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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:05 am    Post subject: Blindness in an eye

So i wanted to hear a bit from you guys if any of you have had your bird getting blind in an eye and what i could do to help him with that.
I've noticed the past months that something has been off with him , today i realized that he has a small white spot in his left pupil which explains why i could come so close to him from the left side (he dont like hands, he attac if so)
Also noticed the pattern when he is out and flying in the house and doing his running marathons around in the ground that his perception is off but he seems to remember everything.
Should i change his setup in the cage or leave it as be?
Im sure he wont recover from the blindness but figured im going to treat him to more nomyness than what i normally do. So taking any tips on stuff i could give him

He is a kakariki that i've had for almost 10 years now. I got him from a friend so im not exactly sure on his age. He is still active with his "laughs" and sounds. So im guessing the blindness might have come of age or maybe i havent been giving him enough vitamins.
He is currently playing with his favorite bell
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:55 am    Post subject:

Yes we have had a bird blind in one eye, and yes white spot.. cataract.
Make a good house parrot.
They stay limited to 1 or 2 rooms as get lost and disoriented very easy.
Chances are will develop cataract in the other eyes.. at this piont best to put them down as they cant find their water food etc.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:06 am    Post subject:

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Yes we have had a bird blind in one eye, and yes white spot.. cataract.
Make a good house parrot.
They stay limited to 1 or 2 rooms as get lost and disoriented very easy.
Chances are will develop cataract in the other eyes.. at this piont best to put them down as they cant find their water food etc.


Any tips you can give? I have contacted the vet for an appointment. Or maybe not needed?

He seems like you explained, confined to the main room. Doesnt follow me to the kitchen anymore or the bathroom that he loves (though he cant resist from time to time.

And mainly sticks to his cage where he obviously is more comfy there.

But i'll take any help you can give me Steptoe as you have helped me in the past.
Anything to help him more and make his life as enjoyable as possible. If it is that he is coming of age to depart this world
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:52 am    Post subject:

Placing the cage at the end of theroom tened to have our guy fly around more...
We put a perch branch on the bottom of the cage door.. made it easier just to perch there.
Also a perch table with water food at each end of the perch, next to he cage, rather than feed in the cage.

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He seems like you explained, confined to the main room. Doesnt follow me to the kitchen anymore or the bathroom that he loves (though he cant resist from time to time.

up describes very well.
Im not a fan of birds sitting pirate style on the shoulder, more ride on the fore arem... but either way , a good way to have him travel around the house, get familiar.. Even so we would come home occasionally to find hes lost his way back from a remote bedroom...
In saying that we would go away for a week, him and the cat have the run of the house.. either he never ventured beyond the kitchen/ dinning room / laundry and lounge..;. or eventually got back

PS was a crimson wing.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:52 pm    Post subject:

Umm and regarding the other questions?
To take him to a vet still and i cant recall the other one xD. Sorry for being all over the place

His cage is right next to the hallway, placed it there when he had his big cage so he can see down the hall when im in the bathroom and start doing his squeaking and dancing and flapping about (presumably getting excited)

I do try to get him to be more open with me but as always he is a bitey grumpy grump. I never wanted him to be super tame but i do envy people who could give him scritches.

And one of the reasons i liked him flying about is that my head was usually his perch if he did decide to come along.

I never have left him with the door open when i wasnt at home, too scared for something bad to happen to him . And being unemployed im mostly at home with him so
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject:

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but as always he is a bitey grumpy grump. I never wanted him to be super tame but i do envy people who could give him scritches.


I to are very much of the belief to get the best out of our pets is to have a co habit / flatmate type of relationship.. good friends rather than a cuddly living toy.

as to " he is a bitey grumpy grump..."
99% of the time thats because ppl dont think their actions thru and actually train their pets/ children to be that way..basically out of fear of alienating them or being rejected.. this results in a lack of respect back, mis behaviour without consequents.

make use of the "Quick Search" block on the left taming biting

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:39 pm    Post subject:

i'll do that

and regarin a vet visit?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:55 am    Post subject:

If it is cataract, and you description is classic.. the vet will tell up there is not much you can do, and the other eye will eventually go blind.. from there it is a matter of the bird finding his food.. even finding it in the dish.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:50 pm    Post subject:

Well i guess i'll take him to the vet either way.

He is family afterall and a friend ive had for almost 10 years now :)
I know his time is near at least in age. So trying to make the best of the time and enjoy every day with him ^_^
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject:

A healthy, well fed, cared for captive kakariki will live to 15/ 18 yrs.
It was about 9 yrs our crimson developed cathartics, and 2 to 3 yrs before near fully blind.
I just ask, actually love (verb not abstract noun) him enough not to drag out suffering , hunger at the end..

Animals , fish in the wild never die of old age... it is only humans that let their species and other species suffer.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:11 pm    Post subject:

Steptoe wrote:
A healthy, well fed, cared for captive kakariki will live to 15/ 18 yrs.
It was about 9 yrs our crimson developed cathartics, and 2 to 3 yrs before near fully blind.
I just ask, actually love (verb not abstract noun) him enough not to drag out suffering , hunger at the end..

Animals , fish in the wild never die of old age... it is only humans that let their species and other species suffer.



If/when he fully goes blind, how heartbreaking and devestationg it might be, i'll do the humane thing and do the decision to put him down.

I would never want him to suffer
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