Rabu, 16 Februari 2011

Keeping a Fennec Fox For a Pet

If you are interested in purchasing a pet that is a bit different from the norm, but you are a lover of canines, you might want to consider getting a fennec fox. The fennec fox, which is also know as a desert fox, is a small canine that typically weighs only 2 to 3.5 pounds as an adult. Although there aren't too many people out there who own a fennec fox, they can make great pets if you take the proper precautions.

Getting to Know the Fennec Fox

As a member of the canine family, the fennec fox acts much like domesticated dogs that are kept as pets. At the same time, it is important to remember that this type of canine has not been truly domesticated. Therefore, you will need to take special steps to socialize your fennec fox as well as to guard against allowing it to escape.

As may be expected, the fennec fox is a very active and quick canine. In addition, they tend to be quite agile. In the wild, the fennec fox tends to be a nocturnal animal. When kept as a pet, however, these canines can become somewhat adapted to their owner's schedule. It is a good idea to help your pet get adapted to your schedule as much as possible, as they have a high pitched yelp that can be bothersome during the night.

Caring for a Fennec Fox

Although the fennec fox is similar to domestic canines in many ways, there are some differences. For example, the diet of a fennec fox is a bit different from the typical pet dog. In the wild, these creatures prefer a diet that consists of rodents, insects, fruit, plants and reptiles. Therefore, the ideal food for your pet would be a commercial canned diet that is specifically prepared for wild animals. Many owners, however, choose to feed their foxes a mixture of dog food, cat food, fruit and vegetables while others prefer to feed a mix of raw meat, vegetables and vitamins.

Like a cat, it is possible to litter train a fennec fox, though some people seem to find the process to be easier than others. Therefore, whether or not you attempt to litter train your fox or to simply take it outside to use the bathroom is a personal decision for you to make. Either way, you need to be certain to give your fox plenty of opportunities for running around outdoors, as they are very active animals that need an outlet for all of their excess energy.

It should also be noted that the fennec fox is a very curious creature that has a tendency to get into everything, which means they also have a tendency to dig. Therefore, if you are keeping your fox outdoors, be certain to keep it in an enclosure that is specifically designed to prevent digging and climbing. This can be accomplished by burying a good amount of your fencing so the fox cannot dig beneath it. You should also turn the fence inward at the top so that it cannot escape.
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Selasa, 15 Februari 2011

Baby Rabbit Food

Baby rabbits are healthier and grow faster with a specially designed baby rabbit food that is high in fat and fiber. In fact, they are accustomed to the doe's milk that is high in fat and low in sugar (Coates et. al. 1964).

Baby rabbits don't produce enough enzymes needed to digest excess starch (sugar) until later in life. Feeding them a diet with a lot of grain or grain by-products makes them more likely to get diarrhea. A rabbit feed higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates helps baby bunnies make the switch from the doe's milk at weaning and provides the energy they need for healthy growth.
As baby bunnies get older they still naturally use fat as an energy source. In fact, rabbits need a high fiber diet because good bacteria ferment fiber in the caecum to produce the healthy fats rabbits use.

Scientific studies show that increasing the fat content of rabbit food will improve protein AND energy efficiency as well as improve the feed conversion ratio (easily by 20%) for growing rabbits (Arrington et. al.1974).

Most commercial rabbit feeds don't have near enough fat and fall short of the needs of baby bunnies. Generally, they have less than 3% crude fat when research shows that baby rabbit food should have around 8% fat when balanced with high quality protein.

If you choose a healthy rabbit food that has a higher fat content for your growing bunny rabbits then make sure it is using oil from natural sources and not simply refined vegetable oil or worse, rendered animal fat. This is because when adding fat to a rabbit's diet you should also be adding vitamin E, which whole oil seeds from plants naturally have.

• Whole oil seeds are naturally high in vitamin E.

• Rendered animal fat or refined vegetable oils ARE NOT!

