Category Archives: Pets

Horses Are Too Big To Follow You Everywhere? Try Their Miniature Counterparts!

Are you an ardent lover of horse? But there is a chief problem as you cannot accommodate them in your house. But you can’t afford to renounce your desire as well. Try miniature or mini horses. If you are a lover of dogs too it serves double purpose as it is of only a dog’s size.

Not every horse lover can afford to own a horse. Several constraints other than costs discourage people from owning and buying horses. These include space, time taken to tame it and the risks involved in riding a horse. Moreover all the members of your family will not like the idea of owning a horse. People prefer to buy a miniature horse for the reasons stated above. The number of people gathering around miniature horses for sale has increased substantially.

Mini horses are small horses used for domestic purposes. They are considered to be advantageous than a dog or a horse. These horses are docile and will mostly be preferred by everyone. Their size resembles a dog while the face and other physical features resemble a horse. Miniature horses are gaining vast popularity and are also posing to be a strong competitor to dog and horse.

Mini horses are definitely suited to be guide animals. They don’t cause any harm or injury to you or others or to property unlike dogs. Neither are they frightening or gigantic like horse. They are more matured and guide you through the path smoothly. Moreover it senses for danger and makes sure that you travel in the safe path. They are very calm by nature and do not cause any disturbance or make unnecessary noise and you can shop without worrying of whether it will be a nuisance.

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Ferret Housing

So you’ve decided to add a ferret to your family, but where would he like to sleep? Where will you keep him when you’re not home? Read on to learn more about how ferrets like to live.

In the den

Ferrets’ ancestors were den animals, so the home you create should be like a den, too. Use a wire cage that’s at least 18 inches long, 18 inches deep, and 30 inches wide. Many ferrets prefer bi-level cages that feature stairs or ramps that they can climb, and shelves or hammocks where they can perch. Avoid aquariums, which provide poor ventilation.

Because ferrets are accomplished escape artists, the cage should feature a secure latch and openings no larger than one inch by two inches.

Since wire flooring is uncomfortable to a ferret’s feet, place linoleum tiles on the floor or line the cage bottom with soft material such as washable carpet. Not all materials will work, however: Wood flooring is difficult to disinfect, newspaper will blacken a ferret’s feet, and both cedar and pine chips hold in bad odors and may even cause respiratory problems.

Place the cage away from direct sunlight, in a cool, shaded area where temperatures range between 55 and 70 degrees. To clean a ferret’s home, wash cloth bedding with a mild detergent and hot water, then disinfect the cage.

Teach ’em litter-acy

You can save time cleaning a ferret’s cage by simply teaching the animal to use a litter pan. Find a small cardboard or plastic tray that is three to five inches high to serve as a litter box, and secure it to one side of the cage, away from sleeping and eating areas.

Clumping litter will irritate a ferret’s eyes and may cause respiratory problems, so fill the litter tray with one inch or more of pelleted litter products made from paper or plant fibers. Ferrets aren’t as fastidious as cats and may not cover their waste regularly, so you will probably need to scoop the litter more often.

Show ’em a good time

Like cats, ferrets enjoy their naps and will often sleep 15 to 20 hours a day. But when awake, ferrets like to be active, so the more you entertain them, the happier—and less mischievous—they’ll be. Ferrets love to crawl through almost anything, including PVC piping, cardboard boxes, paper bags, clothes dryer hoses, and even denim blue jeans. Safely secure a toy to the top of the cage, and your guest may be content to bat the object around for a while.

Out of the cage

Ferrets are social creatures who enjoy visiting with people, so let them roam frequently in a secure area outside of their cages. Although they have a great sense of smell and acute hearing, ferrets have limited vision, which means you should avoid sudden movements and speak in a gentle voice before approaching.

Because ferrets have fragile skeletons, be sure to handle them carefully. Never pick up a ferret by the tail; instead, let the ferret come to you, then lift him from behind using two hands—one to support his chest and one to cradle his hips. 
You can also grasp the scruff of a ferret’s neck and support his bottom with your hands. Remember, too, that ferrets are known to nip. If you point a finger at a ferret or poke him, he may think you’re an enemy or a source of food.

Clean up

To put it kindly, ferrets don’t always come up smelling like roses. A ferret’s sebaceous glands, which are used to mark territory, secrete oil with a natural musky odor, and the animal’s anal scent glands can spray just like a skunk’s.

