Dear Parrot Lover,
As parrot owners we want to ensure that our parrots receive the very best care, the very best food and the very best cage. But we should try to make sure that our parrots also receive the very best parrot toy too.
Not one that just looks pretty, but a toy that is truly safe for your parrot to play with is also important.
Take a look at your parrot’s current selection of toys. Can you honestly say that they are:
Created using tanned vegetable leather
Not created using formaldehyde in any form
Created with iron or stainless steal
Not created with a zinc coating
Created with woods that are vegetable dyed
Not created using paints, lacquers, glues or adhesives
Created with chains and links that are made out of stainless steel to attach the toys to the cage bars
If you can’t, then those toys may actually be detrimental to your parrot’s health. If you are unsure how your parrot’s toys were created; or if you do not know what those toys are made of or what they are made from, don’t worry, you are not alone! Nearly every unsuspecting parrot owner in the world today cannot honestly say that they truly know how their parrot’s toys are made or where they actually come from.
A large majority of parrot toys are manufactured in foreign countries and then are imported into the USA. Although this is usually due to cheaper labor, it is also due to cheaper components too. Sadly, most of these foreign countries have rather subpar standards than what the USA has, especially when it concerns the proper health care of our cats, dogs and parrots. This means that the toys your parrot may be playing with right now may actually contain harmful components that could injure them or cause them to be ill.
Caring for your parrot should also extend to making sure that their toys are safe and healthy to play with. To this end it is important to realize that there are certain woods, dyes, chemicals, metals, and other such components, that are absolutely harmful to your parrot’s overall wellbeing, especially toys that contain Lead or Zinc as these can lead to poisoning over the long run. Parrot toys that are made with wood and leather should also be checked thoroughly as there are some woods that are poisonous to parrots, such as Apple. Leather that has been dyed with anything but vegetable dye can also cause your parrot to become ill. Therefore it is important to choose your parrot’s toys wisely.
Keeping Your Bird Safe and Entertained
Birds: The Curious Brain
Birds are such interesting and intelligent creatures that have an almost insatiable curiosity about the world around them. In the wild they can be found flying miles in a day, discovering all sorts of new things.
In our captive lives, it is important that we still simulate our bird’s brain to a high level. We can’t offer the miles of flying per day, so we must offer a high level of toy interaction that stimulates his curiosity.
How Would Your Bird Like a NEW Toy Each Month?
As bird owners, like all pet owners, we tend to purchase a few initial toys at the pet store when we’ve popped in for new feed. Those toys are limited in their selection and aren’t always made of the highest quality, particularly for the largest of our pet birds.
Has your bird been looking at the same tired set of toys for the last few months? Has he grown tired of pushing beads, looking in the mirror, or has his perch become frayed?
While these toys were once great fun perhaps, they have lost their luster. Imagine if your bird could have access to new bird toys each and every month, and they arrived in the mail so you didn’t even have to go to the store to get them?
Toys that are Safe!
Did you know many of those toys in the pet stores are cheaply made in other countries and use materials that can be toxic to your bird? It’s not uncommon to find materials like arsenic, lead, zinc, formaldehyde, and stained woods to name a few. These can all lead to very serious health problems in your bird and even death.
The Parrot Toys by Mail club only creates toys that are totally natural and safe with materials like coconut fiber, corn cob, oyster shells, safe leather, sisal cord, cuttle bone, bamboo, and more. These great toys are safe and fun!