Considering a pet bird? Here are things to know beforehand
Birds are cute, entertaining, and they make great companions. And even though we have full faith in your will to pet a bird, we'd like to tell you that feathered pets aren't for everyone. Yes, harsh truth is that they can be quite messy and noisy at times. However, if you have made your decision - here are some things to consider beforehand.
If you are planning to bring home a bird, know that you'll have to devote plenty of time and attention to it. When left unattended, birds could resort to destructive behavior, like plucking. So make sure someone is always around. Needless to say, you will also be responsible for preparing its food, cleaning food bowls, and its grooming. So, better be prepared.
Unlike other, more popular pets (dogs and cats)- birds can live for a really long time, and mostly outlive their human parents. Some birds can live up to as many as 100 years. So adopt one, only if you are up for a long-term commitment.
If you happen to have other pets at home, know that you will have to be extra careful about their interactions with your feathered friend. It is generally said that birds and cats do not gel up well. So beware. Separately, when they feel jealous or needy, birds also tend to bite (ouch!). So, remember this, and thank us later.
Further, a pet bird will need an appropriately-sized cage. So be sure that you have enough space to fit a cage, stand and other bird supplies at your home. On another note, if you are someone who love peace and quiet - a bird might not be a smart choice for a pet, as they can be quite noisy at times.
Another thing about birds is that they eat non-stop through the day, and also tend to leave food bits around. So, you'll have clean up their cage and surrounding areas, rather frequently. You have been warned. Also, birds wake up early, so don't complain later. Not all vets treat birds. So find one who does. Mind it - no smoking around the birds. Period.