Monthly Archives: January 2015

Parrot Toys – Keeping Your Parrot Interested by Using Your Creativity

The art of keeping your parrot interested with toys can be a challenge. This becomes less of a challenge when using some creativity.

Your parrot’s safety should always be considered when creating or modifying toys.

Make certain that all materials used are bird safe. When using rope of any kind, make certain it is free from treatments and processing oils.

Inspect all toys for any loose parts that may cause your parrot to become tangled or where feet and claws could get injured. If in doubt, simply do not use the toy or materials. Always supervise your pet when becoming familiar with a new or modified toy.

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Parrot toys are classed into several categories. In this article, some of the most popular categories are explained.

1) Foraging toys – Are a wonderful way to enrich your bird’s life and to satisfy the natural instinct. For a larger parrot, a great resource is an outdated phone book. Drill different depths of holes through the phone book making certain at least two go completely through. Secure the new toy to the parrot’s cage by inserting proper length bolts through the holes and fastening with washers and nuts. When considering smaller species, some great foraging toys can be purchased in several different designs. The addition of paper strips cut from paper bags or lunch sacks turns these toys into irresistible delights for your parrot.

2) Foot Toys – Are great for building your parrot’s coordination and foot strength. These toys are manufactured and sold in many different forms. Some of these toys consist of small blocks of wood or plastic that can be purchased at many vendors. A great foot toy can be made using a small piece of sisal rope and securing a large wooden bead on each end with a square knot. Another alternative is cutting pieces of card board or using small cardboard boxes.

3) Shredding toys – Are great for exercise and focus. These toys can also be purchased and modified by securing strips of paper to the items for additional shredding time. A great alternative is to wrap small toys and treats tightly in newspaper and place these trinkets in different parts of the cage.

4) Rope – Is good for exercise and coordination. Climbing ropes are great, but often times the rope remains installed in the same place. It is advised to relocate the climbing rope in different areas for your Parrot. To give the parrot more incentive to climb, secure ribbon or smaller size rope cuttings to the main rope at different spacing intervals.

5) Swings – Are great for coordination and strength. These can be purchase in many different sizes. A great way to make the swing more interesting is to add things just outside the path of the swing. This allows the parrot to reach for these items while swinging.

Cat Facts – Weird Things You Didn’t Know About Your Pet

Even if your favorite pet is a dog, you should know that cats are quite appealing creatures. Yet, you are not likely to know how weird cats can be. Here are a few weird facts about cats:

Surely you have known that humans are unable to drink seat water, as it is saline and dehydrates your body. But cats can survive by drinking sea water. Their kidneys are capable of removing the salt from the sea water, enabling them to rehydrate themselves.

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We know that cats are gifted with instincts for hunting. In fact, they are so good at it that, in the past, cats that spent most of their time outdoors have been instrumental in the extinction of 33 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. They are rated among the top hundred most invasive species.

An interesting part of their anatomy is the fact that cats don’t possess any sweat glands. Well, they use their paws for keeping themselves cool. The sweat glands located in cats’ paws exude a scent which helps them mark their territory. In other words, it means that while they are scratching or walking, they are in fact marking their territory.

Cat owners would be aware that their pet loves to laze around in the sun or remain on their couch. It may surprise many to learn that cats spend as much as seventy percent of their life in sleeping. That amounts to sixteen hours per day! The reason for their being so lazy is the fact that they need to work very hard to locate and kill mice, their favorite food. They recoup their energy by sleeping.

Many of the older cats tend to develop something similar to what we know as Alzheimer’s disease. Cats over eight years of age keep roaming all over the house and look quite confused or dazed. That is the reason for their constant meowing. In case your cat is showing such symptoms too, the experts would suggest you to comfort it at night by providing it with an additional blanket.

If you thought that the role of whiskers is only to add to the personality of your cat and make it lovable, you are wrong! Cats utilize their whiskers to assess and ascertain if they would be able to pass through small openings. If its whiskers bend, it knows that it can’t pass through that little gap.

If you have been watching cats, you would surely know that they invariable land up on their paws. Nature has gifted them with some sense of the law of gravitation. In fact, they are trying to slow down on landing. Moreover, their sense of direction is very strong, telling them which side of their body is up and, accordingly, they adjust their body. However, cat’s body takes time to understand that it is falling down and adjusts itself suitably. They are more at ease when coming down from a higher place, as it gives them additional time to land safely on the ground. It is interesting to point here that more cats die on falling from two to six storied structures than from seven to thirty storied buildings.