bird.
Remeber to have fun with this process! You’re house shopping for your bird after all. The options available to you can be overwhelming, but it will be worth it when your bird finally moves into their shiny new home!
You can find my review of some of the best stainless steel bird cages available on Amazon right over here.
Do you like stainless steel bird cages? Did I forget any important information? Let me know below in the comments! I believe that the more information we can share with each other as a community, the easier it is to make good decisions when purchasing things for our feathered friends Tell me your story, stainless steel or something else?