Caring For Your Pet Naturally and Holistically
May 7 2013
Ferrets are cute little creatures and chances are, you have seen one or two of them in television or in a movie. Years ago, they were used to hunt down and dig rabbits hiding underground but now many seem them as ideal pets.
You can buy a ferret from a breeder, a shelter or from a humane society. They usually cost around $75 to $125 depending on their age. You must never get one from the wild because they will not be able to adapt with the environment in your home.
If you canâ€™t find a breeder in the newspaper, you can try your luck online. While some sellers will tell you to pick them from their home, others are willing to ship it to you as long as you pay for the costs to transport. You just have to find the right seller that makes buying it convenient for you. But remember the ideal is to go directly to the seller and see them in person, as you can then check how the breeder is keeping the ferrets. Making sure they are healthy and a clean environment etc.
May 3 2013
Black-footed ferrets have been the cause of much hype in North America, and with good reason. There are clearly many interesting facts about black-footed ferrets aside from their colorful and distinct foot color among the ferret species. Here are some enlightening facets of the black-footed ferrets.
Fact 1: The one thing that is most special about the black-footed ferret is they are becoming extinct and they are quickly losing their numbers especially in the North American continent. These black-footed ferrets are extremely sensitive and prone to attack, so they are usually being captured and helped by concerned researchers worldwide.
Fact 2: They have mink and polecats for relatives. Its closest relatives would be the Russian polecat, also known as the Steppe polecat. Though they look like rodents, they are not related to them. In fact, they eat them, because they are natural carnivores.
Fact 3: There are numerous conservation efforts worldwide to help elevate the number of existing black-footed ferrets. Aside from being extremely attractive, losing these ferrets to some prairie deprivation will definitely disrupt the ecological balance of the areas in North America. As such, they are really treasured all the more and the human interventions are aimed to helping resurrect their dwindling numbers.
Apr 21 2013
So, your ferret needs a little training? Unlike dogs, there is no obedience school for ferrets – but they are intelligent creatures, and they are very easy to train. This is something that you can easily do yourself with a little know-how and a lot of patience.
The first thing you will want to train your ferret to do is to use the litter box – obviously. Luckily, this is very easy to do, because ferrets have very specific bathroom habits. First, a ferret needs to relieve himself upon waking, and again after eating or drinking.
Second, when a ferret is about to do his business, he seeks out a corner – which is where you want to position the litter box. The ferret will back into the corner, as opposed to walking straight in it, so you will know what he is about to do. All you have to do is put the litter box in the corner he has chosen, or immediately pick him up – before he relieves himself – and carry him to the litter box. That’s all it really takes – and before long, he will know where he is supposed to go.
Apr 7 2013
The question on where do ferrets live is closely tied to the kind of lifestyle they live in accordance with that area with which they live. This is also a good way for ferret owners to know how their furry creatures adjust to their given environment.
One thing is for sure: ferrets hate roaming around in the same landscapes over and over again, so there must be variety with the places you put them. And here are just some of the places you can consider visiting with your ferret as you aim for this variety:
Ferret Nook Number One: Grasslands
The black-footed ferrets of North America are hinged on this particular environment. Without this environment that particular species will be extinct. If you have a domesticated ferret, they may also have pleasure in roaming around the grasslands, although the pet owner may not exactly be as ecstatic about it, unless he or she is an outdoors person.
The thing with grasslands is that there is much adventure on the part of the ferrets, they blend better with its surroundings because of their built and there are lots of yummy food for them to eat (they are carnivores, by the way). So it is really very beneficial for your ferret if you take them to the grasslands once in a while.
Mar 16 2013
Rabbits are one of the most popular pets, apart from dogs and cats. They look attractive, lovely, gentle, friendly and cute. They are easy to take care and undemanding in terms of care and housing. They will settle well either indoor or outdoor, at home.
There are 40 species of rabbits and hares worldwide. All domesticated rabbits are originated from European rabbits. The scientific name for domestic rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus.
Typically, domesticated rabbits weigh between 2.2-221lb (1-10kg). The domesticated rabbits can be fed on commercially produced rabbit food, pellets, hay, green food, root vegetables, tree bark, herbs and apple.
The gestation period of a rabbit is 31 days and the typical litter size ranges from 6-8 young. The lifespan varies with breed.
Keeping a rabbit as pet requires a good training system to prevent unnecessary destructions or hassle. For example, furniture and carpet chewing problems, pseudo pregnancy symptoms, litter problems, fights, behavioral problems, rabbit-house worries, sickness, fleas, predators and etc. Nevertheless, these challenges can be overcome when the owners have the knowledge and experience to deal with them. Thus, one of the recommended ways to acquire the important knowledge is to read widely and exchange practical information with experienced rabbit owners.
