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October 21, 2013

CRITTER COMPANIONS: Treats could help acclimate birds to new home

Tonawanda News — With the number and variety of critter companions I care for, I have long since decided apartment living isn’t for me.

After one year of dwelling at an apartment in Florida, I made the move once again to home ownership. Earlier this week I pack up the apartment and moved to my own place. This house has more than one acre of property, providing my pets lots of room to romp, and provides me the possibility of getting a few more acres.

After moving all of my belongings to the new place I slept there one night without any pets. No glow of the lizard’s heat lap, no screeching of the cockatoo, and no waking up at 3:30 a.m. to my cat Princeton purring kneading my pillow, made it quite lonely. I didn’t want to relocate them at night time so I waited the next full day, so they could acclimate easier. I prepared the kennels for the 5-mile trip.

Buddy the cockatoo was easy to kennel. After showing her a peanut she was more than eager to kennel. With the extra rewards she received as the journey progressed, I bet she will kennel in the future quite easily.

Eartha the savannah monitor and Gilligan the hermit crab were ready to go, and they commuted without needing to leave their enclosure. The cats were the trickiest but still overall easy. Princeton was picked up and went in willingly and Julian investigated the kennels as we were packing. He eventually went inside by himself so we closed the door on him and gave him a treat. 

We packed the three kennels on top of each other on a cart and the small journey from the apartment to the car was a noisy one. I’m sure the residents at the apartment were intrigued as they heard meowing coming from the top and bottom kennels and “Pretty birds, whatcha doing,” over and over again from the middle kennel.

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