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February 11, 2013

CRITTER COMPANIONS: Pets and vets

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Tonawanda News — Anyone can have a forum on the web these days. I have one — www.facebook.com/crittercompanions — and, sadly, anyone can put any info they want up on the Internet, be it truthful or not. Your vet, with their clientele, education and vocational experience, say with certainty the best behavioral, nutritional and husbandry standards you can abide by. Kramer, from Seinfeld said it best “I would rather trust a veterinarian, then a doctor. A vet has to know how to treat a pig, a horse and a dog all at the same time.”

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My cockatoo Buddy and myself recently tested some of Lafeber’s parrot treats. The classic avi-cakes for macaws and cockatoo’s were definitely the preferred food item. They can be purchased in 1-pound sheets and then broken into meal-size squares. They contain 50 percent pellets and 50 percent seeds. 

As the packaging says “Pulling, stretching, crunching and twisting are required to eat each cake.” I did enjoy how pliable they are, which allows them to fit into all of Buddy’s favorite toys, providing an excellent source of foraging enrichment.

Another of Lafeber’s products we tested was the Nutri-Nuts Parrot Treat. These small treats are filled with peanut pieces, seeds and other delectables with a “shell” that is made from a peanut butter base. These should not be fed in excess of 10 to 15 percent of your bird’s total diet. 

Each package includes naturally colored “nutri-nuts” ranging from yellow, orange and red. My bird did not enjoy the orange ones, for whatever reason – the ingredients are the same for each recipe. This was a disappoint for me, as my favorite color is orange.

The last product we examined was the nutri-berries. These are a similar product to the aforementioned nutri-nuts without the hard shell. The seeds are pre-hulled and whole. This gives your parrot the benefit of the whole food item without the shelling by-product. These were readily eaten.

These are also small enough to scatter throughout the cage to decrease the chance of your parrot being a perch potato.

Kenny Coogan has a B.S. in animal behavior. Please email your questions to birdbehaviorconsultant@yahoo.com, or search for "Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan" on Facebook.

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