Archive for December, 2011

Facts about Ferrets

Ferrets are members of the Mustelidae family that includes stoats, badgers, weasels, and otters. They have a number of attractive traits that make them fascinating and lively pets. Their small body size, with manageable exercise needs make them ideal pets that anyone can easily keep at home. They can also be trained, which makes them apt for inhabiting small living spaces.

Here are some facts about ferrets that you may find interesting.

  • Ferrets belong to the mink family.
  • For hundreds and thousands of years, ferrets have been kept as pets. Actually there are images of ferret-like creatures on leashes on the walls of some Egyptian tombs.
  • Intact males are called hobs and neutered males are called gibs. Whereas unsprayed female ferrets are named as jills, and spayed females are sprites. The offspring of ferrets are commonly known as kits.
  • Ferrets do not have any intrinsic fear of human.
  • Fur of all ferret kits is white at birth.
  • A newly born ferret is so small that it can be put into a teaspoon.
  • After reaching 6 – 8 weeks of age, ferrets make very few sounds.
  • The average life of a ferret is between 6 and 7 years.
  • Ferrets are inhabited of crawling into small dark spaces to sleep.
  • Ferrets are mostly sound sleepers as they cannot be woken up even when picked up and jostled.
  • A little ferret can squeeze through a hole just over an inch in diameter.
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How to Pet a Horse

Horses are beautiful, wonderful, and noble animals that everybody loves to pet. Petting a horse can be a powerful emotional experience. Following are some useful tips that you can use to pet a horse in such a way that it will accept and get pleasure from your affections.

  • Having a horse as a pet can be a delightful experience for you as well as the equine receiving your attention. However, it is important to have an adequate knowledge on how to do it properly. First of all, you should never pat its face. Just like all of us, horses also do not like a stranger coming up and start patting their faces. When you come near the horse, reach your hand out, palm flat and up, and let the horse to sniff your palm.
  •  The moment the horse reaches out his nose to your palm, speak gently to him and extend the same hand to the base of his neck, down where the neck congregates the withers. You can even pat the horse there in a friendly manner.
  • Petting a horse is more similar to patting. Except in winter, horses usually do not have much hair; therefore, you need not to pat it just like you would a cat or a dog. However, you can pat it softly but firmly in the area stated above, and then swiftly switch into scratching.
  • Horses feel great when they are being scratched in all their itchy places they cannot reach. Therefore, switch from your mild pats into a firm and premeditated scratching of his back, behind his withers, and along his neck. He will be so much pleased that he will often show you by stretching his body so that you can reach the best areas.
  • Keep in mind that you must not pat a horse in sensitive areas like his flanks, rear end, legs, face, or ears. Always pat it on neck, back, withers, and the hips.

By following the above mentioned tips, you will be able to win the horse’s trust, as petting and scratching a horse is one of the best ways to win his trust. All you need is to behave gently and softly.

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Information about Conure Parrots

The Conure parrots are amazing little birds. Their beauty and intelligence make them great pets. They are not only playful but also are very social and active. They have high pitched voices. Also, since they are hardy birds, they rarely get sick.

Although both male and female Conure parrots make equally perfect pets, however a single Conure parrot tends to tame quickly and able to soon learn new tricks.

The origin of Conure parrots range from Mexico and Central America to the Caribbean Islands and South America. Depending on the breed, a life expectancy of these parrots range from 15 to 25 years.

Conure parrots come from a very wide and diverse group of parrots. However, there are a few characteristics that are common in all types of Conure parrots. They are as follows:

Size – Conure parrots come in different sizes. They can be small to medium sized parrots. Their sizes range from the largest (Patagonian Conure that is about 19 inches) to the tinted variety that is about 9 inches.

Shape – Conure parrots possess slim bodies with tapered graduated tails. A few types of Conures have short conical-shaped tails, while others have long, slender tails. These parrots have black or light horn-colored broad heavy beaks that have a quite broad cere at their base.

Nearly all Conure parrots have a visibly distinct eye ring, with the females usually having a fairly narrower ring as compared to the males.

Color – The colors in Conure parrots range from lush greens to bright yellow, reds and oranges, and into the whites and brown.

Song – Instead of a gentle chirp, Conure parrots have a harsh screech. Although for some of them, this may temper with time, or it can be tempered if they are provided with comfortable environment.

