JoJo’s Perch




Hello my featherless friends!

Welcome to the first installment of my new blog, JoJo’s Perch. Here we will talk about the latest in pet care. We’ll cover it all, from information for birds (my feathered peeps) to our four-legged, land-bound roommates – cats and dogs. Today we have a very important subject: Should you bring a bird into the household?

There are always many things to consider before getting any new pet, birds are no exception. Of course there are the usual questions: Do you have the time and space for another pet? Who will take care of your bird when you are gone? What about other pets and children in the household? Will they be okay with a new family member? Is anyone in the household allergic? Is there room for another pet in the monthly budget?

When we get to thinking about adding a family member as special as a bird, new questions come up.

How are you with mess?

All pets have a certain amount of mess that they generate. Food, litter, hair. More hair. But, take it from me, birds win in the mess department. Parrots like to chew on everything, so pieces of everything will be everywhere. Food, toys, perches, your furniture – expect to find little pieces of it everywhere. And the feathers! They also go everywhere. I pride myself on hiding them in the weirdest places. My crowning achievement so far is a large wing feather in the dog’s water bowl. The dog was not very happy with that one.

Do you want your bird to be able to talk?

Each species of bird has a different level of mimicry and understanding of what words and noises mean. Parakeets and Cockatiels are great with repetitive whistles and noises but not very good with voices, Amazons and Cockatoos are great talkers, and African Greys are great at most noises and can even do different voices. But no matter what, each individual bird is different. Some Cockatiels can speak very well and some Greys barely learn anything besides “Hi.” I had a Grey for a neighbor at the rescue and he could only make the sound of the microwave. We did not have many deep conversations.

Speaking of noise…

Is there a noise restriction where you live?

While every bird makes noise, some birds are noisy than others.   Does your housing allow for the noise of a cockatoo? Or just a finch? And remember, size isn’t always a factor when it comes to noise. I once knew a Lovebird with an eardrum piercing squawk. If you don’t have a chance to spend some time with the type of bird you are thinking about in order to hear some of the species’ noises, I recommend looking for some recordings online. Best to know what you’re getting yourself into.

Does your veterinarian see birds?

From yearly health exams and labs to vaccines and the occasional emergencies, birds need to see a veterinarian like any of your other pets. Unfortunately not all veterinarians will see birds, we are considered exotic. Luckily for you, if you’re reading this on, you’ve already found one to take care of your new feathered friend: the veterinarian at Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital.

By answering these questions about yourself and your lifestyle and by doing your research on different kinds of birds hopefully you’ll be able to figure out if a bird is the right pet for you. And if you do decide to get a bird, remember, there are great parrots ready to be adopted instead of bought.

About me…

I’m a 22 year old Senegal parrot. As with any creature as small as I am, I have a big attitude and know how to get what I want. I share my home with my human servant Megan and her Australian Shepherds, whom I torment to my heart’s content. Coming from a rescue my history is a little bit of a mystery. My early life has caused me to be a picker, but it doesn’t matter too much – I know I’m gorgeous!