Mice have been kept as pets for many centuries. Mice are very friendly animals and make an ideal pet as they are great companions. They are curious, charming pets with a high activity level. Mice are very fragile and should be handled with the utmost of care. Adult supervision is advised when children are caring for your pet mice.
How to Care for Pet Mice
Mouse are very social with members of their own kind. Females will do exceptionally well when put in a group. If males are introduced at a young age, it is more likely that they will get on. It is important not to house males and females together as they are prone to breeding quickly, and with large breeds.
To keep your pet mice healthy and happy, you will need an enclosure that is big enough for them to adequately move around in. You will also need a secure mouse carrier, a couple of food dishes (depending on how many mice you have in their enclosure, drip water bottles, toys, bedding, an exercise wheel, and a hiding space for resting in.
The enclosure also needs to be well-ventilated. A lack
Doggles – what are they?
You’ve probably heard about them and you may have even done a double-take on the street when you saw them, so what are they? Doggles!
Specifically designed for dogs, Doggles are canine eyewear. It may sound a little strange but dogs’ eyes can be just as sensitive as humans’. With summer upon us, this accessory might make your dog a whole lot more comfortable.
Doggles do two main things
Firstly they protect the eyes from the sun, so if your dog has sensitive eyes or an eye condition, Doggles might just be the answer. If you’re unsure, talk to you vet. Secondly, they are useful for protecting eyes from strong wind, sand or when sitting in moving cars or other outdoor activities.
They can also be customised with prescriptions, so if your dog has poor sight or sight difficulties this is another option to consider.
If you think your dog is ready to sport a pair of Doggles give them a try. At first they may not take to wearing them as it’s unfamiliar, but be patient. Eventually you may find your dog starts to enjoy wearing them especially as
Fleas and Kittens
Bringing a kitten into the family can be a very exciting time. The last thing anyone wants is to deal with is the dreaded fleas AND kittens. Even if indoors, kittens can get fleas, so it’s good to be aware.
What to do if you suspect your kitten has fleas:
Do take your kitten to the vet
The best thing you can do for your fur baby is to take them to the vet. The treatment will depend on their age. Kittens four weeks and under will most likely have to have fleas removed with a comb or similar method. Slightly older kittens can be treated with some mild products however it is always best to check with a vet.
Don’t use adult cat or dog flea treatments for your kitten
There are many flea treatments available but not all will be suitable for your kitten. This is incredibly important as the treatment may be toxic and cause extreme harm. Do research and seek professional advice.
Do treat all other pets in your home
If you have other pets, check them for fleas as well. If your kitten is also with
What a wonderful time it is for the scammer, the conniver, and the cheat: the underage drinkers who flash fake I.D.s, the able-bodied adults who drive cars with handicapped license plates, the parents who use a phony address so that their child can attend a more desirable public school, the customers with eleven items who stand in the express lane. The latest group to bend the law is pet owners.
Take a look around. See the St. Bernard slobbering over the shallots at Whole Foods? Isn’t that a Rottweiler sitting third row, mezzanine, at Carnegie Hall? As you will have observed, an increasing number of your neighbors have been keeping company with their pets in human-only establishments, cohabiting with them in animal-unfriendly apartment buildings and dormitories, and taking them (free!) onto airplanes—simply by claiming that the creatures are their licensed companion animals and are necessary to their mental well-being. No government agency keeps track of such figures, but in 2011 the National Service Animal Registry, a commercial enterprise that sells certificates, vests, and badges for helper animals, signed up twenty-four hundred emotional-support animals. Last year, it registered eleven thousand.
What about the mental well-being of everyone else? One person’s emotional support can
Noisy Cats at night
Don’t you love it when you’re all tucked into bed, ready to doze off into a blissful sleep? What’s not as blissful is when your cat decides right when you fall asleep they want you to wake up and play. Noisy cats at night, why?!
Most cats sleep up to eighteen hours a day which means when they are up and about they can be charged and ready to explore.
Domestic cats are related the African wildcat which are nocturnal animals, so it’s part of their make-up to be active at night. However, cats can adapt to their owner’s routine. Sleep deprivation can be frustrating but rest assured your cat can be trained to let you sleep in peace.
Play with them!
Like humans, cats have energy that needs to be burned. Spend time with your cat in the evening playing their favourite games. This is fun for them and you and will tire them out for a good night’s sleep. Try using cat toys like mice on a stick, balls, squeaky toys and so on.
Part of the reason why many cats are active at night is that they sleep during the day. If your cat is alone
The holiday travel season is fast approaching. Many of you will be looking down at your furry, puppy eyed creature and wondering how you could possibly leave them behind.
To many of you, your pets are like your children. It is therefore important to consider their needs first. How would your pet feel travelling, would Fuzzy enjoy it, or would it make him more stressed?
It’s tempting to want to bring your pet with you on your travels. However, some animals are just not well suited for it. They may have a physical impairment, they might not have the temperament for travels, or they might have an illness. For these cases, leaving your pet in her familiar surroundings and environment with a pet sitter, might just be the better option.