Baby rabbits are healthier when fed a high fat natural baby rabbit food that mimics their mamma's milk.
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What Mum Didn't Tell You About Pandas

There are about 1000 Pandas left in the world today. About 80 percent of these live in Sichuan province in China.

Pandas are very cute, they move slow and they like to eat, sleep, play in water and actually take showers when there is water flowing. They also like climbing trees and the main food is Bamboo.
A normal Panda will eat about 10 to 13 Kilograms of food per day if eating only Bamboo leaves. If a Panda decide on eating a thin Bamboo stick called Jian Bamboo for its daily choice of food, the Panda will eat up to 3000 sticks. However if the Panda is in a really good and hungry mood and want to for the Bamboo shoots, then they eat up to 40 Kilograms in one day. The Average Panda spends about 12 hours per day, looking for food.

80 percent of the food they eat is not properly digested by them so they "go to the Panda bathroom many times per day" There is very little water in the bamboo so Pandas drink a lot.
Pandas have big problems today. It is getting more and more difficult for them to survive. Pandas like to settle and stay in one place, high mountain areas with lots of vegetation.
In the spring the Panda will move downwards to look for love, or a mate. A Panda will start this search when they are around 7 - 8 years old.

As in many other animal cultures, there are usually several male Pandas competing for the attention of one, single female Panda. The Panda lady. Who is going to end with the lady is decided by fighting amongst the male Pandas.

A very interesting part is that when the male Panda wins his bride, they will have sex, Panda sex I guess and then they do not stay together, it is sort-of a situation where they both go back to their own separate places to sleep.

A female Panda are usually pregnant for 3 to 5 months, then she will make a hole as a birthplace and put some leaves and things inside. They usually have just one baby, but if they have twins for example, one will eventually die, since the mother will care for only one of them.

The new-born Panda, can't walk, can't see or care for itself. For about 3 weeks or so they Panda needs to be held more or less all the time by the Mother.

A Panda will weigh around 30 Kilogram in 6 months, about 100 kilograms in a year and around 150 Kg after a year and a half. That's when the Panda leaves hit Mother and is on his own.

Pandas live in tree areas, their eyes are not so good, normally they only see about 3 meters. But the have great listening and very strong developed sense of smell.

For a wild Panda, the average lifetime is around 20 years.

The biggest fear a Panda will have is that the Bamboo will die. Wild Pandas decrease fast and to help the Panda left in the world today, anyone can make donations to for example Pandas International, where anyone can adopt a Panda. WWF also have focus on the Panda and donations are welcome
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Senin, 14 Februari 2011

The Search for the Smallest Monkey

Monkeys, scientifically speaking, are the closest relative human beings have, given that they are also primates. Nowadays, people find monkeys exceptionally special and intelligent, that they are adopted as pets. Now that the fad for small pets is in, this article will provide you two of the well known smallest monkeys to boot-and see if they are good enough for your taste as a pet.

One of the famous small animals you will see in the world is the Tarsier, an animal found in the Philippines. Famous for their bug eyes, the Philippine Tarsier was branded as the world's smallest monkey-even if it is not a monkey. They are not exactly primates, but zoologists were left with no choice but to place them there since they have no other place to put them in. They used to be a good choice for a pet, but since their diet comprises mostly of bugs, aside from the fact that they are already endangered, keeping them as pets was dropped out as an option.

The true title for the world's smallest monkey, in reality, is awarded to the pygmy marmoset. First, it is guaranteed a monkey, and second, it is indeed small, reaching up to only five inches in length and six ounces in weight. They would have been cute pets, but they are extremely loud and squeals a lot, so keeping them in the city would definitely cause problems.

Not all small and cute creatures could be kept as a pet. So in conclusion, if they cannot adapt to the city life that you have, best leave them to the forest, their kingdom, where they truly belong.
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Who said they can't be together?

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Minggu, 13 Februari 2011

6 Interesting and Unique Pets

Many people have chosen to share their life with a pet. Pets definitely add much to our lives, companionship, service and even entertainment. While most people think of dogs, cats or horses as pets there are many other unique and interesting animals that have made their way into the human household.

