Top Social Network for Animal Lovers –

Our staff was just invited to join: – the newest social network available for pet owners, pet businesses, brands and others associated with the pet market.  This social network has a new twist and we think it will be one of the first to stand the test of time.

Social networks for pet lovers have come and gone – while none of them truly catching on.  Either there was difficulty in use, or they were setup as actual “pet” networking sites.  (we all know that it’s the owner’s doing the networking) – or maybe they were not really targeting what the user is truly looking for.

As pet owners and animal lovers, we want to be entertained, understand what’s new and impressive in the pet market, and get our questions answered by someone that is NOT a marketer for a pet store or manufacturer.  We want to talk to real people about real pet and animal problems.

Entertainment:  We don’t necessarily have to own pet’s to enjoy the laughter and love that animals can bring to our lives.  FunnyPaws has taken the lead in understanding that need.  Dedicated to laughs and love, you don’t have to be a pet owner to join.  (Joining is free and you can join straight through your twitter account if you have one).

Finally, if you own a pet store, are responsible for marketing a pet brand, are a vet, or a dog walker, you are welcome to create your own “Brand Group”, “Business Group” or “Local Group” on the website.   This can drum up business, but note that FunnyPaws will not tolerate spamming it’s members.

Although FunnyPaws is limiting it’s advertisements for now (all development was funded internally by owners) – we wonder where the revenue stream will eventually come from?  Stay tuned – but for now, please take a peek and join:

The Task of Clipping Your Bird’s Nails

Clipping your pet bird’s nails can either be an easy task or a difficult task.  If your bird has light colored nails, it will be an easy task.  Dark nails will make nail clipping a difficult.  This is because every bird has a quick (which is a blood vessel) in their nail.  Cutting their nail too short will open the quick and cause bleeding.  The quick is easily spotted in birds with light colored nails, and is almost impossible to see in dark nails.

You are responsible for trimming the nail short enough so that it does not get caught on cages or toys, but not too short that you clip the quick.  The best way to go about this task is having an assistant help you.  Your assistant will gently wrap your bird in a towel, allowing enough give so that your bird can breath properly.  Wrapping too tight may constrict your birds breathing.

As far as the tools you need, you will of course require nail clippers.  For my bird, I use the Safety Pet Nail Clipper, pictured to the right.  It is safe to use on any small animals, such as birds and rabbits, but they can also be used on smaller dogs and cats.  Overall, I find the Safety Pet Nail Clippers to be a very reliable pair of clippers – the blade is guaranteed to last you at least 3 years.   You will also need a nail file, but a human nail file works just fine.

With one foot exposed, trim off a very small amount of the hooked tip.  Then, you must file the nail to smooth out any jagged edges.  This will ensure that the nails never get snagged on anything.  Repeat this step on the other foot.  When you are finished, be sure to reward your bird generously.  Whether you give him his favorite treat, or give him extra attention (or both!), he will know he did a good job letting you cut his nails.

Something I like to do to prolong the in-between time of nail clipping is to put the 8 in 1 Avian Gravel Paper for Bird Cages at the bottom of your bird’s cage.  The gravel in the paper works like a nail file to gently file your bird’s nails when he walks on it.  This gravel paper also makes for easy clean up, as you will remove waste and urine when you remove the paper from the cage!

Choosing a Cage For Your Pet Bird

When selecting a bird cage, there are a few things to keep in mind.  First, remember that your bird will not be the only thing in this cage.  You have to have plenty of room for toys, a few perches, food bowls, water bowls, and maybe even a swing!  You need to make sure that your bird has enough room to flap his wings and hop around for exercise.  But no matter what size cage you get, you absolutely can not fill it to the brim with accessories!

I always say that a bird cage should be at a minimum two times the width of the bird’s wings span, and three times as high as his height.  You should to get the largest cage you can reasonably afford, and that will also fit comfortably in your home!  For smaller birds, it is more important that the cage is wider rather than taller.  Little birds like to fly from one side to another in order to get a proper amount of exercise.  Larger birds are usually not able to fly in their cage, but you need to get a cage large enough for him to stretch his wings comfortably.  Some birds have big crest feathers of long tail feathers, so remember to take this into account also.

