POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES HAVING A BIRD AS A PET
Perhaps you want to be different from the crowd and buy a pet that none of your friends have, well why not a bird? As with buying any pet, you need to know that this is a wise choice for you, as a pet is a new addition to your family after all.
Birds are very intelligent animals and can learn to speak and sing, which can be great fun for you and your family. They are also very social and develop strong bonds with their caregivers. You can be sure that you will get a lot more interaction from your bird than if you bought a fish, guinea pig or mouse.
Birds are beautiful! There are a variety of species with vibrant colours for you to choose from. On top of this, they do not take as much grooming as would a fluffy dog.
A bird does not need to be walked or let out at night. You can relax that after a hard day’s work you do not have to get ready for taking your pet for a walk or have to call and search for one that has not come home.
A cage is easier to clean than the entire backyard. All pets have to be cleaned up after, however, a smaller space is obviously a bonus when it comes to keeping the house hygienic.
Birds live long lives, so you can feel secure that you and your family will not suffer undue heartbreak as you would with pets with shorter lifespans.
Birds are so very intelligent and social they need much more attention than other pets to keep their minds active. Birds, like humans, will feel depressed if they feel neglected and this can lead to a whole load of undesirable behaviours such as shrieking, biting and making a mess of their food and waste.
Unfortunately, not all vets and grooming services are equipped to deal with birds, so you might have to travel far to find someone who specialises in check-ups for your new pet. Though birds groom themselves, they still need to have some trimming and clipping done which is not something you could easily learn to do yourself.
Birds can be picky about who they will bond with, which means that they can make things very awkward. For example, they might not like one of your kids, or will always bite a new person who visits the house.
You cannot keep your bird in its cage all the time. Sure you do not need to take it down the street but you should make sure you let the bird have time around the house (on your shoulder or sitting beside you on the couch) or out in the backyard to get some fresh air. This means that you need to be prepared that there could be a mess on you or your furniture during this cage-free time.
Can you think of any more reasons why a bird might be the perfect pet or the worst idea? Share your comments below.