Great Natural USA Products for Your Pet’s Christmas

Whether you have a pet bird, amphibian, fish, cat, or dog, here are some ideas from first-rate USA-made and sourced pet product manufacturers to delight your pet this Christmas.

Thinking of an Aquarium?

Go to Aqueon.com of Wisconsin for starter kits, and aquariums of different sizes and types, as well as fish food if applicable, and water care products.

APIfishcare.com from Pennsylvania offers water conditioning products for both fresh water and salt water tanks plus a ton of good information.

Zillarules.com of Wisconsin produces all kinds of accessories for amphibians and reptiles. I spied a great little log for my Dwarf African frogs to hide under and hop on top.

How about your Pet Bird?

AEcageco.com from New Jersey shows a great variety of bird toys in sizes to work well for your canary, your cockatoo, or your African grey parrot.

Kaytee.com of Wisconsin has vet recommended avian treats in nut, berry, honey, veggie, and millet for your feathered bud and will have them whistling up a cheerful tune.

Prevuepetproducts.com of Illinois with over 150 years in business offers a new cage cover and cage plus accessories for your flyer friend.

Are you Adopting a Kitty?

VeeEnterprises.com of California handcrafts natural cat toys. Some are made of feathers to entrance and entice your furry pal.

TheCatBall.com of Washington State makes six-sided comfy cat-cave beds in different shapes and and colors that your feline will pounce on, hide in, and have them loving you even more.

ImperialCat.com from Arkansas offers USA-grown catnip toys and scratchers galore to keep your cat busy and happy.

UpcountryInc.com of New York shows a great varied supply of festive cat collars to make your kitty purr with distinction.

Vannesspets.com of New Jersey produces automatic watering and feeding bowls so your fur ball feline won’t go hungry or thirsty. They also show several litter boxes available.

WorldsBestCatLitter.com of Iowa gives us their natural corn-based litter to use in that new litter box.

Don’t forget your Doggo!

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AllStarDogs.com of New Jersey provides licensed sports apparel for your fur pal. How fun to dress your pup up to cheer on your favorite team.

BeBopUSA.com of Texas offers handmade collars, leashes, and harnesses to dress your canine friend for much anticipated and stylish walks.

KatiesBumpers.com of Colorado uses recycled materials to make her tough tug and fetch toys for your fur buddy.

Why not take your fur pal to an EvolutionDogWash.com station and give him or her a great refreshing wash to be ready for the festivities

Glomarr.com of Kentucky will provide good natural shampoo and conditioners to use at your dog wash locale.

And AngelEyes.com of Florida will finish the wash job with some first-class natural eye wipes.

I hope that gives you some fun and wonderful gift ideas for your loving and much loved pets.

Funny Animal Videos

To top off the day, here are a couple of Christmas related videos. The first is a Country Christmas from Big Geek Daddy: https://biggeekdad.com/2019/11/a-country-christmas/ – and the second is Big Geek Daddy’s cat versus the Christmas tree: https://biggeekdad.com/2019/12/cat-vs-christmas-tree/.

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Sharing Fun Christmas Facts

Did you know that Christmas was not actually accepted in the United States until the early 1800s. And Franklin Pierce was the first US President to place a Christmas tree in the White House back in the mid 1850’s. I wonder if he had a cat or a dog or both to share his new holiday scene? This day that is celebrated around the world was not recognized in the United States until the 1830’s.

Did you know that the ‘X’ in Xmas actually is the Greek letter ‘chi’ used by Christian scholars as an abbreviation for Christ’s name. I now feel better using that acronym!

And, Christmas trees were lit by candles clear up until the 20th century…maybe the start of the ‘fire department’?! However, eggnog goes all the way back to Captain John Smith’s Jamestown Settlement in the 1600’s. Our pilgrims knew what they were doing.

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We have two places in America named after Santa: Santa Claus in Indiana and Santa in Idaho. Also 50 states do grow Christmas trees and the average tree takes 15 years to grow before it is up for sale.

The name “Santa Claus” or “St. Nicholas” in Dutch became Sint-Niklaas or Sinter Klaas…so closing in on “Santa Claus”. “Christmas” comes from the old English “Cristes maesse”. “Noel” is from a French phrase meaning ‘the good news’ – “les bonnes nouvelles”.

If you want more fun Christmas facts, you can find 100 of them here: https://www.thefactsite.com/100-festive-christmas-facts/.

