Intelligent and beautiful, friendly birds bring many benefits to their owners. Some of these benefits might wow you.
Have you ever lived with a companion bird? It’s difficult to imagine how much birds bring to the home with their cheerful, inquisitive way of life. Keeping them healthy and happy can be daunting, but it comes with a reward in so many wonderful ways.
Compared to other pets, most companion birds have quite long lifespans. This implies that you won’t have to deal with the pain of losing your friend to old age, after just a few years, as you would with a Guinea pig or a rat or a large dog.
Pet birds provide long lasting friendship. As a matter of fact, many of the parrot species can live on after you. Of course, that comes with its problems because you’ll need to make preparation for the animal.
Research has revealed that keeping birds fosters social interaction, which is good for your mental health. It’s very soothing to hear your pets greet you with a cheerful “Hi, guys! Hello, hello!” when you come home after a hard day’s work each evening.
On the one hand, there is the interaction with other pet owners, such as the people on the bird forums or at your local pigeon club.
Moreover, there is the synergy with your pet birds, themselves.
You can be surprised the first time you hear a parrot put together a sentence to explain something, talking around an idea that he can’t figure the word for. That’s the period you realise that you’re talking with your pet bird, and not just to him.
It is a necessity to nurture and take care of someone. Just like older children would help to look after care their younger siblings, and that most people would have their kids once they reached their late teens or twenties. It’s common to be an only child now and being childless as an adult is on the increase.
Pets have the feeling to take care of someone. Pet birds are notably good when it comes to this, because they need lots of personal attention and interaction with you, to be of good health.
Pets inspire empathy in children. A pet that you can relate with, and who understands what you are feeling, makes it a lot easier to understand what you are feeling or thinking.
In the case of stress, playing with and talking to a pet will lower your levels of stress as well as lower your blood pressure. Now ain’t that good for your health? It would be so relaxing when your pet scratches your conures while they sit on you as you go about your activities at home.
It has been shown that petting an animal reduces stress and lower blood pressure. Don’t forget to pet against the lay of the feathers, to prevent raising your bird’s stress levels. You sure don’t want to do that! Bird pets don’t like to have their feathers smoothed with stroking. Scratch against the grain.
Learning could be slow as you get older, and this can put you at risk of early dementia. The phrase “use it or lose it” applies to your brain as much as anything else. Teaching tricks to birds of any species keep your mind sharp, and it’s also fun to your feathered companion. This brain exercise is recommended and better than medication in promoting healthy cognitive functioning.
When was the last time you taught your pet bird a new trick or introduced a new puzzle toy into the aviary? If you are yet to try any tricks, why not give it a try? Take a look at our Bird Training Guide for Beginners to get you right on track. You will realize that even the slowest of finches can learn to perch on your palm to get a treat.