By Diane Burroughs
This, well supervised little parrot is in love with a cute stuffed animal. You might ask yourself, “Is it safe to give my parrot stuffed animals?” It actually depends on what the materials that the stuffed animal is made from and how aggressively your bird chews it. Young baby birds haven’t learned what is safe or not safe to eat, are like any young pet, they love to mouth items. As they become more mobile and inquisitive, they may chew holes in the animal and try to eat at the stuffing. Do not let your bird swallow the stuffing of stuffed animals. If the stuffing won’t dissolve in your birds crop, it could cause some serious damage.
First, look at the label on the stuffed animal. If it is recommended for young children under age 3, it probably has safer parts in it. We recommend that you look for stuffed animals that contain 100% cotton parts. Avoid stuffed animals that have parts that your bird could chew off and choke on. Stuffed animals that squeek or have sound boxes should be avoided. Most of those sound boxes are operated with a button sized battery which is very deadly to any living thing. Stuffed animals with zippers should also be avoided. Undoubtedly, the off shore manufacturer has not used bird safe metals. It would be too easy for a bird to chew off and swallow zipper teeth. If the stuffed animal has button noses, eyes, or other parts which a pet could bite off and swallow, make sure that they are large enough that your parrot can’t swallow them.
Anytime you introduce your parrot to rope or fabric toys, supervise the play as much as possible. Inspect the toys on a routine basis, at least once a week to insure that the bird toy is not fraying or being ingested. Frayed string is both a choking hazard and creates the possibility it could knot up and entage toes. Broken toes are painful enough, but pet birds have a tendency to become terrified with the entanglement resulting in broken feathers, broken bones and even death.
If you want to provide your pet with cloth style bird toys, we recommend that you choose toys that are actually made for birds. Cuddly, soft preening toys for birds like the Preening Pal, Snuggle Ring or Messy Mop to give your pet bird that cuddle factor.
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