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Basic Things You Need to Know about Your Cat

As far back as we can remember, cats have been popular household pets, giving owners the perfect companion to take care of every single day. However, while they are cute and playful to have around, let’s not forget that they are like human beings that need constant love, care, and attention.

They Don’t Want to Be Disturbed

Cats are known for their habit of sleeping for most of the day and like human beings, they do not wish to be disturbed. They are crepuscular creatures, meaning they are more active during the twilight hours. Kittens are also more active during the night.

There Are Parts of Their Bodies That They Don’t Want Touched

Like human beings, these furry creatures have spots that they do not wish to be touched. It’s best that you shouldn’t touch them in these areas (e.g. their tummies, behind their eyes, tails, etc) for they’ll surely take a swipe at you; you might even get bitten.

Cats Are Moody

Like women during their monthly period, a cat’s mood is mercurial. So don’t push them away like your dirty laundry if they want you to pet them. That’s just how they really are.

They Love to Scratch Things

Our lovable feline friends love to scratch their claws on almost anything—from furniture to even your favorite pair of jeans. Cats usually do this because it’s their way of keeping their claws sharpened (it’s also a way of exercise for them). As much as we don’t wish to get our household items torn or damaged, cats need to do this to keep their claws in good condition. Having scratch posts would minimize this problem.

With all these things mentioned, we hope this will help you get to know more about your pet cats and how to take care of them.

The Pet’s List – Three Unusual Animals You Can Take Home as Pets

Almost every one nowadays is either a cat owner or a dog owner, but aside from these usual furry creatures, there are other unusual kinds of adorable animals that you can take home with you as your pet, and here are some of them:

Capybara

Considered as the world’s largest rodent, a capybara is one of the most peculiar creatures to have as a pet. This giant rodent, which can grow to an average of four feet, is quite hard to find (even in zoos) but there’s one woman from Texas, Melanie Typaldos, who managed to get one and named it Caplin Rous.  Although capybaras cannot be fully domesticated, they are still perfect as your pet companion. When planning to domesticate your own capybara, you have to remember that this kind of animal needs a lot of outdoor space including a place to swim in. Its diet includes healthy green grasses.

Hedgehog

Another interesting animal to have as a pet is the hedgehog. A lot of people nowadays are fascinated by this small pet after the popular video game Sonic the Hedgehog was launched. This little creature is known to be very gentle and needs less maintenance relative to most pets, making it the perfect animal companion. It can live in a tiny cage and you can feed it with insects (but you can also buy hedgehog food in some pet supply stores). However, although this creature is undeniably adorable, some states in the USA prohibit making the hedgehog as a pet.

Potbellied Pig

Unlike the pigs we see in farms, a potbellied pig is quite small, very easy to train, and does not smell weird. In case you don’t know, potbellied pigs are among the smartest animals in the world; they are even used as drug sniffers by some police departments. Potbellied pigs are very much the same with dogs; they need a balanced diet, they love walking and exercising, and they are very trainable.

Pet Care Tips – Basic Supplies You Need When Planning to Adopt a Dog

There’s no denying that dogs are one of the most adorable animals in the world, and that’s the reason why a lot of people today really want to own one. If you are also planning to adopt or buy a dog soon, here are some basic supplies you need to have at home before your new furry companion arrives:

Beddings

Just like us humans, dogs also want a comfortable place to lie down and rest. So, make sure to give your pet comfy beddings that are both warm and soft. When buying beddings, always consider the size of your pet first.

Collar and ID Tag

An ID tag and a collar are very essential for dogs especially when taking them for a walk. These two can also help ensure that your dog will be easily returned in case it wanders off and gets lost. Apart from an ID tag, microchip identification is also highly suggested because in case the collar or the ID is removed, your dog can still be identified through a scanner device.

Leash and Harness

A leash is also another basic thing that you should buy for your dog because it certainly makes it easier to lead your dog during your walks. If the type of dog you are adopting is quite energetic and boisterous, a harness can also help you impose control and authority over it when you go walking.

Grooming Kit

No matter what type your dog is, a grooming kit is also essential. Grooming your pet regularly will not make its fur and coat shiny and glossy; it could also be a great bonding activity for the two of you. A grooming kit should have a bevy of tools including a bristle brush, de-shedder, slicker brush, wire-pin and several brushes.

Aside from these supplies, make sure to provide your dog with a food and water bowl, chew toys, fetch toys, etc.

The Pet List – Types of Pets Requiring Low-Maintenance Care

A lot of people think that owning a pet means having an adorable and furry friend to keep you company, but what they don’t realize is that it entails great responsibility. If you aren’t that ready yet for the big responsibility but you want to experience owning a pet, then consider buying low-maintenance pets for the meantime. Here’s a list of some animals that require only a modicum of maintenance:

Fish                      

Fish are among those animals that require minimal care and that’s the reason why they are popular among people who have less time to take care of their pets. They are also perfect for children who are just starting to learn the importance of having pets. Unlike other common pets, most fish species are not that expensive, so buying two or three won’t definitely hurt your pocket.

