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Got Water?

Water is an essential part of life for all known living things of Earth. This of course includes our furry friends. While it may seem like a no-brainer that you need to provide your pets with sufficient water, here are a few tips you will want to keep in mind to make sure your pet is as healthy and hydrated as possible.

No Two Pets are Alike

Different species of small animals drink different amounts of water. Rabbits on one hand are notorious drinkers that can often drink as much as small dogs. Gerbils on the other hand survive on little water.  While this seems obvious, it is important to remember that each individual pet is different as well. The amount of moisture in your pet’s diet often can affect how much he/she drinks. Keep an eye on how much your pet drinks each day. Any drastic changes in drinking can be a sign of health problems.

Size Matters

When it comes to water bottles, it is important that you provide your pet with the right size.  As a rule of thumb, the water bottle should never be empty while hanging in your pet’s cage. On the other hand, you do not want the bottle to be too large or it will be difficult to detect how much water your pet is drinking.

Fresh is Best

Water should be as fresh as possible. This is especially important if you use an water dish that is open to germs and debris from inside the cage. In most cases water should be changed every day.  

Water Bottle Safety

Always check to make sure that your pet can get water out of his/her water bottle every time you fill up.  Test the bottle by pressing the spout with your finger using as little pressure as possible. Water should easily come out.  It is also a good idea to watch your pet as he/she drinks to make sure they are not struggling for water.

Don’t Forget to Clean the Bottle

Bottles can harness bacteria and germs. Completely wash out your water bottle once a week to keep water as fresh as possible.

Multiple Pets

It is a good idea to have one water bottle for each pet that you have in a shared cage. This ensures there will be enough water, and allows each animal to have their own water bottle.

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It’s February, the month of Valentines, Groundhogs and….Dental Health?? That’s right, February has officially been named Dental Health Month. What better time to talk about the importance of good teeth for our furry friends?

Many of our favorite small animal pets such as hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, chinchillas and gerbils fall into the rodent category. This means that they have front teeth that never stop growing. Rodents must continuously gnaw to keep these teeth worn down. If their teeth become overgrown, it can lead to problems eating and cause serious health issues.

So what exactly are these furry critters chewing on? In nature many rodents will chew on nuts, seeds and wood to get to their food. This naturally keeps their teeth trim. As pets, rodents often resort to chewing on their cages, hideouts, and cage accessories.  This is why it is extremely important to provide your pet rodent with a variety of chew toys.

Small Animal chew toys are available in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes.  Super Pet offers chews in wood, sisal, loofah and a variety of other materials to help keep teeth clean and trim.  In addition to aiding dental health, they also provide pets with physical activity and mental stimulation, keeping them entertained.  You can even make your own resourceful chews! Try placing an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll in your pet’s cage and watch as your pet chews up the cardboard material.

Check out Super Pet’s line of Chew Toys now! http://www.superpetusa.com/product-list/index.php?category=2396

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Happy New Year!

Ahhh the New Year’s Resolution.

As December comes to an end, it is once again that time of year when we start to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments. Inevitably this includes compiling a laundry list of things we vow to do next year that we failed to complete this year.  I admit I am one of the people create the list every year like clockwork, only to have half of it fall through the cracks come January. As I half heartedly began to put my list together this past week, my attention shifted to the animals in my life. What if our pets came up with New Year’s resolutions? What kinds of things would they want to accomplish? Instead of taking that cooking class or running that marathon, I am willing to be their goals would be much simpler and more attainable.

Maybe we can take a lesson from our furry friends as we look at their would-be resolutions for 2012.

Cocoa Puff the Rabbit: Eat More Broccoli! Chew More Boxes in My Owner’s Office

Popcorn the Hamster: Spend More time in the Run-About Ball; Finally finish chewing up my hideout; Get a new hideout to chew, fit as much food as possible in my cheeks!

Stinky the Cat: Sleep more, make the humans do what I want, find ways to get more catnip

Ozzie the Dog: Chew that annoying squaker thing out of EVERY toy I get!! Spend more time with my people!! Get more treats from my people!!