Funny Animal Videos

And here is a fun penguin video: https://biggeekdad.com/2018/10/jinjing-the-penguin/.

Next a couple of great cat and dog videos: From Big Geek Daddy on the best pets of the month: https://biggeekdad.com/2021/10/best-pets-of-the-month-16/ – and the cat kingdom: https://biggeekdad.com/2021/11/the-cat-kingdom/,

More on our pets next week. Wishing you an enjoyable Holiday Season with your family and friends.

Pet Food Recall Notice

Unfortunate news from the Dog Food Advisor on a new recall. Please note the information here: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/biolifepet-liquid-probiotics/.

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Pet Adoption Questions

Smiling kitty and Collie dog

This article is all about good pet adoption questions to ask yourself and tips to acknowledge before adopting a cat or a dog for Christmas or any time. It also includes a checklist of items for your new pet. From checking pet sites like DailyNews.com, TuftsCatnip.com, TheBark.com, PetAge.com, and more see the following information.

The consensus seems to be that getting a new pet for Christmas is a fine idea but not a fine surprise. Mainly we don’t want the person or persons surprised because we also do not want the pet surrendered if the age or personality of the pet doesn’t ‘click’ with the new pet parent or parents. Adding a new pet is a life decision and is best decided by all involved persons.

Adoption Questions to Ask before Accepting a Cat or Kitten:

There are several fur baby adoption questions you need to ask yourself before taking in a feline pet. You might want to consider adopting two together in the same age group so they can keep each other company and help train each other as well. Or would you prefer to have only one?

Training

Do you want to potty train, and pay for all the vaccinations, and deworming, etc. for a new kitten? Or would you rather be matched with the personality of an older cat who is most possibly already trained in many ways. So do you want an active kitten or a more laid back older cat who likes to cuddle? The rescue sites can actually help match you in that regard.

Will the kittens come into a family with children who will be taught to help raise them?

On the subject of ‘training’ it is written that positive reinforcement is the best training method. Yes, loving touches and good treats are in order for any training objectives. Do you have the time to train and play with your new fur ball?

Care

Who will you choose as a veterinarian? You will need to pick a good feline veterinarian in your area by checking with friends and family and looking at reviews.

What is the parent cat’s health background or the older cat’s history?

Does Anyone in the household have pet allergies?

Lifestyle

What kind of lifestyle works for you. Do you travel a lot? Have any pet sitter friends available to care for your new fur ball? Are you an outdoors lover? Would you want a cat who will walk with you? If so, read up on training tips for walking and use a harness along with a quick-release collar for safety. Also use identification tags and a micro chip from the vet in case of a lost kitty.

Will you be able to afford the veterinarian bills for a kitten or an older cat. Would pet insurance be a good option?

16 Items to Have On Hand for your Kitty:

  1. A carrier, preferably with a top opening so that it is easier to drop your cat into the carrier.
  2. Litter box that is 1 and 1/2 times the length of your cat and some natural cat litter. Best to have separate litter boxes if you have more than one cat.
  3. A food bowl and a water bowl, possibly, a fountain. Some cats like the running water. They do not care to share their food or water bowls.
  4. Cat tree or scratcher, preferably 3 feet or taller so they can stretch and scratch and not do so on your furniture.
  5. Toys to keep them occupied. You will find what is best after playing with your feline.
  6. Breakaway collar with id tags.
  7. A micro chip from the vet to keep your kitty coming back to you if lost.
  8. Good natural USA-made and sourced pet food for your cat, both wet and dry.
  9. And natural dental treats or dental kit. Periodontal disease is number one for cats.
  10. Treats for training or just treating, also made and sourced in the USA.
  11. Definitely a comfy bed, preferably one that is enclosed since cats like to ‘hide’.
  12. A good fitting harness and a leash if you want your kitty to walk with you, and paw balm for hot summers or cold winters.
  13. Natural grooming supplies.
  14. Vet recommended supplements.
  15. Picture of your feline friend to have on hand in case of a lost cat.
  16. Tufts Catnip might be a good source of knowledge about felines, one of the top university veterinarian schools in the world, as well as your local vet.

It would also be wise to study up on toxicity to felines from both plants and foods and the best foods for your fur pal. Check out my recent post on some of this info: Time for Thanks with Natural Pet Food Treats – https://copywriternikkifrie.com/time-for-thanks-with-natural-pet-food-treats/ .