Here are 6 not-so common household pets.


Sugar gliders are small, nocturnal marsupials. They are about 6 inches long with the tail adding another 6 inches. They weigh approximately 6 ounces. They can live up to 14 years in captivity.
Sugar gliders naturally live in tree tops and glide from tree to tree hunting at night. Therefore they need very large cages and do best in aviaries.

They are very social and can become quite bonded to their owners, sleeping comfortably in a pocket. Be prepared to feed live meal worms, crickets, wax worms, spiders, and moths as well as a variety of fruits and nuts.


Hedgehogs are amazing little creatures ranging in size from 5-8 inches. They are native to Africa. Because they have become popular pets they are now available in a wide variety of colors.
Their backs are covered with rows of short prickly spines and their bellies are covered with soft fur. When threatened, they roll into a tight protective ball. They do best when kept by themselves.

Emperor Scorpion

The emperor scorpion is very large reaching up to 6 inches at maturity and is native to tropical West Africa. Their venom isn't as toxic as their smaller cousins but they can deliver a painful sting. They are popular on movie sets because of their large, scary appearance coupled with their non-aggressive tendencies.


The degu is a fairly large rodent (10-12 inches including the tail) native to Chile. They are quite social so you should keep them as pairs. Because they are social they are easy to tame and quite friendly to human handlers.

Fennec Fox

Fennec foxes are about 15-18 inches in length, weigh 2-4 pounds and are native to the desert regions of North Africa. They are extremely social, very active and need a lot of attention. They can be litter box trained and make a purring sound very similar to a cat when feeling content.

Pacman Frog

Pacman frogs are fairly common amphibian pets. They are quite large, 6-7 inches in length and are native to South America. Their name, derived from the popular video game, comes from their rounded body, large mouth and tendency to eat anything that gets in their way. Although they are a frog, they aren't good swimmers so care must be taken that they don't drown in their water bowl.

This is just a sampling of the many unique animals that we share our homes with. Keep in mind that exotic pets require special care and attention so please make sure you are ready for the commitment if you choose one of these exciting and interesting creatures.
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Cute Possum

So tiny

I'm a female

It's still look cute even it want bites you

The best hotel for Possum

Looks like a Koala
A possum (plural form: possums) is any of about 69 small to medium-sized arboreal marsupial species native to Australia, New Guinea, and Sulawesi
Possums are quadrupedal diprotodont marsupials with long tails. The smallest possum, indeed the smallest diprotodont marsupial, is the Little Pygmy Possum with an adult head-body length of 70mm and a weight of 10g. The largest is the Bear Cuscus that may exceed 7 kg. 
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Albino Kangaroo

Albino kangaroos, or white kangaroos are quite rare. In an albino kangaroo, the normal colouring is absent, and the kangaroo has white fur and sometimes (not always) pink eyes. As with all albino animals, albino kangaroos have a reduced amount of melanin pigment in the eyes, skin, and hair.

Albino kangaroos rarely survive long in the wild. Their eyes and skin have increased sensitivity to sunlight, so they are more prone to sunburn. Their lack of camouflage (white colouring stands out in the wild) also makes them easy targets for predatory animals and birds of prey. Albino kangaroos often have impaired vision as well, so may find it more difficult to dodge predators. Apart from that, they are just as healthy as their normal coloured counterparts.

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Orphaned Baby Bunnies

Many mother rabbits leave their babies in nests that are above ground and in plain sight. Consequently, it is very common for humans to stumble upon a nest of baby bunnies (or kittens to be technically correct). It is very common for the human to think that the babies have been orphaned by their mother. This is because the mother usually stays far away from the nest for the majority of the day. She will return to the nest briefly in the middle of the night to feed her babies. Rabbit milk is very nutrient-dense and so feeding only takes around five minutes to complete. Then the mother will typically leave the nest again. The majority of these "abandoned" nests are in fact being tended to by a diligent mother.