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Helpful Tips on Making the Holidays Happy for both You and P.O.L.L.Y

Your home is not only the place you hang your mittens, but also the place your bird feels most comfortable. Unlike its human flock members, your bird spends the majority of its time inside your home. Over time, the sounds of family leaving for work and coming home from school, the sound of the mail truck at 2:00, the familiar humming of the appliances, and the occasional missed phone call all work together to create a beautiful symphony of comfort for your bird. These sounds serve as the “ringing school bell”, if you will, reliably mapping out the hours of your bird’s day. Once your bird becomes accustomed to these sounds and the events associated with them, any uncontrolled variance in the routine can result in stress and discomfort for both you and your feathered friend. This brings us to the subject at hand…those Happy Holidays!

During this time of year, the very things that put you and your family in the holiday mood are those that can result in feelings of stress and/or anxiety for your bird. Creating an enjoyable holiday for you and your bird is as easy as remembering P.O.L.L.Y.

Prepare your bird for change.

Imagine waking up and discovering that your house has been completely rearranged and is full of strange things, weird smells, and unfamiliar people. For most of us, this scenario alone would warrant psychiatric assistance. Now throw in a hungry giant constantly trying to have you for dinner. Sounds silly…but this is exactly what your bird experiences when you “Deck the Halls” and invite friends, family and four-legged cousins over for the holidays.          

A sudden “Decking of the Halls” can come as a shock to your bird. Large trees with flashing lights, flickering candles, and randomly placed holiday figurines can all be interpreted as potential threats by your bird. These, combined with the irregular influx of guest (most strangers to your bird), often surface feelings of vulnerability in your bird, which can trigger sleepless nights and increased irritability (a screaming moody bird).

When planning those holiday gatherings, consider the impact they will have on your bird. Identify potential high traffic areas and their relationship to your bird’s cage. In addition to the occasional cage bump (i.e. clumsy guest + too much eggnog), areas that experience increased traffic flow also invite dangerous drafts and, although presented with good intentions, unhealthy food offerings.  “Polly want a candy cane?”  Avoiding these potential hazards is easy. Simply relocate your bird to a different, but familiar, part of the house; somewhere it feels protected from the chaos, but is still able to indulge its innate curiosity.  For more sensitive birds, the transition from one location to another should be handled in steps. Try introducing the bird to the new location during out-of-cage play time each day for a week prior to actually moving the cage.  This will encourage your bird to develop a positive association with the new location.   This same technique can be used to introduce your bird to your holiday decorations. As you bring down the boxes of bulbs, garland, candles, cards, nick knacks, and “where did I get thats”, allow your bird to be a part of the change. Periodically communicate with your bird (Do you like the pretty lights? Listen to the wonderful music) using your fun playtime voice. Offer him a comfort treat in exchange for positive responses.  

Open your mind to your bird’s point of view.

Now that you have prepared your beaked buddy for change, take a moment to see the new environment from your bird’s perspective. To do this you do not need to climb inside your bird’s cage, simply try thinking like a bird. Once the initial feelings of caution and uncertainty have been concurred, they are often quickly replaced with those of exploration and intrigue. It is okay to allow your bird to indulge these feelings, but important that it is done in a controlled and supervised manner. Make sure that your bird does not have access to common holiday temptations such as electrical cords, tree trimmings, holiday plants, burning candles, and unhealthy desserts. Investing in a padlock to secure the cage during the holidays can bring peace of mind for both you and your bird. Not only will this prevent “unauthorized exploration”, but it will also deter your guest’s urge to show off their animal magnetism.   

Lay ground rules for your guest.

For many people the opportunity to interact with a companion bird wakes up the child within. Unfortunately, as the inner child is awakened their common sense identifies an opportunity to take a nap. If allowed to interact with your bird unadvised and unsupervised your guest may find that Jack Frost isn’t the only one doing the nose nipping.  To protect both your guest and your bird, place a subtle, yet obvious written reminder of caution near the cage. For more conscientious visitors, allowing them to offer your bird a favorite treat or comfort food can result in valuable and welcomed socialization time. Introduce your guest to your bird by educating them on the do’s and don’ts.

