Birds can become blind as the result of an injury or with age. But it’s amazing how resilient our pets can be. As long as you follow a few simple suggestions, blind birds can live normal lives.
- The most important thing to do is not to do – keep objects in the cage as they were when your bird was sighted. You can change toys, just put them in the same place as the old toys.
- Limit the bird’s access to areas outside the cage to those that s/he is familiar with.
- If you really want to take your bird outdoors, make sure to use a secure harness.
- Try not to startle your bird when approaching. Gently call out your bird’s name to let him/her know where you are.
- If your bird’s hearing is compromised as well, walk a bit heavier. The vibrations from your step will let your bird know you’re nearing.
- When you leave the house, make sure your bird is comfortably in his/her cage so that there are no accidents.
Nature usually helps by making other senses more acute. Your bird will probably “feel” things to aid in getting around.
While being blind can be a challenge for your bird, s/he will probably be able to get along pretty well. Just be aware of any limitations your bird might have. On the other hand, some birds do so well even though blind that their humans aren’t even aware that there’s been a change.