We all know about the benefits of having pets, both emotionally and in health, but not everyone knows the unique benefits of having birds as companions. Birds are intelligent and beautiful creatures that will bring their owners many benefits and, some of them, totally unexpected.
Until you’ve lived with a companion bird, it’s hard to imagine how much birds add to the home with their cheerful, inquisitive natures. Keeping them healthy and happy is a lot of work, for sure, but they reward your efforts in so many wonderful ways.
Most companion birds have fairly long life-spans, as compared to other pets. This means that you won’t need to deal with the grief of losing your friend to old age, after just a few years, as you would with a Guinea pig or a rat or a large dog.
Pet birds provide life-long companionship. In fact, many of the parrot species can outlive you. That brings its own challenges, of course, because you’ll need to make arrangements for the animal.
[…] keeping birds encourages social interaction, which is good for your mental health.
Recent studies have shown that keeping birds encourages social interaction, which is good for your mental health. It’s very cheering to hear your pets greet you with a hearty “Hi, guys! Hello, hello!” when you come home from work each evening.
On the one hand, there is the interaction with other pet owners, such as the people on the bird forums or at your local pigeon club.
And on the other hand, there is the interaction with your birds, themselves.
It can be pretty shocking the first time you hear a parrot construct a sentence to explain something, talking around a concept that he doesn’t know the word for. That’s the moment when you know for sure that you’re talking with your pet, and not just to him.
For more benefits, read the full article in VetBabble.