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Budgie Cages – How to Choose the Right One for Yours

Choosing the right budgie cages.

Choosing a budgie cages can be a minefield of choice. When you are confronted with budgie cages of every shape, size and colour how do you know which one is best? Well – read on —

Safety First
The most important feature of your new cage will be pet safety. The whole point of having a cage rather than letting your budgie live free is to make sure it doesn’t fly away, get eaten by a cat, eat something poisonous or drown in the toilet!

Establish which cages are designed for budgies. There are some good looking cages for larger birds or for rodents which may or may not be safe for your bird, so start with the ones that are specifically for budgies and go from there. You may find a different type of cage that fits all the following guidelines and will work perfectly.

You will really need a wire cage; the last thing you want is your little friend chewing itself to freedom! The wires can run vertically or horizontally. It does not really matter but a cage with some of each is probably a good choice (then your bird can climb the horizontal ones and slide down the vertical ones if it likes). The most important thing about the wires is that they are close enough that the budgie cannot squeeze its head through. This will mean about 12mm or a half an inch spacing is ideal, anything larger and you run the risk of a small budgie getting stuck.

I would avoid any cages with bars that are not parallel, i.e. they get closer together at some points. Your budgie could slip its foot into a tight gap, panic and hurt itself badly.

Have a feel around to ensure there are no sharp edges or pointy bits that your budgie can get caught on or cut by.

Check how the door opens and closes, budgies learn how to open the doors that just slide up and down without a catch to hold them. If you do end up with a cage like that then stick something like a clothes peg on the door so the inmate can’t open it. This also applies to the little doors some cages have to put the feed containers in through.

And, of course, your budgie cage will get chewed on so make sure there are no toxic materials about.

Necessary features

It needs perches for your bird to sit and sleep and play on. These should be of varying thickness so that the pressure is not always on the same points of the foot. Make sure there is one at least that the budgies toenails will make contact with so they are worn a bit and need less trimming. I like to use branches from non-poisonous trees. These allow plenty or variation in size and texture to exercise the feet, and budgies love to chew them too, which is why they must not be poisonous, and also not sprayed with anything toxic. If you can get eucalyptus branches then all the better, remember they are what the budgie would search out in the wild.

The next necessary items are the feeders in your budgie cage. You need at least three, one for seed mix and one for water, and also one for veggies etc. The most common ones are the simple bowl shaped ones or the font type, where the seed comes out of the tube into a catcher at the bottom. I don’t mind either one but you must always check to see that the budgies have seed available and not just the empty husks! The easiest way to do this is to blow the seed; the empty husks are light and will blow away.

Check where the feeders sit in relation to the perches. The budgie must be able to get to the feed, but you really do not want it sitting above the feeder pooping into it!

Ease of cleaning

Now you have narrowed the choice down to a few budgie cages that are safe and practical it is time to think about yourself! You are going to be cleaning this cage out regularly, and hopefully for many years. So how easy is it to remove the base and replace any lining your use? How easy is it to remove the perches for an occasional scrub or disinfect? What about wiping the bars, are there many difficult to get to corners? These are real concerns as if it is fiddly to clean you may end up doing it less than you really need to, so make sure your budgie cage suits you too!

Toys etc…

You will want somewhere to hang a toys and maybe a swing. With this in mind, do you think the cage is big enough? The biggest budgie cage you can afford, with the features we are discussing, will usually be best for your pet. The more active they can be the happier and healthier they will be; budgies are very active and intelligent little creatures. So I also find that cages that are longer horizontally than they are vertically are best; as the budgie can get a bit more flying space.

I would recommend buying some little clips to hang greens, millet sprays and cuttlefish. These can be moved around so your budgie has to perform some acrobatic feats (and think a little bit) to eat the yummies. Some types of clothesline pegs can be suitable, and cheap too. So once you have found the budgie cages that fit these requirements you can happily pick which ever one suits you and your house… have fun!

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Cat Pampering – 7 Ways for a Happier Pet and You!

