• Housing and Equipment

    Cages Lining Your Cage Perches Toys Cages A bird's size is the most important determinant for the right cage. The cage needs to offer enough room for your pet bird to at least spread its wings freely and hop around inside. Figure a width of double the bird's wingspan. The bars must be smaller

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  • Handling and Grooming

    Handling Grooming Brushing Declawing and Nail Clipping Bathing Tooth Brushing Ear Cleaning Handling To handle an adult cat, put one hand beneath the chest and use the other to support the cat's hind quarters. For kittens, be sure to support theirs legs and feet at well. Please note:

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  • Health Care

    Veterinarian Visits Common Health Problems Zoonotic Diseases Veterinarian Visits Like all pets, it is important to take your bird for its first veterinary examination as soon as you possibly can. The first examination gives your vet an opportunity to establish a baseline for the bird's health

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  • Housing and Equipment

    Cages Litterbox Exercise Area Toys Cages Rabbits have strong legs meant for active living, such as running and jumping and are very social creatures. That is why they need daily exercise. They also need a cage with room to maneuver placed in a location around household activity. At a minimum,

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  • Health Care

    Veterinary Visits and Vaccinations Neutering or Spaying Common Health Problems Veterinary Visits and Vaccinations Like all pets, it is important to take your rabbit for its first vet examination as soon as you possibly can. The first visit gives the vet an opportunity to establish a baseline

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  • Health Care

    Vet Visits Vaccinations Common Health Issues Spaying and Neutering Vet Visits Next to you and your family, your veterinarian is one of the most important people in your cat's life. You should identify a veterinarian for your new cat before you bring it home and arrange for a first appointment

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  • Health Care

    Vet Visits Vaccinations Spaying and Neutering Common Health Issues Vet Visits Next to you and your family, your veterinarian is one of the most important people in your dog's life. You should identify a veterinarian for your new dog before you bring it home and arrange for a first appointment

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  • Health Care

    Vet Visits Vaccinations Spaying and Neutering Common Health Problems Vet Visits Rodents are susceptible to a lot of infections, so you'll need to line up a veterinarian before your pet gets sick. It is advisable to take your small animals for a vet visit when you first obtain them to make

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  • Health Care

    Veterinarian Visits and Vaccinations Spaying and Neutering Common Health Problems Zoonotic Diseases Veterinarian Visits and Vaccinations Whenever you bring home a new pet, whether they are old or young, from a known breeder or the street, always take your pet for an initial veterinary visit.

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  • Diet and Nutrition

    Water Food Supplements Water Water is a vital component of every small animal's diet. Because of their small size, it does not take long for them to dehydrate. You need to be particularly attentive to water needs of densely-coated small animals when temperatures exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The

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  • Diet and Nutrition

    Water Foods Supplements Feeding times Water Despite old assumptions to the contrary, reptiles do need water to drink. You'll need to place a bowl of clean, fresh water into their enclosure every day. It is helpful to keep the water bowl in a designated place so that your pet knows where to go

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  • Daily Care and Maintenance

    Rodents depend on routine to reduce stress. You need to plan your routine before your bring your pet home. These small animals operate on 12-hour cycles. You need to know whether or not your animal is nocturnal, diurnal or both so you can schedule accordingly. You also need to know how frequently your

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  • Diet and Nutrition

    Water Birds need to have cold, fresh water to drink. Place a water bowl in the cage and change the water once or twice a day. Some cages have water dispensers that allow birds to drink when they want. However, these dispensers can get blocked, which frequently leads to dehydration. A water bowl or cup

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  • Daily Care and Grooming

    Cleaning Keeping a pet reptile healthy requires integrating regular cleaning habits into your life. On a daily basis, you should plan on cleaning your pet’s water bowl, any food serving containers or utensils, and remove any debris from the enclosure, including feces. Generally herptiles defecate

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  • Diet and Nutrition

    Water Rabbits need access to fresh, clean water at all times. Use a sturdy ceramic water bowl or a water bottle that attaches to the cage. Be sure to change the water two or three times a day to prevent bacteria from building up. Diet Rabbits are herbivores with an unusually practical system for processing

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  • Daily Care and Grooming

    Cage Cleaning Handling Your Bird Bathing Feather Trimming Nail and Beak Trimming Cage Cleaning Water and food bowls should be cleaned daily with hot water and soap. Because of drippings and fecal matter, remove paper liner and replace with fresh paper every one-to-three days. Once a week,