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Information about Sugar Glider

The sugar is one of the exotic small pets. A number of people like to adopt them as a pet because they are not only very cute but also very attractive. There is no doubt that they make great pets.

The sugar gliders that are available for sale in pet stores are basically native to the forested areas of northern and eastern Australia, New Guinea, and the contiguous islands. He was first brought to Tasmania in 1835, and since then, they have spread across the island. Although sugar gliders have been kept in zoos for centuries, however they have only been made available for sale as pets for more than a decade.

It is a fact that sugar glider is quite expensive to buy, and since they are extremely social and must be kept as a pair, it is important to consider this additional expense. In wild, they live in trees; therefore, they need plenty of space to move around comfortably. Keeping all these facts in view, if you cannot buy a pair or provide the essential space they need, the sugar glider may not be right pet for you.

The size of an average sugar glider is about 30 cm (12 inches) from their nose to the tip of their tail, where about half that length is tail. Since they are marsupials, such as koalas and kangaroos, therefore they raise their young in an external pouch. In their natural environment, they glide from tree to tree. These small creatures are nocturnal, and their large eyes help them to see at night. In captivity, if proper care is provided to them, they can live about 14 years. Since they are exotic pets, therefore sugar gliders are illegal in some parts of the world. It is important to check with your local authorities to see if it is legal to keep them.

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Guide to Getting a Dog

It is a great idea to get a dog as pet, as dogs are friendly as well as loyal animal. There are a number of sources, including breeders and rescue centers, from which a dog can be bought. If you want to buy a puppy then it is better to see its mother in order to check her temperament and characteristics. The most ideal age to buy a puppy is when it is between seven and eight weeks old.

Cost of owning a dog:

 Besides the initial cost of getting a dog, the estimated continuing costs, including food, veterinary fees and treatments, and pet insurance, are almost $ 25 per week, conditional on the size and breed of your selected pet dog.

Selecting a dog:

Before buying a dog, it is significant to consider well about the breed or crossbreed of dog you want to buy, and also the compatibility of your new pet with your personality as well as lifestyle. Here are some considerations in getting a right dog:

  • Consider whether you want to buy a male or female puppy or adult dog.
  • Consider the dog that best suits for your home, family, car, etc.
  • Your willingness to walk your dog every day.
  • Your level of interest in making a lifelong commitment to your dog.
  • Consider whether your new dog will bond with other pets in the household or not.
  • Finally, whether you can easily afford to keep a pet.

The best way to select a dog is to do a lot of research, including dog breeds, their potential health problems and characteristics, their required grooming, and their different behaviors.

Tips on new dog ownership:

Once you have decided to buy a dog, it is better to do some planning in order to provide an easy and pleasurable environment to your new pet dog. For this, following tips on new dog ownership can be of great help in taking proper care of it.

  • Basic things for your new pet include a dog bed, a comfortable collar, a lead, and food and water bowls.
  • Purchase some dog food, which can be completely dry food or semi-moist and tinned foods.
  • Check your new dog’s vaccination history. If it needs vaccination, call your veterinarian to book an appointment for vaccinations.
  • Ask your veterinarian to suggest puppy parties or dog training clubs in order to help socialize and train your dog, which include house training, staying and sitting.

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German Shepherd Dog as Pets

German Shepherd dogs are known for their fidelity, bravery and ability to retain training for various special services. However, if you want to get this dog as a pet then you need to ensure that these dogs are suitable for your situation. This is important because these dogs have sturdy body and strong mind. Like most of the pet animals, they demand more attention and affection, as well as proper guidance.

A pet German Shepherd dog may inadvertently hit down a small child or a feeble elderly person. Also, they can clear tables with their strong and happy tails as well as can wreak havoc on furniture with their powerful jaws and teeth.

Since German Shepherd dogs are a slowly maturing breed and have a long puppyhood, therefore it is important for the new owners to be ready for providing affectionate but firm discipline and a save environment to their dogs so that they can develop into a well-behaved mature dog.

German Shepherd dogs are extremely social, and always need attention and companionship. These dogs are very active and love to run and explore their surroundings. They need proper exercise, particularly in their growing age. It would not be appropriate for this breed of dogs to tie them to a house because it will only lead to aggravation, tedium and a potentially dangerous dog.

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