If you’re thinking of getting a feathered friend, it’s important to look at whether the breed is a good fit for you and your family. Some types of parrots have a long lifespan, and could even outlive you! Who would look after Polly once you’re no longer here? The cost of food for different breeds varies. Look into whether you can afford to feed your bird without compromising on quality. Some species are very noisy, so it’s important to take your environment into account. Do you live in a flat or freestanding house?
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The bird you choose could affect your health. Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies? Cockatiel feathers break down into fine powder, which can be a health hazard to an asthmatic. Certain birds, like parrots, can pierce your skin, so if you have a clotting disease it could be a risky pet for you. Do you have enough free time to spend with your bird? A bored, frustrated bird could start plucking its feathers. It’s only fair to both you and the bird to understand what is required before they become part of your family.
Cats have scent glands along their tail, forehead, lips, chin and underneath their front paws. These glands contain one-of-a-kind pheromones, which they use to mark their territory. If you’ve ever thought that your cat owns you, you were spot on! It’s best to feed adult dogs twice a day rather than leaving their food out all the time – especially if you have more than one dog. Sticking to set feeding times allows you to monitor your dog’s eating patterns. If you have two hounds and the food is left out all day, you might not be able to pick up on a lack of appetite – a sign of illness – as your healthy dog is bound to take the opportunity to eat both bowls of food! If you notice that your dog is not eating, take them to the vet if there’s no improvement.