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Introduce Foraging to Your Bird.

How do I introduce Kaytee® Foraging Diet to my bird?

Much like their human “flock” members we understand that companion birds often adopt their own individual eating habits and nutritional preferences. That’s why we included so many different fun and delicious ingredients in our blends. Your bird is sure to find something he will love.  Introducing the new foraging diets to your bird is as easy as selecting a feeding style that works for you. See our selection of Foraging Diets.

Option 1:

Kaytee Foraging diets are nutritionally formulated as premium daily diets for your bird. They can be fed as alternatives to your bird’s current mix.  (When switching from current diet to Foraging diet we recommend following our simple and easy conversion process.)

Option 2:

For those who like to feed variety, Kaytee® Foraging diets can be included as a healthy and enriching addition to your bird’s current feeding routine.  Simply blend the forage diet into your current mix and watch the fun begin.

Option 3:

Let your imagination run wild! Incorporate the diet into foraging toys, playtime, and even training as a positive reinforce! Visit us at to share your ideas!


Learn more about Kaytee Foraging Diet.


Medicating Your Parrot

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Dr Susan Clubb and I recently lectured together at the Kaytee Learning Center. She mentioned she has delivered some medications transdermally, especially Haloperidol for parrots with feather destructive behavior. I LOVE this idea. Can you imagine simply gently rubbing a medicated cream onto your parrot’s foot? The medication is then absorbed through the skin. This wonderfully non stressful way of delivering medication is perfect to help maintain trust between the caregiver and bird. Too many birds learn to fear their owners when they end up being toweled over and over to be medicated. It can take a long time for some parrots to trust humans again. Unfortunately this method is not yet readily available for all types of medication.

This predicament caused by restraint is why I made an eBook to help people learn how to train their parrot to take medication from a syringe. It is a pretty simple behavior to train and one I demonstrate at most of my parrot training workshops. Best of all it also helps avoid having to restrain a parrot to medicate it. However most people don’t take advantage of this resource until it is too late and the bird is already sick. This is a resource to use now, before your parrot is ill. To encourage people to train this behavior right away, I actually offer this resource for free.

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Responsible Rabbit Ownership

Rabbits make wonderful pets for almost any family. They are friendly, active animals, which can be easily trained and maintained in a home or apartment. Rabbits breed readily, so there is no shortage of healthy bunnies available for those families who would like to enjoy this special pet. If you are looking for a rabbit community or rescue shelter to get your new pet Rabbit please visit our Shelter Locator.
Once the proper caging, diet, and care is secured, it is important to have rabbits spayed or neutered. Kaytee Products recommends spaying or neutering pet rabbits for several important reasons. The most common cancer of domestic rabbits is a uterine tumor. This tumor can spread very rapidly and may result in the loss of the pet. The easiest way to avoid this type cancer and other reproductive tract disorders is to have female rabbits spayed. This operation, called an ovariohysterectomy, is best performed at 5-6 months of age. By spaying females, unwanted pregnancies are also avoided.
Male rabbits should be neutered at 4-5 months. Neutering at this age virtually eliminates spraying (urine marking of the territory) by the male rabbit. Neutering also removes the primary source of testosterone in male rabbits, making them less prone to aggression and biting, which male rabbits often due when sexually frustrated. Further, in both males and females, litter box use is much more consistent when the rabbit has been surgically altered, meaning fewer accidents in the home.
Spaying and neutering does not remove any of the wonderful pet qualities of rabbits. They are just as active and playful after recovery from these simple operations, and indeed, are more likely to interact in a positive way with their family.
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Safe Plants & Woods for Your Bird


Pet bird owners are often concerned about their birds eating house plants, however confirmed cases of plant toxicities in birds are quite rare. The following list of “safe” plants was compiled from several sources.(1) It should be noted that the general health of a bird may greatly affect its ability to handle ingested plants. The fertilizers used on the surface of house plants soils pose a greater threat than the house plants themselves.



