The Gray Jay: A Clever Strategist that Merits its Algonquin Name

The Gray Jay or Perisoreus canadensis tends to live in remote areas of Canada, from the end of the tree line, in the north, and extending down to the southwestern parts of the United States. They seem to prefer Spruce forests, especially in the more northern parts of Canada. The severe climate of the north has helped the Gray Jay, or Canada Jay, as it was once called, in a way that was not readily apparent, until its behaviour was more closely studied.

Gray Jays Do Not Migrate

The tendency for most birds, in the Northern Hemisphere, is to migrate to warmer climates with the onset of winter. However, the Gray Jay does not migrate at all, unless it cannot …

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Cockatiel Care Guide: Pet Training Tips

Cockatiels are highly intelligent and social birds. For this reason, they can often easily be trained to do a number of things– from sitting on your shoulder to talking. Often, with proper pet training tips, cockatiels can even perform tricks. A cockatiel care guide often comes in handy when you’re trying to train your bird. With a little patience and time, you can easily be on your way to a well trained cockatiel.

Finger Training

If your cockatiel’s already tame, finger training your bird is relatively simple. If your cockatiel already allows you to come up close to it and even pet it, then you should have no problem finger training it. The down side is in the process it …

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Appropriate Pet Care Vs. Animal Abuse

With so many high profile cases of people, neglecting their animals I thought it might be a good time to discuss proper care of pets. What bothers me the most about these incidences is that people seem to genuinely think they have not done anything wrong. If you have any doubts as to what is proper care of an animal, look no further.

Here is a list of appropriate care for an animal.

Know your animal. Each type of pet is different and so is each breed. Purchase a good instructional book and get to know all of the health and behavioral quirks of your pet. Care for them accordingly.

All pets must be fed according to type and breed

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Taking Care of Your Pet Rabbit

The best rabbits to keep are male rabbits that tend to be placid and laid back once neutered. Neutering and spaying is highly encouraged as both sexes tend to be less aggressive and more placid once their tendency to mate has been removed. Female rabbits are also suitable and although both may appear nervous they will rarely bite unless scared. They are much more suitable for older children and can live for between 6 to 8 years.

Rabbits are naturally very nervous animals and it may take a little while for them to get used to their new surroundings. Unlike rats that normally shouldn’t be handled for a day after they move in, rabbits should be left for about 5 …

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Six Little Known Ways to Save Money on Pet Care

We all love our pets, but they are expensive to support. Food, flea control, worming, grooming, and accessories can eat a hole in your pocket. These are my favorite small tricks to save money on all those things our fur-babies need.

  1. Only change half of the litter box at a time. This only works if you have just one cat per litter box. Cats always urinate on one end of the box, then turn around and poo on the other. The urine is what causes most of the odor, so after you pooper scoop the box, remove the half with the urine and replace it.
    WARNING: Please read this article about The Dangers of Clumping Cat Litter.
  2. Mix expensive
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Caring for Pet Rabbits in the Summertime

Rabbits are wonderful and loving pets, but they do require a fair amount of care. If you are looking for a pet that just sits in a cage and keeps to itself, a rabbit is not a good choice. They have very specific dietary, exercise and grooming needs. In all seasons, but especially in extreme hot summer weather, there are strict guidelines you should follow to ensure that your pet healthy, hydrated and comfortable.

Keeping cool

As with any pet in the summer, rabbits can over-heat and become seriously ill if left unprotected in hot weather. If you have an outdoor rabbit that lives in a hutch, you must make sure that it is kept in the shade. In the …

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Tips on Saving Money on Pet Care

Caring for a pet has certainly not gotten any cheaper in the past few years. In fact you can spend more money now than you may ever have spent in the past. Many don’t take into consideration the total cost of caring for a pet until they have already purchased the pet. Taking your pet for regular check ups is a must, but there are ways to save money. If you have a pet, you may find the tips below to be helpful in caring for the pet.

Veterinary school

Depending on where you live you may be able to find a veterinary school that will allow you to bring your pet for care. Since these students are learning to …

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Taking Care of an Epileptic Pet

This is Luke, our big male greyhound, Luke, is an epileptic. We have pretty good luck regulating his seizures with phenobarbital. He takes 1 1/2 grains twice daily, and at that dosage he only has a seizure about once every 6-7 weeks (which is considered “under control”). Last night was 7 weeks since his last seizure.

I was sitting at the dinette enjoying some blogs of fellow RV’ers when I started to sense that Luke was about to seize.

Luke has a bed on the floor right next to the dinette where he likes to snooze. The position of his bed makes it really easy for him to keep an eye on everyone in the rig, and if I’m at …

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How to Teach Kids About Pet Care

Pets are said to be the extension of our affectionate abilities as humans. It needs utmost care, love, and attention like people do. However, there are a number of pets that have undergone heinous maltreatment and helpless abandonment. It may be due to the economic turmoil and various stresses that the populace has been facing.

The consideration of owning a pet has become more popular nowadays. Families are thinking of extending their homes to little cute ones so they enjoy a complete bunch in the clan; this is especially true for those who have young kids. Children are fond of stuff toys; they think it’s something they could play and be with. That’s why when they get the idea that …

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Teaching Children to Care for Pet Chickens

Chickens make an excellent choice of pet for children. There are several breeds that are friendly and come in pretty colors, which appeal to children. But the part they’ll probably enjoy most, is collecting delicious fresh eggs.

Breeds

Silkies are a popular breed of pet for children. They are docile and will allow you to handle them. Their unusual feathering and comb, which is called a mulberry or cushion, makes them fascinating to children. They are a small breed, known as a bantam, so will lay smaller eggs than the larger breeds.

Australorps are quiet and docile. They are sometimes available in white and blue, but the most common color is black. Australorps are not aggressive towards each other, and …

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