Who on earth hangs up a Christmas stocking for a bird?? Call us odd, but we hang up tiny stockings for all the animals in our household at Christmas, including the parakeet, rats, and fish. This silly tradition started years ago when one of our boys grumbled that Santa never seemed to remember gifts for their pets at Christmas.
Socks were quickly hung from above the fireplace for the animals of our family that year, and filled with tiny gifts suitable for an animal and his human companion. Over the years, we’ve continued with this funny, family tradition and still drape tiny stockings around the mantel for Santa to fill. The stocking gifts Santa finds aren’t anything terribly expensive, but a combination of treats, accessories and animal themed items that the animals and the rest of the family will enjoy.
Quite by accident, we discovered that by including the pets in the festivities of Christmas, the children became re-energized in their responsibilities as pet owners. Pets that had been seeing a little neglect during the Holiday season were now the focus of attention. Cages were quickly outfitted with these new gifts, and the kids were excited to once again spend time reading to their pets or taking them out of the cage for cuddling.
Buying gifts for a pet is really a great deal of fun, especially when you include something uniquely special for their human owner. What sort of things should Santa include in a Parakeet’s Christmas stocking?
All caged animals need activities to keep them happy and healthy. Parakeets and other small birds enjoy toys such as bells, mirrors, pull toys, twirly gigs, rope ladders and more. Petsmart and Petco both have over 100 different toys just for birds, starting at $4.
In addition to the toys, all birds need things to climb, perch upon, and swing from. Most perches and ladders start at $9.99.
Pocket parakeet care guide
Everyone can benefit from brushing up on small animal care. Both book stores and pet stores sell affordable priced small pocket guides which are full of useful information about parakeet feeding, care, and training.
In addition to the usual bird seed and millet sprays, there’s dozens of other treats especially formulated for parakeets. Fruit and veggie treats or honey dipped seed treats start at $1.99 and fit rather nicely in a Christmas stocking.
Parakeet fiction books
For children learning to read, Step-into-Reading, Step 3 The Parakeet Girl by Marilyn Sadler is a delightful story of a girl who wishes for a pet. For younger children, How to Hide a Parakeet by Ruth Heller is a wonderfully illustrated book that uses rhymes and pictures to describe the camouflage coloring of birds.
Pet store Gift card
Buying food and other supplies for a parakeet can get pretty expensive. A gift card to a favorite pet store is a wonderful stocking stuffer for any bird and his human owner.
Parakeets aren’t cuddly, but plush parakeet animals are. The Hansa toy company makes an adorable plush parakeet that almost looks like the real thing for $15.50.
Bird movies and DVDs
Alfred Hitchcock The Birds is THE scariest bird movie I’ve ever seen. Children however, might enjoy owning Paulie, the story of a parrot that gets separated from his owner and has quite an adventure getting home.
During the mad rush of the holidays, even the most well intentioned families often forget to give their pets the attention these animals may have come to expect. While it may indeed be silly to buy a Christmas stocking stuffer for a parakeet, including your parakeet in the festivities is a fun way to rekindle the excitement of responsible pet ownership.