This week on Animal Instinct, Celia Kutcher is talking with Lorelei Tibbetts about pet or companion birds! Lorelei works in New York City where she currently is the manager of The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine. She has worked exclusively with exotic pets since 2004, and is the chair of her veterinary technician specialty academy, The Academy for Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice, where she was a founding member of the Exotic Companion Animal specialty. She is passionate about exotic pet education and enjoys lecturing at veterinary symposiums as well as teaching students at her practice. Find out what types of living environments are good for birds, and whether or not a bird is a good first pet. Learn about the life spans of various birds, and find out what outlets in New York City are best for finding a bird companion. How do birds connect with their owners? Find out how different varieties of perches can affect your bird’s foot health. What food should pet birds eat? Find out on this week’s edition of Animal Instinct! Thanks to our sponsor, S. Wallace Edwards & Sons. Music by PEELS.

“I think all animals should have a companion, except for maybe a hamster- they tend to eat each other.” [10:00]

“Just like dog and cat nutrition, bird food has evolved. We know a lot more about what’s important to their diet.” [22:45]

Lorelei Tibbetts on Animal Instinct