Macaws and small children are generally not a terrific mix, though oftentimes it is the bird that may be more at risk in such pairings. With other pets, the tables may be turned, and unless properly socialized a macaw could easily seriously injure a dog or cat. In most circumstances, smaller birds such as Budgies and Cockatiels should not be allowed near a macaw. With care, these birds may live a human life span, so plan accordingly. These macaws, like all large parrots, require lots of wood to chew on and will not distinguish between your house's trim and a piece of two by four, so make sure they have a ready supply of chewing toys. They should be housed in very large cages which will allow for play, wing-flapping, and other activities to forestall boredom. A cage that does not allow a bird to fully outstretch its wings, with about a foot to spare on either side, is too small. Food, toys, and a variety of fresh (untreated) branches will go a long way toward keeping your macaw happy when it is enclosed in its cage. Macaws need more fat in their diet than most parrots, and mixed nuts in the shell are a favorite treat that helps supply this need. Most macaw owners also offer a variety of foods including pellets, a high-quality seed mix, various bean, and pasta mixes and bird bread, fresh vegetables, fruit, and healthy human foods from the dinner table.