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Cleaning Your Bird Cage

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

birdincageCleaning a bird cage can seem like a chore and you could tend to put it off frequently. Bird cages should be kept as clean as possible at all times. The first thing that you should do is select a particular day of the week to clean the cage and make sure that you stick to it. Here are some steps in cleaning your birds cage.

  1. Wash the cage tray.  – The tray should be removed and scrubbed with a damp rag and cage cleaner. Make sure that the tray is dry before putting the liners back in.
  2. Remove and scrub the grate.- The grate on the bottom of the cage must be removed weekly to remove any dried droppings that may have collected on it. Place the grate in the bathtub and use a  scrub brush to clean it. Make sure that it is completely dry before returning it to the cage.
  3. Clean and change the perches. –Perches can accumulate dirt and waste and can be a breeding ground for bacteria. They should also be soaked once a week. Wooden perches take a while to dry so it’s a good idea to have a few perches on hand and rotate them.
  4. Clean and rotate bird toys. – Much like babies, birds use their mouths to play with their toys. Remove, soak and scrub all toys once per week. It may be helpful to have a variety of toys so you can rotate these each week as you do with the perches.

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The Right Feeding Schedule For Dogs

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogeatYou may think that feeding your dog is a no brainer but there are right and wrong feeding times for your dog. Most dogs eat their dog food twice per day. This stabilizes their metabolism and aids with digestion. You should select a feeding schedule and stick with it. Give dog food at 7:00am and 6:00pm. Remove any uneaten food but the dog water bowl should be kept filled with fresh water at all times.If you’re working on housetraining or have a dog who overdrinks, you can schedule the amount and times you provide it. But watch your dog carefully and, if he seems to be thirsty, increase the amount. A sample schedule for monitoring water would be:

  • 7:00 a.m. – Clean and fill bowl half-way.d
  • Noon – Rinse out and refill half-way.
  • 6:00 p.m. – Rinse and fill half-way.
  • Bedtime – Clean and fill bowl about 1/4 of the way.

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