Here is a recent article I posted on our furry felines with some fun facts you might like to know: October 29th-Meow! – https://copywriternikkifrie.com/october-29th-meow/.

Adoption Questions to ask Before Accepting a Dog or Puppy:

As with adopting a cat or any pet, there are many fur baby adoption questions to ask before deciding to adopt a dog or a puppy. Many good articles on adopting can be found at Rescue Dogs 101, Petfinder, and TheBark. And, as for a cat, there are many adoption questions to ask yourself before accepting a new dog or a puppy.

Training

Do you want to train a new active puppy? Does your lifestyle give you the time to feed more than twice a day and take your pup outside for potty trips as well as play and exercise time? Or do you have others available at home to help with your new dog?

Are you ready to be woken up for early potty times and walks?

Is enough space available for your new dog or pup? And have you considered the dog’s new surroundings, ie, like available wires to chew on?? Or, would you need to install a fence in your yard?

Care

What is the best food to feed a puppy and how often or for an older dog? And, what are toxic plants and foods for dogs, and what are good natural foods for dogs?

Do you have pet friends who can sit with your dog when you need to go away? Or where can you find a good caretaker?

As with any pet, this is a lifetime consideration and dogs, depending on their size, live anywhere on average from 7 to 15 years.

Have you picked out a good veterinarian? And, are you able to handle all the early puppy shots, and annual canine vaccinations and vet visits and medications, ie, flea meds, etc.

How about canine health insurance?

History

What is the dog’s history? The puppy parents’ history.

Lifestyle

What lifestyle do you want your dog to adapt to? Are you a hiker or a walker? Do you like to camp or visit the beach. Is an active dog, and a protective dog best for you or more of just a little cuddly guy? What breed would best suit you?

15 Items to Have On Hand for your Doggy:

  1. A hard plastic carrier with a blanket inside and sized for your dog.
  2. Good stainless steel food and water bowls…possibly on a stand for a larger dog.
  3. Tug toys or squeakers to keep your dog occupied and for play time with you.
  4. A good fitting harness and a leash for walking jaunts.
  5. Collar with ID tags and a microchip from your vet in case of a lost dog.
  6. Good natural dog food made in the USA, both wet and dry.
  7. And, natural dog treats made in the USA for training and treating.
  8. Natural dental treats and dental kit for their teeth and overall health.
  9. Non-toxic grooming supplies.
  10. Vet recommended supplements.
  11. A good comfy bed preferably made in the USA with no harmful materials.
  12. For hot summer, paw balm or shoes to walk on streets, also in cold winter.
  13. Poop baggies.
  14. Picture in case of loss.
  15. Possibly a baby gate if you need to close an area off for your dog at times.

See my article on dental help for your pets. An important task to keep your fur balls healthy: “Imperative Dental Care for our Fur Babies” – https://copywriternikkifrie.com/imperative-dental-care-for-our-fur-babies/.

Additional Info

Another post tells you about “Protecting your Fur Baby and Feathered Friend” thru pet insurance – https://copywriternikkifrie.com/how-to-protect-your-fur-baby-feathered-friend/ .

And lastly, I want to refer you back to some fun fur pal facts mentioned in:’ Curious Facts About Cats and Dogs'” – https://copywriternikkifrie.com/curious-facts-about-cats-and-dogs/ .

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Time for Thanks with Natural Pet Food Treats

Wishing all of you a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving and wishing us all a much improved, and hopefully Covid-free, environment before this time next year.

We will be enjoying a delish turkey, with all the trimmings, dinner and hope you all will be as well. A good time and day to give your fur babes a little extra attention and activity before guests arrive or before leaving for much of the day. A nice idea, too, for an extra yummy treat for your fur babies to enjoy this special holiday with you. Following are some great natural pet food treats for your cats and for your dogs.