7 Ways of Cat Pampering

1. Keep your cat busy by engaging in fun activities and try not to miss a day. Play fetch with small crumpled up pieces of tin foil or paper, or have him chase a toy on a string or wool. Even our most domesticated house pets come from a long line of wild cats, and it’s in their DNA to want to hunt, chase and kill.
2. Whilst it may not be the best of jobs, give your cat a piece of raw meat (poultry or beef that has no bones in it) will improve his teeth and gum health, and he’ll really enjoy it. Be sure to always check with your vet before you add to or change your pussy cats diet.
3. Brushing and stroking your cat is good for her coat and helps to cut down on those dreaded hairball. Most cats love it. Try petting your cat behind the ear, under the chin and on her back above her tail. She’ll let you know if she likes it by purring and/or nudging you to continue. Cat pampering at its best!
4. If you’ve ever found your moggy lounging in your suitcase before a trip, you know that cats love to explore and snuggle in small spaces. Give your kitty hours or play by providing her with an old shoebox, packing box or paper grocery bag, never plastic – too dangerous. This will stimulate her mind and make her alert and aware.
5. The flowering herb known as catnip is in the mint family, and it provides seventy percent of cats with a blissed-out 10 to 15 minutes of fun. When presented with catnip or a catnip-filled toy, many cats will purr, drool, roll around and/or meow. Some cats get a little sillier after catnip, while others get very mellow. Once the initial reaction is through, the cat won’t have a similar reaction to catnip again for about an hour or so.
6. Provide them with a safe area to perch and look out windows. Cats love to watch, and this is never more true than when they get to watch birds and butterflies in the garden. If there’s a chair or couch in front of your window that you’re worried will get dirty or full of fur,just cover with an easy-to-wash blanket where the cat can sit and spy on his domain.
7. Cats love to scratch, so make sure you have a designated scratching post or surface for them to use. Not only does scratching help them maintain their claws, but it’s also a way that they mark their territory. Cats do have scent glands in their paws, and by scratching they leave behind their odour for other cats to pick up. Its also a method for cats to follow the scent trail back home should they wander too far. Also, it feels good! Scratching gives cats a full-body stretch, which you’ll often see them do after they get up from a nap. It also releases the the outer claw shell which you may often see around the house.
PAMPER YOUR CAT.   They will love it and a happier cat means a happier you.

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A Dog Coat for Winter May be Essential

Your Dog may need a winter coat, and it could be essential

Listed below are possibly the best three dog coats you can get for your best friend

On cold, wet or icy wind days, many dogs need more than just their own fur for warmth. Regardless of your dog’s requirements, comfort and fit are essential. Choose a coat too close to their ‘undercarriage’ or back-end and there will be doggy wee mishaps with every wear, whereas one that’s too tight, particularly around their chest area, will restrict their movement.

Alex Frith of dog lifestyle blog Barkarama sums up coats designed to deal with typically British bad weather. Some are designed for specific breeds while others guarantee your pooch is best presented across town and country.

1. Colt Waxed Canvas Jacket: from £46, houndworthy.com
Designed by US doggie brand Billy Wolf, Barkarama’s hound has been wearing this coat for several winters. It’s made from tough, rain-resistant waxed cotton, with a soft faux fur lining. The velcro chest fastening and the equestrian-inspired buckle on the underbelly band keep everything in place.

2. Henry Holland Red Tartan Dog Coat: from £50, Petspyjamas.com
Part of a new collaboration between British fashion designer Henry Holland and PetsPyjamas, this jazzy coat comes in red and pink tartan or a navy and orange version. It’s fleece-lined with velcro fastenings and comes in sizes small to extra large.

3. Animate Fleece Lined Waterproof Dog Coat: from £10.71 Amazon.co.uk
Waterproof, windproof and warm, this versatile fleece-lined coat ticks all the boxes to repel the elements. It fastens easily with Velcro straps fixed around the chest and under the belly, and is available in an impressive 14 sizes. We particularly like the name label badge fixed to the lining so that errant pooches can be identified.

