While owning an animal may just seem “cool.” There are much deeper reasons for owning a pet. Their love and affection could change people’s moods and possibly make the day just a bit brighter. In essence, many believe they are a psychological and social builder. This mood booster, though, doesn’t need to stop with your typical dog or cat. Sometimes birds are overlooked despite their potential to bring joy to a household. These sweet-singing, sassy-talking animals may just add a bit of life to your home. Here are 4 things to know about adding a feathery friend to your family.
Plan for Playtime
Many people may assume that birds simply reside in their cage. That is not really true. Much like cats like to cuddle and dogs like to lick their owners, birds, too, need social interaction. Spend time speaking to your bird. Communicating shows you care and could help build an emotional bond. If you can’t do this throughout the entire day, then set this up as a routine time. Allow the bird out of his cage and gently stroke his feathers. Then, have a conversation. How will it respond? You might get a lovely chirp, whistle or squawk.
Understand the Proper Diet
While you can purchase bird food from a store, consult with a vet about the best diet for your animal’s species. Most likely you’ll be advised to buy a dry pellet food rather than the traditional birdseed (now found to be a bit too fatty). Many birds also do well eating vegetables and fresh fruits. In fact, you might find that this makes it easier in your regular care. As you go about your day, place some of your nutritional foods to the side. This could make a fine treat during playtime.
Have a Wellness Plan
At your first vet appointment, discuss your pet’s healthcare needs. This should include bathing tips, as well as maintenance of beak and nail trims. Keeping feathers clean doesn’t need to be a nagging chore. Keep a water bottle by the cage to allow for daily sprays. Think of it as a simple mist to keep your loved one fresh and clean. Similar to dogs and cats, birds’ nails can grow too long. You’ll want to practice using a trimmer or find a location that can help you keep them in good shape. Also ask your vet about whether you should buy bird worming tablets online. Much like dogs take heartworm pills, birds too can pick up parasites. Providing these tablets could help your friend stay healthy.
Prepare Your Environment
Before you bring your new bird home, look around your house. Is it ready for your new little one? Do you know what could harm him or her? First, make sure you are a non-smoking house. The fumes from cigarettes are toxic. Next, your bird may be flying around your home. Consider what it will land on and sit on. Is your furniture ready for claws? Make sure it’s protected or that you are okay with scratches. Do you have plants? Are they safe for birds to eat? If not, move them out and replace them with something more bird-friendly. Finally, find a location that has natural light and clean space for the cage. Birds are social, so consider areas where it’s busy or has noise.
Consider something new. Birds, when treated well, could provide happiness and attention. They, like many other animals, desire socialization. Take them out and show some love. This is a chance to bring home a bit of nature, hear some sweet chirps and possibly develop a long-term friendship.