Some important things to remember are:

  • No poking and prodding of cage
  • No smoking
  • Avoid scented candles
  • Only approved bird safe treats
  • Do not open cage
  • Avoid cooking with Teflon

Leave time for personal interaction.

During the holidays, it is easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the season. For your bird, this means a break in the relationship with you.  Companion birds develop strong bonds with their human caregivers and often depend on that relationship and its routines. For this reason, it is important that you plan special bonding times for just you and your bird.  This is a time when you can indulge your bird with a gentle feather preen, offer him a favorite food, or just enjoy a good book while your bird relaxes on your knee. 

During this period of change and planned chaos, one on one time is important to the mental well-being of your bird. If you plan to travel during the holidays, make arrangement for a friend or family member, familiar to your bird, to stop in for quality time.

Yuletide responsibility.

Okay.  Everything’s ready for the holidays. The bird has been prepared, invitations sent, and the charge cards have been charged. Your done…time to party!  Not so fast.

What about the gifts?  The holidays are the perfect time to treat your bird. Fill the stocking with a variety of nutritious and interactive treats! Invest in a new cage… it’s EZ.

Use this time to update your bird’s toy collection. When you are selecting treats and accessories for your bird, remember to see things from their point of view.  Always make safety a primary factor in your decision making.

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Squawk About It!

Have you ever heard of Puck the Budgie? Chances are you have no idea what I am talking about, but Puck is the perfect example of why pet birds make such unique and special pets. Puck is famous Budgie who joined the ranks of the Guiness Book of World Records in 1995 for his vast vocabulary. Puck had a vocabulary of 1,728 words! This is the largest known vocabulary of any bird. Talk about a smart bird!!

The ability to talk is one of the most common reasons people want a pet parrot.  The idea of a pet that can talk back when you talk to it is down right fascinating. Its no wonder these feathered friends make the list as the third most popular pet. However not every parrot is like Puck. All parrots are capable of some kind of mimicry, but only about 10% of parrots ever develop a vocabulary, and only a handful of those birds ever develop large vocabularies. Many parrots only mimic sounds, such as the doorbell or your cell phone. Never buy a parrot with the expectation that it will definitely talk.

So what birds are more likely to talk ? While no birds are guranteed talkers, here are a few parrot breeds that are known for their talking ability.

  • African Greys
  • Blue Fronted Amazons
  • Budgies
  • Double Yellow-Headed Amazons
  • Rock Pebblers
  • Yellow Fronted Amazons
  • Yellow-Naped Amazons

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Beating the Summer Heat

Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is here! Unfortunately it has brought brutally hot temps along with it.  With record breaking temperatures spreading across the US, people are trying to find new ways to beat the heat and stay cool this summer. Whether it involves heading to the beach or pool, or hunkering down inside an air conditioned building, staying cool has become a priority for several of us.  We cant forget about our feathered and furry friends either! Here are some tips for keeping your pet cool during a heat wave.

  • Keep your pet out of the sun.  Even in air conditioned rooms, sunlight can be several degrees warmer than shaded areas. Be sure to place your pet’s cage in an area out of the direct sunlight. If you do not have a cage, make sure there are shaded areas in your pet’s area that he/she can go to for relief.
  • Do not place your pet directly in front of a fan or vent. While fans keep us cool in the heat, it is best to place them at a distance, or indirectly facing your pet’s cage.  If you have air conditioning, make sure that the vent does not directly blow on your pet’s cage.
  • Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water. We have been told countless times to hydrate in the heat to prevent dehydration and heat related illnesss. The same goes for our pets.
  • Do a little research on your pet. Some animal types, such as Chinchillas, are extremely sensitive to the heat and need a cool temperature to survive. Special products such as cooling stones can be purchased to help cool your pet, but you will need to be extra careful that your pet does not overheat.
  • Just add ice. Ice cubes can be added to your pet’s water dish or bottle to cool down the water supply, and your pet. This is especially helpful if you have an outdoor pet.
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America’s Family Pet Expo

Will you be in the Orange County, CA region this weekend? We hope so!

