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Responsible pet ownership is not just for the dogs

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This particular Examiner is adamant about responsible pet "ownership," and if you're an animal lover, you may have considered bringing a pet bird home at one time or another. I'm here to tell you that owning a pet bird is not only more difficult, it's also a lot more demanding.

For starters, most birds are much more intelligent than your garden variety cat or dog; that being said, they not only require more attention and interaction, but without it they are prone to self-destructive behaviors, such as feather plucking, which is very difficult to reverse once it has begun.

If you are considering adopting a feathered 'baby' make sure you do your homework. There are many different species of birds, just like cats and dogs, and you may find upon closer examination that a vibrant, expressive, and loud species, such as a conure, isn't your cup of tea. This is of crucial importance as most pet birds become 'one person' birds, meaning they prefer being handled by one person in the household over another. If the personality and demeanor of your new family member isn't a good match it will more than likely lead to frustration and the bird will likely end up in their cage more and more. This common, and avoidable occurence could be remedied by understanding that owning a pet bird requires a lot more than a simple cage and some food.

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