Parrots are not for the weak.

Yesterday I said Clyde was sick, and that I was taking him to the vet. He was very very sick. I found out yesterday that he had gout in all of his joints, due to kidney disease. The thing about birds is that they don’t tell you when they’re sick, at least not until it’s too late. It was too late. Clyde passed away just a little after midnight. 

I’m sitting here staring at clyde’s now empty cage and I feel there is a lesson that needs to be taught. Deciding you want to own a parrot is a commitment. They are the most loving creatures you will ever have the joy of loving if you treat them right. Their diet is super important to their well being. You can not let a bird thrive on pellets or seed alone. You have to include greens, berries, fruits and nuts into their diet. If you don’t, they get sick. They can get kidney and liver diseases amongst other things. Seeds should be a minimal part of a diet for birds. 

They need to have exercise. You can not coop them up in a cage and keep them as a living decoration. They are built to forage and fly, don’t deny them of that. They need to chirp and sing, don’t stifle their loud activity. If you can’t handle that, you don’t need to own a parrot. They need attention, and stimulation. Playing with your bird and talking to them is very vital for their mental health and if you don’t have time for them they will not have a very good life and will become depressed. 

Today, I am not sad. I am thankful. Thankful that I was able to give Clyde the treatment he has deserved his whole life. Thankful that I was able to make the last few weeks of his life the best I could make them. Thankful that he is no longer suffering from his kidneys failing. Of course I love him and of course I will miss him dearly. I’m thankful that he loved me as much as I loved him.

My point, before you decide to get an exotic animal, make sure you know what you’re getting into, make sure you can handle the responsibility. Don’t dump the animal off on someone else once you realize how sick you have made them. It’s all preventable. This little guy was not my pet, he was part of my family, and that’s how they should be treated.

Rest In Peace little friend❤️

Clyde may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. I will hold this lesson next to my heart for as long as I live and make sure people know, parrots are not for the weak.

8 thoughts on “Parrots are not for the weak.

  1. Birds are so underrated! I had 2 budgies when I was a kid and I loved them to pieces. I’d love to have pets again once I get a place of my own. Do you think you’ll be getting another parrot? Or another animal any time soon? RIP Clyde. Gorgeous bird.

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    1. Pets are so wonderful! My husband actually has two ferrets and our friend that lives with us has a dog. I think I’m going to take some time. Get settled into the new house. Eventually I plan to get another small parrot, probably another conure. I think I may get a baby next time because I can’t do this again. I fall so hard for my birds, I mean, how can you not love something that innocent and loving!?
      Also– you should totally get a pet! It’s nice having something to care for, even if it’s just a goldfish. Gives you a reason to get up in the morning.

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      1. Oh wow! Your household sounds amazing 😀 Sounds like a good plan, I’d probably do the same.
        I’d love to have a puppy one day. Right now it’s not possible, because our flat is overcrowded as it is.. but I think knowing I’d have to be committed to walking the littl’un every day etc would really help me. I love to walk but I don’t like walking alone coz I’m a bit ridiculous, so I rarely go out.
        I used to hesitate over the idea of a pet because their eventual death is inevitable, but I’ve come to accept that if I were able to adopt an animal that needed a home and give it a happy life, however long that may be, I’d have done something right. Like what you did for Clyde!

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      2. Oh no, I get the ridiculous thing. I get unreasonably paranoid, over things I make up in my head. I really hope you get that puppy some day. Don’t focus on the inevitable death, enjoy every day. That’s what I did with Clyde. I didn’t see this coming, not until it was too late. All you can do is show them love and make sure you’re doing the best things for them.

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  2. I’m glad you got a reason for Clyde’s death though. There’s nothing worse than not knowing why all these horrible things are happening. I also look forward to the day you get your new addition 🙂

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  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. 😦 I lost my bunny not too long ago, and like your situation, it was without warning. I miss him dearly, but I gave him the best life possible; that thought brings me comfort. Growing up, we had 2 cockatiels. They were great pets- so much fun, but yes, they were rather high maintenance as far as pets go. I’ve always loved conures. I used to go to the pet store and ‘dance’ with one when I was in high school. I named him Mango. I wasn’t able to adopt him, but I still think about him to this day. 🙂

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  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for writing this post, it’s so true that parrots are not an “easy” pet! Most of my friends agree that even my little parakeets sound a lot like human toddlers 🙂

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