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  • Diet and Nutrition

    Water It is critical that you make fresh water available to your cat at all times. Keep the water fresh by changing it frequently; at least three to four times a day. Use a low bowl or saucer that your cat can easily access and wash it with soap and water daily. Diet and Nutrition Cats are naturally

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  • Daily Care and Grooming

    Handling Your Rabbit Rabbits need to be handled properly to support their bone structure and prevent breaks. When you pick up your bunny, place one hand under the front chest area and the other hand beneath the hindquarters to provide full support. Please note: Never pick up a rabbit by the ears as it

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  • Diet and Nutrition

    Water Water serves two primary purposes for dogs. First, it is important to keep dogs hydrated, which supports the healthy operations of its internal systems. Second, water acts as a cooling mechanism for dogs, because they don't perspire (except on their feet). To cool down and prevent overheating,

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  • Daily Care and Grooming

    Handling Waste Management Grooming Handling For small dogs, place one hand under the dog to support its chest and use the other forearm or hand to support its hind legs. For larger dogs, lift the dog from the underside. Place one hand and forearm supporting the chest and the other hand and forearm

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  • Choosing a Pet

    Selecting Your Pet No matter what your age or stage in life, a pet can be a lovable companion. Whether you're old or young, living with others or alone, becoming a pet owner is a significant responsibility. That's why it is important to consider your options and learn more about different types of pets

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  • Choosing Your Pet

    There are a variety of small animals that make great household pets. These little critters are engaging, quiet, relatively clean and easy to handle. Many come from the Rodent order, which is made up of 28 families and more than 2,000 species. Rodents can be found everywhere in the world except for Antarctica

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  • Choosing Your Pet

    Reptiles and amphibians can make fascinating pets. Some look as ancient as dragons. Others turn all kinds of colors. They are relatively quiet and odorless compared to other animals, and they offer a variety of choices related to their size. With some of these species, like carnivorous snakes, you can

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  • Choosing Your Pet

    Birds can be high-maintenance pets because they are very sociable and demand attention. Birds need daily stimulation, which can come from lots of toys, an engaging environment and contact with humans. Parrot-type birds, in particular, tend to be noisy. Smaller birds are generally easier to manage than

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  • Choosing Your Pet

    They're smart. They're friendly. They can be trained to use a litterbox. And, they're fun to watch. For many pet owners, rabbits make great companions. Pet rabbits come from all over the world and include a wide variety of domestic breeds. They range in color and size — from a mere two pounds

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  • Choosing Your Pet

    Cats have been domesticated for literally thousands of years. Yet they continue to behave according to their earlier natures as predators of vermin. They are creatures of habit who value cleanliness and routine. They love to hunt and roam. They also happen to be the number one choice of pets in the

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  • Choosing Your Pet

    There are more than 400 different breeds of dogs, each with its own unique characteristics and personality. Understanding the characteristics of breeds is a good place to begin your selection process. Before your start, though, develop a list of the personality traits you'd like in your dog, then consider

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  • Behavior and Training

    Natural Behaviors Problem Behaviors Training Natural Behaviors Small animals exhibit a few instinctive behaviors that are part of their genetic makeup. Understanding these will help you be more effective in managing your pet's care. Nocturnal. Most rodents are nocturnal, which means they are active

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  • Behavior and Training

    Natural Behaviors Problem Behaviors Training Natural Behaviors One way to prepare for cat ownership is to make sure you understand the natural behaviors associated with cats. Here are a few basic behaviors inherent to a cat's constitution and disposition: Nocturnal Activity. Cats are nocturnal

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  • Behavior and Training

    Dogs exhibit a wide array of behaviors -- some natural for them, others frustrating for you. It is important to understand what is normal activity for dogs and give them the constructive time and space to act upon them, like digging and chewing. Other behaviors can be problematic to socialization, cleanliness

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  • Behavior and Socialization

    Behavioral Issues It is important to know whether your pet is diurnal, crepuscular or nocturnal to be prepared for the time of day when s/he is most active. Careful handling of herptiles is also important. For example, when snakes are familiar with you, you should reach your hand into the terrarium

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  • Behavior and Socialization

    Taming and Training Screaming Biting Stress Indicators of Health Problems Birds, Other Pets and Young Children Taming and Training Birds are highly trainable, but you need to begin the process from the very start of your relationship. No matter how cute and cuddly your new bird may be,

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  • Behavior and Socialization

    Common Behaviors Indicators of Health Problems Common Behaviors Rabbits exhibit a wide range of natural behaviors: Digging. Digging is an instinctive behavior for rabbits. In nature, rabbits dig to create safe places in which to hide, sleep or reproduce underground. Male rabbits also make small

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