Adopting a pet parrot is a relationship like no other. Loving, intelligent and beautiful, it’s easy to see why these amazing feathered friends make the ideal pet. However, owning such a rewarding creature takes a great deal of time, care and commitment. If you owned reptiles, you wouldn’t leave them all day in vivariums, or dogs all day in kennels would you. So, why would it be any different with a parrot?
Parrots can live to 100 years of age!
Adopting parrots and leaving them all day in bird cages, can lead them to suffer from physical and emotional behavioural problems. Remember, parrots are extremely intelligent and as a result can become easily bored if neglected. The relationship between owner and bird is a special one and unlike any other domestic pet, can last an incredibly long time. Surprisingly, parrots can outlive their owners and reach a ripe old age of 100!
Does a parrot fit in with your lifestyle?
It is therefore, so important to be certain that you are adopting a parrot for the right reasons and are able to provide for them a long and healthy life. In other words, adopting a parrot is a lifetime commitment and never an impulse buy.
With this in mind, time and care are two words that are commonly used when explaining the relationship between bird and human. It is consequently vital, to consider your personal commitments before adopting these beautiful birds. A single tame bird will require a lot of human contact and so a busy work schedule or private life that takes you away from your feathered friend for long periods of time is not appropriate. Remember, your parrot didn’t choose to be adopted. So, please, make sure you have researched everything there is to know about the bird before embarking or “emsquawking ” on a commitment that could last a lifetime.
Finally, owning a parrot is a massive responsibility unlike any other domesticated pet. They require attention, exercise and a lifetime of care. Birds permanently neglected and left in parrot cages, waiting for their life to be over is a shocking and sad sight and not an existence worthy for such an intelligent and beautiful creature. So, if you have even the slightest worry that this will happen, then please let someone else have the chance to provide this beautiful bird with the long, happy and healthy life it so clearly deserves.
Joseph Lewis from Petvillas
My background is from a copywriting perspective and I have created copy for Ford, Cancer Research and The Dogs Trust and also worked on the huge catalogue of pet products that we distribute from our website. I have great experience working in the pet industry. I am also an animal lover and have been rescuing abused dogs and cats since I was a child, so I care passionately about the creatures I write about.