You should spay or neuter your ferret to minimize odors, and also change the bedding frequently. Bathing a ferret with kitten shampoo, ferret shampoo, or diluted baby shampoo can also help. But too many baths will only force the animal’s scent and oil glands to work overtime.

Ferrets are prone to ear mites, so every few weeks their ears should be cleaned with a cotton swab soaked in a cleanser purchased at a pet supply store. Like dogs and cats, ferrets are prone to fleas and ticks, but a veterinarian should help you meet their needs in that department.

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Finding a Wild Baby Rabbit: What to Do?

Photo and article courtesy of http://www.myhouserabbit.com

If you happen to spot a wild baby rabbit in your yard, your first instinct might be to “rescue” the poor, defenseless creature and care for it in your home.

However, to ensure the little bunny’s best chance for survival, the best action you can take is to leave it alone. It is important to note that wild baby rabbits are not suitable pets and should not be thought of as such.

Rabbit nests are often built in plain sight, sometimes in the middle of a backyard.

They are constructed of fur, grass, and brush. Mother rabbits will only spend a few minutes a day nursing their young; the rest of the day, the babies are on their own in the nest.

Baby rabbits, or kits, have less chance of survival if they are removed from their nest or if you move the nest elsewhere. That said, if you have already picked up a baby bunny, you can return it to it’s nest – the sooner, the better. The rabbit mother will still accept the kit even if it has been handled by a human.

If the nest is destroyed, you can rebuild it and move the kits into it. You can also move a nest within a few feet of where you found it if it is located in a dangerous spot (such as where a lawnmower is often used).

In the case where the mother of the baby bunnies has been killed or there are no signs of her for several days in a row, it is acceptable to call a wildlife rehabilitator. Wildlife rehabilitators have been trained to take care of wild animals that are injured or otherwise cannot care for themselves.

Me and my pet – Charlise and her pet ‘dragon’.

CHARLISE De Francesco loves dragons, and for her ninth birthday she asked her parents for one as a pet.

But what Charlise got was an axolotl, which was close enough because when she was younger she had always called them dragons.

She has little statues of dragons in her room and recently went to see the computer-animated fantasy movie, ‘How to train your dragon’.

Charlise said she thought the dragon character looked a lot like her pet axolotl, ‘Chomper’.

“I always wanted an axolotl,” she said.

“I always asked when I went to the pet shop, because they look like dragons. And because I didn’t know what they were called I used to call them that.”

Her parents, Esther and Mel first thought Chomper was a boy, but ‘he’ was actually a ‘she’.

“Charlise named her Chomper because she takes only a second to eat her food,” Esther said.

“We have a worm farm and fish specifically for feeding to other animals, called feed-a-fish. She eats one every few weeks and has a worm a day, which she loves. Plus she has some pellets.

“We looked up what was best for this type of pet and if you look after them, and keep them in good health they can live for 15 years. So we keep her tank at 16 to 17 degrees. She is the wild type because she is black, which is more closely related to the native variety that live in cold lakes in the high mountains of Mexico.”

Chomper is roughly a year old and has almost reached her adult size, but as the De Francesco family explained, her gills will change colour as she matures to pink.

“If she grows much more we will have to upgrade the tank,” said Esther.

“Although she looks docile she is a dart when she swims. She tucks everything back and becomes streamlined and darts around.

She has a fair bit of character actually. She knows when you’re standing at the front of the tank and it’s entertaining watching her chomp her food.

“She doesn’t have teeth she has plates, but she stays very still and when it’s in front of her she dashes for her food. When there is food she reacts in seconds.”

Charlise said her family has a lot of pets but Chomper is the most unusual.

“My friends think she is cool when they see her and it’s funny watching her eat,” she said.

Identifying your favourite feline

Cats need identification, being the wanderers they often are. Microchips might just give the added protection owners need, as cats are so difficult to keep a collar on.

The people at shelters work very hard, sometimes even calling to another country just to try to trace an owner. But if owners don’t responsibly identify their pets, how can animal shelters return them. It’s up to each pet owner to be responsible for his or her animal. Animal shelters need each and every pet owner’s support by making certain their pet has current identification on them.

Cats are commonly found without any identification at all. Many neighbors might return cats to their owners if they just knew which neighborhood house was it’s home. If a cat is brought to a shelter and it has a microchip, shelters can use it to trace the owner’s last listed address. If pet owners don’t responsibly make known any change of address then lost pets may not get returned. One purpose of animal shelters is to be able to care for and return pets to their loved ones. Without ownership identification, they can only do so much.

