Cage Safety Concerns: Can someone show or explain "Diverging Bars" on Cages?
I have been reading some articles on cage safety... only to learn the one I bought has some issues... and in reading these articles... twice I've come across... "avoid cages with Diverging Bars."
Does someone have an image of this?
My new cage has these dumb scrolly things (see picture attached) and I didn't realize the dangers of these before I purchased. As well, I have the guillotine doors that not only need to be secured, but have the circles where feet can get caught. (Image attached of that as well.)
I see my bird climb over every inch of the cage, and I'm troubled by the cage and I've only had it since Thursday.
I'm fairly irritated at the manufacturers (YML, Prevue, etc.). I'm seriously considering starting a petition at MoveOn.org where we ask these manufacturers to stop making these cages with all these unsafe elements. The horror stories of people losing their pets are endless... !
What if we started a thread or a sticky that was a list of Safest Cages in Each Size Category. I think there's about 3 - 5 (?) or so size categories based on width. Maybe such as:
- Up to 18" Wide
- 19" Wide - 29" Wide
- 30" Wide and Up
This whole situation of cage designs where the budgie's feet can get caught is really upsetting me.
And what's also annoying, is there are safe looking cages in my size range (no "ornate" [ and totally unnecessary ] bars, etc. ) ... however, the bar spacing width is 5/8." And I wouldn't risk that with my little bird who uses the bars to scratch his head.
I just feel like I can't win. If I get the right bar spacing, and a nice sized cage... there's all these other hazards to contend width. The manufacturers just need to stop it.
The Hagen Vision cage seems safe... but that cage has a lot of cons for me.
I truly wanted to try to give my bird a cage wider than 18" but I can't find one that seems safe, and I don't have room for the Prevue F040.
And I'm serious about the petition and trying to force the hand of the manufacturers (YML, PreVue, AE etc.) to stop their dangerous cage design & manufacturing practices. It's clear these cages have risks. It makes me quite mad. What are they thinking? That birds are disposable? It's a bit of an outrage.
"Diverging Bars" are what are on top of a round cage--like how longitude lines come together at the north and south poles. Care.org for petitions.
Others with more experience might have heard of issues with that type of scroll; I have not, though I can see that it could be possible. The guillotine doors I can deal with because they are easy to secure, but, yeah, there are a huge number of cages on the market that are unacceptable for a variety of reasons. It annoys me to buy the good products from companies that also sell too small, unsafe, and/or poorly designed cages.
Thanks StarlingWings for the info and assurances. I appreciate it.
lbeckman... yes, it is very troubling those small cages. I'm thinking of trying to find the appropriate animal rights organizations or legislator who can apply pressure on these manufacturers to follow certain best practices, and stop making things that are as harmful as they are (i.e. using metals that are dangerous or poisonous.... etc.) I think there should be a law that requires the smallest of cages to be labeled a certain way such as "Transport Cage" or "Quarnantine Cage" ...so that consumers can be educated that the small cages are not suitable habitats.