Meet Bat the Conure.
What does Bat mean to you?
To me, Bat is a family member, a close friend, and I see him as a service pet. He is very funny, full of life and so sweet. Even when I am having a bad day at school, I come home and see his face and he makes me forget all my worries.
I call him my “baby boy” so to my parents, he is their grandson. He makes everyone laugh and reminds us to not sweat the small stuff and to focus on the blessings in life.
What is involved in caring for him?
Taking care of Bat requires a lot of time, patience and love.
We start his day by taking him out of his cage around 11 am. Any earlier, he is too tired and gets grumpy.
We then make his favourite breakfast meal, which is a sweet potato and blueberries mash. He would eat the mash throughout the rest of the day and we will occasionally mix mango pieces or a spinach-grape puree in it to change it up.
After that meal, he would eat his Zupreem natural and fruit blend pellets. He loves to dip the pellets in water to soften it up so having the food and water bowl close- by is imperative.
He interchanges between his pellets and his nutriberries all day, with maybe some broccoli, cauliflower and peanuts.
Throughout the day, he loves to be cuddled and held and he loves his head scratches!
In the afternoon, he doesn’t usually get very hungry. This is around the time we would do some flight training with him and treat him with sunflower seeds. This way he would be able to sleep easier at night.
Sometimes, he is put back in his cage for an hour nap.
And around 7-8pm is Netflix time, so this is when we put on a kids show for Bat and get some work of our own done while he focuses on what is going on in the screen.
By 10-11pm, it is bedtime and we are not allowed to forget his goodnight kisses!
What made you choose the name Bat?
Actually, we never choose the name Bat. The pet store that we bought him from named him Bat. And they had him in their store for almost a year.
One of the workers told us that he is familiar with point training and he recognises and responds well to his name.
We decided to keep his name and found it fitting since he always hangs upside down in his cage to relax, eat, and sometimes sleep!
What is the cheekiest thing he has ever done?
The cheekiest thing he has ever done and still continues to do is “sucking his teeth” or “kissing your teeth” and giving kisses.
‘Sucking your teeth’ is a term derived from the Caribbean, which is done purely out of annoyance. This is the one negative trait Bat has learned from us, and he has not stopped since! Like most birds, Bat gives kisses when you ask for one but unlike most birds, his kisses can also mean “leave me alone!”.
When we first bought Bat he was bitter but, with some training, we have taught him to not bite when he’s mad.
Now instead of biting, he either gives your finger a loud kiss ( his nice way of saying no) or he sucks his teeth and then pushes you, or whatever your holding, away from him.
This has earned him the nickname of “Mr.Attitude”.
What is your favourite feature on Petbar?
Our favorite feature on Petbar is how you not only get to see a wide variety of amazing animals, but you to get to interact with and learn about their equally amazing owners.
On other social media platforms, there is often a separation between the pet accounts and the owners of that pet.
It is understandable to want a different account for your pet but, it leads to your followers wondering who is behind the screen and who is the person taking care of this animal that you have come to love.
Personally, we love getting to know our followers and the bird community.
But on Instagram it is hard to really connect with other owners and get to know them as well.
The amazing thing about Petbar is the connection the app builds and encourages between pet owners!
Users have the chance to express their love for their pet and talk to people who understand pet ownership.
No matter what community your pet is in, no matter what species they are, you have a platform that allows easy access to the pet world and those who make it all possible.
What do you think it means to be a pet owner?
I think that being a pet owner is having the capacity, ability, and resources to take care of a pet that needs attention and care.
Many people think that pets are just additions to your house for everyone to have fun with but pets are so much more. They are an addition to your family.
They are a forever plus one.
Even when they have passed, they will forever be in your hearts and minds.
Being a pet owner is a blessing, to connect with another living things that can care and love for you the same way you do for them. I always advise potential pet owners to not take advantage of your connection with your pet, because animals know where sincere love and compassion exists.
And when you have found that connection with an animal, you can never let them go!