One way to tell affirmatively if a rabbit nest is in fact orphaned is if the bunnies are cold and or dehydrated. If you gently pinch the skin into a tent position and it doesn't immediately sink back down, then it is probably dehydrated and malnourished. Also, their bellies should not be sunken in.

If you or your pet accidentally disturbs/ruins a bunny nest, don't worry! You can rebuild the nest and place the bunnies back inside and the mother bunny will be none the wiser. Do your best to rebuild the nest as similar as it was before it was disturbed, and handle the baby bunnies very gently.

If the eyes of the orphaned baby bunny are still closed, and the ears are still pushed back, you have very little hope of raising them yourself. Even trained professionals have a difficult time successfully nurturing bunnies when they are that young and lack a mother. However you should take them to a bunny veterinarian or wildlife rescue center as soon as possible.

If the eyes of the orphaned baby bunnies are open and they are able to move around, you can start by feeding them warmed goats milk. Then, contact a wildlife rescue center, as it is illegal to raise wild animals in most states.
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Sabtu, 12 Februari 2011

Giant Panda

Rare Bears

The giant panda is a medium-sized black-and-white bear that lives only in the mountainous temperate forests of southwest China. Giant pandas eat a diet of bamboo. The giant panda is one of the most endangered animals on Earth. Only about 1,600 of these rare bears are left. This number includes more than 160 pandas living in zoos and breeding centers around the world, mostly in China.

Creatures of the Forest

Giant pandas live in a few isolated mountain ranges in the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu in south-central China. They live in broadleaf and coniferous forests with a dense understory of bamboo, at elevations between 1500m  and  3000m. Torrential rains, dense mists, and heavy cloud cover characterize these forests throughout much of the year. The giant panda has lived in bamboo forests for several million years. It is a highly specialized animal, with unique adaptations.

Bamboo for Every Meal

Bamboo is the giant panda's favorite food. Adult giant pandas will spend 10 to 16 hours a day finding and eating bamboo. They eat different parts of the plant depending on the time of year. In the summer and autumn, pandas munch mostly on leaves. Winter means a diet of tough stems. Spring provides tender, young bamboo shoots. 
A giant panda’s digestive system is more similar to that of a carnivore than an herbivore. Because bamboo does not provide much nutrition, a panda needs to eat a large amount of food. It may eat up to 20kg of bamboo each day to get all the nutrients it needs.

Panda Parts

Giant pandas stand 1m tall at the shoulder (on all four legs) and are 1.5m long. Males are larger than females, weighing up to 115kg in the wild. Females rarely reach 100kg.
Giant pandas have a very specialized anatomy linking them to bamboo for survival. Their front paws are specially designed to allow them to hold bamboo stalks. Giant pandas appear to have thumbs. But these "thumbs" are really extensions of the wrist bone. To hold a piece of bamboo, a panda wraps its fingers around one side of the stalk. Then it holds it in place by pushing the wrist bone, or pseudo-thumb, forward.

Giving Birth in the Wild

Pink Pandas?F
emale giant pandas can become pregnant only once a year in the spring. Barking calls and scents draw males and females to each other. Females give birth between 95 and 160 days after mating. Females may give birth to two young pandas, but usually only one survives. 

The bodies of newborn giant panda cubs are completely pink with a sparse covering of white hair. Giant pandas are not giants when they are born. Their eyes are closed, like a kitten, and they weigh only 120-175gr. They are around 15cm long - about the size of a hotdog!

After one week, dark patches begin to appear near the eyes and ears. Then the skin on their legs and backs begins to darken. Soon, black hair will grow in these areas and white hair everywhere else. Baby pandas’ eyes open when they are about one month old. They begin to crawl when they are three to four months old.  

