Tonawanda News — Last week, I talked about how WNY March is still quite cold, and there are limited activities our pets can safely participate in. Just like children, our critter companions can get quite bored when there are limited outdoor activities.
My first thought was to find some foraging and more importantly, durable enrichment items to give to my critter companions.
I started my search on Amazon and quickly found Scooter Z’s Bird Toys and Cage Accessories. They offer a Snuggle product made out of premium anti-pill fleece material with two long laces at the back for tying to the enclosure, which is perfect to keep those small pets warm. Ferrets, hamster, mice and other small rodents will surely enjoy this machine-washable product. They also offer Snuggly swings for birds, to cozy up to in this dreary month.
I tried the Surprise Surprise Foot/Foraging Toy, Treasure Guard and Stick-O-Stick for my birds, along with a few other chewable wooden toys. The Surprise Surprise foot toy might be a new favorite for Buddy the Moluccan cockatoo. It includes colorful wooden pieces that have a middle part that swings open on both sides to reveals plastic pacifiers, with enough space to hide your bird’s favorite treats. It is held together by leather strips, which encourages preening.
I spoke to the CEO/owner of Scooter Z’s, Sunchea Phou, who started making and selling enrichment toys in 2009. Phou believes enrichment for our pets is essential.
“It is very important because enrichment helps decrease birds’ stress, improve their mental and physical health and reduce their behavioral problems,” Phou said. “It allows them to live happily and fulfilled.”
Around 80 percent of their production is here in the United States and the toys contain 100 percent stainless steel hardware, which means long after the wooden pieces have been gnawed off, you can restring them or add other toys using the same hardware. Their products can be found in most pet boutiques, some small chains and across the Internet.