• Advantages of a Backpack Pet Carrier
    Animals

    Advantages of a Backpack Pet Carrier

    Dog owners are now commonly seen bringing their pets along with them using a small dog carrier. It is no longer surprising that dog clothes apparel lines are booming in the market because a lot of people are already patronizing their products. They find it a rewarding recreational activity to dress up their pets in style. And they also find it entertaining to show them off in a fashionable manner with an added accessory of a dog carrier.

    But apart from that, they have also realized the importance of dressing up their pups in those fancy outfits and transporting them with a pet carrier. Both the clothes and the carriers offer the security and the protection that their doggies deserve.

    A pet carrier comes in different forms like a tote bag, a backpack, a wheeled bag or a sling. Each of these types offers convenience to dog owners in transporting their pooches with them. But it differs on the comfort that it can give you and your pet.

    Backpack pet carriers are essentially more convenient compared to tote bags for several reasons:

    1. You will less likely feel the weight of your pooch

    on your back because your back muscles can hold on much weight compared to the muscles on your arms and shoulders.

    2. You can walk with your hands free

    With a small dog carrier on your back, you can freely use your hands. If you are on a mall, you can scrutinize the shopping items with your both hands.

    3. Your pet is securely curled up inside the backpack.

    Like the other types of dog carrier, your pet is safely kept with you without having to run after him.

    4. Your pet is comfortably nestled inside the bag.

    Carriers are purposely made of comfortable materials so your little hairy friend could not resist staying inside.

    5. If you are a trendy type of person

    there are varieties of designs and colors that you can choose from. Depending upon your choice and preference, you can purchase fashionable carriers from pet stores and online pet boutiques.

    6. Compared to tote bags

    backpack pet carriers are generally sturdier so it is worth your money.…

  • Before You Bring Home a Cat
    Animals

    Before You Bring Home a Cat

    Pet stores, local festivals, and animal shelters often hold adoption events where people have the opportunity to meets kittens and cats in need of a home. Often an adult cat is brought to a shelter after the original owners move and are unable to care for the feline, or sometimes an owner dies or is too ill to continue keeping a pet. As you walk past the corrals of soulful-eyed cats, your heart is touched, yet adopting a cat should not be a knee-jerk reaction. Taking in an animal is a serious responsibility, one that requires much preparation.

    Owning a cat vastly differs from taking care of other pets in that cats require different accessories for care. Where a dog owner will train his pet to go outside to relieve himself, cats have litter boxes. Dog owners may not be as concerned about claws doing damage to furniture and clothing, while cat owners may contemplate having their felines declawed. Before you sign those adoption papers, there are a few things to consider first:

    Family: How will a family react to a new cat? Of course, bringing home a new family member is a joyous occasion, but a cat must be able to adapt to being around your spouse and children. If there are allergy issues, very small children, or other pets in the home, these are concerns. The addition of a cat could be wonderful, or create conflicts.

    Work: Cats are often seen as independent and able to fend for themselves. You might think all you need to do is leave a bowl of kibble in the kitchen and they’re fine. In truth, if you work and end up leaving the cat alone for most of the day you want to be sure it stays out of trouble. If you travel often for work or leisure, weight the options of having a pet at home.

    Budget: Food costs money, and so do vet bills. Ask yourself if you’re ready to take on the extra expenses involving in keeping a cat.

    xThis article is not meant to discourage anybody from adopting a cat, it’s merely noted that one shouldn’t spontaneously adopt one without thinking it through. Look around your home and check your budget. Prepare your home and get the necessities you need, then determine the best procedure for bringing home your new friend.…

  • 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, …

  • Animals

    Introducing a New Puppy to an Existing Household Pack

    After 30 plus years of having Poodles as pets and breeding a few litters, we recently obtained a new female for our little Poodle Pack. I kept thinking this was not so hard with Bogart; he had been introduced into the house with Jennifer and Eddie. I am the first to admit the integration of Bogart into the pack was made a lot easier by Jennifer, the past Lady of the pack. She took over as mother figure for Bogart, keeping him in line with hierarchy of the pack and showing him the ropes of being a good house dog. 

    Yes, you may be laughing at me for saying Jennifer was responsible for showing Bogart the ropes. I am here to tell you that I did not realize how much she influenced his training and assisted me in raising Bogart to adulthood. I think we did a great job with him. Jennifer is no longer with us, so I have to take on Clara Belle’s training duties on my own this time.

    So as Clara Belle (our newest addition) and I strike out on this learning process, we wanted to share our experience with everyone. We will break the issues down to Introduction to Pack and Feeding, Housebreaking and Leash Training over the next few articles.

    Prior to introducing the puppy, you need to set up a day area that is safe and open for the new puppy.

    Introduction to the Pack – I recommend bathing the new dog in the same shampoo as the rest of your pack. If bathing is not an option, then use a towel that has your scent on it and rub the new member down with it. I have found by doing this, the other dogs seem to be more accepting; the new member already has a similar scent.

    Keep the initial introduction short; the other dogs are not going to be pleased to be sharing your attention. After the initial introduction, let the pup explore its day pen and get accustomed to the house. This is a good time to show some special attention to the existing members.

    I usually wait about an hour or so then let the new pup out of the day pen to explore the house and check out the other members under close supervision. Let the other members growl or bark at the new puppy, just …