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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.


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 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.

What to Do If Someone in Your Home Doesn’t Like Your Pet Rat

Not everyone is a dog person, and not everyone is a cat person, but they aren’t the only animals that cause problems for people. Some creatures, like the rat, are more detested than others.

Now, what if someone who lives in your home doesn’t like that animal? Here are a few tips for making sure everyone in your home lives in harmony, even if one of those people doesn’t like your rat.

Keep the cage out of common areas

Some people are just turned off by rodents. It’s their loss. According to a professional veterinarian, rats are intelligent, social, and affectionate animals! But, if someone you live with just can’t be convinced otherwise, you should be respectful and keep the cage out of common areas.

Avoid placing the cage in the living room or dining room. Instead, place it in a bedroom. A basement can work too, as can a closet, as long as you keep the door open and interact with your pet regularly.

Be careful during playtime

Your rat needs to come out and play on a regular basis. That can be difficult if you’re living with someone who would rather act like they don’t share their space with a rodent.

The key is to be respectful when bringing your pet out to play. Only bring him out in areas of the home where your roommate or family member doesn’t have to worry about interacting with him. It’s even better if you can schedule playtime when that person isn’t home. That way, you and your rat can play anywhere in the house that you like!

When the weather is nice, consider taking your rat outside to play. Use a pen to keep your pet contained, or consider walking him on a leash.

Let them get to know each other

Not everyone is open to getting to know an animal they don’t like, but don’t be afraid to ask! You might be surprised to learn they’re willing to try!

You just have to start small. Invite them into your room to observe your rat in his cage, or ask them to hang out with you in the same room while you play with your rodent.

Don’t forget to ask your veterinarian for more tips!

Ways To Keep Your Pet’s Hair Healthy and Glossy

Ways To Keep Your Pet_s Hair Healthy and GlossyOne important indicator of a dog’s health and wellbeing is the condition of its haircoat. There are several important factors that play an important role in your dog’s skin and coat health. These include genetics, health, grooming, nutrition, and the presence of internal and external parasites.

Genetics has a major influence on the thickness, color, texture, and length of a dog’s coat, however, the owner’s care will also have a big effect on the dog’s skin and coat health. The owner’s responsibility involves feeding a premium quality diet that is appropriate for the dog’s life-stage.

Protein in the diet is essential for the health of the hair coat; in fact, hair is composed of 95% protein. Some essential fatty acids also support canine skin and coat health. Linoleic acid (a type of omega-6 fatty acid) helps maintain a full, glossy coat. However, moderation is still the key to achieving a healthy hair coat.

An excellent tandem to a good diet is regular grooming of a dog’s coat. Grooming removes dirt, loose hair, as well as helps distribute skin oils. Grooming is also a great opportunity to bond with your canine buddy. For more details click here-


Whisker Fatigue In Cats

Whisker Fatigue In CatsThe whiskers of cats serve an important sensory function. The tip of each whisker has an ultra-sensitive proprioceptor that sends messages to the brain and other parts of the nervous system.

Proprioceptors enable cats to detect even the tiniest movements in their surroundings through changes in air currents. Cats are also able to maneuver themselves in dark unfamiliar spaces using their whiskers to guide them.

Being ultra-sensitive, a cat’s whiskers can become easily fatigued when they get into contact with things or objects, like the side of their food and water bowls. To reduce the possibility of whiskey fatigue, get a food bowl that is low and shallow, and a wide water dish. Keeping your cat’s whiskers intact and in excellent working condition can certainly save your kitty a lot of preventable discomforts. For more details contact your vet clinic.