I don't want to leave a pet behind. They get so sad when they lose their friends.
I didn't want a parrot when I got Lola for this very reason.
You might look into adopting a parrot.
There are so many parrots that need homes.
I wish I could take every one of them.
It makes me very sad to know that I will more than likely die before Lola. It was not my choice to buy her.
Andy wanted an African Grey very badly. I begged him not to get one, because I researched African Greys and learned that they can live up to 100 years, and older. But, 70 years is about the average I think.
So...I knew that the parrot I got would probably outlive me. And, when I read that Greys are the most sensitive and emotional of all the parrots, and can grieve themselves to death when their owner dies, I surely didn't want one.
But, Andy insisted.
So, now I have to worry about what will happen to her after I'm gone. This is a very real and emotional concern for me. I have left detailed instructions that when I die, Lola is to be "put to sleep" and buried WITH me. This has caused some controversy in my family. Everyone loves her dearly, and says they couldn't bear the thought of losing both of us at the same time.
But, I can't bear the thought of Lola grieving herself to death because her mommy is gone.
I think a Lorikeet lives about 20 years+.
I don't know how old you are. Since Lorikeets don't live as long as African Greys, this might work out for you. But, if you look around, you might find one somewhere that needs a loving home...and at a very low price. I paid over $2,000. for Lola, but recently saw a very young African Grey for sale on a bulletin board at the vet clinic for $300.! The owners had gotten it for a "status symbol", and didn't realize what a pain in the butt a parrot was.
For someone who lives alone and would like some company, a parrot is a wonderful friend.
Lola is the best friend I have ever had, and I love her dearly. If someone offered me a million dollars for her, I wouldn't take it. There is no amount of money that could buy Lola. That's what kind of bond we have.
I didn't mean to write a novel here, but when I get on this subject it's hard to stop.