All pet experts will tell new bird owners to set aside time every day to handle their pets -- but why? Keeping them tame is only one reason that daily handling is so important. Read on for just a few reasons why handling your feathered friend every day is imperative to successful pet bird ownership.
- It's important to know your bird's body. Handling your bird every day will give you a good idea of what is normal for your pet in terms of weight and body condition. Because sick birds can become quite thin in a short amount of time, handling your bird often can help you keep a close eye on your pet's health. This can be helpful in alerting you to any health problems early on.
- Handling helps to keep pet birds tame. Although dogs and cats have been bred for pets for hundreds and hundreds of years, birds have not. Because of this, they are not domesticated and must be tamed on an individual basis. Handling your bird every day will help build the bond between you and your pet, and will deter wild and destructive behavior.
- Handling is soothing to both birds and owners. Perhaps the greatest reason for handling your bird is because it is fun! Being loved and petted is great for a pet bird's mental and emotional health, and research has proven that petting animals can lower stress levels in their human owners. Handling is a win/win situation!
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