For a vast array of doggie coats to suit all breeds please visit our shop. Direct link http://www.onestoppetshop.co.uk/net_pets_shop or click the button at the top of the home page.

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Overweight Dog, Help Your Dog Live Longer, Slim Down

How to Help Your Overweight Dog Lose Weight

Want to know a simple secret that can help your overweight dog lose weight? And live longer, too?

To work every weight loss plan must be based upon one simple principle…
Dogs that consume fewer calories than they burn lose weight
Simple, right? if it was that easy, why are so many pets overweight?

Today, dogs are fatter than ever. It’s now estimated that 45% of all U.S. dogs are either overweight or obese.
That’s 35 million dogs.
Obesity can be life-threatening. An overweight dog is more likely to suffer from a disabling medical condition like…
Diabetes, Arthritis, Heart disease, Lung problems, High blood pressure, Immune dysfunction, Cancerous tumors.

Add Two Extra Years to Your Dog’s Life
A recent study shows that dogs maintaining ideal body weight live almost two years longer than their overweight siblings.
In other words, you can add nearly two extra years to your dog’s life just by maintaining your pet’s ideal weight.
A Couch Potato Eating Machine, Unfortunately, many fail to recognize a fat dog.
Vets report that although nearly 50% of all the dogs they see are overweight, only 17% of pet owners agree.
It can be difficult for an owner to admit their 80 pound dog is 20 pounds overweight — not just “big-boned”.

Every day pet owners comment, “How can he be overweight? He eats very little”.
Obesity is frequently indicative that our dogs are sedentary, couch potato eating machines burning almost no calories.
The Solution
The obesity equation is actually very simple. Dogs that consume more calories than they burn gain weight.
So, to lose weight…
Your dog must eat less — and exercise more

Read more at: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-feeding-tips/dog-lose-weight/

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Cats Playtown Built into a Mans House – Watch Video

A normal house turned into a cats playland.

To keep his 15 rescue cats occupied, home builder Peter Cohen has constructed elaborate catwalks, tunnels, platforms and perches.

House builder Peter Cohen takes care of 14 cats in Goleta, California
He has spent around $40,000-$50,000 on catwalks so the moggies can play around
Litter box closets are ventilated, and cat fur picked up by five Roomba robotsHe has transformed part of his home into a fantasy feline adventure land.
Peter Cohen, co-founder of Trillium Enterprises, lives in a 3000-square-foot cat castle in Santa Barbara, and has built 150 feet of catwalks, spiral staircases, tunnels, perches and all manner of coo lcat accessories to accommodate his cat companions.
Mr Cohen, who grew up as a dog-lover, turned into a cat fan after he purchased the Goleta, California house in 1988.The property came with two outdoor cats in residence so to speak. However, one cat was killed and the other badly injured after both were hit by cars, so he and his partner decided to adopt a new cat from the local rescue centre to keep the injured pet company.
From that point, they just kept adopting cats, a couple every few years.

He has added a floor to what used to be a 1600-square-foot house and now shares his four-bedroom home with Cheesecake, Charlie, Nutter, Butter, Crumple, Rumple, Cookie, Poppyseed, Mary, Secret, Wasabi, Kiro, Coffee Bean and Donut
The cat lover and his partner Manuel Flores currently only adopt from shelters and try to take cats other people do not want, most often black cats and cats with bent tails.

They have had as many as 18 but at the moment have 14 feline housemates – having lost four cats this year to old age and disease. They also have a human housemate – Hiro Furumoto.
The pussycat pad started out with the installation of catwalks in 1995 after Mr Cohen was inspired by Bob Walker’s book The Cat’s House, according to Zeezoey.
He admits he has spent between $40,000 and $50,000 on the catwalks alone.
No expense was spared for his feline friends – even though the alterations could technically have been done cheaper.
‘At a certain point there was not turning back. It was like, this is their house and we’re living here with them’ Mr Flores told Houzz TV.
Mr Flores, Mr Furumoto and Mr Cohen try to find one-on-one time to spend with the cats, who are rarely all in the same room together. Additionally, some prefer to be left alone.

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