How To Choose The Right Small Furry Pet For Your Kids

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Hamsters, bunnies, and mice are popular small furry pets. They are cute and cuddly, and they make great companions for kids. However, before you decide to get one of these animals, there are a few things you need to know. The most important thing about caring for small furry pets is patience and love. In today’s blog, we look at choosing the right pet for you and your family.

Choose The Right Pet For Your Family

When choosing a small furry pet for your family, choosing the right animal for your lifestyle and your kids is essential. Hamsters, bunnies, and mice are all great pets, but they require different levels of care.

Hamsters are the perfect pet for kids interested in animals but don’t have enough time to commit to taking care of a dog or a cat. They are small and easy to take care of, and they can be pretty playful. However, hamsters require a lot of attention, and they can be injured if mishandled.

Bunnies are also good for kids who want a pet but don’t have enough time to commit. They are larger than hamsters, and they require more space. However, they are also adorable and gentle animals that can be easily trained to use a litter box.

If you want to choose a low maintenance pet that doesn’t require much daily care, then mice may be the best option. They are small, easy to look after, and do not require human interaction to thrive. Just remember to keep their cage clean at all times.

Prepare Your Home For The New Pet

When you bring a new small furry pet into your home, there are a few things you will need to do to make them feel comfortable and safe. The most important thing is to set up their home before you bring them home. This includes buying a cage or an enclosure that is big enough for them to live in and setting up a food and water dish. You should also provide them with toys and bedding to play and sleep on.

In addition to setting up their home, you will also need to make sure that your home is pet-proof. This means taping down loose wires, putting away any poisonous plants, and making sure that your trash can is covered. It is also good to keep your pet’s cage or enclosure where they can’t get into trouble, like in a guest room or the laundry room.

Learn How To Handle Them Properly

One of the most important things you need to do when you have small furry pets is to learn how to handle them properly. This means being gentle with them and not picking them up by their tail or ears. It is also essential to wash your hands after handling them, as they can carry diseases harmful to humans.

Keep Your Pet Healthy And Safe

One of the most important things you need to keep your small furry pet healthy and safe is to make sure they have a comfortable home. This means providing them with a clean and spacious cage or enclosure and enough food and water. It would be best if you also were careful to keep their living space free of pests and other dangers.

In addition to making sure their home is safe and comfortable, you will also need to play with and exercise your small furry pet regularly. This helps keep them healthy and happy and can also help prevent them from becoming bored or restless.

The Food Part

If you choose a furry bunny for your household, the whole family must know what do rabbits eat. Both hamsters and bunnies need a high fibre diet and low in sugar. This means feeding them hay, fresh vegetables, and pellets. In addition, you should avoid feeding them candy or other sugary snacks, as this can cause health problems down the road.

Scamps & Champs Pet Food sell premium rabbit pellets that have the following:-

✓ Health & Vitality – Full complement of vitamins and minerals to help maintain health and vitality
✓ Herbs – Extra tastiness
✓ Single Kibble – Limits Selective Feeding

In addition to a healthy diet, you will need to ensure your pet has access to fresh water. You can either provide them with a water bottle or a bowl, but make sure to change the water regularly.

Just Love And Patience

Your small furry pet can live a long and happy life in your home with proper care and attention! But, no matter which small furry pet you choose for your family, remember that patience and love are the essential ingredients for success! So choose an animal that suits your lifestyle and your kids’ needs.

Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Adapted To The Needs Of Your Feline

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Bringing a cat into the home is quite unlike bringing any other pet into the space. It’s unlikely that you could bring in a more independent creature into your living space, a pet that will probably consider you to be theirs rather than owned by you. Sure, our cats can give us the impression of only tolerating us from time to time, but when they love us, they show their affection in great amounts.

For this reason, it’s important to make sure your home is properly, thoroughly adapted to the needs of your feline, so that they can exercise their independence while also having the facilities necessary to take care of themselves, and for maintenance-by-proxy to be enacted by you as an owner.

While we’re far past the days of holding cats above our heads on cushions and painting their likeness on the side of holy structures such as in Ancient Egypt, there’s no reason why we can’t be first-rate owners, exercising a little TLC when necessary. Here’s how to achieve that:

Scratching Post & Climbing Trees

A scratching post and climbing trees can help them expel that endless reserve of energy that cats seem to dip into when and how they want. A scratching post can feel good for cats to claw at, and it certainly helps prevent them from carrying this vital task out on your leather sofa. A climbing tree can also give them dominion over a space, satiating their natural exploratory curiosity, as well as giving them elevation they can use to feel comfortable and sleep in the weirdest place possible, which cats absolutely love doing.