Mother Knows Best

Giant pandas are cubs until they are about two years old. Like all bears, they start to explore the world outside the den once they are strong enough to follow their mother’s lead. Giant panda mothers spend most of the time looking for bamboo shoots, stems, and tender leaves.
Young giant pandas use this time to learn about the forest and to climb trees. Cubs love to climb, and they quickly become very skilled. They have sharp, strong claws on both their front and back feet. Cubs may stay with their mothers for up to three years before striking out on their own.

Life Out in the Wild

An adult giant panda spends much of its day resting, seeking food, and eating. Unlike other bears from temperate climates, giant pandas do not hibernate Until recently, scientists thought giant pandas spent most of their lives alone. They believed that males and females met only during the breeding season.
Recent studies paint a different picture. Small groups of giant pandas share a large territory and sometimes meet outside the breeding season. Much remains to be learned about the secret lives of these animals. Every new discovery helps scientists in their battle to save this species.

Giving Birth in Captivity

Giant pandas are also born in captivity. Captive breeding centers were started because giant pandas are so endangered. The giant pandas’ naturally slow breeding rate prevents a population from recovering quickly from illegal hunting, habitat loss, and other human-related causes of death. The captive breeding centers provide a protected place for giant pandas to breed and for baby pandas to grow up. One of the most famous centers for breeding baby pandas is the Wolong Nature Reserve.

What to do with Twins

When pandas are born in captivity, they often have twins. Panda mothers will only care for one baby at a time. This means the keepers at the breeding center have to help care for the babies and keep them healthy. They feed the babies milk and keep them warm in incubators. The mother panda still gets to take care of both babies, but she cares for them one at a time.

Growing Up in Captivity

In captivity, young giant pandas remain together and have a chance to play. In the wild, it would be very rare for a young giant panda to meet another cub. This is because mother pandas live alone rather than in groups with other pandas. When panda cubs play, they appear to have lots of fun. But they are also learning important skills. For example, researchers hide snacks in hanging plastic tubes to teach the cubs how to search for food.

Branching Out From Bamboo

Giant pandas are now becoming easier to raise in captivity. This is because their keepers have discovered what foods to feed them. Cubs get a bowl of special milk for breakfast and lunch until they are about two years old. The milk is made by boiling rice and adding vitamins. Between the age of seven and nine months, panda cubs begin to snack on tender bamboo shoots. Other foods captive giant pandas eat include sugar cane, carrots, apples, and sweet potatoes. They also eat “panda bread” made from a mixture of ground bamboo, grains, and assorted vitamins and minerals.

Living Up to Their Name

Giant panda cubs grow quickly. Every few days, the staff at the breeding center must weigh them to check on their development. That includes lifting them onto a scale. This isn’t an easy job when the panda weighs almost as much as you do! No wonder they’re calledgiant pandas!

Pandas and People

In China, people and giant pandas have been living together for thousands of years. But China’s human population has been steadily growing. It is now the largest in the world. More people means more land is needed for farming. It also means more forests are cut for wood to build and heat houses. Loss of habitat in lowland areas has forced pandas to live only in the mountains.

Habitat Loss

The most damaging result of development has been that it has divided the panda’s habitat into little islands of forest. Today, many pandas are isolated in these small sections of forest, because they will cross into areas where humans live. The result is that the giant pandas cannot connect with one another to mate and have babies. 

Make Room for Pandas

People are trying to help the giant panda survive by creating protected areas and breeding centers. China has 37 official areas for protecting the giant panda. All of these areas are in mountainous southwestern China. The Wolong Nature Reserve is one of the most famous. 

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Pomeranian Puppies - An Extremely Loyal Breed

Pomeranian puppies can be a sweet and delightful addition to your household. Before you answer that newspaper ad or head down to your pet shop, you should first get a little background on these tiny dogs that includes how to pick them out and what to expect. Descended from the German Spitz dog from the European region, this particular breed is fairly young. While they are a well tempered breed in nature, you will want to consider how they would fit into your current and future lifestyle before adding one to your family.

