Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tornado - Flood - Fire

If there was a tornado siren right now could you transport your bird to safety? What if there was a fire in your home or a wild fire racing down the hill? Do you have a hard sided carrier to help protect your parrot from blowing debris? Is the hard sided carrier stuffed in the closet? In the garage under mounds of other stuff you have stored? If you need to transport your bird to safety quickly, that carrier is worthless to you if you can't get at it quickly. What you say? Your state never has tornadoes? I beg to differ no state is tornado proof. If you have only a rare tornado how about straight line winds? Perhaps floods? How about a out-of control car crashing into the living room? A fire? There are always natural or not so natural emergencies where your bird may need to be transported quickly. Learn how to keep your bird safe. Tornado - Flood - Fire

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pet Chipmunks

The pet chipmunk is a high maintenance - high octane pet. Pet chipmunks are full of curiosity, zip, vim and vigor. They have very specific needs. They are not a hold me - cuddle me type of pet. They must explore. They must be able to dig and tunnel. They have many instinctual self protection modes that must be respected, accepted and understood. They can't live in a small cage they must - MUST have a large habitat. If you have a spare room with some chipmunk proofing this would be closer to ideal. Chipmunks can be very destructive. You must protect them from their own destructiveness. Anything electrical that is remotely accessible to them is out of the question. Learn how to raise pet chipmunks, see chipmunk images - chipmunks as pets. Chipmunk Pets

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Planting Goji Berries

I planted Goji Berries last spring and promised you all an update on how they survived our Northern winter. I have Goji berry images of the new growth and a lot of updated information about the Goji berries and nutrition qualities of the wolfberry (Goji). These are great for people & exotic pets! Goji berry plants available. Goji Berry update

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pet Unicorn

How to care for the pet unicorn. I would like to introduce to you an exotic pet that is wonderful but quite difficult to care for. Exotic pets all have individual needs and we need to learn about those needs before acquiring any pet. Learn how to care for the unicorns. Pictures of unicorns! Enjoy the rest of the exotic pet Bellaonline articles. There are hundreds of quality articles about and how to care for exotic pets!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Microchips - Lost bird

Think about this. And, it isn't just for dogs or birds. You can place many species of animals where the word bird is. In just one shelter, in one years time, 150 birds were recovered and every single one scanned for microchips. This microchip could have been their ticket home to their human family that grieved their loss. However, not ONE bird had a microchip. If all 150 birds had microchips they could have all gone home! I couldn't live with myself if I haven't micro chipped my birds, they had become lost, found by some caring soul and brought to a shelter where the bird was scanned and no microchip found. Learn about microchips!!! Microchips - Lost bird

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Line of Ferret Clothing

New Line of Ferret Clothing - Ferret clothing fits many species of exotic pets! Amy"Jo" Casner (she prefers to be called Jo but will answer to AmyJo) contacted me because I posted that my ferret was a bit short in the fur department. "I came up with the Ferret WarmUp Jacket for fur challenged ferrets," said Jo. Her first venture in creating ferret clothing, was when a friend was looking for military fatigues, so that her friend's ferret Polar Bear could greet her daddy properly, when he returned from Iraq. Jo and her friend looked for such an outfit, but found the market seriously wanting. "Most of what I saw was cartoonish or really off the mark," said Jo. So with the help of a friend, who is retired army, she designed fatigues. Read the rest of the review! New Line of Ferret Clothing

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Eclectus Parrots - Introduction

The eclectus parrot makes for an amazing pet bird. They are quite capable of reasoning, perception, and are highly intuitive. Compared to other parrots they are highly unusual because they are sexually dimorphic, the male and female's appearance is quite different. The female (hen) is primarily bright red and blue to purple. The male (cock) is bright green and red. Many years ago it was generally thought that the red and green birds were totally different birds while in fact, they are both eclectus. Learn about the eclectus a wonderful pet parrot! Eclectus Parrots - Introduction