A cat owner looked for their missing pet at numerous animal shelters continually over a quite extended period of time. Because they had microchipped their pet, they were hopeful that their missing cat might be found by someone and be turned into a local shelter. Unfortunately for the owners, time passed and their cat was not returned to any of the shelters.

The family eventually moved to North Salt Lake, Utah. They did inform the shelters and the vet of their new address. Weeks turned into months, the family must have lost all hope. Believe it or not, an animal shelter received the cat 1 ½ years after it was first missing. Due to their cat’s microchip, they reached the owners at their current address and the family was reunited!

It is sad when pets are lost, because as time passes the hope of them returning fades. Sometimes, people think their pet is just wandering around and wait too long before they consider it missing. Animal shelters can only keep lost pets a few days before euthanasia gets administered. If you’ve lost a pet, be sure to check the animal shelters right away and continue to do so periodically.

Can you imagine how happy and surprised you’d be — reuniting with a long lost pet from 1 ½ years ago, you thought you’d never see again!!! This story is true – so it can happen.

Setting Up An Aquarium Procedure For Kids

Article and photo courtesy of http://www.keepingpetfish.com

Would you like to know what to do when setting up an aquarium? It is very simple if you follow the steps set out below.

Materials You Will Need

  • glass aquarium with a lid
  • gravel
  • aquarium filter
  • aquarium air pump
  • water plants (artificial or living)
  • aquarium light
  • fish
  • water snails
  • fish food
  • water
  • heater in winter
  • medium sized rocks and ornaments

Steps To Follow When Setting Up An Aquarium

  1. Wash your aquarium and aquarium gravel with fresh tap water. Do not use any detergent as this will kill your new fish.
  2. Spread the aquarium gravel over the floor of the aquarium.
  3. Place the filter medium in the filter and sit it in the back corner of your aquarium.
  4. Connect tubing to your aquarium pump and run it into the aquarium and into the filter pipe.
  5. Position the rocks and ornaments in your new fish tank. Place the bigger ones to the back of the fish tank.
  6. Plant plants into the gravel. Place plants in the back corners of the aquarium.
  7. Place an ice-cream container into the aquarium.
  8. Pour fresh tap water into the aquarium by pouring it into the ice-cream container. This stops splashing and mixing up the gravel when setting up an aquarium. Stop when the water level is one centimetre from the top.
  9. Place the glass lid on top.
  10. Sit the aquarium light on the lid
  11. Wipe away all spilt water, then turn on the power to the pump and light.
  12. Leave aquarium with the filter running for one week.
  13. It is a good idea to add a cupful of pond water to the aquarium as this will add helpful microscopic pond animals to the water.
  14. The fish will come in their own water. Sit them in their bag in the aquarium for 10 minutes before releasing them. Release them by mixing their water with the new aquarium water. This helps them adjust to the new water.

Your new fish will be frightened and will need time to get used to their new home. They won’t want to eat so don’t feed them for two days. You can introduce the water snails when you add fish. They will help keep the aquarium clean. Good luck with your new aquarium.

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Should I Clip My Bird’s Wings?

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One of the most difficult issues for bird owners, there are an array of reasons why some bird owners choose to clip their bird’s wings, and just as many reasons why some bird owners do not. While wing clipping is generally recommended for most captive birds, the decision to trim a bird is one best left to the individual owner.

Aside from ensuring that their pet doesn’t accidentally fly away, the biggest reason that most bird owners clip their pets is for safety. Indoor life poses perils that birds do not normally face in the wild, such as windows, ceiling fans, ovens, doorways, sinks, and toilets. Clipping a bird’s wings can help limit their access to dangers such as these.

Another reason that many pet birds have their wings clipped is because it forces the bird to be more dependent on its owner. Many believe that this can serve to enhance the bird/human bond, although there are countless flighted pet birds that enjoy close relationships with their human families.

Those on the other side of the fence contend that depriving a bird of its ability to fly can cause physical and psychological damage. Many argue that the benefits of flying — exercise and mental stimulation — far outweigh the risks of injury to a pet bird, provided they are properly supervised.

Others have different reasons for not trimming their birds. Show birds, for example, have the best chance of winning when they are fully feathered.

Putting some thought into the reasons for and against wing clipping will help you make the best choice for your pet. Talk to your veterinarian and get his or her input, and discuss the options with your family members. With careful consideration, you are sure to make a decision that will satisfy the needs of both you are your favorite feathered friend.