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Choosing a Bird as a Pet

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It’s decided: you or your elderly loved one are going to adopt a pet. Whether it’s a furry or feathered companion, your heart is torn. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering choosing a bird as a pet.

Why Choose a Bird as a Pet?

Birds are appreciated for their beauty, singing, intelligence, and affectionate nature. They are animals with which you can easily interact and form beautiful relationships. Adopting a bird requires a certain level of personal commitment. Your pet bird will be highly sensitive to how you take care of it (and it will reward you for it!).

In general, pet birds do not appreciate solitude and prefer to spend their time forming bonds with their owner or with their fellow birds. This makes them an ideal choice for the elderly or individuals with limited mobility!

What Care Does a Bird Require?

While birds require relatively low maintenance, a light daily cleaning is necessary to keep the cage floor clean. Every two weeks, it is necessary to disinfect the entire cage (floor, walls, and bars), as well as the accessories, feeders, and waterers. Cleaning the cage is a criterion for the bird’s well-being, both mentally and physically. It is essential to prevent the occurrence of diseases, provided that suitable products are used.

Furthermore, it is important to remember that the larger the cage, the happier the bird will be. The size of the cage should be appropriate for the species and the number of individuals.

Choosing a Bird as a Pet

Which Species Should You Consider?

There are numerous bird species to choose from. However, if you are considering choosing a bird as a pet for the first time, veterinarians recommend opting for a small species. Here are a few examples:

  • Doves, Pigeons, and Turtle Doves: These three types of birds can be easily tamed. With their calm temperament, doves, turtle doves, and pigeons do not bite. Their life expectancy ranges from 15 to 30 years.
  • Canaries and Finches: These are beautiful little birds with a melodious song. Finches (also known as diamond doves) and canaries thrive in the company of their own kind and do not appreciate frequent handling. They can live up to 15 years.
  • Budgerigars: Two species, in particular, are well-suited for beginners: the budgerigar and the cockatiel. These small colorful birds enjoy human contact and have the ability to talk. Budgerigars live between 6 and 20 years.
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- Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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