Budgies are quite lovable creatures – they are gentle, sweet, and affectionate. As such, being around them is easy and can even be refreshing. It is therefore easy to end up spending all your free time with your bird, so much so that you can be labeled obsessed. And if you’re wondering whether you fall into this category, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s post, we’re going to share with you 10 signs that you’re obsessed with your budgie:
Getting him the best food and treats
One of the first signs that you’re obsessed with your budgie is that you only get them the best food and treats. For instance, you work hard to ensure their diet is as nutritious as possible, even if it costs you more. Apart from formulated pellets, you go out of your way to add vegetables, fruits, herbs, and seeds to your bird’s diet. Ultimately, such a healthy diet can keep your budgie happy and in good health.
Cleaning your budgie’s cage and toys every day
While regularly washing your budgie’s cage and toys is great, doing it daily is a bit of an overkill and is a sure-fire sign that you’re obsessed with your bird. Usually, doing this kind of cleaning once a week is enough, especially when coupled with some light cleaning here and there. Other cleaning tips to live by include:
- When disinfecting, don’t use a disinfectant that produces toxic fumes or hurts birds – household bleach is enough. Just add ½ cup of bleach to a gallon of water, apply the mixture to your budgie’s stuff, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse them thoroughly
- On a daily basis, stick to switching out the paper liner and washing the food/water dishes
Buying toys, accessories
Anyone who has kept a budgie for a while knows how much these birds love to play. That’s why people who are obsessed with their budgies tend to get them a ton of toys and accessories. In many ways, this is a key way they show love to their budgie. Some popular toys and accessories people buy include:
- Foraging toys like cup foragers
- Chewing toys like nibble stackers
- Playing toys like basketball-themed ones
The fancier the toy/accessory is, the more expensive it is. So try not to go overboard with the toys/accessories – you may end up buying stuff that your budgie will never use.
You are constantly worried about your budgie’s health
Another sign that you’re obsessed with your budgie is that you’re constantly worried about their health. For instance, panicking whenever there’s a slight change in your budgie’s eating habits or constantly taking them to the vet are great signs that you’re crossing the line into obsession.
Usually, taking your budgie to the vet once a year for a checkup is enough. Otherwise, you only need to take them in during emergencies or if you suspect there’s a problem. Some of the issues that warrant a visit to the vet include:
- Watery nostrils/eyes
- Watery droppings
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of feathers
- Strange swellings
- An overgrown beak
- Fluffed up feathers
Since sick budgies usually deteriorate quickly, you should take your bird to the vet immediately if you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
You don’t expect anything in return
One of the greatest signs that you truly love someone is when you don’t expect anything in return. Interestingly, this applies to pets as well- people who are obsessed with their budgies expect nothing in return and just want them to be healthy and happy.
You can’t imagine your life without your budgie
When you’re obsessed with your budgie, you can’t imagine how your life would be without them. All you know is that it would probably be dull and dreary. That’s why you don’t mind all the work that comes with keeping a budgie – they make your life full!
You talk about your bird a lot
Nothing screams obsession like constantly talking about your budgie. You’re particularly in the deep end if you bring up your budgie when others are talking about their children – this means you see yourself as a parent! But that’s not even as obsessive as walking around with photos of your budgie and bringing them out to talk about them during social gatherings. If you find yourself doing this, you’re a goner!
You would rather stay in and take care of your budgie
Once you find spending time with your budgie more fulfilling than hanging out with other people, you’ve officially become obsessed with your bird. So if you regularly refuse to go out with friends so that you can spend time with your budgie or have ever left a date early to go see your bird, you should know you’re utterly obsessed!
You hold spa days for your budgie
If you regularly hold spa days for your budgie, he’s clearly got you wrapped around his finger. Since a lot of people can barely afford to have spa days for themselves, being willing to do this for your budgie shows a high level of obsession.
You wake up early for the sake of your budgie
If you weren’t a morning person before you got your budgie but now suddenly have the energy to wake up early to cut up vegetables for them, you’re obsessed. And if you wake up early simply to hang out with them, you’re truly in the deep end.
It’s okay if you’re a little obsessed!
Even if you notice that you exhibit all of the above-mentioned signs, don’t worry – it’s okay to be a little obsessed with your budgie, especially in the beginning. Over time, you will find it easier to slowly lay off.
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