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How to Care For Your Pet Ferret

How to Care For Your Pet Ferret

Ferrets are very similar to most other pets you could own. They require a high quality food, plenty of fresh water, and regular trips to a good vet that is knowledgeable about ferrets. However, the most important thing in pet ferret needs is an observant owner who will keep them safe and healthy. This is basically all you need to do to care for your pet ferret.

If you are reading this article you obviously care about your pet and want to do the best you can to look after him. You need to examine your ferret carefully on a daily basis, make sure his eyes are clear and bright, there should be no swelling, redness, or gloopy buildup around the eye lids.

His whiskers should be long and soft, if you notice any broken whiskers this can indicate that they are not being fed properly or they may have an illness that is preventing them from taking in the nutrients they need. Make sure to point this out to your vet on your next visit.

Check around his ears to make sure that is not scratching them that this can indicate that he has ear mites which can damage the ferrets ear drums. These are easily treated if caught early.

Your Ferrets teeth should be clean and the gums around his teeth should be a nice pink colour. The veterinarian should clean his teeth if he notices any tartar buildup or redness of the gums. As ferrets are playful animals that examine their environment through biting they can often break teeth, this is not necessarily a problem unless it is making it difficult for him to eat.

The most important thing you can do to care for your pet ferret is to love and care for him as though he were a member of your family.…

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Cat Behaviour Problems: Understanding Why A Cat Does Not Use The Litter Box

Cat Behaviour Problems: Understanding Why A Cat Does Not Use The Litter Box

One of the main cat behaviour problems that we face as feline owners is whether the litter box is being used properly. Many felines are able to use the litter box correctly, but other cats can have issues using the litter, and will end up urinating or defecating elsewhere in the home. Instead of becoming angry at your cat because of this behaviour, there are several considerations you must make as this behaviour may be completely out of your cat’s control.

Health Concerns

Before you consider anything else, make sure you have your feline checked over by a Veterinarian. Inappropriate elimination is one of the main symptoms of sickness in cats, especially due to kidney or liver problems, or Urinary Tract Infections. Ensuring that your kitty is in good health will help you to identify and understand the root cause of this cat behaviour problem.


Marking or spraying is sometimes mistaken for inappropriate elimination. A cat that is spraying in the home will urinate on a vertical surface such as a wall or a couch as opposed to a horizontal surface, such as the floor. Marking can occur if a cat is not spayed or neutered, or if a cat is trying to communicate with other neighbourhood cats.

Dirty Litter

Cats are very sensitive to smells and are not interested in smelling or walking on dirty litter. Imagine having to use a litter tray that had not been cleaned for weeks… it would definitely be an unpleasant experience. Your feline may have decided that he does not want to hold his breath, and he has instead chosen to do his business elsewhere in the house. Make sure you clean the tray once a day, and change the litter at least every two weeks.


Any type of change in the home can cause stress for a feline. Rearranging furniture, home renovations, and strangers in the home can cause a kitty to experience stress. Strange people or animals can cause high stress for a cat if he or she has to walk past these strangers to use the litter box. Make sure to monitor your cat’s behaviour in what may be a stressful situation to make sure he or she does not have an adverse reaction to the change.

Recognizing and understanding the cause of this cat behaviour problem is the first step in helping you to reduce these undesirable accidents in the future. Once you have discovered the cause of this behaviour, you will be able to focus on understanding your kitty to help eliminate the behaviour in the future.…