Water Fountains

Cats tend not to drink as much water as they should, which just like in humans, can be the cause of many different health woes. For this reason, it’s important to give them a means by which to actively seek out hydration. Cats often prefer moving water to drink, which is why they tend to lick the sides of dripping taps. With a water fountain device perfectly set up for this preference, you can subtly incentivize your cat to drink more in a manner most comfortable to them, ultimately helping them stay hydrated and cool, especially in the midst of summer.

Active Toys

Active toys that can keep the cat engaged and can play with you without having to touch you (cats actively despite playfighting or other overly rough and tumble activities like that of a dog). For instance, a fun feather toy that they can chase, a small laser pointer that they can try to grab, a small tickler that they can play with, or of course, sometimes a little catnip, such as a fixed catnip ball fixed to the side of a den, can actually cause positive health effects as a result of its presence. As you can see, there’s much to appreciate with such investments.

With this advice, you’ll make certain that your home is properly adapted to the needs of your feline.

How Long Are Dogs Pregnant? Conception To Birth Guide

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There is perhaps nothing cuter than a brand new puppy; the closed eyes, the wee little paws and noses, everything about them screams cuteness and is enough to bring a grown man to tears. We’re all well aware of how this happens, “the birds and the bees” also applies to dogs, but for how long is your dog pregnant? How should you deal with all that a pregnancy will bring to your animal? When should you contact the vet? How do you proceed once you’ve established a pregnancy? 

All of these are understandable questions from owners that might be frantic and uncertain about how to prepare themselves for the arrival of puppies. This handy guide will hopefully help you through this process. 

Establishing the presence of puppies 

If you’re breeding your dog, then it’s important to take the dog to vets at around 30 days after gestation for testing. According to The Vets, thirty days is a good benchmark for gestation as it takes roughly 15-18 days for the fertilised eggs to travel into the uterine horn. After this two-week period, fetal growth will be rapid, the eggs will swell and double in diameter every week thereafter. 

After your arrival at the vets, the vet will examine your dog and perform one, or all four diagnostic tests to confirm pregnancy and test fetal health. 

Ultrasound 

Just like in humans, dogs can have ultrasounds too. This test is usually performed between 25 and 35 days following gestation. Just like in humans, the ultrasound is a test for a heartbeat and puppy size. The heartbeat detection will tell you how many puppies your dog is having. 

Palpitations 

This test is time-sensitive and should be performed between 28 and 30 days following gestation. The vet will test for heartbeats by listening to the abdomen and looking for the presence of “golf balls”. These are fluid sacs that form around the growing fetus. 

Hormone Testing 

Another way to detect pregnancy at around 25-30 days is to conduct a blood test. This blood test will reveal an increase in hormone levels and in particular, the production of the hormone called “relaxin”. Relaxin is only produced during pregnancy, making a blood test one of the most accurate ways to tell if your dog is pregnant. 

X-Ray 

One final method of pregnancy determination could be an x-ray. But this is done much later than the others – at 55 days of pregnancy – because any puppies’ skeletal structures would not show up before this time. The presence of the skeletal structures is key to knowing how many pups you’re dealing with. Though because the test is conducted late in the pregnancy cycle, it should be done in addition to other testing conducted earlier. 

What if I haven’t bred my dog? 

If you’re not a dog breeder, then your dog may become pregnant by accident – an encounter with an unspayed male, particularly if your dog is an outdoor dog. This is not uncommon and the unexpected pregnancy of a dog is not a cause for concern. If you suspect your dog is pregnant, though you did not breed it, you should take it to the vets immediately for testing. The vet may also perform other tests for the presence of other diseases that may affect the litter. 

How do I prepare my dog and my space? 

Several days before your dog goes into labour – say around the 55-58 day mark, you’ll want to make sure that your dog is carefully groomed, you can either do this yourself or (preferably) hire a professional dog groomer with experience working with pregnant dogs, as delicacy is of paramount importance. 

There are many things you’ll need to do to prepare your space for the arrival of the pups, or “whelping” as it is known. You’ll need to buy or create a “whelping box” for your dog and place it in a warm, dry place and make sure your dog knows where it is. Line the box with clean blankets, towels and puppy pads. 

When it is time for your dog to go into labour, they will likely become restless and pant a lot. Ensure that they are in the box and allow nature to take its course. Sit with your dog and make sure that they’re comfortable. You should have an idea of how many pups to expect, so be prepared for that. It is perfectly normal for 30-60 minute gaps between each birth of each pup. 

Birthing for your dog should be a joyous experience, if a bit messy. Make sure that you’re there with your dog and also ensure that a vet is present in the event of something going wrong.

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