Do Birds Make Good Pets?

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Birds make excellent pets, especially for people whose lifestyle precludes owning dogs or cats.

If your living situation makes it difficult to walk a dog and you’re looking for a companionable pet, consider a bird.

Birds are great companions and many of them can be taught to talk. Birds are highly intelligent and learn quickly. They bond closely with their humans and can be very loving.

Caring for a bird is relatively simple. Birds basically clean themselves, preening their feathers often. You can supply your bird with a bird-size bathtub in the cage or on the table or give them a light shower. Their nails need trimming only once in a while.

Birds don’t take up a lot of room. Cages can be placed in an area comfortable for both your bird and you. This is especially important if you have a limited amount of space.

Bird food is relatively inexpensive. And you can share small bits of fruits and veggies with your bird. Just make sure not to feed something that is toxic to birds.

Birds are fun to watch as they go through their repertoire of antics. Most pet birds are pretty to look at and add beauty to your home.

While landlords may include a clause in your lease prohibiting dogs or cats, the lease rarely mentions birds. Birds are not as noisy as dogs and you don’t have to deal with fur all over the house.

Most healthy birds, with proper care, are longer-lived than other pets. This mean you have the pleasure of their companionship for many years.

When choosing a bird think about how much time you have to invest in teaching and caring for it. Do you want a bird that can be taught to talk and do tricks or would you prefer a bird that sings to you.

If you have children, parakeets, cockatiels and small conures are good choices. Children enjoy watching these active birds. They can help with feeding the bird, cleaning the cage and teaching the bird to talk.

When purchasing a bird, especially for first time owners, be sure it has been hand fed and tamed. Research your choice of bird thoroughly to be sure it’s the right one for you.

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