For your kitties:

  1. Fish – tuna or mackerel – again, as a treat
  2. Cooked poultry – no spices or other added ingredients
  3. Cheese – gouda is high in calcium and protein
  4. Bananas – a few otherwise too high in sugar content
  5. Blueberries and strawberries – again as a treat
  6. Melon – cantaloupe, or watermelon – no seeds
  7. Carrots – cooked, again with no additives
  8. Rice – a little for digestion is okay

For your dogs:

  1. Vegetables – Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash (cooked), green beans – note: no canned vegetables (too much salt added for pets) – use no seasonings!
  2. Fruits – Berries like blueberries, strawberries, apples, pears, kiwi – all in smaller bites
  3. Cooked meat like chicken with no seasoning – smaller bites – NO small, brittle bones!
  4. A natural rawhide alterative treat like that offered by USA-made https://www.EarthAnimal.com
  5. Frieze-dried treats made in the USA

Please note some harmful foods for your cat as follows:

1. Onions, garlic, shallots, or chives

2. Alcohol in any form or amount

3. Grapes, raisins, currants – bad for kidney

4. Caffeine – causes hyperactivity, possibly tremors or seizures

5. Raw meat – possible parasites /bacteria

6. Raw dough – yeast causes problems

7. Raw eggs….need to be cooked (without any seasoning)

8.Raw seafood or raw liver – again bacteria

9. Chocolate

10. Dog food – different nutritional needs

Please note some harmful foods for your canines:

1.Chocolate / Alcohol / Caffeine

2. No canned vegetables – too much salt for fur babies

3. No grapes, raisins, or currants

4. No onions, garlic, shallots, chives, or leeks

5. No bones or hard chews = too hard on teeth

6. No seasonings used in any cooked foods

7. Raw foods – potential bacteria

For more information check out https://www.PreventativeVets.com, a veterinarian group based out of Lake Forest Park, Washington who have many tips on caring for your fur pals.

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Pet Food Recall Notice

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Dental Care for our Fur Babies

In this article we stress how imperative is dental care for our fur babies. Both our cats and dogs can acquire periodontal disease by the age of three if their teeth and gums are not taken care of properly. In fact 80 percent of our fur babies do have gum disease by age three. And we all must or should know by now how lethal that can be for our fur pals.

Signs of Gum Disease

Tufts, one of the World’s leading veterinary colleges, reports in their Catnip news many signs to watch for in our felines for possible gum disease (the number one cat disease) are:

1. Poor grooming

2. Salivating

3. Decreasing appetite and weight loss

4. Facial swelling

5. Discharge from eyes or nose

6. Irritability (from pain)

They encourage pet parents to brush their kitty’s teeth at least every other day and have a vet checkup yearly at the minimum, and the same goes for our canines.

Following are some recommended dental products for cats and for dogs as indicated. These are all USA-made and sourced products mentioned in Pet Age Magazine. Many of us are not able to deal with a brush and luckily there are several brushless products now available to help keep our fur babes healthy.

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For both cats and dogs see http://www.TEEFHealth.com for a dental water additive which is a patented technology by a veterinarian and is plant based. and human grade. TEEF is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Also good for cats and dogs is Oratene by http://www.Zymox.com of Westmont, Illinois offering brushless oral care products which are enzyme based in water additive form, plus a spray and a gel.

Oxyfresh.com offers a dental kit for both our cats and dogs with a finger brush. They are out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

PetSmileUSA.com also offers a vet recommended toothpaste with human-grade ingredients for our feline and canine friends. Pet Smile is located in New York, New York.

For our dog guys and girls http://www.PureandNaturalPet.com of Norwalk, Connecticut makes a brushless toothpaste clinically proven to remove plaque and tartar with a USDA certified dental kit.

Tropiclean.com of St Louis, Missouri gives us dental treats, chews, sprays, and wipes for our dog buddies.

TrueBluePets.com of Los Angeles, California offers textured dental wipes for good friction on plaque and tartar buildup.

To help older dogs and picky eaters Dogswell.com in Missouri gives us the choice of dental jerky with up to 35 percent protein.

And the last USA manufacturer I am going to mention is Benebone.com of Edison, New Jersey. This company makes dental chews for tiny (up to 15 pounds) and smaller (up to 30 pounds) dogs in bacon and maple flavors.

We are hoping you will give one or more of the above a try and see what works best for your fur buddies to safeguard their dental health.

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Callie – my Big Red Kitty

Introducing Callie

She is my big feline girl, just over 20 pounds but very svelte. And what a total lover, at least, when it suits her! Here she is at her waking-up best –

Callie’s eyes are a deep dark blue green…very unusual and beautiful. The color definitely suits her.

