Avi-Cakes – Information for Vets

Avi-Cakes

Don’t let the “cake” in avi-cakes fool you.

You can feel confident recommending Avi-Cakes  to your clients
Avi-Cakes are a balanced diet nearly identical to pellets in nutrient content. While sometimes offered as a treat, AviCakes provide complete daily nutrition.

“We use mostly Avi-Cakes and NutriBerries along with fruits and veggies as a maintenance diet…I love to use Lafeber products, especially in sick birds or those that are boarding.”
April Romagnano, Ph.D, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
(Avian); Owner of Animal Health Clinic Inc. in Jupiter, FL and staff veterinarian at Scripps
Research Institute, Florida.

Avi-Cakes are 50% pellets
Avi-Cakes are made from hulled grains and seeds, which are then blended with pellets. The pellets provide highly digestible amino acids as well as stabilized vitamins and chelated minerals for optimal absorption.

Avi-Cakes are also…
• Omega 3:6 balanced
• Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid
• Free of artificial dyes and artificial sweeteners

The mixture of pellets and grains makes Avi-Cakes the perfect transitional
food when converting “seed junkies” to a healthy diet.

The unique shapes & rich textures of Avi-Cakes encourage foraging
Foraging is the act of searching for and obtaining food. Foraging has been shown to significantly improve the mental well being of captive birds and to minimize stereotypic behaviors like feather destruction or repetitive movements. Avi-Cakes have several whole grains blended with pellets, so birds experience a variety of shapes, tastes, and textures that pellets alone cannot provide.

Avi-Cakes can be a great part of dietary enrichment by promoting foraging behavior and are therefore highly recommended by avian veterinarians.

References
1. Ingliss IF, et al. Starlings search for food rather than eat freely available, identical food. Anim Behav 34:614-617, 1986.
2. Meehan CL, et al. Environmental enrichment and development of cage stereotypy in  orange-winged Amazon parrots. Dev Psychobiol 44(4): 209-218, 2004.
3. Meehan CL, et al. Foraging opportunity and increased physical complexity both prevent and reduce psychogenic feather picking by young Amazon parrots. Appl Anim Behav Sci 80(1):71-85, 2003.