Before you decide to buy a parrot you should really think about it carefully. It is true that parrots are wonderful, beautiful, and smart companions… but are they really the right pet for you?
The first think you should realize is that parrots have very long lifespans. Some people even have to put their parrots in their will. Some parrots can live to be over 75 years old! This is important to thin about because you may have your pet for the rest of your life. Some other questions to ask yourself are:
– Are you planning on going to college?
– Do you think you’ll end up living in an apartment in the future?
– Do you like to travel a lot?
– Will your parrot out live you?
Some people have said that owning a parrot is like having a 2 year old child for the rest of your life. You need to be committed to caring for and loving your parrot for it’s entire life.
Think of the space you have in your house. Is there enough room for a large parrot cage, stand, and toys? Also, do you have any other pets? Dogs and cats may be dangerous for your parrot. If you are getting a smaller type parrot, a ferret may even be fatal for your bird.
Money is another factor you need to think about. For large parrots the cost of toys you need to replace every month can be around $30 each. Your parrot’s beak is very strong and you will be going through bird toys pretty fast. You’ll also have to keep buying your parrot’s food and treats! Not to mention your parrot’s cleaning supplies, you have a lot of things to buy every month and you may be spending around $100 a month for your parrot which may be a lot of money!
Another factor to consider is of course… noise. Parrots can be very vocal at times — including early in the morning and late at night. You can imagine why I don’t recommend parrots as pets for people that live in apartments or townhouses…
If you have children then you should realize how strong a parrot’s beak is. If your child puts his/her finger through the cage bars, your parrot may feel threatened and bite. This could do a lot of damage! Always supervise your child and parrot together!