Birds make great pets, but the truth is that they are much different to care for than dogs and cats. Ideally, you want to do your research before you purchase a bird, but if you have already taken the plunge and became a parrot owner, the following information should help you.

Pay attention to your bird’s lifespan

Each species of bird will have a life expectancy, and you need to familiarize yourself with the lifespan of the particular species that you plan on buying or have already bought. You need to understand certain birds, especially parrots, have lifespans that equal or exceeds that of people. For this reason alone, you are making a long-term commitment to bird ownership. Certain species of bird need to be mentioned in a will, so they will be taken care of if they outlive you. If you are not ready to make a friend for the rest of your life, you probably shouldn’t be an owner of a parrot.

Take the time to decide on cage placement

Most parrots need direct sunlight for a certain amount of time each day. It will not be healthy for your bird to only experience indirect light, and you should never keep your bird in a dimly lit area of your home. Parrots and similar birds need direct sunlight in order for their bodies to manufacture important nutrients. It is common for bird owners not to give their parrots enough direct sunlight. Failure to do this can lead to health problems over time.

Parrots are social animals

Make sure you understand that you parrot will become a part of your life. These birds are extremely social, so if you are the only person living with the bird, you will need to spend time talking to it as well as taking the bird out of its cage and spending time with it. This is similar to a dog. Although dogs are well known as social animals, parrots generally are not. However, just as you would spend a lot of time with your dog, you will need to do the same with a parrot. If you have more than one person in your household, you will need to try and include your pet bird with everyone. A pet parrot should be seen as a member of your family.

Take your parrot to the veterinarian

With a dog or cat, you may not bother to take your pet to the doctor unless there is something obviously wrong with the animal. The problem with parrots is that they can develop a health issue without you being aware of it. The may exhibit subtle symptoms that only a veterinarian will be able to pick up on. For this reason, you need to take your parrot for checkups. In addition, you should try and find a doctor with a lot of experience with birds. Although there are seldom specialists with parrots, there are certain veterinarians that see birds every day as a part of their practice.

There are books that can help you learn more about your parrot, but some of the best information will be provided by your veterinarian. They have first-hand knowledge about each particular species.  Any medication that your veterinarian prescribes, can often be found online at a discount. Intestinal worms, for example, are an issue with parrots. You can shop for bird worming products online.

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