Costs to Consider When Adopting a Rabbit

If you want to adopt any pet, you have to think about how much time you have to care for it. You have to think carefully about whether the novelty of the animal will wear off, especially if a child is involved, and you have to consider if you have the space.

There’s something else you have to consider—cost.

Adopting a rabbit can cost more than you might think. Here are the common costs associated with owning one of these animals.

Adoption costs

If you’re lucky, you may be able to find your bunny for free! A professional veterinary clinic recommends checking the newspapers and websites, like Craigslist. But chances are, you’re going to have to wrestle with adoption fees.

If you adopt a bunny from a breeder, costs can be very high. If you want to keep costs low, visit the animal shelter. You can expect to pay upwards of $100 at the shelter, but you might be expected to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a purebred rabbit.

Housing costs

Housing costs can add up to over $100, but it does depend on your particular bunny.

Smaller animals will cost less to house than larger bunnies. That’s because small pets require smaller cages!

Look for a cage that provides your rabbit with plenty of space to play. Avoid cages with slatted bottoms and choose one with a solid base instead. It’s better for your pet’s foot health.

There’s a lot more to housing your pet than just the cage alone. You also have to buy food and water dishes, a nesting box, things to chew on, food, and hay. Your furry new friend would also appreciate a few toys and tunnels as well.

Veterinary costs

It’s important to prepare for the initial costs of adopting a rabbit, but you also have to think long-term. Because bunnies can live over a decade, annual appointments with your veterinary clinic can ensure your pet stays in good health.

As your rabbit ages, he’ll need even more attention. It isn’t uncommon for their eyesight to decline, or for them to develop arthritis.

Don’t let your new furry friend end up in the animal shelter because you realize you can’t afford to keep him! Plan ahead for these costs and you can ensure your family can afford to make a lifetime commitment.

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Defining the Line Between Punishment and Correction in Dogs

A person shaking a finger at a Basset Hound dog with a guilty expression

When training a dog, punishment should never be an option. A better way to address an undesirable behavior displayed by a dog is by correction. It involves issuing a command of disapproval while an undesirable behavior is being done, about to be done or right after it is done. Pet owners should always keep in mind that there is a very thin line that divides punishment and correction. It’s very thin, but it’s there, and should be clearly defined.

Punishing your pet dog for a potty accident committed while you were not around will only confuse him and eventually fray the bond between you and your pet. Even if you see him committing an undesirable behavior, punishment is not an option and should never be practiced. Punishment can set back a dog that is under training a few weeks back, and this is surely a waste of time and effort. For more details click here-

Neutering Male Cats

Neutering Male CatsIf you have no plans to produce kittens, neutering your male kitten is highly recommended during the early months of life; it is best performed when the male cat is between 3-6 months of age. Neutering is much easier to perform when the kitten is still very young; it is also less complicated. The procedure involves the removal of both testes. It is a minor surgical procedure that involves making an incision over each testicle so they can be removed. It has been shown to significantly lower or altogether prevent an occurrence of testicular cancer, prostate cancer, or an enlarged prostate. Since the male hormone, testosterone, is synthesized in the testes, neutering can eliminate the display of distinct behavior characteristics of male cats like straying, aggressive behavior, or spray marking to claim territory. Don’t hesitate to talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions and/or concerns about neutering and other issues.

Important Reasons Why Your Cat Should NOT Be Declawed

Important Reasons Why Your Cat Should NOT Be DeclawedDeclawing is a permanent surgical procedure to remove the claws of cats. But why do many owners still consider having their cats declawed? These are actually those who think that this is the best way to deal with their cats’ scratching behavior. But scratching is a normal feline instinct, and the best way to protect your valuable thing is to install ‘legitimate’ scratching spots for your kitty. There are so many types of scratching posts and scratching pads that you can choose from. Take note that declawing is a non-reversible procedure. Thus, this procedure should not be taken lightly. Make sure you talk to your veterinarian and discuss other viable options, as well as exhaustively weighed all the pros and cons. Declawing is NOT nail trimming or just the removal of a part of a claw. The procedure involves amputation of the first joint of each of the cat’s toes. And cats that are declawed suffer from extreme pain and discomfort for days and even weeks afterward. They need their claws for protection, climbing, and other natural kitty behavior.

Important Things Your Dog Wishes You To Know

Important Things Your Dog Wishes You To KnowEven if you have been sharing your life and home with a dog for a considerably long period of time, there are some doggy secrets that you may not know yet. Knowing some of them will help you decipher some of their behaviors and help you provide the best care for your pooch.

  • Spinning around before doing their business

A study conducted on the behavior displayed by dogs in relation to their elimination habits showed that dogs prefer to align with the north-south axis when defecating. They generally avoid the east-west alignment.

  • Different beds for different dogs

Like humans, different dogs have specific bed preferences. Dogs that like to curl up would be more comfortable in a bumper bed, while those that sleep with their legs straight out prefers a flatbed.

  • A wagging tail is not always a friendly gesture

Dogs wag their tails for a variety of reasons, and not all of them are friendly gestures. A dog that is angry, agitated, or annoyed may also wag his tail. You can tell whether your dog’s tail wagging is a positive behavior or not by observing his body language, such as the positioning of his tail and whether the muscles of his face are tense, his ears are pinned back, and pupils dilated. These are signs of a dog that is not feeling friendly or welcoming.

Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Cats have gained the reputation of being finicky eaters. Even though they are naturally inclined to regulate their food intake, being able to consume just the right amount of calories for weight maintenance, some cats become overweight or obese when they are fed an inappropriate ration. However, if your furball seems to be losing weight for no particular reason, this may be an important sign that something is amiss. If your pet’s weight loss is not a result of a change in his activity level or any other factor that you can identify, you should work with your veterinarian in getting to the root of the problem, and be addressing it before it can become serious and more complicated.

Some important reasons cats lose weight include the following:

  • They don’t like the food placed in their food dish
  • They hate the smell of their food bowls, especially when these are made of plastic. The material can easily absorb and retain scents.
  • A heavy load of intestinal parasites
  • Stress – cats are very sensitive to specific stressors in their environment.
  • Old age – physical and mental decline associated with aging can cause cats to lose weight and be more picky about their intake.
  • Health problems – specific health problems such as diabetes can lead to drastic weight loss and host of other distinct symptoms.

Cleaning A Ferret’s Ears

Cleaning A Ferret_s EarsPet ferrets need to have their ears regularly cleaned to prevent accumulation of dirt and ear wax. If you have a pet ferret, make sure to train him to accept or tolerate having his ears cleaned while he is still very young. A ferret that is not used to the procedure may be a hassle to deal with when the need arises.

Ask your veterinarian for an ear cleaning solution that is safe to be used in ferrets. Pour some of the solutions into a small container and lay out some cotton buds or Q-tips so you can easily get one. Next, hold him by the scruff and place him on a flat surface, such as on a table or counter. Dip a Q-tip in the solution and gently clean the ferret’s ears of earwax, debris, or dirt. Resist the temptation to go deeper into the ear canal because you may injure the eardrum. Use a dry Q-tip to get rid of excess moisture from your pet’s ears. For more details contact your local pet care.