Birds like to chew on their cages, so you need to make sure the finish on your cage will not chip off.  This can cause the bird to become sick, and will make the cage look bad!  This is why you should never buy an antique wire bird cage; the metal wires can actually poison your bird.

The next factor you need to consider when purchasing your bird cage is the lower cage tray.  You want to make sure it pulls out easily, so you can frequently clean your bird’s cage with ease.  You also want to make sure there is a grille separating the cage from the tray so that waste can fall through and your bird will not have to walk in it.

You also need to pay attention to the width between the bars.  You do not want your little bird to be able to squeeze through the bars.  You also want the cage to have both horizontal and vertical bars so your bird can climb on them.  The Pet Bird Flight Cage, shown above, has horizontal bars for climbing.  It also has two large doors for easy access to your bird.  Having a bird cage with large doors is incredibly important, as you will be constantly bringing in food, water, plus other accessories.  The Pet Bird Flight Cage also locks securely, so you can be sure your bird will not be able to escape.

Featured Manufacturer: Prevue Pet Bird Products

Prevue Hendryx is the largest and oldest manufacturer of quality pet bird cages and related accessories in the United States. Well known for some of most unique pet bird toys, Prevue has been in the pet bird cage market since 1869.

Safety of your pet bird and family is Prevue’s number one concern. All Prevue cages are produced with the safety of you and your pet in mind. Prevue methods of multiple finishing and coatings are completely non-toxic, therefore both pet and child safe. Prevue uses no lead or zinc so there isn’t any possibility of heavy metals toxicity.

Prevue is an active member of the APPMA (American Pet Products Manufacturing Association; PIDA (pet Industry Distributor Association), WWPSA (World Wide Pet Supply Association; The Pet Care Trust, and The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

Pictured to the right is Prevue’s signature selection cage for Parrots and Cockatiels.

A parrot paradise with Prevue Hendryx Select Bird Cages. Large design includes lots of exciting features for you and your pet. Rounded corner seed guards and a pull-out grille and tray make clean-up simple. Metal casters let you place the cage where you need it, or move it outside to give your pet some fresh air and sunshine. A full playtop area includes everything you need to keep your parrot occupied, including a ladder and 2 stainless steel feeding cups. An extra-large door easily accommodates parrots and people. 2 additional cups and 2 solid wood perches are also included to round out this parrot palace. Made in the U.S.A.

One of our favorite Prevue Bird Toys is the Acrylic Chandelier Bird Toy.  Always find the lowest price for Prevue products at Petazon Price Comparison engine.

Kaytee has raised the bar in animal nutrition

Kaytee has raised the bar in animal nutrition once again with the introduction of nutrient rich Forti-Diet Pro Health diets.

KAYTEE, manufacturer of pet and wild bird food products and accessories, introduces a new and improved seed and grain based diet for birds and small animals with unmatched nutritional enhancements.

To find the lowest price on Kaytee products, use Petazon’s new comparison shopping site.  Pictured to the right is Forti-diet Pro Health Chinchilla Food.  Click on the image to view pricing on this at major online retailers.

Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health contains DHA Omega-3, a fatty acid that supports the heart, brain and vision functions of your pets. Forti-Diet Pro Health also contains prebiotics and probiotics, which are natural ingredients that aid in digestive health.

Rich in natural antioxidants that support immunity and the general health of the pets, Forti-Diet Pro Health provides a superior diet addressing unique nutrition needs of birds and small animals.

Forti-Diet Pro Health diets are naturally preserved, ensuring that pets get fresh, palatable food without added chemicals. Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health has diets for finches, canaries, parakeets, cockatiels, conures/lovebirds, parrots and mice/rats, chinchillas ferrets, guinea pigs, hamster/gerbils, juvenile rabbits and adult rabbits.

Continuing in its tradition of taking care of people’s pets for over 100 years, Kaytee has raised the bar in animal nutrition once again with the introduction of nutrient rich Forti-Diet Pro Health diets.