Many people have heard of the Monstera plant, but are unsure if it is safe for their pet cockatiel to eat. Cockatiels are omnivorous birds and can eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
However, not all plants are safe for them to consume. In this blog post, we will discuss whether or not cockatiels can eat Monstera plants, and provide some tips on how to safely introduce this food into their diet.
Can Cockatiels Eat Monstera?
No, cockatiels can’t eat Monstera. The plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, which are poisonous to birds. If your cockatiel ingests these crystals, they may experience difficulty breathing, paralysis, and kidney failure.
Although scary, this shows that it is important to do your research before feeding your cockatiel any new food, even if it is a plant that you think is safe.
What to Do If My Cockatiel Ate Monstera Plant?
If you think your cockatiel has eaten any part of the monstera plant, it is important to take them to the vet immediately. The vet will be able to provide supportive care and monitor your cockatiel for any signs of illness.
It is also a good idea to keep an eye on your cockatiel for the next few days, even if they seem fine. Some symptoms of toxicity may not appear until a few days after ingestion.
The good news is that, with prompt treatment, most cockatiels make a full recovery from ingesting the monstera plant. However, it depends on how much of the plant they ate and how quickly they received treatment.
To be safe, it is best to err on the side of caution and take your cockatiel to the vet as soon as possible if you think they have eaten any part of the monstera plant.
How to Prevent Cockatiel From Eating Monstera?
There are a few things you can do to prevent your cockatiel from eating the monstera plant. Let’s go over a few of them now:
1. Out of reach
First and foremost, it is important to keep the plant out of reach of your cockatiel. If the plant is in a pot, you may want to consider hanging it from the ceiling or placing it on a high shelf.
Of course, this may be hard to do with a flying bird… You can also put it in a room that your cockatiel does not have access to. For example, if you have a pet bird that is not allowed in the kitchen, then you could put the monstera plant in there.
2. Cover the plant
Another option is to cover the plant with a mesh screen or netting. This will prevent your cockatiel from getting to the plant, but will still allow it to get light and air.
Cockatiels are curious birds and will often chew on things to see if they are edible. This means that, even if the plant is covered in netting, they may still be able to get to it if they are determined enough.
If your cockatiel is still able to nibble on the leaves, you may want to try covering the plant in a solid material, such as a blanket or towel.
3. Repellent spray
There are also commercial repellent sprays that you can buy. These usually contain ingredients that are safe for birds but will keep them away from the area where the spray was applied.
You can find these sprays at your local pet store or online. Just make sure to read the label carefully to ensure that it is safe for use around birds.
In conclusion, cockatiels cannot eat monstera plants as they are poisonous to birds. If you think your cockatiel has eaten any part of the plant, it is important to take them to the vet immediately. There are also a few things you can do to prevent your cockatiel from getting to the plant in the first place.
Do you have any questions or concerns about feeding plants to your cockatiel? Let us know in the comments below!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.