African Violet


American Bittersweet


Autumn Olive

Baby Tears




Beech (American, European)







Christmas Cactus

Cissus (kangaroo vine)

Coffee Coleus


Coralberry Corn Plant

Cotoneaster Firethorn

Crab Apple




Donkey Tail



Dracaena varieties 


Ferns (asparagus, bird’s nest, Boston,maidenhair)

Figs (creeping, rubber, fiddle leaf, laurel leaf, weeping)

Fir (balsam, douglas, subalpine, white)


Grape Ivy

Grape Vine

Hen & Chickens


Jade Plant





Monkey Plant

Mother-in-Law Tongue



Natal Plum

Norfolk Island Pine

Palms (areca, date, fan, lady parlour, howeia, kenita, Phoenix, sago, natal)




Pine (ponderosa, spruce, Virginia white)



Prayer Plant

Purple Passion (velvet nettle)



Rice Plants


Rubber Tree


Schefflera (umbrella)

Sensitive Plant

Silk Oak

Singapore Holly


Spider Plant

Spruce (black, Norway, red, white)

Strawberry Guava

Swedish Ivy



Wandering Jew

Wax Plant

White Clover

White Poplar


Zebra Plant







The following plants are documented either through clinical or experimental reports to cause toxic effects in some pet birds. (2)


Black Locust




Lily of the Valley


Crown Vetch







1 Bird Talk, Bird USA, Clinical Avian Medicine and Surgery, Feeding Your Pet Bird, The Parrot in Health and Illness, Northwest Ohio Exotic Bird Club Newsletter.
2 Dumonceaux, G. and G. Harrison, “Toxins.” Avian Medicine: Principles and Applications, Ritchie, Harrison and Harrison, Eds, Wingers Publishing, Inc., 1994, p.1041.
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Importance of Vitamin C in Guinea Pig Diets

An adequate supply of vitamin C in diets for guinea pigs is critical. Unlike rabbits, dogs and most other animals that synthesize or produce there own supply, guinea pigs have a definite dietary need for vitamin C. As in people, a deficiency causes the condition known as scurvy. Signs of scurvy are reduced food intake and weight loss followed quickly by hair loss, bleeding through the gums and nostrils, loosening of the teeth, bacterial infections, and ultimately, death. When feeding guinea pigs a diet that is not fortified with vitamin C, such as rabbit food, death from vitamin C deficiency can occur in less than 3 months.

In the past guinea pig diets contained sources of vitamin C that were unstable and had a very short shelf life. Kaytee’s Guinea Pig diets, such as exact® RAINBOW, FIESTA MAX, FORTI-DIET Pro Health, and TIMOTHY COMPLETE, contain the stabilized source of vitamin C, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, to prevent deficiency. Kaytee products have a Best Before Code on the package to make sure that your pet is getting products that are providing the intended nutrients and vitamins.

To ensure your guinea pig is consuming the daily requirements for vitamin C and prevent a deficiency, we recommend the guinea pigs daily diet comprise of 80% of the Kaytee fortified daily diet you choose (exact, Fiesta Max, Forti-Diet Pro Health, Timothy Complete).

New babies Gus-Gus, Blanca & Emma.

Houston Pet Expo April 14th 2012

(Kaytee Fan Blogger – Harley’s Dad)

Come one come all!!! And best of all you can take your pets to this event! (Please bring proof of current vaccinations.)

I cannot wait for this event! Me along with Harley went last year. It was crowded but I have heard it has doubled in size for 2012.

They have lots of vendors, lots of shelters, and lots of fun stuff at this event. Shorty Rossi from the Animal Planet show Pit Boss is going to be here this year!!!!

I created a facebook event. If you want to come just click the link and say so!!!! It would be cool to meet new friends and for everyone to meet Harley too!

Faceboook event

I met a lizard last year

I made lots of people smile
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I will be taking tons of pics and video this year. I hope I can get some out while there but sometimes it is hard to get a signal in reliant.  I will blog about it further and add vids and pics here too but…

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Do not touch me! Feathers and Petting

(Kaytee Fan Blogger – Harley’s Dad)

Some birds may not enjoy petting but may learn to tolerate it and come to know your hands are not there to harm.

