When owning a bird, we must remember they aren’t domesticated over thousands of years the way cats and dogs are. They can however adapt to living in a human environment if given a balanced daily routine, filled with things to help bring out behaviours they are naturally created for.
Giving your bird a range of options through participating in daily activities such as flight, foraging, training, playtime. Out of cage time is simply the single most important thing you can do for your bird.
Teaching them how to navigateflightaround a secure home with lots of encouraging landing opportunities is the best, most natural form of exercise for your parrot. It also introduces them to reaching certain boundaries and feeling confident moving above them. Foraging is another natural and stimulating way to keep your birds active. Keep in mind your parrot will have to learn how to use certain foraging items from you teaching them through encouragement and simple step by step routines. Training your bird to step up onto your hand, a perch, recall (come to you when called) can assist with flight training as well as everyday activities. Playtime with certain toys is a fun part of your birds physical development and should be an active part of training, recall and everyday routines.
A healthy, balanced diet filled with variety can be exciting to your bird. It’s giving the options of extra nutrients with fruits, veggies, grains, sprouts, nuts and various treatsalong with pellets and/or seeds.
Not only can textures, flavours or shapes be a fun way to introduce birds to new foods but it is a stimulating way to conduct environmental enrichment.
Are simply fun and entertaining. They help create a mutual trust and offer various problem solving and brain developing tasks to give to your bird.
Clicker Trainingoffers a fun, quick way to help your parrot problem solve and use their brain to learn a trick in a shorter amount of time.
Socialising can vary between individual birds. It is important to note what appropriate limits are for your parrot and, how best to work on those limitations through training and positive experiences. Exposing your safely bird to different environments, people and various items can help with confidence and problem behaviours in your parrot.
Should always give your bird opportunity to gain some lift or room to move freely, stretch and flap their wings, especially if caged for long periods in a day. You should offer activities within their cage to prevent boredom, such as foraging, shredding activity, toys and levels withing perches.
Remember, birds aren’t easy pets to look after but if provided with these appropriate Ingredients, your bird will live a happy and fulfilled life.
some allo: haha it doesn’t matter that you’re aro since you have hobby/pet/etc.!
me, internally: actually while I know you’re making a light hearted joke, that’s a really upsetting thing to hear. Not only are you contributing to amatonormativity by implying that I need something to ‘replace’ a romantic partner, but you are trivialising my issues. While for some aros a pet or project may negate the need for frequent human contact and mean we’re comfortable alone, that’s not always the case. Many of us do want meaningful relationships, even if they aren’t romantic, and I really need you not to imply that my needs are fine left unmet. I want to be important to someone desperately and while I love my pets and interests, they are entirely dissimilar to being prioritised in another human being’s life. Please listen to me when I tell you I’m hurting.
This week, the US is experiencing a significant heat wave. Check out these tips from Lynx to keep you and your humans cool and safe! 🔥
Stay indoors as much as possible. Follow the AC!
If you do have to go outside, stay in the shade and avoid direct sunlight.
Check on your family and friends! Make sure they are staying cool, and invite them over if they don’t have any AC.
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water.
Take is easy this week, don’t overexert yourself. Keep stress and vigorous activity to a minimum.
Keep an eye out for heat-related illness, and seek medical attention if necessary. Symptoms include - confusion, headache, dizziness, hot/dry/flushed skin or excessive sweating, muscle cramps, and a rapid heartbeat.
You knew it was stupid, knew it would likely get you killed. The gods did not like being bothered about such trivial matters. But you were just… so. fucking. tired. Tired of being alone, tired of being betrayed and used, of being constantly taken for granted. You just wanted someone to look forward to seeing you, to look forward to spending time with you, just because you are you. You wanted to be enough.
With trembling fingers, you lit the small fire, watching your offering be eaten by the flames. You had said your piece, and you knew that they would either ignore you, or you would incur their wrath for asking for help in such a thing. You loved your patron deity dearly, but you weren’t stupid. You knew what you were risking. Even if they didn’t kill you for this, you would forever be out of favour with them.
