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Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Grieving The Loss Of Your Parrot
We have some friends that recently lost their pet Congo, Zippy. The shock and grief of losing their pet is overwhelming for them. In this case the bird was able to unlock its cage door and the two family cats killed him. They are going through a period of hatred for the cats and guilt that they didn't secure the cage door properly.
We hate to see anyone have to deal with this situation. Especially two nice people that love all animals and had created a happy home for their pets. Don't let it happen to you.
If you do your homework, you can avoid dirt and clutter, damage to your property, injuries to your family or your pets, and the death of your parrot. First, you have to view your bird as you would a two year-old child. Make your house childproof...or in this case parrot proof.
Keep the cage away from curtains, door frames and other furniture.
Check the locks and make sure they are in good working condition. Hook and loop latches are as good as no latch at all for a large parrot. This is especially true for the main door. Metal disks that block the food doors from opening are easy for a large parrot to open. If your parrot has ever picked its latch you should fix the problem immediately. Consider chains or a new cage.
Keep your parrot groomed. Toenails clipped and wings trimmed. Don't wait until the "next feather" comes in and gives him(her) enough lift to fly.
Don't leave you parrot unattended and outside its cage. Even if you're gone for thirty minutes a lot of damage can occur.
Open windows in the parrot's room can mean death. Screened windows are no better. You can make a screen out of cage wire that will prevent you bird from visiting the neighbors.
We could go on and write a book. The point is, if you would spend a few hours thinking about the potential trouble your parrot could get into, you can solve a lot of problems in advance and have a better relationship with your bird.
- posted by J-Birds @ 5:55 PM |
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