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hedgehog Salmonella - Who Is Infecting Whom

I sincerely applaud the efforts of the CDC to track infectious illnesses, but it seems that the tracking mechanism, at least in the case of animals appears to be one-sided and lays blame upon the animal rather than the human. Could it be that humans, given the overwhelming incidents of foodborne illnesses leading to salmonella, are passing his illness on to the cloistered pet hedgehogs? At least that seems quite plausible to me. Who Is Infecting Whom

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bathing Birds

My birds absolutely love to shower with me. Since birds are naturally very social and baths (or showers - misting) are necessary for a happy and healthy bird. They get so excited in the shower fanning their wings and vocalizations. Most birds and parrots love to get wet! It is a win win situation for you both! The hows and whys of showering with or bathing your parrot or bird Bathing Birds

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hedgehog Salmonella Scare of 2012-13

Exotic Pet News - Breaking news! Dr. Z. G. Standing Bear is a criminologist and forensic scientist who has been involved in animal rescue since 1995 and hedgehog rescue since 1997. He is the administrator of The Flash and Thelma Memorial Hedgehog rescue, Inc., in Divide, Colorado, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Hedgehog Association. The Origins of the Panic As many of you know, hedgehogs are being targeted by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the national media, among others, as a menacing carrier of the salmonella bacteria. This article seeks to assign those assertions into a more logical and educated perspective. Pet African hedgehogs have been a part of the North American scene since the early 1990s, when some 80,000 Central African and Algerian hedgehogs were imported from Lagos, Nigeria between 1991 and 1994. In 1994, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) placed a quarantine period on live animals being imported from countries harboring foot and mouth disease, thus making the further importing of African hedgehogs not profitable. The notion of pet African hedgehogs as potential disease carriers was virtually unknown until early 2005, when a preposterous article appeared on the CDC web site. Up until that time (from 1991 until 2005), either pet African hedgehogs were not zoonotic disease carriers or they had been flying under the radar up until the January, 2005 revelation. In January 2005, CDC published an article by a veterinary student (and her professor, who may have just added his name to it) where virtually each and every "fact" cited was in error. The article was titled "Hedgehog Zoonosis" on the Centers for Disease Control web site and appeared at Hedgehog Zoonosis. This article, authored by Patricia Y. Riley (veterinary student) and Bruno B. Chomel (faculty member) of the University of California - Davis, on its face, is apparently an attempt to establish a publication record for its author (Riley) with the blind support of her professor (Chomel). It is evident that the authors had little or no experience with hedgehogs and that all of the material they present is a discordant and inappropriate mixture of various articles about hedgehog medical issues around the world. The result is a piece that has little to no relevance for the caretaker of pet African hedgehogs in North America or anywhere else. However, the beginning of the article implies that what is to follow is relevant. Read the full article! Hedgehog Salmonella Scare of 2012-13

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


I have had some pretty unusual exotic pets in my day. I think the most unusual, and a little fellow I grew very attach to, was a crawdad. I really didn't go out to find a pet crawdad, it just kind of happened. Luckily, I had an aquarium set up at home. I had it set up to use it for something but I sure don't remember what it was. The opportunity of having an exotic pet crawdad turned out to have many blessings. My young children were presented with an opportunity to learn compassion, learn the value of life, and responsibility. Find out how this remarkable crawdad managed all this!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Goji Berry - Goji Plants

The Goji berry is a nutrient packed super food you and your birds can't do without. One of the most versatile plants you can now grow is the Goji berry. It is also named the Wolfberry or Chinese wolfberry. You will see reference to it in traditional Chinese medicine as the gouqqizi. This is a highly versatile plant where everything can be eaten; both the Goji berries, shoots, and leaves. The berry can be fed fresh or can be dehydrated or dried for later use. Goji Berry - Goji Plants

