Blue and Gold Macaw displaying and flock calling loudly.

Living with Companion Animals is Loud

Living with Companion Animals is Loud

Spoiler Alert: Parrots are Loud

I'm a bird listener by hobby. I enjoy sitting outside and listening for familiar birds and flock song. We've got a crow whose call is distinct. He travels the entire neighborhood throughout the day. His call is like a baby crying half-heartedly. At that point where he's just about to fall asleep against his own will after being put to bed. Our crow's call travels miles from different directions as his makes his way through his day. A very bird thing to do. Flock calling.

Whales call. They can't hear each other long distances now because of human traffic underwater. Oil drilling sounds travel hundreds of miles, among other inventions, blocking their conversations. All animals get loud to get heard. Lions vocalize all day long, until they sleep. Loudly when necessary. Cicadas get loud to get found by another cicada to make baby cicadas. Nature is loud. You have to take the time to listen to know just how loud. Humans aren't as loud as we think. Human voices can't carry far at all. It's the things we build that are loud. We humans can only hear sounds between 20 Hz and 20 KHz. A puny slice of all the frequencies on our planet. Compared to some, we are deaf.

We are not deaf enough not to hear our parrots, though. Butters, our Blue and Gold, has dedicated her 10 am, 3 pm, and 6 pm times to phoning home. To Costa Rica. Loudly. If a turtle comes out of Tinney Creek, she adds her Turtle Alarm into her appointment book. It's all communication as far as she's concerned.

Dante joins Snickers' flock calls by howling when dad leaves to take Angus on an evening walk. Butters jumps in because she's not the kind of girl to be left out of anything loud. They are communicating. They are flock calling. They are letting their pack, their flock, know where they are so missing members can find their way home. This is how it's all supposed to work to their way of thinking. I listen to the Dog Walking Call without interfering. It's loud. To fight the tendency feels insincere. I would text my husband to check on his status. Our companion crew is executing that same check in.

It's going to get loud. It was always going to get loud. Cats are loud, at three in the morning when they are busy knocking things off tabletops, while calling their cousins in from the savanna. Cats are 95% tiger gnome. They are not 95% rabbit gnome. Which, by the way, rabbits are loud. At three in the morning thumping and throwing empty food bowls around their condo because you failed them at 6 pm serving dinner. Rabbits also growl loudly. A loud mini buzzsaw. Dogs are loud when they are happy. Dante celebrates life on his back on the couch arguing with his butt while tossing towels, blankets, bones, and pillows off. Growl barking. A hybrid communication technique letting all other dogs know the couch now smells like his.

It's going to get loud. It was always going to get loud and googling "how to stop my dog from barking", "how to get my parrot from screaming", "how to stop my rabbit from complaining", "why does my guinea pig loudly act like he's dying when I open the refrigerator?", "how to stop a cat from screaming at night", or "best earplugs to block out sound" all show one important fact overlooked. It was always going to get loud. Because every companion animal has a voice and hopes to be heard. Just like us.

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  • Ah, Kathy, I love this!! You have nailed it completely!! Have you been listening outside my door? 😂

    Nancy Alexander on

  • I have 13 parrots and parakeets. At one time I also housed two Macaws, but interesting enough, my 45 year old Mealy Amazon almost breaks my eardrums when he calls/screams/vocalizes. His sound echoes in my ears. Still, I am happy hearing his vocalizations, because I know he is healthy. A few years ago he stopped. I‘m glad I caught it and rushed him to the vet. He had a terrible infection in his lungs. Thankfully, after a few weeks of loving care, he got well enough to vocalize again. Sooo, when my flock vocalize, I grin and bear it AND/OUR consider ear plugs before distancing myself.

    Carol Buess on

  • yep very loud. My 3 live in a small 700 sq.ft. house they are my morning alarm. The Alexandrine can be heard for miles , I know this because when I walk the dog down our country road I can hear him calling even when I walk a mile or more. He doesn’t stop until we return, I think he’s convinced I don’t know my way home so he’s helping.

    Karen Sheridan on

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