Pomeranian puppies are small, but generally adult sized Pomeranians are not much larger. They are an active breed that is evenly tempered, even if they do sometimes suffer from what is popularly known as Small Dog Syndrome. Small Dog Syndrome is not a disease, but a negative personality trait that is developed when they are not properly trained by their owners. Uncharacteristic traits like being overly dominant and possessive area direct result of letting this little dog run the show. While Pomeranians are very good dogs for adults, they may be more inclined to act aggressively towards children. Please take care to employ the use of a qualified dog trainer before bringing this breed into any home that is occupied by children, especially if they are already afflicted by Small Dog Syndrome.

Pomeranian puppies should be chosen because of their desirable appearance as well as their origin. Like all dogs, purchasing a dog without the proper paperwork which proves that they are a pure breed can cost you money. If you had planned on competing with the Pomeranian or breeding it, this paperwork will be necessary. Being certain of the dog's ancestry will also be important for medical reasons. Pomeranians come in a very wide variety of colors and patterns. Some are more highly desired than others, however a different or unique pattern should not make you question the dog's origins. Breeders are constantly producing new varieties of this particular dog breed.

After you purchase your Pomeranian puppies, if you keep them well maintained and loved, you should expect to keep them for many years. The average life expectancy for a Pomeranian is over 15 years. Take extreme care with newborn puppies as they are very susceptible to injuries. After the dog is fully grown, they will be extremely playful and need exercise on a daily basis. Pomeranians are not known for having many serious health issues. Because they are so small, costs associated with feeding will be minimal. Keep factors such as the grooming of their particularly long coats in mind.

Purchasing Pomeranian puppies can be a great way to bring a little happiness into your home. This breed of dog is easy to maintain, extremely loyal and you have a large variety of them to choose from. If you live with children, please take their sometimes fickle temperament into consideration before bringing one around a child. These are very small dogs, so you won't need to spend much of feeding them, but grooming their long coats can be a hassle. As long as you weigh all of the pros and cons, you should feel comfortable with your selection.
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Rabu, 02 Februari 2011