We have had many great adventures together. She loves to walk along with me and investigate nature. I believe she had several misadventures as well as fun events in her past existence. You see, Callie was a street-living character of a cat before she was rescued and eventually found by me. The rescue site had several fun tales to relate about my fearless Callie girl. Evidently there was a feral cat watchman or woman who took note of Callie and followed her outings on occasion hence some of the stories to come with more added from my imaginings of Callie’s spirited liveliness.

Callie Off to Adventure

”Meyawn! Must be light time. Meowrr am I hungry. Think I’ll stroll into the woods and find a bite.” So goes our street cat in the mid-summer months to locate her meal. The weather is so very warm with a slight breeze to cool her as she starts to stalk small rodent sounds.

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She comes upon a rushing creek and stops mid paw as a giant rotund animal with dark fur and long claws rushes up the bank in her direction. Our street kitty is aghast and stark frozen for an instant by the size of the animal. Never ever has she seen such a monster. ”Meow Mew Mew”- the gargantuan passes on by carrying a flapping fish in its mouth. She watches as the big bear hustles a little further into the brush and then disappears into an opening near a small ridge.

Our street cat is so relieved she settles down to take a short nap and awakens midday very hungry. She does go in earnest to search out her meal and falls fast asleep once more after playing ‘cat and mouse’ with her tasty chipmunk.

‘Now she awakens at dusk and hears a loud rustling nearby. “Meow’rr”. It’s the enormous dark furry thing coming too close. In auto defense she swipes at the fat giant. Then she hightails it up the nearest tall fir tree. “Oh my! I cannot believe my eyes but this large thing is climbing after me.” Callie climbs to the highest limb to save herself. And, there she stays for two full days as she has angered her bear monster and he is in watch for her, and unbeknownst to Callie, it is a mother bear also protecting her newly born and nearby cubs.

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Adventure Outcome

This has all been related by our feral cat watchperson. As it was told, Callie came stealthily down from the treetop on the third morning after the bear giant had given up the chase. I can imagine how hungry she must have been…and cold…and tired.

Maybe she learned to stay out of the forest for fear of running into the burly giant once again. We hope.

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After Halloween…

I hope you are not tired of fun Halloween videos because I want to share some with you now:

Funny Animal Videos

The first is showing a Border Collie and is from Big Geek Daddy – https://biggeekdad.com/2015/10/nana-the-border-collie-trick-or-treat/.

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And “The Monster Mash” from Big Geek Daddy with an adorable owl – https://biggeekdad.com/2015/10/the-monster-mash/.

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The third is also from Big Geek Daddy…”Cats in Therapy”…LOL fun – https://biggeekdad.com/2019/10/cats-in-therapy/.

Pet Food Recall Notice

Now for some needed information on pet food, here is more recall info:

Tuffy’s Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 1600 cases of its NutriSource Pure Vita Salmon Entree dog food because they may contain high levels of vitamin D.
https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/nutrisource-pure-vita/.

Info on Pet Food Labeling

And another note from Dog Food Advisor about dog food companies splitting ingredients on food labeling in order to make their food appear healthier:

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-industry-exposed/ingredient-splitting/

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October 29th????? Meow!

Yes, you remembered, the 29th is our National Cat Day. Since it is arriving, I want to bring to your attention some fun and interesting feline facts and good information.

Tufts University

Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine publishes a newsletter called Tufts Catnip. Of world veterinary colleges, Tufts ranks as number 13, as reported by US News and World Report. They also noted that number 2 is our University of California at Davis, and the Royal Veterinary College, London University, United Kingdom as number one in our world.

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Fun Feline Facts

Here are some fun facts about our kitties Tufts Catnip published recently:

  1. A house cat is genetically 95.6 percent tiger…wow!
  2. Cats can run up to approximately 30 miles per hour…for a short time.
  3. Our feline friends can jump five times their height, ie, possibly 25 feet in the air!
  4. A cat’s whiskers are the same width as their body, helping the cat to judge the width of a space to walk through.
  5. Cats don’t kill their prey with their claws but actually with their teeth.
  6. If you love cats, you are an ailurophile. What a strange word, but in keeping with our cats, also rather elegant…LOL

DIY Toys for your Kitty

They also published some fun DIY cat toys for us to keep our furry felines happy and engaged:

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Pyramid – Save 10 toilet paper rolls and staple together from the inside…four in bottom row, three on next, two on next, and one on top. Poke a feather through different ones and watch your cat try to catch it.