On the other hand, if your pet is able to travel, the following are some considerations that will open up possibilities to a happy and safe holiday break for both you and your pet:
- Make sure you familiarise yourself with any pet restrictions at the place of accommodation that you are considering;
- When travelling with your pet, make sure you have all of her health and vaccination certificates with you, close at hand;
Why you need pet fish
How many times a day do you look at your iPhone? Be honest now… it’s alright, you’re not alone. We are all becoming increasingly reliant on technology be it our mobile phones, televisions or computer screens. However research has proven that time spent with nature and away from technology can not only drastically improve our health, but our mood and wellbeing. Now before you start saying that you don’t have time to climb mountains, there are other and simpler ways to connect with nature, such as owning pet fish.
In Addition to being relatively low-maintenance, pet fish can add tremendous value to your life. How you ask?
Pet fish are relaxing to watch
There is ample research to show that watching fish swim will lower stress levels, reduce blood pressure and even reduce anxiety. Just a few minutes each day watching your beauties swim about is enough to produce results. So why not put the mobile phone down and move your attention to your fish tank.
They don’t make any noise
No barking, meowing or chirping here. Fish are silent creatures that won’t wake you up in the middle of the night. Ahhh bliss.
Taking your Pet to the Vet
Have you noticed when it’s time to visit the vet, your pet will hide in out of reach spots like under the bed?
Taking your pet to the Vet can be stressful, however just as we humans need to visit the dreaded dentist for check-ups, it’s most likely your pet will need veterinary care at some point.
Here are a few pointers to turn a claw-scratching experience into a tail-wagging one.
- Pets can be notoriously crafty at disappearing when they know they are going to the vet. If you own a cat or other small animal have them travelling in a carrier from a young age. Practise putting them in a carrier and in the car. The more you do it, the easier it will be when you actually need to go to the vet.
- Allow your pet to get used to the motion of the car. When it comes to visiting the vet, the car ride won’t be such an ordeal. If you have a dog, take them for car rides occasionally, even if it’s just around the block or to the park.
- Find a local vet. The closer the vet is to your home the better.
When you are thinking about adopting or rescuing a dog from your shelter, don’t look past the more senior dogs as there are many benefits of adopting an older dog.
Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone and for whatever reason, were given up to a shelter. Older dogs need a second chance just as much as younger dogs and puppies do.
Older dogs can make great pets for a number of reasons, here are 10 benefits of adopting an older dog:
1. Many adult dogs have spent many years living with a family and may have been socialised with other animals. They have also been socialised to life with humans;
2. Some older dogs who were previously living with animals have received obedience training and will respond to many commands such as sit and stay;
3. Most older dogs are past the seek and destroy stage;
4. Older dogs have been toilet trained;
5. If there is a certain breed of dog that you favour, chances are there is a breed rescue club that can typically point you in the right direction of older dogs that need a home;
6. Many elderly people may find the calm presence of some older dogs very
Rabbits have a right to freedom and every rabbit needs a place they can call home. There is nothing like a patter of bunny feet around the house and with a little thought and consideration, you can have fun with your rabbit.
Your rabbit will spend most of its life in its housing so it is important that the accommodation is right and will meet all of your rabbit’s needs. The wrong accommodation can cause health problems, behavioural issues and depression.
The British Rabbit Council states 5 policies for the freedom of rabbits cited from http://www.thebrc.org/codes-of-practice-freedoms.htm
The five freedoms that rabbits have a right to:
1. Freedom from hunger and Thirst
By providing fresh water and the right amount of food to keep them fit.
2. Freedom from Discomfort
By making sure that rabbits have the right kind of environment including shelter and somewhere comfortable to rest.
3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
By preventing them from getting ill and by making sure animals are diagnosed and treated rapidly.
4. Freedom to behave normally
By making sure rabbits have enough space and proper facilities.
5. Freedom from fear and stress
By making sure their condition and treatment avoid mental suffering.
Thinking about buying a rabbit?
Pampering your pet on a budget
If you’re wondering how to save a few bucks this festive season, but don’t want your pet to miss out, there are ways. Try these easy tips for pampering your pet on a budget!
There are many pet spas available offering a range of choices, but if this is out of your budget don’t despair! Purchasing a good quality pet shampoo and doing it yourself can be an easy activity. Either use your bathtub or find a grassy spot outside. For a quick dry, bathe your pet on a warm day.
It’s completely free and your pet will be forever thankful. Most dogs and cats love to be petted. You can gauge how they like to receive affection by their reaction. Try a light scratch behind their ears, a rub of the belly or gentle long strokes down the back. For rabbits and guinea pigs, try soft strokes on the head and back.
