Parrots – The Right Pet For You?

Before you decide to buy a parrot you should really think about it carefully. It is true that parrots are wonderful, beautiful, and smart companions… but are they really the right pet for you?

The first think you should realize is that parrots have very long lifespans. Some people even have to put their parrots in their will. Some parrots can live to be over 75 years old! This is important to thin about because you may have your pet for the rest of your life. Some other questions to ask yourself are:

– Are you planning on going to college?
– Do you think you’ll end up living in an apartment in the future?
– Do you like to travel a lot?
– Will your parrot out live you?

Some people have said that owning a parrot is like having a 2 year old child for the rest of your life. You need to be committed to caring for and loving your parrot for it’s entire life.

Think of the space you have in your house. Is there enough room for a large parrot cage, stand, and toys? Also, do you have any other pets? Dogs and cats may be dangerous for your parrot. If you are getting a smaller type parrot, a ferret may even be fatal for your bird.

Money is another factor you need to think about. For large parrots the cost of toys you need to replace every month can be around $30 each. Your parrot’s beak is very strong and you will be going through bird toys pretty fast. You’ll also have to keep buying your parrot’s food and treats! Not to mention your parrot’s cleaning supplies, you have a lot of things to buy every month and you may be spending around $100 a month for your parrot which may be a lot of money!

Another factor to consider is of course… noise. Parrots can be very vocal at times — including early in the morning and late at night. You can imagine why I don’t recommend parrots as pets for people that live in apartments or townhouses…

If you have children then you should realize how strong a parrot’s beak is. If your child puts his/her finger through the cage bars, your parrot may feel threatened and bite. This could do a lot of damage! Always supervise your child and parrot together!

Finding the Perfect Pet Insurance Online

Finding the perfect pet insurance online has never been easier. There are numerous comparison websites which will allow you to quickly and easily scan a variety of companies for representative rates. Search engines have made it easy to find hundreds of sites simply by typing key words into the search bar. Pet related sites sponsored by veterinarian hospitals or pet supply companies have blog posts and article discussing the merits of the various policies. Basically, all you need to find the perfect insurance is the will to search.

Searching for pet insurance online is easy. In fact, it can be a bit too easy. A simple search for ‘best pet insurance’ can yield as many as nine million potential pages. A good rule of thumb for beginning searchers is to use Boolean indicators to help narrow the search. For example search ‘best pet insurance + reputable’ the search field narrowed to 38,000. Take a few moments and check out a dozen or so of the sites that come up. Many of them will be advice sites or comparison sites. From these you should be able to find a half dozen or so companies to query.

Compile a list of a few basic questions like – Do they allow freedom of choice – can you choose your own veterinarian? What is their claims submission policy and how long does it usually take to get reimbursement? What is the policy term length? What is the exact cost of the policy? What are the exclusions? What are the pay out limits? Is there a cooling off period? Will your animal be insurable even into old age? When you have compiled your list of questions put each company that you are considering to the test. When you receive their answers review them carefully to see how well they align with your needs and desires for pet health care. One of the nicest things about searching for pet insurance online is that many of the companies will have a chat or email feature on their site which will allow you to contact them directly with any questions that cannot be simply answered via their literature.

Finding pet insurance online has never been easier. Web-savvy pet owners will be able to search out the answers to their health care questions and ascertain the best possible policy for their pets. Even pet owners that are new to the web will soon be searching with abandon and following links to learn more about haw to give their pet the very best of care.

Wodent Wheel – The Safest Pet Exercise Wheel

There are new, modern exercise wheels on the market for your small pets. The Wodent Wheel by Transoniq is one of the best. I should backtrack and give a little history of pet running wheels first. As recently as 15 years ago, the only pet running wheel you could find had big metal horizontal bars as the running surface. It sat in the cage by means of a metal stand. It was connected to the stand by two big cross bars at each opening of the wheel.

Over time, people realized these types of wheels had two major safety issues.

  1. Little feet could easily get caught in the spokes of the wheel as your pet ran.
  2. Your pet could get pinched between the bar of the stand and the cross bars as the wheel rotated. This was extremely hazardous for pets with long tails but also dangerous for pets without tails if you had more than one. If one animal tried to get in the wheel while another was making it rotate, its head could get caught.

Many pet wheel manufacturers fixed the first problem by replacing the horizontal bars with a mesh. Small feel won’t slip through the small mesh. This is the kind of wheel you’ll see the most often in pet stores today.

But it wasn’t until the mid 90s that people started addressing the second problem. That’s how the Wodent Wheel was born in 1995. The founder, Eric Geislinger, wanted to create a running wheel that was safe for his pet rats. That’s why Eric created a wheel whose stand attaches to the wheel on its closed end. Think of an old-fashioned hat box, minus the lid. Since the stand is attached to the wall of the wheel, there is absolutely no way for a pet to get caught between the stand and the wheel.

And Eric didn’t stop there with the design. To appeal to small animals which are natural wall-huggers, he put a cover on the other side of the wheel that has small openings. That way your pet feels like he’s crawling inside an enclosed space, which small animals love. Also they feel safer when they run.

My own pets love the design of their Wodent Wheel so much, they sometimes sleep in it.

From that time on, other exercise wheel designs have come forward with the safety of your pet in mind. But the Wodent Wheel was the original pet wheel designed for maximum safety. It’s interesting to note that during the ASPCA’s Seal of Approval program from 1999 – 2006, the Wodent Wheel was the only running wheel to receive this recommendation.

The Wodent Wheel comes in 3 different sizes:

Wodent Junior is for hamsters and other small pets Wodent Senior is for medium-sized pets such as sugar gliders and large hamsters Wodent Wobust is for large animals such as hedgehogs, prairie dogs, and rats

There are two types of pets that this wheel isn’t recommend for. Since it is plastic, it’s not good to use for pets who are known to be big chewers such as gerbils or degus. And there are some animals such as guinea pigs and chinchillas that really should have a flat running surface.

But for most small pets, this is the perfect wheel.