By bird problems - 07/03/2016 17:42 - United States - Salt Lake City
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1. Learn the cockatoo a nursey rhyme 2. You and the baby fall asleep easily 3. ??? 4. Profit!
"Learn in the sense of “teach” dates from the 13th century and was standard until at least the early 19th . But by Mark Twain's time it was receding to a speech form associated chiefly with the less educated . The present-day status of learn has not risen. This use persists in speech, but in writing it appears mainly in the representation of such speech or its deliberate imitation for effect."
So they can wake you up at 2:30 in the morning to go pee? I can't count the number of times I've had to stagger out half asleep so my dog can refuse to empty her bladder so she can sniff all the exciting smells. Or the fact that I learned the hard way and had to ban toys from her crate at night because she loves her squeaky stuffed animals. Or the random dreams where she kicks, growls, or whimpers. Every night. I'm a light sleeper. I'm tired.
Because dogs never make any trouble or get jealous? Every pet has its ups and downs and 90% of the problems people complain about, are self-made because they don't learn how to properly care for said pet or how to read their body language (e.g. getting a young kitten without company in a small apartment and then complaining bc it's bored and tearing the walls down *facepalm*)
It gets easier! My twins went from an every 3 hour schedule to every 5 very quickly, 6 hour stretches started at 2 months. I would get rid of the bird if it persists though.
There are reasons Id understand giving up an animal, mostly if the animal would be better in another home or you really don't have a choice. Changing owners can be very stressful to animals. The bird isn't trying to be a nuisance, i doubt it understands. It just wants attention from its owner because it seems like this is their first child so before it probably got a lot more attention. Many kids also react badly to getting another sibling because that means less attention, you don't consider getting rid of them.
I believe that pets are family too, but you can't judge other people for not being able to handle their pet after big life changes and feeling that it would be better (not just for them, but for the animal as well) to give them up to another person that would love it and be able to take care of it and give it what it needs better than what the current owner can give it. I hate when people judge other people so severely when they are doing the best they can and making hard decisions that they feel is best for themselves and others in their family (including the pet).
As others in other comments have said, some animals react very badly to changing owners, I believe birds are one of them. As for "good homes", it's hard to be sure at times. Our mastiff-lab we were barely scraping by and thought it was better to rehome him. It was with my moms coworker, someone who she talked to constantly. He had a very hard time adjusting and when we got him back we find out he'd been abused in the short amount of time they were with them. This was someone my mom talked to a lot before giving him to them, who never indicated any sort of thing wrong. I'll accept responsibility for what happened to him but it shows you can't always be sure that "good home" is so good.
I don't know much about birds but a lot of parrots species (if not all?) need a partner to be happy. So if you've always been its solitary form of entertainment/communication, I would suggest you read up on your pet and/or go see a professional about it. Maybe a second bird might just solve all your problems?