Suddenly, you felt a change in the air, and you looked up, startled. Your breath left your lungs all in a silent whoosh as you stared up at your patron deity, awed by their presence here, and confused as to why they had come personally. They could just as easily kill you from afar. Perhaps you had just angered them that badly.
Strangely, you saw no anger in their gaze as they looked upon you, only flickers of something that you didn’t understand. After awhile, they spoke up, voice carrying across the short distance.
“What is it you ask of me?” They asked lowly, though you knew they were already aware. Even with them speaking so quietly, there was power to their voice that no mortal could hope to match.
As if their question was tugging at the floodgates, you felt thickness settle at the back of your throat, tears stinging at your eyes.
“I..I just… I can’t do it anymore… I just need someone…someone to care about me. I just want someone to be happy that I exist. Anyone…” Your voice clogged in your throat and you choked out a sob, shoulders shaking with the weight of the world as you struggled to keep talking.
“I don’t want to be alone anymore.” You whispered brokenly, desperately trying to contain yourself.
Ashamed of your behaviour, you couldn’t find the strength to raise your eyes and meet theirs, blurry gaze focused on the floor before you. You must have made such a pathetic sight to them. That was why it shocked you so much when their arms wrapped around you, your breath hitching in your throat.
Your deity knelt on the dirty ground before you, and gently drew you into their chest, rubbing their hand gently up and down your back as the other rested on your head, petting gently. The kindness tipped you over the edge, and you sobbed out shaky apologies as you crumpled in their hold. Gently they shushed you, as hands that had the power to destroy entire civilisations, tenderly rubbed circles over your spine.
“Shhh now… You’re not alone anymore.” They murmured comfortingly, cradling you ever so gently to their powerful frame, allowing you to let out years of pent up agony in the form of your broken cries.
hey guys! I thought I would make this post, considering many witches have pets of their own which is wonderful, but I think we should take our pets’ safety and wellbeing - both physical and mental - into our craft, so here it is.
please take care of your animal friends, I haven’t seen a post like this before, so here I am making it! :)
candles / incense
this one is actually really important. the smoke of the incense and candles (especially the scented ones) can potentially be harmful to the sensitive lungs of our pets. this especially applies to birds, who have very sensitive respiratory systems. choose candles that are made of soy or bees wax with cotton or paper wicks over other ones, it’s better for your pets’ lungs and your lungs as well. when you light your candles try to put it in a room away from your pets where you know they won’t visit. if you have birds, keep the candles far, far away from them.
be especially courteous of scented candles - some of the wicks contain lead. you can test this by gently rubbing the unburnt wick along a piece of paper - if it leaves grey smudgy marks like a pencil would, then it probably contains lead.
some common herbs and household plants can be dangerous to pets, so please do research on what plants can potentially be poisonous to your pet before buying or planting. some plants poisonous to dogs are: autumn crocus, azalea, oleander, daffodils, lilies, lily of the valley, tulips, hyacinths, and more.
many of those listed plants are dangerous to cats as well, and other plants dangerous to cats are: aloe vera, birds of paradise, carnations, chrysanthemums, dahlias, poinsettias, primroses, and more.
I highly encourage you to do your own research!
something else to be mindful of is crystals. if there’s crystals that contain things that are toxic to humans, then they could very easily be toxic to animals as well. you can still keep these crystals, but you need to make sure they don’t interact with your pet(s) too much.
jars, altars, shrines, etc
not too much of a safety concern, but if you have any feline friends in the house who have a tendency to knock things off of tables and shelves… be careful about these things! lol
I thought this one would be worth adding. I know witches love to sprinkle salt around their homes, near doors, windowsills, etc., and for good reasons! cleansing, protection, all that. but if you have animal inhabitants in your house, things get a little bit trickier.
actually, not all that tricky. if you like to sprinkle some salt onto the ground, keep in mind there’s a chance your dog or cat or rabbit or whatever free roams your house could lick it off the floor. of course, this is not a major health concern, and a little bit of salt in their system won’t hurt, but too much and it can cause damage. just another note to make!
one last note to make
this one may sound obvious and silly to some, but it’s a point worth making.
please, remember to take care of your pets in other aspects as well. don’t get so caught up in witchcraft that you forget to meet their minimum care requirements. yes, witchcraft is a wonderful thing, but it shouldn’t be all-encompassing in your life, and definitely should not get in the way of your pets’ love, happiness and safety.
