First off, hello to everyone. This is my first post. I came to this website because recently my male Cockatiel began to breathe heavily and pant a lot. Since he was doing unusual behaviour recently in an attempt to mate with our female cockatiel (who didn't seem to be interested), i thought his panting was just another part of his odd behaviour. Upon closer examination, i've found he's been doing it a lot more.
We do have an air freshener which was put about 1 and a half meters away from their cage around a week ago. I don't know when it was put there. My mum put it there. We also change their water when it get's to around 1 quarter full. I've found that maybe i should have changed it more often.
Since i have school tomorrow, i can't egg my mum to take him to the vet, but i hope that she remembers he needs to be taken and take him. Since symptoms would only show up when it's critical, i'm very worried, so i want to know what i can do in the mean-time, and what i can do if my mum does forget to take him. No one else in my family seems to think there is much wrong with him.
We don't let the birds out very often, since we have an indoor cat which would love to have a munch on one of them if she could.
We also have a small cage which has 2 Cockatiels and a Budgie. We can't afford to pay for a large aviary (something which i have wanted for a long, long time), so they don't have much room to move in their current cage. It's about 1 meter tall and 40 centimeters square.
Ok, i've explained everything that i think may be of significance. Someone please tell me what to do...