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Puppies for Adoption

Qualities That Separate Dogs From Other Animals – Top 3 Qualities

In this article, I examine the top 3 qualities that separate dogs, from other animals and explain just why these pets are so unique and truly are your best friend, for life and beyond. Adopting dogs since 1993, has been the best choice that, I have ever made and lets start looking at these qualities right now.
Quality #1 – Loyal
You will never find a more loyal friend, pal and pet outside a dog. These wonderful creatures live their lives to be loyal and care for those that have saved their lives. When you go to the pound ora breeder and get a dog, they will always remember it and they shall owe their lives to you.
In times of need when everything is ugly and no one is there, your dog will always be there and be by your side. I remember when a huge crisis hit my home a few years ago, my pet dog was there and helped me wipe the tears and he cared for me till, he passed on a few years ago.
You cannot buy loyalty in this world, only a true companion will be loyal to you and your pet will care for you, as long as you care for him or her.
Quality #2 – They Don’t Hold Grudges
These pets are so genuine and loving, they do not hold a grudge against you, they do not know the meaning of hatred and being evil. They remember the ones that, love them and they will love their owner in return. If you step on their tails, they will not try to step on you and get even.
This is a quality that is just amazing, your pet is there to help you and provide love. They are not here to keep score and get even with you.
Quality #3 – You Are their Idol
Dogs usually travel in packs and seek a leader or idol to follow, they will do their best to please their idol and owner. This is another super trait that dogs posses and your pet will listen, care and praise you for a lifetime.
Your dog worships the ground you walk on they have the highest respect for you and it is amazing just how much love they have for their owner(s).…

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What is the Largest Breed of Cat?

What is the Largest Breed of Cat?

The tiger is the largest breed of cat. It is a highly adaptable animal and lives in some of the more densely populated areas of the world. The Bengal is the most recognized in the world.

It is native to most of eastern and southern Asia. It is at the top of the food chain with no known predators. Being a carnivore, it feeds on meat from other animals. It can reach up to 13 feet in length and 660 months in weight. Unlike the lion, it is a solitary and territorial animal. The first tigers were known to have live 1.2 million years ago.

The most numerous species, the Bengal, is a rusty brown colored animal with black stripes and a white fringe around the face. The coloring provides camouflage for the animal in the wild. Because of its powerfully built legs and shoulders, it can pull down prey heavier than itself. It usually hunts at night and will attack most animals for food. It will always have good cover, be near water and have enough prey. When it is wounded or unable to catch its prey, it will attack humans for food, hence the name man eater.

There are eight species: Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, Sumatran, Siberian, South China, Balinese(extinct) and Javan(extinct). The remaining six are considered endangered. Due to growing human populations in their former habitats, conflicts with humans have resulted in the killing many of them.

Another variation of the Bengal is the white tiger. Although rare in the wild, it has been successfully bred in zoos. It tends to be crossed eyed and its life span is less than its orange counterpart. It is a popular attraction at a zoo and was used in Siegfried and Roy’s Las Vegas magic act until February, 2009.

The Animal Planet conducted a poll to determine the world’s favorite animal. It was voted first by 1% more than the dog. There is an estimated 12,000 tigers in the United States kept as pets by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Only nineteen states ban private ownership of it. Like any wild animal, making it a pet can be dangerous especially when it reaches full size.

It is the national animal of many Asian countries. It is the mascot for many sports teams and companies. Many novels have been written about the animal. It is usually seen in most jungle movies. It remains as a symbol of a fierce but noble animal.…

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Pet Animals

How To Manage Your Catnip Plant

My cat, Patches, does a pretty good job of managing his live catnip plant. My other cats ripped their up right away but Patches takes his time with a catnip plant.

At first he just jumps up on the window sill by his plant and takes a few sniffs. Then he lays down in the sun in the window and sleeps awhile. When he wakes up he walks up to it and nibbles a few leaves off and slowly chews them. Then he strolls over to the bed and sprawls out and rolls around some. Then he puts his legs and paws up in the air and rolls around some more. After that he sleeps awhile more. Having had a good snooze he comes out and asks for something interesting to eat. He dines intently, savoring each flavorful bite and then hops up on his favorite chair and sleeps some more. The next time he gets in the window by his plant he ignores it at first He just eyes it some from the corners of his eyes. He lays in the sun and looks down out over the neighborhood and watches the action. Then he walks up and sniffs his plant again then jumps down and runs around some.

A few hours later he sniffs the leaves again and takes a few nibbles off the leaves. He chews slowly while looking out the window again. Then he goes back to the bed for some more sprawling and rolling around. He rolls his eyes all around. Then he swats at the air with his claws protruding. I don’t know what he swats at. It looks to me like there is nothing there but air. Beats me. After he sleeps some more he comes back out to snack on his bowl of dry cat food. It is always there for him. He sleeps some more in his favorite chair with the spongy covered cushion. Afterwords he has a big drink of fresh cold water and has me pet him for awhile. Then he goes back to the sunny window by his catnip.

