How to Speak Hamster

Sept_2013_1Perked ears, waving hands, hissing… do you know what these actions mean in “hamster speak”? Read on for tips on how to interpret your hamster’s actions.

Is he waving at me?
Your hamster may seem to be waving hello, but he’s really exploring with his senses. Since he doesn’t have good eyesight, he relies on his senses of smell, hearing touch and taste. To do that, it helps to stand on his hind legs and wave his front paws a little.

Hiss, hiss or stay away
As you may have guessed, a hissing hamster is not a happy hamster. In this case, he’s feeling aggressive or is afraid. Take it as the warning it is and leave him alone for a while.

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Enjoying the Holidays with a Curious Cat

Mar_2014_2If you have a cat, you’re sure to have a curious cat. While your feline may love the holiday decorations and blinking lights, help her keep out of mischief by keeping certain dangers away.

Use these tips for a cat-friendly holiday.

Holiday plants: You may love kissing under the mistletoe, but chewing on it can cause an upset stomach for your cat. Keep mistletoe, holly and other holiday plants at a safe distance or better yet, use artificial varieties.

Holiday leftovers: Holiday food is too fatty and spicy for your kitty and may affect her diet. We suggest a special cat treat instead.

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Holiday Doggy Dinner Dangers

Mar_2014_1As you enjoy your holiday meal with family and friends, it may be natural to want to share the holiday feast with your furry family.

While your pets certainly wouldn’t mind some extra holiday treats, there are a few foods that can pose a danger to your pets.

Holiday dangers:

Fatty food can lead to stomach upset and even pancreatitis in dogs. Don’t overindulge Fido with turkey skin, ham fat or other fatty foods, which could cause problems.

Beware of offering your dog meat bones. Turkey bones can puncture intestines and should be avoided.

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The Basics of a Guinea Pig Diet

guineapigGuinea pigs are popular pets. They’re small, fairly easy to care for and are fun to watch.

But this small animal needs a certain diet to stay healthy. Fortunately, the diet of a guinea pig is fairly easy to accommodate.

Wondering what you should be feeding your small friend? Here’s a look at a well-rounded guinea pig diet:

A large part of your guinea pig’s diet should include timothy-based pellets. They’re specially formulated with extra vitamin C, which is vital for your pet’s health. Guinea pigs don’t produce this vitamin on their own and must get it through their diet.

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Tips for Senior Cat Care

Mar_2014_2As your feline companion gets older, she will need extra TLC to stay healthy, comfortable and happy. To keep her feeling young at heart, adjust the way you care for your senior cat and tend to her special needs.

Here are some tips that will help you keep your kitty healthy once she reaches her golden years:

Switch from Dry to Wet
If you’ve been feeding your cat dry food, make the switch to canned or wet food as she gets older. Kidney problems are not uncommon in senior cats and increasing her water intake may help avoid these issues while easing digestion.

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Why You Should Get Your Dog a Bed

Mar_2014_1Whether your pooch loves curling up on the furniture or in your bed, you should consider getting him his own place to rest.

It may seem like your dog is getting the royal treatment by sleeping in your bed, but the truth is, he may not be getting everything he needs from this sleeping spot. A bed made for dogs is a much better idea. Here’s why:
Your bed signifies comfort and security to you, but your pup may actually feel a bit vulnerable in it. A human bed is big and dogs feel most secure when they’re in close quarters.

A dog bed that is just the right size for your pup will make him feel more secure. Plus, he won’t have to contend with you accidentally kicking him in the night and you won’t have to deal with him stealing the covers.

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Common Myths About Snakes

snakeSnakes are often misunderstood. This may be due to human fear or the way snakes have been portrayed throughout history. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that there are a lot of misconceptions about snakes.

Here’s a look at some myths about snakes that have been debunked.

They Don’t Have Maternal Instincts
You’ve probably heard snakes aren’t exactly maternal animals. The female lays her eggs and slithers away or snakes that are born alive head off on their own. While many species of snake don’t care for their young (snakes are mostly self-sufficient when born), a recent discovery showed one species does have a maternal instinct. The African rock python, which resides in central Africa, has been studied protecting their egg clutches and keeping their young close by for the first few months. It might not be common, but there are maternal snakes.

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Tips for Keeping the Peace in a Home with Multiple Cats

Mar_2014_2Do you love the idea of multiple kitty companions? While it may double your cuddle time, keep in mind you’ll be taking on the role of cat referee as well.

Cats naturally try to assert their dominance, which often makes it tough for them to get along. Cat fights are not unheard of in homes with multiple cats; in fact, they’re pretty common. If you want to avoid stress, follow these tips for keeping the peace.
Take Introductions Slowly
It’s very likely your cats won’t get along well at first. In fact, if a new cat is suddenly introduced into your home, your current cat will likely get defensive and try to mark her territory. The new cat will want to make her mark as well.

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Common Issues for Aging Dogs

Mar_2014_1Aging can take its toll on dogs, just as it does with humans. As dogs age, they can start to exhibit a number of issues, both physical and behavioral.

Don’t get frustrated when your senior dog starts acting out of sorts or doing things he doesn’t normally do. These behaviors are natural and this is the time when he will need your help most.
Here are a few common issues for senior dogs:

Accidents at Home
As your dog gets older, he might not hold his bladder as well. This could lead to incontinence, and as a result, may cause him to have accidents before he can let you know he has to go. To help prevent this, monitor your dog’s drinking. Only put down water at certain times of the day and take him out soon after he drinks. Also, consider products such as Senior Bladder Support or dog diapers.

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Healthy Pet Tips for 2015

Mar_2014_1Is health and exercise one of your priorities for 2015? Don’t forget your pet! He can also benefit from some new healthy habits.

Here are a few tips to keep Fido in top form this year.

  • A pup-healthy diet

Fido needs a nutritious diet with protein, carbohydrates, healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. A premium pet food will offer the nutrition he needs. Certain foods can also cater to any allergies or special dietary needs he may have.
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