What Shouldn't I Line my Bird's Cage With?

If you’re a bird owner, there are some common do’s and don’ts when it comes to taking care of your feathered friend. One of the biggest do’s is lining your bird’s cage with a feathered friend-friendly liner. Having a liner present will make cleaning a breeze. However, there are some materials you should stay far away from. Not sure what those might be? Here are a few to be wary of:


One of the most popular options for some bird owners happens to be bird-approved gravel. This “flooring” in their “condo” will consist of actual pieces of gravel and give it a natural look. While this might seem like a great idea, it’s one that you should stay far away from. Just like a bird would do in their natural habitat, they may feel inclined to pick up any pieces of the gravel that reside at the bottom of their cage. Sure, this might seem innocent, but it can be detrimental to their health since there’s a chance they might scoop up one of their droppings.

Cedar Shavings

Unlike a rodent's cage, you’ll never want to line your bird’s cage with cedar shavings. Although cedar emits a pleasant aroma and is simple to clean up, it’s not the safest choice for a bird. Whether a bird ingests and inhales the cedar, it can harm their well-being. That being said, it’s best to not only stay away from cedar shavings but any bedding material that emits a strong fragrance.

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