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Birds as Pets

Do you want a bird as a pet? You could have a lovely canary that may sing up a storm or a parrot friend such as the macaw. Birds as a pet have their advantages. However, they also have their disadvantages. Birds are clever. Clever meaning they can find lots of mischief. Parrots will find even more tomfoolery if they are bored. Birds are highly intelligent. They are not a window dressing to be ignored. Birds are a flock animal and are highly social. If they don't have their flock, as a pet bird wouldn't, they need you for friendship. A bird cannot be kept in isolation they do not like to be alone. They cannot be confined to a cage day in and day out. They must have a variety of toys and other outside stimulus. They must have a change of bill of fare of new toys and a variety of healthy food. The dietary requirements of birds are much like a humans. They must have protein, grains, fruit, and vegetables. Learn more about birds as pets

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Skunk Baby Season is approaching. Have you considered a skunk as a pet? Skunks are a unique animal. They can be destructive and stubborn. The skunk can also be a delightful pet - if you understand their nature and specific care requirements. Learn how to raise and care for a baby skunk.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Macaw Care

Keep Your Bird Healthy and Active Macaws are intelligent and complex. The need for toys is immense. Boredom is unhealthy for a macaw and can be fatal. Puzzle toys made for the destructive macaws are great. There are interactive toys where a nut needs to be extracted. Chew toys are needed for these chew happy birds. Anything new and different that is safe for a macaw. Anything that you can find that will confound the macaw for a little while; because it doesn't take long for them to figure out each new game or puzzle. They love to interact with you. He loved his head scratched and soon would ask for a scratch in his well articulated, but nasally voice. We learned many games together. We spent countless hours on the floor playing. Macaws need a great deal of specialize attention. It is not a good pet for someone that cannot devote his or her entire life to him or her. The macaw is very different from other pets, and each macaw is different from another macaw. Each one is unique! Riker, the opinionated macaw hated bugs. He would turn his head to one side and with one eye watch a bug crawling up the wall. I called this giving the bug the hairy eyeball. All the while he is yelling, BUG, MOM, MOM! BUG!! If a bug was on the floor, he'd go the other way. Strange bird, Riker was! Learn more about macaws and macaw care! Macaw Care

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hedgehogs - Interview with Z. G. Standing Bear

Z. G. Standing Bear is a Vietnam combat veteran and retired Army officer. He was also a college professor at Colorado State University having taught criminology, forensic science, and justice ethics, and a variety of other subjects. Standing Bear is mixed-blood Native American with ancestors that are Mohawk, Wampanoag, Micmac, Scotch, and Irish. “I spoke Mohawk before I spoke English (thanks to living with my grandmother - next door to my home - while my both parents worked). It was a delightful childhood,” said Standing Bear. Z. G. Standing Bear is also a long time advocate of animals and exotic pets. He is currently the treasurer of the International Hedgehog Association (IHA). In 1991 the African Hedgehog was gathered in African and sold prolifically in the wholesale pet market in the United States. The USDA ceased the importation of the Hedgehog in 1994 allowing unscrupulous individuals to gain huge profits off the hedgehog. Learn about Hedgehogs and Z. G. Standing Bear

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Zonkey - Zorse

The newest in exotic pets! A zores, zonkey, or zeedonk, is a hybrid .. Learn what a zores, zonkey or keedonk is. Find out what this latest rage is all about! Cute! Zonkey - Zorse

Avian Veterinarian

ny veterinarian can call themselves avian veterinarians. An Avian Veterinarian who belongs to the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) is a veterinarian who has paid their dues to the Association of Avian Veterinarians. What determines a qualified avian veterinarian is a veterinarian who has Avian Certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). Learn about avian veterinarians

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Canaries - Canary - Introduction

Canaries don’t climb for exercise as parrots do. The canary needs to fly. I wouldn't recommend purchasing a canary from an outdoor aviary. Mosquitoes carry canary pox and easily transmit the canary pox to canaries. How to care for a pet canary. A songbird that is sure to delight your family. Canaries - Canary - Introduction

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pet Skink

Skinks are small lizards. Like most reptiles climate control is very important. The Blue Tongue Skink is a popular pet skink. One well-liked breed of the Blue Tongue Skink is the Northern blue-tongued skink. They are omnivores meaning they eat meat and plant matter. The skink is a docile lizard, in my opinion, comparable to a bearded dragon. If you hold and handle them from a young age they even enjoy cuddles. Learn how to care for the pet skink

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lovebirds - Happy Valentine's Day!