Here are some things I have learned about feathers:

1. It must be painful to grow feathers. I know every time I touch a pin feather my bird does have a reaction. (Pin feathers are new feathers that are still growing and have a blood supply. They may be blue with a whitish sheath or half grown with feather showing and be blue covered in the sheath as you get closer to the skin.

Bottom line, if your bird is in the middle of a molt you might want to wait to try this.

2. On the show Pet Keeping With Marc Morrone, he explained that macaw feathers are pretty rigid and that makes them less eager to accept touch. Cockatoos with their soft feathers don’t have the same problem.

3. Most if not all birds have an aversion to being touched. Even hand tamed birds can fall into this natural state.

Before I give my tips and steps on how I was able to get my bird to allow touch two things must be know or established first.

Your bird must know the step up command and the bird should not be a biter. My bird will nibble and sometimes give a good pinch but long gone are the days when he gives painful bites.

So start with touching toes. Once your bird is comfortable with that move further up the leg or chest. Now it might take days weeks or months before your bird is ok with its toes being touched. Go at the bird’s pace. If it has set backs then back off and start over.

Chew this not that, Teaching Bad Habits

(Kaytee Fan Blogger – Harley’s Dad)

I need to be careful. I often exchange what may seem like a bad habit in what I think is a better one.

I realized early that my bird loves buttons. I couldn’t keep him away from my shirts. So I decided that old shirts could be his. Of course I didn’t think about the fact that the bird was happy to get buttons to chew off but still didn’t grasp that some were ok to chew on but others were not.

Of course it doesn’t stop there. I have 3 jackets but none of them can zip up. Harley, my macaw, has modified them for me.

Recently I have allowed my bird to chew on my shoes… as I was wearing them. I assumed he was interested in the shoe strings and that was about it. Well like the shirts nothing is really off limits because everything is interesting to this bird.

Aside from now destroying my trainers the negative side effect is now he is interested in everyone’s shoes. Flip flops are no different. Of course kids and adults alike are not to keen on having a large beak poke around feet and toes.

I see now that what I should have done is given something that is OK to be chewed on. Not something similar or allow a potentially bad behavior to continue.

So if you’re dealing with a habit like chewing on shoes. Learn from my mistake and don’t think to give your bird some old shoes to chew on because your bird won’t know the difference between what shoes are OK to tear up and which ones are not.

Dental Heatlh Month Comes To An End

February, the month of Valentines, Groundhogs and…. Dental Health??
That’s right, as February comes to an end we wanted to encourage people to continue to talk about their pets dental health.

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. These small pets 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. Rabbits do not fall into the rodent category but also can benefit from chew toys and treats.

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

A daily diet that offers dense gnawing material can also help with your pets dental health. KAYTEE offers a great diet to help with this,  KAYTEE® Forti-Diet® Crunch™ with Dental Bites is a complete small animal food that also promotes dental health. The grinding action of chewing Dental Bites helps control tooth growth and aids in the prevention of tartar buildup. Additionally the specifically formulated, fortified diet provides essential nutrients healthful nutrition. KAYTEE® Forti-Diet® Crunch™ with Dental Bites is offered specifically for Hamster & Gerbils, Chinchillas, Mice & Rats, Guinea Pets and even Rabbits.

Check out Super Pet’s line of Chew Toys now! Super Pet Toys or select the Kaytee daily diet that is right for your pet.

The Great Outdoors

(Kaytee Fan Blogger – Harley’s Dad)

If there is one thing I strongly advocate it is getting your pet, be it bird, reptile, dog, cat or anything in-between, get them outside.

Please don’t just read the above and run outside. You do have to take precautions. Make sure there is no harm or danger for your pet to encounter. If a leash is needed either for safety or by law by all means use it.

Also, please don’t try this with any pet that can only breath under water.

Kidding aside everyone knows that exercise is good for you and necessary for your pet. The sun also provides you both with some essential vitamins.

I could go on and on about how much fun I have with my bird and dog at parks and lakes (where allowed). Instead of relaying those stories I want you to experience them for yourself.

Document your outdoor excursions and share them in the comment section.

Have fun and be safe.

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