Do Not Train in the Bathroom
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When you are doing your hand training sessions, it is always best to do those right in the room that has the cage - because you should not have your keet out of the cage if it is not yet trained. You should not move the cage for a session of training, because the entire point of training is that you are building trust in as relaxed, "normal" environment as possible. The moment you move the cage, they are going to be nervous - which goes against the purpose of training.

The bathroom, in particular, is one of the *worst* possible places to have an untrained keet. Why? Let's start with reason 1 - it is a room explicitly for humans to pee and poop. Remember that rule about never making parakeet toys from toilet tissue rolls, because the rolls are probably contaminated? The same is true for the counters, floors and other surfaces around a toilet. Toilets are not "hermetically sealed". When you use a toilet, particulates go into the air. That is especially true if you have males in the house. Any surface a keet touches could easily make that keet very sick.

How about if I really clean it? Well, let's think about the cleansers used in bathrooms. Some of them are so incredibly toxic that they tell *humans* to only use them with gloves and an open window. This is stuff that could kill a keet with a drop. Now, if you have scrubbed your bathroom floor, surfaces and counters with these toxic chemicals then it's clean - but it is deadly to small animals. That's the whole point of the cleansers, to kill living bacteria and germs.

Even beyond that, the very construction of a bathroom is keet unfriendly. The toilet is undoubtedly porcelain, which is an incredibly hard ceramic which can kill a falling keet on impact. The bathroom counter / sink area is probably porcelain as well, if it isn't marble (stone). The bathtub is probably porcelain too. The floor is probably tile. This room is full of hard surfaces that can seriously harm a fast moving keet.

Never mind the large mirror that pretty much every bathroom has over the sink - a sure way to cause a keet to fly head-first into the glass.

The number of email messages I have received from people who had their keets injured in their bathroom is pretty staggering. The only time a keet should EVER be in a bathroom is when they are fully trained, with you, and using either the sink or shower to bathe. In both cases that area should be thoroughly cleaned with *water only* and perhaps baking soda, to remove every single trace of toothpaste, mouthwash, and other chemicals that might be there.

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