Pet Care: The Fennec Fox

Pet Care: The Fennec Fox

Fennec foxes, native to the arid deserts in North Africa, grow to be 16 to 18 inches long, 8 to 10 inches tall and weigh 2 to 4 pounds. They live on average 12 to 16 years in captivity. The acquirement of a fennec fox is not a short time commitment. It is always important to know what to expect when getting a new pet, but this is especially true for rare and/or exotic pets such as fennec foxes.

Fennec foxes most notable characteristic is their huge ears. Despite this they are the smallest canine (dogs, foxes, etc) alive today. They pant quickly when hot to dissipate heat and shiver when cold, usually when the temperature is below 68 degrees …

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Pet Care: Ferret

Pet Care: FerretFerrets are not as easy to care for as hamsters and mice but they aren’t extraordinarily difficult either. They are related to pole cats and weasels and live for 7 to 8 years. They are a domesticated pet. Wild ferrets should not be kept as pets. The most important thing to remember is that ferrets need plenty of attention and at least 2 hours of play time out of their cage. Ferrets should also always be spayed or neutered unless owned by breeders. Another important thing to keep in mind is that most ferrets will contract diseases late in life such as adrenal disease, insulinoma and many other types of cancer.

A ferret can be kept in a cage of …

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Taking Care of Your Dying Pet

Taking Care of Your Dying PetI recently lost my cat. At the end she was unable to move because she was so weak. My family decided to put her down because she was going to die within the next couple of days anyway and that was the only day we knew we would all be with her when she died.

Before that day she was still happy. She could take care of herself. She could walk. She could clean herself. She could let us know when she needed something. She still sat with us. She still purred. It simply wasn’t time to put her down.

So my first piece of advice is this: If you’re contemplating putting down your dying pet, do it for the …

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Pet Care 101 – Can Cats Become Connected to People?

Pet Care 101 - Can Cats Become Connected to People?

If you’ve owned a cat for any length of time, you’ve probably seen how they seem to understand us. Do they really know what we’re feeling, or is it just our perception of their actions?

I’ve had several cats over the years, and over time you really start to think that they know what you’re feeling, and sometimes what you’re thinking. They act and react in ways that seem to be just what you need, just when you need it. Do they really connect to their owners over time, or are cat’s loving actions just our wishful thinking?

I really don’t know if there’s any scientific data one way or the other on whether or not cats actually bond to …

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Best Pet for Children Under the Age of 10

Best Pet for Children Under the Age of 10Sue comes home from school, drops her backpack on the floor, and runs over to you. “Oh please, Mommy, please, can I have a puppy?” It’s nearly impossible to resist those big eyes and trembling lip, but do you really want another mouth to feed and something else to watch and care for? Why not satisfy your child with a pet that’s easy to care for, fascinating, and easy on the wallet? Instead of a puppy or a kitten, buy your child a fish.

Fish are easy to care for, mesmerize your kids, and are little to no hassle. Just make sure to let Sue know that she’s not allowed to feed her fish anything but fish food. No, she …

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Summer Pet Care Tips for Rabbits

Summer Pet Care Tips for RabbitsRabbits require special care during the summer as they have a thick coat of fur that leads to overheating, dehydration, and other health related problems. Having owned a rabbit for 8-years, I have successfully litter box trained and house trained him, as well as dealing with eight summers in a warm climate. This article will look at six tips for properly taking care of your rabbit during the summertime.

  1. Molting

During the early summer months, rabbits go through a phase called molting, where they lose their thicker winter coat in place of a thinner summer coat of fur. Molting is a way for rabbits to stay cool during the summer. However, the process leaves lots of hair in the rabbit’s …

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Your First Pet Rat

Your First Pet RatIf you are looking for a pet that is friendly, lovable, trainable and also low cost and relatively low maintenance, then the fancy rat may be just what you are searching for.

Pet rats come in a variety of color and coat combinations, from white with red eyes to black and white spotted; from the curly coated rex to the hairless variety. Rats are available in pretty much any fur type and color you desire.

A new baby rat will usually be between 4 and 5 weeks old, at this age they are old enough to leave the nest but young enough to be handled and trained to enjoy human company. The sex of the rat can be determined at …

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Pet Tips: Bearded Dragon Care

Pet Tips: Bearded Dragon Care

Bearded Dragons are generally low maintenance, and omnivores. After getting to know them it can become clear they do indeed have different characters. Some can be feisty, others mellow, reclusive, cunning…the list goes on. There are some basic things to remember when adopting, or purchasing bearded dragons.

1) Heat and UV Light are important. The temperatures in their environment should be hot during the day 80+ degrees and warm at night 65+ degrees; and light should be constant during the daylight hours. Specialized UV lights and direct summer sun are both considered necessary. If a bearded dragon opens its mouth for a long period of time it is actually hot! it does this to cool off. You may want to …

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Pet Care: Rat

Pet Care: Rat

The idea that rats are dirty and mean is a common misconception. This may be true about sewer rats or swamp rats who live in filthy places but it is false when referring to pet rats. Domesticated rats are intelligent, curious, friendly and entertaining. Rats found in pet shops are descended from the Norwegian or brown rat. They are small and have been bred over the years to be suitable pets. Their color ranges from white to black with many shades in between. Pet rats are actually one of the cleanest rodents you will find in a pet shop.

When planning to have a rat as a pet it is important to be careful to pick one that is healthy. …

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Pet Care: Checklist for Ferret Sitters

When you leave your ferrets in the care of a pet sitter, it can be unnerving. With a bit of preparation you can make your time away smooth and comfortable for everyone. Responsible pet care includes a clear and precise ferret sitter reference guide so you, the pet sitter and the ferrets are at ease.

The basics

Write down the specific days and times you are traveling. Include flight numbers if applicable.

Give your pet sitter the security code to your home, so she can enter and exit without stirring up trouble.

Have these telephone numbers legibly printed on a single piece of paper: 
-Your contact number 
-A contact number for 2 locals (friends or relatives) to call in …

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