Turtle

Pet Turtle

For people or kids who are looking for an exotic pet that do not need a lot of things, the best animal to buy is a turtle or tortoise. Turtles basically don’t need anything expensive at all. Plus, they can live up to 40 years. However, just make sure not to drop them or it might injure their internal organs or even their shell.

Cats

Cats are another type of pets that only need minimal care. You can even leave them alone for several days with only food and water, and they’ll definitely manage on their own. Most domesticated cat species are also not messy, so you won’t have to clean up after them. Apart from requiring less care, cats and are sweet and very cuddly.

Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs are also part of the list of pets that are very easy to take care of. They are very playful and unlike most rodents, they are active during daytime. They also do not bite and do not require an exercise wheel to keep them fit.

Basic Tips for Taking Care of Your Cat

Are you planning to adopt a cat soon in your home? Then here are some basic cat care tips that will help you become a responsible pet owner:

Take It to the Vet Regularly

Even when your cat is feeling fine, you still have to take it to the vet regularly in order to prevent serious health issues from cropping up. Bringing your cat to the vet for check-ups will also help it become healthier and strong. For adult cats, you should take them to the vet at least twice a year; as for kittens, make sure that you’ve given them preventive care from their vet.

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Dog Facts – Five Human Foods That Your Pet Can Actually Eat

When it comes to your dog’s diet, you have to be really certain that the food he eats will not do him any harm. And that’s the reason why we shouldn’t let our dogs eat chocolates, onions, avocado, alcoholic drinks, etc. because they have been scientifically proven to harm our furry friend’s health. But although some of our foods aren’t good for our pets, there are still a lot of them that are safe for them to eat:

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An Equine’s Care Guide – How to Maintain Your Horse’s Shiny Coat

Raising a horse is not just about giving it the right meal, a warm stable, and regular training. Being an equine owner, it is also your responsibility to also make sure that your equine looks regal and beautiful all the time. In order to make your horse look majestic, one of the most important things that you should do is to maintain the glossiness of its coat.

Today, we’ll be sharing with you several tips that will help you know the things that you should do and shouldn’t do when it comes to taking care of your horse’s coat:

Groom Your Horse Frequently

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What You Need to Know about Horse’s Skin and Horse Coat Supplements

Horse feed supplements are undeniably important in keeping equines strong and healthy. These supplements restore the nutrient imbalance in a horse’s body, repair hoof structure, heal injuries, and boost the immune system of horses against diseases. Because of these many advantages that horse feed supplements provide, the majority of equine owners would really consider adding them on their horses’ meal plans.

Part of keeping a horse healthy is also making sure that its hair and coat is as shiny and supple. As a matter of fact, the coat of the horse has a lot of things to tell about its current health condition, so apart from buying feed supplements such as digestion supplements, calming supplements, and hooves supplements, it is also essential that equine owners consider adding a supplement that will help improve or maintain the color and richness of their horses’ coat. In case you are not quite familiar with coat supplements for horses, then here’s a list of everything that you need to know, including the importance and functions of the horse’s skin:

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The Horse’s Skin

Before you choose what coat supplement to buy your horses, it is significant that you also know about the different parts and functions of the horse’s skin. Basically, a horse’s skin is composed of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the tough outer covering of the skin while the dermis is the deeper layer of skin. The skin is actually not just the largest but also among the most important parts of a horse’s body; it makes up at least 24% of the horse’s total weight. A horse’s skin does not only protect the body but it also helps horses sense their environment and become sensitive to pain, temperature, and touch. It also serves as a barrier against injuries and diseases and chemicals, and helps maintain the moisture of the horse’s body. Therefore, the horse’s skin is definitely more than just an outer covering.

Hair Growth Cycle on Horses

The hair cycle of horses is very similar to human’s eyebrows—it does not grow in a continuous manner. The first stage of a horse’s hair growth cycle is the anagen; it is when the hair is produced and grows alongside with old hair. The second stage is the telogen, also known as the resting phase wherein the follicle becomes dormant and the hair has already died but hasn’t been shed yet. The third phase is the catagen, the intermediate phase between the first and the second phase. Basically, the shedding of the horse’s hair is influenced by the temperature and the amount of daylight that it reserves.

Causes of Dry and Dull Horse Coat

By simply looking at the horse, it is already too easy to know whether its coat and hair are in good condition or not; the harder part however is determining the causes or the reasons for the dryness and dullness of the horse’s coat. There are actually a lot of reason horse’s coat go dry and dull; it could be because of hormonal imbalances, poor nutrition, or allergy. It could also be because of the parasites inside the horse’s body.

Hay Analysis before Adding Supplements

Since you do not know the reason why your horse’s coat isn’t looking good, you have to seek help from the experts first before considering adding coat supplements to your horse’s meal plan. In order not to end up buying the wrong horse coat supplements, nutritionists and experts suggest that you need to have your forages (hay or alfalfa) and even your pasture analyzed. Hay analysis will help you pinpoint the lacking nutrients in your horse’s body. Continue reading