Mar 7 2013
Ferrets bite hard. Thatâ€™s not an option, but itâ€™s a sad risk ferret owners have to consider. It can happen to anybody at anytime with a nearby ferret. But thereâ€™s no need to panic. Most bites are not as harmful but still, precautionary measures must be taken properly.
A Quick Look on Ferretâ€™s Teeth Structure
Ferretsâ€™ teeth are in many ways synonymous to human teeth. But the lethal part in the ferretâ€™s dentures would have to be the tip of their canines. That is the sharp part that some owners decide to cut off at the outset of its growth to avoid ferret bits from plaguing the whole ferret experience.
The good thing is that ferretsâ€™ canine tips can naturally break off from excessive biting of objects. Giving them hard toys they can chew, for example, can help eliminate the threat of its sharp canines.
Ferret Bite Quick Tip 1: Assess the extent of the damage. If bitten, the very first thing to do would be to assess the depth of the bite. If it is just a minor scratch, clean the wounds but do not make any dismissive presumptions. In the case where you are confronted with a major bite, you need to have it checked immediately.
Feb 19 2013
There may be numerous reasons why you want to breed guinea pigs. One thing is certain, however. You should not breed guinea pigs in the hopes of getting rich for it. The truth is that there is very little money in breeding guinea pigs, and finding good homes for guinea pigs isn’t always easy.
However, if you have a very good reason for breeding guinea pigs, here are some guidelines to help you out.
Obviously, you need a male, known as a boar, and a female, known as a sow. A sow needs to be at least six months of age, and the boar needs to be at least four months old. It is possible for both sexes to mate before they reach this age, but it isn’t advised, because it has an affect on the health of the litter.
The male and female also need the opportunity to get to know each other properly. You need to put them in the same pen, preferably alone, for at least a month. Do not separate them until you are sure that the female is pregnant.
Feb 5 2013
Owning a ferret can be a fantastic experience and they are well known for their affectionate ways. But it also should be noted that certain parts of the world have made it illegal to own a ferret and you should be aware of this before you decide to get one.
Remember that itâ€™s your responsibility to find out the laws regarding ferrets, where you live before considering a ferret as a pet. The purpose of this article is to explain why some areas have restrictions in place.
Make sure to read further by visiting www.simpleferretcare.com.
Ferrets Can Be Misunderstood
Ferrets are getting more common, but theyâ€™re not as common a sight as dogs or cats. Because of this, folks donâ€™t all the time understand them. Many people, wrongly, suppose that they’re similar or associated to rats.
Others have the incorrect notion that theyâ€™re inherently vicious animals, incapable of living as pets. Ferret owners will know that they can be playful and fun pets, with the suitable care, however the people who make laws most likely are not ferret owners, unfortunately.
Be sure to check this out at ferret info.
Impact On Wildlife
Jan 26 2013
How do ferrets respond to their environment? This is a typical question ferret owners are frequently confronted with especially when they are getting used to caring for their furry friend. There is no easy answer as to how ferrets respond to their environment, but there are several familiar scenarios that can help you get an idea of what you can expect from their furry mammals.
Ferrets love new surroundings. If there is anything you can provide them with that will really make them happy and do their classic war dance of excitement, it would have to be new playgrounds for them to conquer. Since ferrets are quite adventurous, the only danger would be the fact that they may get too adventurous and get lost in the new surroundings.
So if you are taking your dear furry pal to the park or someplace that is new and exciting for them, make sure that you keep your eyes open to where they might be crawling next. Ferrets are quite fast creatures so you might even use this as an opportunity to jog with your pet.
Jan 11 2013
Want to know all about ferrets but donâ€™t know where to begin? There are millions of other ferret aficionados who are stumped with the volumes of information available at their disposal about this charming furry creatures. Whether you are trying to get a pet ferret, living with someone who is crazy about ferrets or simply interested on the nuances of these musk-producing mammals, there are a few basic things that you can consider first as you get started with your ferret passions.
Ferrets are like skunkâ€™s cousins since they are also able to produce musk. Some countries allow that the glands responsible for their musk production be cut so that they will not stink as much, but countries like UK and Australia find that this is not really necessary.
They are furry creatures with natural oils that make them shiny and smooth. Frequent bathing may remove some of these oils, but they are not really the type who resists regular showers. They also have the tendency to get long nails so a consistent nail-cutting session is in order for ferret owner wannabes.