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All about parrots
ALL ABOUT PARROTS
They can be playful and affectionate one day, sullen and withdrawn the
next. They fling their food when they eat and scatter toys thoughtlessly. Car
keys and other bright objects attract their attention, and they've been known
to pull glasses and dangling earings off guests.
And that's not all. They can throw spectacular tantrums, and once they
start screaming, its almost impossible to get them to stop. If you live with
them, invest in s hand-held vacuum and keep paper towels handy.
Did you guess toddlers? Think parrots instead, which can behave very much
like a child in the "terrible two's." except for one big difference -- the
birds never outgrow that stage. Perhaps that's part of their charm and one of
the reasons why these pets grow more popular by the day.
And yet one of the reasons people are drawn to these colorful critters is
that they think they're easier to care for then a dog or cat -- and that's not
really true. Without proper care, good food and constant attention, parrots
can easily become sick which is why so few pet parrots will ever see even the
low end of their normal lifespan --30 years to 70 years.
If you're thinking of laying out hundreds of dollars for a set-up and
bird, ask yourself some questions first.
* Do you have time to spend with your pet? Birds are social animals and
may become physically or mentally ill if left alone too much, such as when the
owner works all day.
* If you must leave the bird for long periods of time, would you consider
keeping a pair of birds to keep each other company, even though that will
double your set-up expense and the time you must dedicate to care?
* Can you find someone to take care of your bird -- not just feed it, but
spend time with it -- when you go on business trips or vacations?
* Are you a neatnik who can't tolerate mess or destruction? Parrots create
dust and seem to take pleasure in flinging food and feathers. And since
parrots relieve themselves when the need arises, droppings go to everywhere
your parrot does, ending up on your shoulder, on the kitchen counter, on the
tops of the curtains -- in short, everywhere. A parrot can also turn molding
into splinters in minutes, and can be just as efficient in destroying any
other household item that strikes its fancy.
* Will you have time to ensure your pet gets a proper diet? It's not just
a matter of dumping seed in a dish. Parrots need a variety of fresh food to
stay healthy, including such items as fruits and vegetables and even pasta.
* Are you prepared to keep the cage clean Some parrots need to have
droppings removed daily to keep harmful mold from forming. At the very least,
you should be prepared to scrub and disinfect every bit of your parrot's
enviroment -- cages, perches, toys and dishes -- weekly.
* If the trouble and the cost don't put you off, then you're definitely
parrot material. If they do. there are still birds that might suit your
household. Think small. Finches, canaries and parakeets make wonderful pets
and are nowhere near as demanding or costly as a parrot.
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