Chase toy – Put a bell inside a toilet paper roll. Fold up two ends and secure with tape. Swat it along the floor so your cat sees it and let him follow suit.

Ball – Press some aluminum foil into a ball and throw across the room. They may like the crinkly sound or try to get the ball yourself and challenge your kitty.

If you would like to spoil your kitty with some great natural USA-made and sourced cat products, check out my earlier post about National Cat Day by clicking here:

Did you Celebrate on National Dog Day? And When is National Cat Day?

Feline Fur Pal Meal Time

In their most recent newsletter Tufts reports on meal time for our cats. They say that most sites agree on feeding kittens several times a day but differ quite a bit on how often to feed adult cats. Most sites say 1 or 2 times daily for feeding adult cats. Tufts believes several smaller meals are best for adult cats to keep their weight down, rather than one or two larger portions, and for boredom, another way of keeping them engaged. Tufts points out that cats hunt alone and usually several times daily. They also strongly suggest that your cat, if you have more than one pet, should be able to eat alone and in his separate space to keep your feline pet from stressing. To see more on this subject, click here:

https://www.tuftscatnip.com/foodandnutrition/how-many-times-a-day-should-you-feed-your-cat.

Funny Cat Videos

And I can’t resist not adding the following feline furry friend videos: the first from Smorgasbord Magazine’s blog on cats being cats –

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/10/06/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-more-cats-being-cats/.

and the second from Big Geek Daddy on lion cubs and pumpkins with Halloween almost here – https://biggeekdad.com/2015/10/lion-cubs-play-date-with-a-pumpkin/.

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I Want a Pet Bird!

Several months ago I wrote a post entitled: “Have a Pet Bird?” (https://copywriternikkifrie.com/have-a-pet-bird/ ). So to follow up on that info, I have written “I Want a Pet Bird” all about the best bird species for pets.

Mly previous post It is about my experience with pet budgies or parakeets…very fun small birds who are relatively easy to care for. From working in several retail pet stores I also became enamored with Conures. So I decided to Google ‘Pet Birds” and “Best Pet Bird Species” and came up with three different sites recommending “8 Top Friendly Bird Species”; “The Top 10 Best Pet Birds”; and, “10 Birds that will Make for a Great Family Pet”. So do you want a pet bird? I know I want a pet bird!

All three sites agree on Parakeets or Budgies as their number one choice for good pet birds.. And two pick Cockatiels and then Cockatoos as their number two and three pet bird selections. Just one site nominates the Canary as their number 3 best pet bird species. From there on they do continue to differ somewhat. Sprucepets.com, Chewy.com, and Women’s Day.com are the three first sites that appeared in my search results for the best bird species as pets.

Budgies

Budgies, also known as parakeets, are just 6 to 8 inches, weighing in at a very light 1 ounce. As mentioned they are low maintenance and vary in colors of blue, yellow, white, gray, and green with combined color touches here and there. These little birds can be taught to do tricks and to talk…with patience they will even eat right out of your hand. They are said to be the most popular bird species of bird parents – 25 percent make a home for budgies. So our most popular and best bird species for pets. They have big personalities and an easy going manner. Best to give them a variety of food including carrot strips, broccoli head piece, along with fruit and seeds. They normally live 10 to 15 years.

Cockatiels

Cockatiels are friendly and affectionate and do need at least an hour of your attention and interaction every day. They originate in Australia and to be a good pet need to be hand fed as babies. They are very smart birds and will learn to whistle and mimic household sounds but they are not known to talk, however, they are still quite vocal. These birdies are 12 to 13 inches and weigh just 3 ounces. Coloring is usually grey and yellow with cinnamon and a quite long tail. Cockatiels are curious and known as pint-sized parrots or miniature cockatoos. Their life spans 10 to 15 years. They do need a bit of room since they like to be able to fly in their cage and also utilize a perch outside their cage during the day.

Cockatoos

Cockatoos are affectionate large birds who will bond with their owner or caretaker and need no less than an hour every day of your devoted attention. They love to socialize with you and can become depressed. If left alone too much or too long, they may become destructive, ie, plucking their own feathers. These guys are 18 inches and 16 to 26 ounces. They are normally white with a bit of yellow and a large white crest.

