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Parrots can make fascinating and delightful companions. Maybe you have been considering adopting one of your own. If so, you may have visions of a cuddly friend who loves to snuggle and talks your ear off, amazes friends and family with its vast vocabulary and is an outgoing, social companion. While some folks do end up with the bird of their dreams, any parrot parent will tell you that you must also be willing to put up with a few annoyances along the way.

Here is a list of 7 things you should consider before making the decision to adopt a parrot.

Read more: So You Want a Parrot ~ Before You Adopt Read This First

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Tips on cooking safety were provided by Karen Rosenthal, DVM, MS.

Original Date Published: 9/27/2010, Posted here 12/10/12

Companion avians are extra sensitive to what’s going on in the air. Whatever they inhale goes to all parts of their bodies very quickly. This sensitivity, coupled with their small size, makes it especially dangerous for birds to breathe in cooking fumes and eat some of the foods and plants that are commonly found in kitchens. ASPCA experts urge bird parents to heed the following precautions in order to prevent curious beaks from getting caught in dangerous situations.

Read more: Top Ten Ways to Keep your Bird Safe from Kitchen Dangers



Pet ferrets can bring hours of entertainment and fun. But there are a number of things prospective pet owners should know about these pocket-sized pets before they bring one home. 

Read more: Ferrets 101: A Video Resource for Pet Owners