I mean, all things considered, it’s unlikely a witch will ever be so caught up in everything they’ll end up neglecting their pets or forgetting to do basic tasks for them, but still lol.
• Just moved into a completly new area 14 hours away from home
Momo fell out of my bedroom window 11pm chasing a moth. After noticing 30 minutes later he was gone, My S.O and I went outside to look for him and accidentally chased him across the street and into a thick forest of thorns. We yelled for him for a good hour then soon went back home.
Here’s what we did the next 2 mornings:
1. We made a trail of wet food across the street and back home. Not enough food for him to eat, but to smell.
2. Shirts, dresses, blankets, anything with our scent he would recognize we put out all over our yard to the window he fell out of. /// IN THE YARD
3. we set his cat litter outside, with his shit and all. ( The cat littler box we had was brand new one too) This cat litter box had a roof and door flap. We glued popsicles sticks to the inside so he could get IN but not OUT // IN THE YARD
Note: - You can make a harmless trap out of anything. A cardboard box even ( Take the box and completly tape it shut, grab a knife and cut a door into it that can open and close by pushing it in and out. Make sure it’s easily openable. Glue popsicle sticks to the inside and test the door. The door should be able to open inward and let a cat IN but the door in blocked by the popsicle sticks and the cat can’t get OUT + tip: add something to look in so you’re not left wondering.
4. We left food out next to the window he escaped. Food and water. Websites always said not to - but that’s what brought him back home. /// IN THE YARD
5. We bought baby monitors to listen outside the room. We couldn’t have the window open so this helped us keep an extra ear out. /// YARD
6. daily walks, car riders, changing the clothing every other day to newly scented.
7. Wore multiple layers of clothing, hats, gloves and crawled in small places filled with spiders and bugs just to look for him
8. Opened house entrances between 12 am to 5 am and kept watched.
9. Microwaved cat food every couple hours and mixed it to get scent super strong and out.
10. Sat in the forest for a couple hours talking and sat in the yard for a couple hours talking
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CATS:
- Cats will recognize their humans voice but will still act scared and run from you in a new environment
- No sad voice, no cheerful voice, use your NORMAL VOICE. Talk OUTSIDE and CALMLY in the DARK and wait. Do not move if it finally approaches you
- Keep lights OFF! Your house- the entrance - everywhere. I know it’s hard to see but you’ll adjust.
- STAY. UP. AND . WATCH. PATIENCE !!! I didn’t sleep for 3 nights. It was worth it.
- DO NOT TRY TO CATCH YOUR CAT AS SOON AS YOU SEE IT !!!!! If it doesn’t fall for a trap or doesn’t go back in- WATCH QUIETLY . Learn its new routine even if it’s been a couple hours since it left. Find ways to lure it in. It’s ok if it takes a couple nights
- If you scare it too much from your yard, your cat will avoid it instead.
- Fire works , Gun shots, parties, bands all roared in my neighborhood- and I still found my baby that same night, rained twice . Don’t worry.
- Cats like to sneak in. Leave as many sneaking openings as possible
What I think truly helped my cat find his way home :
• My clothing and scent
• The cat food left in front of the window
• Opening my entrances at 3 am
• My calm voice when I saw him
• My steady and slow movement
I snatched my baby up whole while leaning over the window and swore I would never let him out of my sight again. This happened in 3 nights and two days. A lot happened these days - I got attacked by a dog, Job interviews, family leaving, calling animal control, etc…
I hope this helps you find your cat. Be patient and do not give up. It was 4 am when I found my baby. I was about to give up 3 hours ago but I decided to stick it out.