• Ferret Care Information - Home Page
    Animals

    Ferret Care Information – Home Page

    Small, furry animals, ferrets make great pets. People all over the world are increasingly for these cute animals as pets. In the United States of America alone, six million ferrets have found a home as pets. Ferrets are part of the Mustelidae family, and belong to the Mustela putorious furo type. They are mammals similar to animals such as the weasels, the badgers, the polecats, and the skunks. Although it is largely believed that the ferrets were domesticated nearly 2,500 years ago, a large section of people still consider ferrets to be wild animals. In fact, in several places in the world, laws ban people from keeping ferrets as pets. These people think that ferrets were neither domesticated ever, nor will they be domesticated.

    Although small in size, ferrets come in all colors and patterns. The ‘albino’ or all-white ferret is hugely popular among ferret-lovers. The other popular choices are sable, chocolate, silver, and cinnamon-colored ferret. You can also pick the ferret whose pattern you like the best. Some frequently-occurring patterns are mitts with white feet, pandas with white heads, badgers with white blaze, and Siamese with dark legs and tails.

    The average life span of a ferret is 7-8 years. Ferrets are small animals who love attention. They are playful and have their own distinct personality. They are also very independent in nature. Nevertheless, the ferrets are a friendly lot.

    Several people have a lot of misgivings about them as pets. But the truth is that they can be wonderful pets, provided you care for them properly. They do not take up a large amount of space in a house, and are easy to look after. Yet another advantage of having a ferret as a pet over other animals is that ferrets do not cost quite as much as other animals do. Even then, ferret care is not as easy as it seems. The ferret will require your constant company, or else it will become lethargic and dull. Therefore, you must weight the pros and cons of bringing home a furry pal before you actually get one.

    This article will discuss all the necessary ferret care information to help you reach a decision. Some of the most crucial aspects of ferret care include its health, diet, vaccination, and safety at home.

    Ferrets are very active by nature and love to play and sleep. Your pet’s veterinarian will tell you …

  • Bearded Dragons - Be a Beardie Whisperer
    Animals

    Bearded Dragons – Be a Beardie Whisperer

    Have you ever wanted to talk to your pet lizard? Maybe you already do. How about understanding what he is saying back to you? Beardies, like many animals, have a very distinctive way of communicating, which you can learn to understand. This gives you a better way of understanding how happy your Beardie is and how it feels about you!

    Head bobbing

    Both males and females bob their heads from time to time. They nod their head rather quickly up and down, almost as if they are dancing. This signifies dominance, especially when accompanied by a puffed out or darkened beard. It is common for beardies that are housed together to do this as well as when they see their reflection. Some bearded dragons may do it to things outside their tank, including you! Occasionally Beardies will bob their head to show displeasure, if they are stressed or they have been put back in their enclosure they will bob their heads to show they are unhappy about it!

    Nodding

    Nodding, unlike bobbing, is just a quick flick of the head. It can be hard to spot and is mostly done by adults, males mostly. Bearded dragons nod their head toward other bearded dragons to show they realise they are less dominant and that they are being passive. If you Beardie nods to you, he is showing he is passive toward you.

    Bowing down

    Some beardies, mainly young adults, will bow down low. Usually with their head, slowly and remaining in the position for a while. It is most commonly seen when beardies are kept together and after a dominant one has done a head bob or two. It is showing a similar thing to nodding but in a much more obvious way. Females are often seen doing this in order to submit to a male although younger males will also do it to more dominant adults.

    Waving

    Occasionally your Beardie might hop from one front foot to the other, whilst slowly waving the held foot around. It is seen mostly in young bearded dragons and very, very rarely in adult females. It is a form of submission, but rather than submitting it is more of an acknowledgment of dominance and means, ‘let’s not fight – let’s be friends!’

    Beard puffing

    This is sometimes just something they do, particularly in the morning to warm up. Sometimes it will accompany head bobbing, …