What does Squishy mean to you?
My bird Squishy means the world to me!
I struggle a lot with my mental health and she is my emotional support. She always puts a smile on my face and keeps me motivated and active.
Put simply, I couldn’t imagine my life without her.
What is the story behind adopting her?
We wanted to adopt a second bird, so we visited a huge rescue in New Jersey.
It was incredible but so sad to see how many emotionally scarred birds were there and it was so heartbreaking to know that many of them would not find a home.
I got to meet dozens of birds before I met Squishy.
And I wanted to take them all home because all of them could use so much love, but I met Squishy and she stole my heart.
It was definitely love at first sight and straight away I just knew she would be coming home with me.
What is involved in caring for a bird?
There is so much involved in caring for a bird. They never tell you this at bird stores because otherwise they wouldn’t sell many birds, but they are very messy and extremely loud.
And Squishy is no exception!
Her cage needs to be cleaned daily and feeding birds and providing them with new toys can become very expensive and time-consuming.
They also need constant attention or they get stressed and pull their feathers out/get neurotic (Squishy is a prime example of that).
Squishy pulls her feathers out because in her last home she was locked in a cage and ignored. Keeping birds is not always as fun as it’s cracked up to be.
But at the end of the day Squishy is my best friend and an amazing little animal. She is a bird and that is what birds do. We can’t change that.
That’s something you definitely should know and keep in mind before you make the commitment to purchase one.
What do you think it means to be a pet owner?
Being a pet owner is about having patience. Squishy obviously had a lot of behavioural and trust issues before she came home with me because she came from a home where she was abused. Hence why she plucked.
I had to give her a lot of time to adjust to a new environment and family and time to learn new rules.
She’s super bossy as well so I had to learn to communicate with her and show her that biting and lunging doesn’t affect me.
It has taken a long time, and we still have a long way to go, but a huge part of our progress was building patience and a strong understanding of each other.
What is the cheekiest thing she has ever done?
Squishy is VERY cheeky. She’s constantly doing cheeky but funny things.
Most recently, I had left her unattended on top of the cage for maybe ten minutes. And when I came home I discovered that she had somehow gotten down from her cage and scaled the wall by using the window frames.
And then she got herself stuck at the top.
She just sat there looking at me like “well don’t just stand there human, help me down!”
What is your favourite feature on Petbar?
I love scrolling through my feed and seeing the cool new photos that everyone is sharing!