What To Expect When Adopting a Parrot
Parrots are extremely intelligent, beautiful animals and can be very affectionate companions. While many people like the idea of owning these gorgeous birds, they often don’t realize how much care a parrot needs. While dogs and cats are relatively low maintenance, parrots are a bit more challenging. Before adopting a parrot, there are a few things you should know about owning one:
Parrots are extremely vocal
Like all birds, parrots are extremely social animals and express themselves by vocalizing. Parrots are typically very noisy, even with a lot of socialization and playtime.
Parrots can be messy
Parrots can be hard to pick up after, due to their droppings and messy eating habits. A parrot’s cage should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week.
Parrots need a special diet
Parrots require a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and pellets in order to stay healthy.
Parrots have sharp beaks and talons
Parrots can become easily agitated and may end up biting their owners. While parrots can be trained and given attention to curb this behavior, birds are easily stressed and accidents are inevitable.
Parrots need a lot of attention
Because parrots are so smart, they require a lot of mental stimulation in order to stay happy and well-behaved. You should be able to take at least two hours out of your day to play with your parrot.
Parrots live a long time
Adopting a parrot is often a lifetime commitment. Parrots can live anywhere from 20-80 years old, depending on their species.
Parrots are often one-person birds
Even in homes with multiple people, a single parrot will often form a close bond with one member of the household. This makes them difficult family pets, especially those with young children.
If you’re prepared to take proper care of a parrot, you’ll be rewarded with a friend for life. For more information on owning exotic pets and our exotic veterinary services, contact us today.