Be sure to check out America’s Family Pet Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  The world’s largest pet and pet product expo is filled with plenty of pet information, entertainment and exhibits for the whole family.  Come see over 1,000 animals on display in stage shows, competitions and demonstrations. Plenty of pet products will also be available for sale at show prices!

Be sure to visit the Super Pet and Kaytee booths (1804 and 1806) in Hanger Building 18 for pet information, products and a drawing for a prize. Mention that you read our blog at our booth and receive a free gift!

We hope to see you there! For more information on the Expo, Click Here: http://www.petexpooc.org/home

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Super Pet Wins Award!

Congratulations to the Super Pet Product Development team on winning 3rd place at the Global Pet Expo in the Best New Bird Product Category!! Super Pet featured it’s newest line of swings, perches and ladders for companion birds. These new items are comprised of a variety of textures and materials designed to reduce bad behavior associated with “birdie boredom.” This new line of items encourages healthy playtime and promotes recommended exercise for pet birds. The ladders, perches and swings are all available for small, medium and large companion birds and come in various styles and colors.

Global Pet Expo is the pet industry’s largest trade show and is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). The show is held on an annual basis and features new and innovative products across the pet industry.  This year’s show took place on March 16-18 in Orlando Florida.

Super Pet Forage N Play Ladder

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March is Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

Happy March Everyone! What better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than with an adorable, furry little friend? March just happens to be National Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month!

Guinea Pigs make excellent family pets and are easy to care for. So why do hundreds end up in animal shelters every year? One of the most common reasons so many animals are abandoned  has to do with the fact that people do not do their research before buying a pet. All pets have that cute factor at first that makes us want them, but it is extremely important that you know exactly what it takes to take care of your pet BEFORE you buy it.

Guinea pigs are very friendly and social animals. Multiple guinea pigs can even be kept together. However as always, we reccommend that same sex pairs be kept together to prevent unwanted breeding. Unwanted babies are another reason so many guinea pigs end up in shelters. As far as care, guinea pigs need a healthy diet that contains Vitamin C. They do not manufacture their own Vitamin C so it must be given to them. Most commercial diets add Vitamin C for just this reason. Guinea Pigs also appreciate plenty of Timothy Hay and fresh fruit and veggies. Since they are rodents, their teeth never stop growing. It is very important that you provide your pet guinea pig with plenty of chew items to help wear down their teeth and keep them healthy. They do not climb. so they need a basic cage with plenty of room to hide, sleep, eat and play. They live on average 5-8 years, so be ready you are willing to commit that much time to your pet before buying.

So spread the word this month- Guinea Pigs make great pets for children and adults alike. If you are willing to give them your time and some attention, be sure to check out your local animal shelter today!

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Love is in the Air!

Valentine’s Day is here, and it’s time for all you lovebirds out there to show your affection for one another!! And when I say lovebirds, I’m talking about the actual birds!

The term ‘lovebirds’ has long been used to described couples in love. Those lovey-dovey people you see holding hands and exchanging kisses are actually not that different from the the actual lovebird.

The term lovebird consits of 9 species of birds in the genus Agapornis. Almost all species of lovebirds originate from the African contintent, while one lone species is from Madagascar. In the wild, lovebirds live in small flocks. Within their flocks, they bond with one particuar mate, their mate for life. Unlike many animals, these mates stay monogamous and it is very different to get a lovebird to change it’s loyalty to another bird. Bonded mates are easy to spot, simply because of the amount of time they spend next to eachother.  The paris will groom and feed eachother, and spend much time chattering with one another. They are extremely loyal and affectionate which is how they earned the name “lovebird.”Lovebirds also make great pets, and can also form very strong bonds with their owners. They are pretty to look at and extremely social animals.

So when you lovebirds are celebrating Valentine’s Day, take a second to appreciate the lovebird that gave you the nickname!

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