Most dogs love going for walks. If this isn’t already part of your daily routine, start making it today. It costs nothing and importantly, gives your dog exercise. Try a different route from time to time or explore a new dog
Bushfire plan for your pet
With the bushfire season upon us, it’s important to consider the needs of your family as well as your pets. The best strategy is to be prepared with a bushfire plan for your pet. Take the time to come up with a plan for you and your pets before any potential bushfires start. If you need to evacuate your house, here are few important points to consider:
Plan well ahead of time
If you need to leave your premises and can’t take your pet to the next destination, come up with a list of people and places where you can drop your pet off. This may be at a boarding house or relative’s place. Ring well-ahead of time and make sure they are prepared for your pets arrival
If you have small pets which you can take with you, have their transport ready. It may be a portable cage or ventilated container for small pets. Don’t wait to the last minute, have their transport ready to go
Pack a supplies kit
Once you leave your premises, you may not be able to return for some time. Have a pet supply pack ready. This should include:
For many years, service dogs have played an extremely important role in supporting people with disabilities to lead more independent and happy lives. The most familiar dogs are guide dogs for those who are blind. There are also dogs who have been trained to assist those with a hearing disabilities and mobility issues. There are dogs who have been trained for seizure alert, dogs who assist people with Parkinson’s disease as well as dogs who support their owners emotionally.
Assistance dogs like storage locker dog man not only help their owner with their disability. They also provide them with more independence and can support them to initiate social interaction with the community around them.
Different Types of Service Dogs:
The most commonly recognised dogs are possibly those dogs that assistance those that are blind or vision impaired. These dogs are called guide dogs. Training for guide dogs starts when the puppy is 6-8 weeks old.
Hearing Ear Dogs
These dogs have been specifically trained to assist people who are deaf or hearing impaired. These dogs are trained to alert their owner to a variety of sounds such as the telephone, door knock, door bells, smoke alarm or any unusual noises.
Animal shelters should be the first place you look when you plan to bring a pet home. Many shelters have an amazing selection of all kinds of breeds of animals, both adult and younger animals.
There are many reasons why your first port of call when looking for an animal to bring home to your family should be a shelter. The following outlines some of those important reasons:
You’ll Save a Life.
Sadly, many dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanised each year simply because too many people give up on their animals and too few people adopt them from shelters;
Many of the shelter workers have to make the agonising decision to euthanise animals simply because there is limited space at shelters;
The number of euthanised animals could be drastically reduced if more people adopted pets from shelters rather than from pet shops;
By adopting from a shelter, not only are you saving the life of one animal, you are saving the life of two. The pet you adopt and a homeless animal who can now be brought into the shelter because of the space that you freed up.
You’ll get a Healthy Pet
Most shelters do a full health check,
International Volunteer Day around the world
December 5th is International Volunteer Day where all the over the world, we celebrate volunteer organisations and individual volunteers.
Have you ever thought you might like to volunteer with animals? There are plenty of options available and your contribution can make a big difference.
With so many great organisations out there, how do you choose which one to volunteer with?
Consider these questions:
Choosing where to volunteer
There are many animal organisations, wildlife rescue, vets and animal hospitals, pet services and animal shelters regularly looking for volunteers. Have a read of their website, contact the volunteer coordinator and gather information about what they are looking for. Some organisations will have a process including completing an application form or going for an interview.
Think about what you want to contribute and what you want from the experience
Volunteering is a two-way street and you should feel comfortable and fulfilled. Ask questions before you commit to the volunteer role. What will your duties entail? This is important as you might not feel comfortable working with injured pets for example.
What skills do you have?
While it’s not always necessary, using existing skills can be a great way to volunteer. You may have
The Importance of Regular Cage Cleaning
One of the keys to keeping your bird healthy is to regularly clean its cage. Once you have worked out a cleaning routine, you will find that your cleaning can be done efficiently and swiftly. You will also be satisfied knowing that your beloved bird is cavorting in a clean cage.
It is a good idea to look for any signs of injury or disease with your bird when you clean the cage. You can also look for hazardous conditions that might be lingering in the cage that would need to be removed or corrected.
Some things to observe whilst cleaning out your bird’s cage:
- Has the normal amount of food and water been eaten or drunk?
- Is there any sign of material that has been regurgitated?
- Are the droppings normal in appearance?
- Does your bird’s feathers look normal?
- Are the feather’s present?
- Do any of the toys need to be replaced?
- Is the cage in good condition?
Daily Cage Cleaning
Liners: At the bottom of your bird’s cage, there needs to be a liner of paper. Please note that the coloured ink on newspapers may be toxic. These liners can be replaced daily or every second
How to choose the right pet
Deciding to bring a pet into your life is a big commitment. While you may love dogs, owning a dog may not necessarily be the right choice for you.
Taking the time to answer these questions will help you to make sure you choose the right pet, and find your perfect match.
What’s your personality?
Are you a happy person, calm, energetic, irritable? Having a think about the sort of person you are will help you match with the right pet. If you’re very relaxed and enjoy spending time being quiet, an active dog might not be the best match. You might find you’re in better harmony with a rabbit or certain breeds of cat. Choosing a pet is like choosing a mate, you need to click. Write down a list of words to describe your personality then use that as a starting point to research pets with similar traits.
How much time do you have?
Owning a pet can sound like a great idea and it’s easy to romanticise the thought. However in reality, owning a pet requires effort and time. Have a good look at your weekly schedule and assess how much time you