Making New Year’s resolutions can be such a productive process that you should include something for your pets on your list. Being a parrot owner comes with a lot of responsibility. There is always something you can do better. So why not leverage the power of New Year’s resolutions and use them to your pet’s advantage?
Take a little time to think about your feathered friends and their needs. Next, try to come up with 2 or 3 ways you can provide better care, or make their lives more enjoyable. Once you come up with some realistic options, jot them down on your notepad. Here are a few tips to help you through the process:
• Consider your bird’s physical health: Having a healthy, happy parrot is one of life’s greatest joys. Nothing is more satisfying than watching your birds happily play on their parrot stands with their bird toys. When writing your New Year’s resolutions, think of ways you can improve your bird’s physical well-being. Perhaps you should switch to a better brand of food. Or maybe you should offer a wider variety of fruits and veggies. Perhaps your bird needs more exercise than he is getting. If this is the case, invest in some large bird toys and parrot play gyms. Allow your bird to come out of his cage for two hours every day to stretch his wings and play. He’ll enjoy the break from his cage and normal routine. Little changes like this can go a long way in improving your feathered friends physical health.
• Consider his mental & emotional needs To be happy and healthy, parrots need more than a hearty meal and fresh drinking water. They also need social interaction and mental stimulation to thrive. As a bird owner, evaluate how you are meeting your bird’s needs in this area. Does your bird seem lonely? Perhaps you should purchase a playmate for him. Or maybe you need to re-adjust your schedule to spend more time with your parrot. There are a number of ways to do this. Take your bird out of his cage and place him on his parrot playgym where he can sit close to you as you read a book or watch TV. You can come up with fun games to do together utilizing various bird toys. Since birds are extremely smart and enjoy exercising their brainpower, why not set aside some time to teach your parrot a few bird tricks?
• Don’t over commit When making resolutions it’s easy to get carried away. You may become so excited by a new idea or concept that you over-commit and end up writing out a long list of over a dozen goals. Unfortunately, this will never work. You won’t be able to follow through with all of those resolutions in a single year. You’ll get tired, discouraged and eventually abandon the ideas all together. To be successful, select 2-3 ways you can improve your feathered friends life this year. Then do them.
If you know you need to get better at keeping new and interesting bird toys in your birds cage, focus on that. If you want to make sure your parrot spends more time with you, purchase a parrot play gym and stick to your new routine.
By taking small steps and not over committing, you will be able to see your success much sooner. Plus you’ll be motivated to stick with your resolutions instead of getting overwhelmed.
I hope these ideas are helpful to you so that you and your birdy can have a wonderful, happy and healthy 2011.