Saturday, April 19, 2014

Planning to Buy a Parrot? Read This First

Parrots are pretty, but it's not the ideal pet. Before you buy it, you should consider these following points.

1. Parrots are not domesticated animals.
Parrots are wild animals. They can be tamed, but they're not domesticated like cats and dogs. They retain their behaviors. and wild instincts.

2. Parrots are loud.
Parrots are flock animals; they communicate noisily and frequently with other members of the flock.

3. Parrots bite.
They have large, sharp, powerful beaks. Bites can cause very serious damage. Parrots bite humans they love as well as those they hate.

4. Parrots are destructive.
Their beaks are powerful tools, and they keep them in top shape by chewing things. They don't differentiate between toys and clothing, expensive furniture, eyeglasses, wires, carpets, etc. Chewing is normal behavior.

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5. Parrots are expensive.
Everything associated with parrots is expensive. Proper cages are pricey. Providing an ongoing supply of toys, which are quickly destroyed, is costly. Feeding a parrot is expensive, and much of the food is wasted. Regular vet visits will also stretch your budget.

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6. Parrots are demanding.
Parrots are sentient, living, social beings. They need companionship and interaction. They need your interest and time every day.

7. Parrots are time-consuming.
Cages must be thoroughly cleaned and checked for damage regularly, their water replaced several times a day, food checked and replaced daily, and fresh food provided twice daily. Toys must be rotated and replaced frequently.

8. Parrots are hormonal.
Baby and juvenile parrots are cute and loveable. But baby parrots grow up. They must be properly handled and socialized while young, or unwanted and neurotic behaviors can develop. Parrots eventually become sexually mature; they want to find mates and build nests. They may become aggressive with their caregivers, or reject their caregivers in favor of somebody else.

9. Parrots are messy.
They drop and throw their food when they eat. They slop water around when they bathe in their water bowl.

Parrots poop everywhere, including in their water and food bowls - and on your favorite clothing. Although they can be trained to poop on command, they have to be allowed to poop very often or they can become sick (expensive vet visit) or die (no more expensive parrot).

10. Parrots are forever.
Parrots are long-lived. They will outlive you. They're more than a lifetime commitment. Parrots are not commodities. They're intelligent beings who form complex relationships. They suffer emotionally and psychologically from being moved from home to home.

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