Parrots are Great Pets and Lifelong Companions

Most pets you can have, a dog or a cat usually, will most likely not live longer than 15 years. Most of them don't make it that long. But a parrot is another story. These awesome birds can live up to 50 years. In the case of the Macaw, up to 100 years or more. So if you want a pet that will be around for awhile, a parrot is a good choice. Follow these tips and bits of advice when choosing a parrot as a pet:

· People don't usually consider their living space as a factor in choosing a parrot as a pet, but this is important to the bird. Just because you put him in a huge cage that takes up your whole living room, doesn't mean he won't be claustrophobic in a small room. Make sure you have a large room to put his cage in.

· Parrots very rarely take to other animals. They are usually on the losing end when it comes to a dog with big jaws or a cat with claws. The parrot, by instinct, knows this, so try not stress him out with other animals. If you have other pets that stay outdoors, that would be the ideal situation for owning other pets in addition to your parrot.

· Another factor to consider in choosing a parrot as a pet is noise. They don't sing like songbirds, they squawk. They are capable of learning words, too, and they will say these over and over. If these things won't bother you or others in your family, a parrot will get along well in your home. Macaws can generate ear-piercing screams.

· Parrots don't come cheap. The larger birds that can learn to talk, African Greys, and Macaws for example, go for anywhere between $2000 to $5000, while the smaller birds, Conures and Quakers, range between $500 and $700.

· The time you will have to spend with your parrot is another important factor. You will need to spend at least half an hour a day with him, more if you can. That would be better. They are social animals and need company to thrive and be healthy.

· Take this into consideration if you have children: Parrots will bite and it isn't a little bite. Make sure if you decide to get a parrot to teach children not to put fingers in the cage. Never leave a child unsupervised with any animal.

· To keep a caged parrot healthy and happy, you need to provide him with the proper kind of diet and lots of toys to play with. Imagine spending everyday in that cage with nothing to munch on or anything to occupy your time. A parrot will make a much better bird with all the things he needs.

· The type of diet to feed your parrot is important. Pet stores can hook you up with food for him that will meet all his nutritional needs. Don't give your parrots people food unless you know for sure he should have it. Talk to your veterinarian about an extended diet.

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