Canaries

Canaries are Women’s Day third choice of best pet bird species. They are said to be cheerful and curious small birds, only 3 to 4 inches, weighing in at 1 ounce. Their average life span is 10 to 15 years. They don’t like to be handled but do like your presence in the room they occupy. The males will give you lots of songs and the females plenty of chirps. They do need lots of toys in keeping with their curious natures.

Conures

All three sites choose Conures amongst their last six selections of great pet birds. These little ones hail from Central and South America. They weigh in at 3 to 9 ounces and are generally 10 to 15 inches. They can live over 20 years and need a roomy cage and definitely like to have your attention. Conures are known to be playful and intelligent but not necessarily as talkers.

Beautiful Sun Conure bird isolated on white background.

Parrotlets

All three of the sites also name Parrotlets as good pet birds among their last six nominees in their best pet bird species groups. Parrotlets are tiny 4 to 7 inches tops and weigh 1 ounce living an average 15 to 20 years. They want to be able to spread their wings in their roomy cages and love to play games. You can teach them to sit on your finger and they do love to play and interact with you. These fellows are called ‘pocket parrots’ because of their small size but have very big ‘spunky’ personalities. Also you can teach them to talk. I believe this is the one for me. Yes, I do want a pet bird!

Also Mentioned

Those are the 6 bird groups with a consensus of the three sites as being the best species for a family pet. Individually they also mention Doves, Macaws, Finches, Lovebirds, and the African Grey Parrot, Meyer’s Parrot, and the Pionus Parrot as good pet birds. You can do the same search that I Googled: “pet birds” and check out these sites for yourself to see any additional information.

If you adopt one of these adorable birds, take a look at my post on vacation time called “Our Pets on Vacation” – https://copywriternikkifrie.com/our-pets-on-vacation. It will give you helpful information for your pet while you are away.

Another post you may want to read is: “How to Protect your Fur Baby and Feathered Friend” – good review on pet insurance –

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See related posts on birds here:

Delish Natural Pet Treats Made in the USA – (https://copywriternikkifrie.com/delish-natural-pet-treats-made-in-the-usa/)

Made in the USA for our Pets in Summer – (https://copywriternikkifrie.com/made-in-the-usa-for-our-pets-in-summer/)

Pet Ownership in America

Interesting news from Pet Age of late tells us that the week on Capitol Hill starting October 18 is featuring the importance of pet ownership here in the USA. There will be several free virtual programs on the subject, including “…sessions about lifesaving pet-friendly policies, key veterinary issues and legislation, statistics on pet populations, data on the economic impact of pet care businesses, and more.”

It goes on to mention how much our Covid crisis has led to increased pet ownership; now up to 70 percent of households own pets. In an earlier issue of Pet Age, they state that: “About 4.26 million cats and dogs entered shelters in 2020 (compared to about 5.4 million in 2019), and about 3.9 million were saved, resulting in an annual save rate of 83 percent compared to 79 percent in 2019. Almost half of all shelters in the US are now no-kill, and one-third of all counties that offer sheltering services are now no-kill.”

Pet Week on Capitol Hill will conclude by disclosing the winners of their 13th annual “Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill” contest held by the Animal Health Institute.

Dog ownership is greatest with felines following and on down the list with pet birds and fish aquariums, small animals, and horses, amphibians and reptiles.

Our pets are such an important part of our families. They provide us with much needed companionship; some actually saving lives, definitely helping us through difficult times, and greeting us with their love.

So it is up to us as caretakers of our pets to treat them well. They need the healthiest food we can provide them. Good shelter and comfortable surroundings as well as plenty of together time and interaction. In addition it is so important to give them training and distractions to keep them occupied. There are books for all different types of animals at the library and, of course, at your local pet store.

It isn’t necessary to spend a ton of money either. One can find all sorts of ideas online thru training tips, and even on homemade toy ideas.

The best is to focus on keeping your pets safe, by asking questions and reading up on care information. Some of which I try to provide on my site here. Made-in-the-USA is my mantra for pet foods, toys, and accessories. We do have the strictest standards for safety and safety notifications.

See some of my earlier posts on this subject: Delish Natural Pet Treats Made in the USA / Made in the USA for our Pets in Summer / How to Care for your Small Aquarium in Hot Weather / How to Protect your Fur Baby and Feathered Friend / The Growing Trend of Pet CBD / It’s Good to Challenge your Fur Baby / Have a Pet Bird?

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