Tips For Bringing A New Kitten Home

Who can resist an adorable kitten? But before you fall head over heels, here are a few things for you to consider before you bring your new companion home.
Breed And Background Info
You now have many choices to make, from mixed to pure breeds and where to go to choose the right kitten for you. There are so many ways to get a new kitten, it can be a bit overwhelming. The classifieds are full of people selling or giving away new kittens; shelters abound with more cats than they can handle; and you have the boutiques and breeders ready to offer exotic breeds at a premium price.
Whatever means you choose, be sure that the kitten has been well-cared for and ok'ed by a veterinarian. If possible, try to get a kitten that has been properly weaned from his mother and seems ready for a new life. You may, however, decide to adopt an abandoned or neglected kitten. In this case, the shelter will do the necessary preliminary tests and give the care needed before you bring your kitten home.
Preparing Your Home
Make sure that you have a carrier, which you will need for future veterinarian trips, and place a blanket or towel inside to make him feel more secure.
It is important that the kitten get acclimatized to his new home gradually. Keeping the kitten in one room of the house, initially, will keep him safe in this new environment. Have family members come into the room quietly and gently engage him with your voice. Make sure that the litter box is easily found and at quite a distance from the food.
Go easy on playtime with family and friends so as not to overwhelm your new kitten. Of course, make sure that the room is kitten safe, because even the smallest kitten has a knack for finding new places to hide and dangling things that can be chewed.
It may be worth considering two kittens if you plan to be out of the home for most of the day. This way they will always have constant companionship and can exercise each other far more effectively than you can. Litter mates would be ideal.
Exploring The Home
Once you sense your new kitten is ready to explore the house, do so gradually, so he can always find his way back to his litter box and food.
Kittens are naturally curious and will start exploring their new territory. Learn to tread softly around your kitten because he spooks very easily. That way you'll build trust much faster and ensure your kitten develops a much calmer demeanor. If your kitten learns to be too nervous around you, he may develop more aggressive habits like nipping at your toes, or uses his claws to defend himself.
Once he bonds with you, he'll follow you everywhere, frolicking, teasing and very playful. His tiny claws will be sharp, so getting a scratch pad or cat tree will keep your kitty busy filing his claws, rather than doing so on furniture and carpets.
Kittens love toys and will play for hours. Your local pet store can show you what is available but a rolled up piece of paper will work as well. Always keep an eye on any toy for strings or anything that can be swallowed. Remember they are still babies.
You can also train your kitten and teach him new tricks. There are many books on training, and its best to start with a young animal as they are already curious and active. And it's a good way to channel some of that natural energy.
Encourage A Desirable Behavior And Routine
One of the most proactive things you can do for your kitten is to have him or her spayed or neutered before 6 months. This will reduce any territorial spraying, and aggressiveness in males, and, of course, help to control the cat population.
Your choice of litter is also important. Don't buy the clumping kind when your cat is less than 6 months old, as they may inadvertently lick the clumps off their paws and create a digestive blockage.
Clean your litter box daily, as cats have a highly developed sense of hygiene. And be sure the type of litter is agreeable to them. Cats also like privacy, so a covered box may be preferable, as well as contain any fresh odors. Watch for his preference, it will become evident soon enough.
Don't forget to brush your kitten regularly, as this is critical for his physical and emotional well-being. It'll also give you a chance to check out for any cuts or fur clumps. In nature, cats groom each other regularly. It's something they naturally enjoy.
Proper Nutrition
Having good quality food is also paramount to a cat's health and demeanor. Cats can be very finicky, so you may need to try a few varieties to find their favorites. Sticking with the highest quality food will prevent many health problems later on, and ensure a beautiful, shiny coat. Give your kitten wet food regularly, twice a day at first. This will keep down the frequency of hairballs.
After the first initial series of shots, remember to keep a yearly vet appointment in order to keep the necessary shots up to date and to head off any problem areas. You will also need to verify your animals medical records if you ever need to have your kitten groomed or kenneled boarded for any length of time
Getting a new kitten can be a joy for the whole family. With plenty of love and care you can plan on enjoying a beautiful friendship for a good 14 years and with luck, even longer.
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Selasa, 01 Februari 2011

Raising Baby Ducks Into Healthy Adult Ducks - All You Need to Know

Raising baby ducks will give you plenty of benefits. For instance, you can have sources of meat and eggs. You can also sell eggs, ducklings, fully grown ducks, or duck meat for profit. You will not need to spend much time and money for them either. In addition, they can make your yard better. They will eat dandelions, bugs, garden snails, and their poop will fertilize the soil. If you want to unwind and relax, you can play with your ducks too.

Raising baby ducks is also better than raising chicks for a variety of reasons. Ducks have stronger resistance against common avian diseases. Hence, they live much longer. They also do not require elaborate housing, and they can get through any kind of environment. They need shorter brooding periods and less rearing places. They grow very fast, as well. Moreover, they are not picky when it comes to food. They can eat almost anything, from plants to small amphibians. They can also eat bread, crackers, and store-bought feeds. You will even be able to reduce feed costs because ducks have the natural propensity to eat algae, fungi, aquatic weeds, insects, maggots, and legumes.

Anyway, when raising baby ducks, you must always remember the basics. For instance, you have to brood the baby ducks until they are one month old. You must keep the brooding spot dry with the use of beddings made up of hay. You must replace wed beddings immediately; and you must never use dusty or moldy beddings. The brooding area's temperature must also be kept warm but not hot. Also, you must not feed the ducklings with whole grains such as corn or rice. You must not give them dry bread and bird seed either.

The baby ducks will not be able to digest these foods; although you can give them some moistened pieces of bread, as well as worms, vegetables, and fruits. Raising baby ducks also entail breeding. The ratio of female ducks to male ducks is 5:1. So, for every five female ducks, there should be one male duck. The male ducks must also be one month older or of the same age as the females.
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