Household fumes dangerous for birds

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Household fumes dangerous for birds

Updated Dec 21, 2021

Dear Cathy,

You mentioned the dangers of using Teflon pans with a bird in the home. Another thing to keep in mind if you have a bird is that self-cleaning ovens emit fumes the same as Teflon pans, and birds should be removed from the area too.

– Cynthia, Long Island, New York

Dear Cynthia,

Thanks for the additional tip. Here’s one more: birds also are very susceptible to paint fumes, so look for no- to low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints when painting the home to reduce their exposure to dangerous fumes.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal

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Cathy Rosenthal (aka The Pet Pundit), CHES, CFE
Animal Welfare Communications Specialist

Cathy brings more than 35 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.

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