Back in the day, parrots used to show a person’s social status. So one of the reasons to get one would be to show that you are in a very wealthy financial spot. I figured that changed over the years however as my financial status changed, I come to realize maybe there is still truth behind it. Look at it like this, in Canada there is no pet insurance for parrots and the care for an exotic bird is way more expensive than the care for a dog or cat. I’ve been reading about all these horror stories of people having to take care of their birds and the vet bills being astronomical and inside I can feel my heartbeat starting to pump fast and my breathing becoming harbored because if this happened to me what would I do? I don’t only have 1 bird, I currently have 8.
I took out a credit card that I put aside only to be used for my birds but that’s only 1000 dollar limit. I would have to increase it. I remember when I tried to save Nyx, the price I was quoted was 1,600 CAD. So as I take all this in…. I start to think maybe parrots is still a show of social status. Anyone can own a parrot but only the wealthy will be able to maintain them through extreme illness and anything else that may come their way.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the future of my birds because my financial status is definitely not one that’s in the higher end category. But as with anything else, you never know how my wheels may turn in the near future and I just pray that it becomes one where time and money will no longer be a worry for my efforts with my birds. Does the average parrot owner worry about these things or am I just a weirdo? Please let me know in the comments below.