You will never know true love and happiness until you have loved a lovebird. What is sweeter than candy and a Valentine’s heart full of love? The answer to my riddle; a lovebird which could be the perfect gift for a loved one on Valentine’s Day. If the love of your life has been contemplating a bird as a pet, it would certainly be a gift of love. A pet for a gift should not be a surprise but something planned, prepared for, which then becomes a romantic outing together to find the perfect lovebird. Then come the tender days of watching your lovebird adjust to his or her new surroundings. A toast of sparkling wine, champagne, bubbly grape or cider listening to mellow music to sooth your souls which also helps your new lovebird adapt to his or her new family and environment. People have long been fascinated with lovebirds manifested in poetry, sonnets, art, melody, song, and legend. The lovebird needs are the same as people, love sweet love! Learn about pet lovebirds full article Lovebirds - Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Ragdoll Cat has Died

My 12-year old ragdoll cat Squeaky has passed away. I will miss her a great deal. It took me a while to be able to write this article. My heart is broken. If I can help anyone to avoid this heartache I intend on doing so! Learn about the symptoms of chronic renal failure (CRF). Watch for these symptoms this is far more common than you think

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Macaw - As a Pet

Learn about the beautiful and intelligent macaw. Find out what they would be like having one as a pet bird. These parrots can be wonderful pets though they can have some downfalls. These downfalls could make you change your mind having a macaw as a pet. This is an important decision to make, if you can live with these traits, if your neighbors can live with these traits. Face it, the macaw is only doing what a macaw does - to have as a pet or not? Macaw

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Birds - Teaching your Parrot to Talk

Simple ways to teach your bird to talk. Don't repeat the same word over and over. You want communication not repetition. It has been more than proven that parrots can communicate not just mimic. Since we now understand the talking ability of a bird much better how do we teach the bird to talk. Learn how Birds - Teaching your Parrot to Talk

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


The llama can be an interesting exotic pet. Learn about the pet llama and the care of the pet llama. They can be a gentle pet. They can choke on their food. Learn what you can do to avoid this problem. Llama

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lory - Lorikeet

A vibrantly colored bird that can be the perfect clown. The lory and lorikeet is capable of talking. These birds could perhaps be the perfect pet bird. Though, like many animals they may have a downfall or two. Learn about lories and lorikeets! Lory - Lorikeet

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bearded Dragon Care

Learn how to care for the bearded dragon. A certain insect could kill your pet do you know what this insect is? If you don't find out. If you don't use this special light your pet can suffer, what is this special light? Find out about the naturally docile pet the bearded dragon! Bearded Dragon

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Finches - Finch Care

Learn about pet finches and finch care. Finches can be awesome pets. Advantages of the finch as your companion pet would be fitting into an environment; such as apartment living or mobile home courts. In addition, you may have a busy work schedule First, the noise issue would not be a problem as it would be with a cockatoo. Finches are not normally a bird that enjoys physical contact though hand-raised babies can be an exception. If you have a stringent work schedule, a finch would make a better companion pet than a cockatoo which needs constant love and interaction. In actuality, a finch may stress from too much handling. Finches - Finch Care

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ferrets - Children

It happens rarely in fact, I am not sure I have seen a factual (proven to be true and accurate) article of a ferret chewing the fingers of a baby. However, if that ferret and baby are not supervised, something horrific could occur! Ferrets may have difficulty determining the difference between the texture of a baby's hand and the texture of a toy. Both seem rubbery - much like a ferret toy. Learn the guidelines of having ferrets together in your family! Ferrets - Children