Patches does a good job of managing his cat nip plant I must say again. My other cats chewed up their plants right away but Patches makes his last. He hits on it only a few times every couple of days. It lasts him several months. He prunes it carefully by nibbling sporadically. I think he really does an impressive job of taking care of his stash. I am proud of him. I couldn’t do better myself.…

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Are Siamese Cats For You?

Are Siamese Cats For You?

Why Choose Siamese?

So you have decided that it is time to invite a kitten into your family. After much thought and consideration you have decided that you would love a Siamese kitten as a pet. But is a Siamese the right cat for you?

Siamese are often described as the extroverts of the cat world! They are fun loving and mischievous well into adulthood. Siamese want to be involved in everything you are doing. Whether you are reading a book, typing your emails or sorting your paperwork, your Siamese will always be on hand to ‘help’. Siamese crave attention and dislike being left alone for long periods of time. If you are going to be out for the majority of the day it would probably be best to keep two Siamese kittens. Generally Siamese and Oriental breeds enjoy the company of others they are brought up with.

Most Siamese cats are very vocal and you can ‘chat’ with your cat all day long. Be warned though she is likely to insist on ‘having the last word’. The Siamese call is often very loud and has been compared to the sound of a baby crying. Some people find this trait endearing, others find it harder to deal with. Do not worry! Some Siamese are louder than others and many just like the sound of their own voice! Your Siamese is not in pain she is more likely to be calling for your attention.

Siamese are wonderfully loving and stunningly beautiful cats. They often become very attached to one or two people and never fail to make you feel loved. Siamese are a highly intelligent breed of cat and will work out how to do things such as open doors and steal food! Many quickly learn how to play fetch and walk on a harness. Some Siamese cats can be rather ‘highly strung’ and may require a little more patience.

But all in all if you are looking for a high energy, entertaining companion who will fall in love with you then Siamese if probably the breed for you. If you are looking for a quiet lapcat who will want the occasional cuddle then you may want to reconsider your choice of breed!…

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Feral Cats – What Is the Difference Between a Stray Feline and a Feral Feline?

Feral Cats – What Is the Difference Between a Stray Feline and a Feral Feline?

Many cats in the world are homeless, and therefore must live on the street for the entirety of their lives. Some people categorize these felines as stray, while others categorize these felines as feral. Although both terms do mean that a feline is currently homeless, stray cats and feral cats are actually two completely different types of cat. Do you know the difference between these homeless felines?

What is a Stray Cat?

Stray felines are defined as cats that were once someone’s pet, though due to unforeseen circumstances, they are now homeless. These felines may be homeless due to many factors including the kitty leaving its home and becoming lost, or in some situations, the kitty’s owners have abandoned it.

Because stray cats have had human contact for most of their lives, they will tend to be more welcoming to humans and they will not run away as readily as a feral cat. This means that stray cats can be tamed quite easily, which allows the possibility for many stray cats to be adopted into loving homes once again.

What is a Feral Cat?

On the other hand, feral cats are felines who have lived on the street all of their lives. These homeless cats live on the street because they are born to a homeless cat (either stray or feral). These felines are very frightened of humans, and they can be hostile toward humans because they are not used to human contact. Although this hostility can be disconcerting to some people, be assured that these cats are only acting out as a defense mechanism because they are scared.

Feral felines are much more difficult to adopt into loving homes. Socializing a feral cat can take many years of love and devotion before the cat will trust a human. Feral kittens are easier to adopt into loving homes if they are socialized at a very early age.

Stray and feral cats often live together in colonies, and they are able to survive on the street by scrounging for food, and by finding feeding stations in their community. These feeding stations are small areas that volunteers create to give these homeless felines access to food, water, and a warm place to sleep.

As you can see, feral and stray felines have very different backgrounds and reasons for living on the street. Feral cats have lived on the street for their whole lives, while stray cats are forced to live on the street due to unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately, living on the street is not the ideal situation for any of these felines. If you’d like to help homeless cats there is likely a feral or stray cat rescue organization right in your community who would love any support to help these homeless cats.…