|Let's Celebrate Pet Birds!|
T.J. Lafeber D.V.M.
Birds never tell us about their feelings ... or do they? What type of feelings would you say these acts describe? Birds:
Eagerly anticipate your arrival and when you enter the room are excited to see you.
Want to be with you.
Mimic your voice because they try to imitate their owner
Move close to you, cuddle and want to be touched.
Look forward to sharing your food.
Joyfully perform tricks
Trust you. (That's saying a lot because in trusting you completely their lives could be at stake.)
Put their heads down submissively to be scratched.
Take pleasure in communicating with you through sounds and body language.
Call for your attention.
Have a feeling that they have become members of our family.
May become jealous and even attack whomever they consider a competitor.
Become so attached to you that in your prolonged absence may feel stressed, depressed or even psychotic. (May start feather picking and manifest other nervous vices.)
Sit contentedly on your hand or shoulder.
Need your friendship and attention to be happy.