Info About Pets

October 11, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day, October 11, 2010

Q: What is the average life span of a ferret?

A: On average, ferrets live from five to seven years, although some of them have known to reach ten years.

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October 3, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day, October 3, 2010

Q: If I want to buy a kitten, how old should it be?

A: Never buy a kitten younger than 8 weeks old. The first eight weeks of their lives need to be spent with their mother and siblings, and during this period, they are very fragile. Buying a kitten that’s between 8 and 12 weeks old is the ideal age, because they’re old enough to be on their own, yet young enough that you can teach them and enjoy the cute wonder of kittenhood.

October 2, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day, October 2, 2010

Q: How much do Australian Shepherds weigh and how tall are they?

A: Male Australian Shepherds weigh 50-65 lbs. and range from 2o-23 inches tall at their shoulders. Females weigh 40-55 lbs. and are 18-21 inches tall at their shoulders.

June 26, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

When checking for ticks on your pet, be sure to look at the bottoms of their feet, between the paw pads, the back of the head and neck, under their ears, and behind/under their front legs, as I’ve found that ticks seem to like these areas most of all.

May 19, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: What is the average life span of a zebra finch?

A: Zebra finches, on average, live between 5 and 15 years with proper care.

May 16, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: How much does a rabbit weigh?

A: Rabbits can weigh as little as 2 lbs. (Netherland Dwarf) or as much as 20 pounds or more (Flemish Giants). The average size of a pet rabbit is 5-8 lbs.

May 14, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: Do Shelties (Shetland Sheepdogs) need their fur trimmed?

A: Shelties don’t need their fur trimmed, but if you live in a warm climate or have hot summers where you live, it may be best to have the fur trimmed. If you plan on showing it, you can’t trim the fur.

April 29, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: Can dogs be allergic to cats?

A: Yes. Recent studies have shown that dogs may not just dislike cats, but be allergic to them as well!

April 24, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: How do cats purr?

A: For many years, scientists couldn’t figure out what made noise when cats purred. Fairly recently, scientists discovered that the purring sound is made when a blood vessel in the cat’s throat vibrates. Actually, studies have shown that the frequency of cats purring may actually increase your bone density. Online, you can buy Cat Purring CDs to get this effect.

April 21, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: Should I get my pet rabbit spayed or neutered? What’s the best age to do it?

A: Yes. Rabbits of either sex should be spayed or neutered. Without the surgery, rabbits may get cancer in their reproduction organs. On the less serious side of things, unspayed and unneutered rabbits may acquire annoying habits such as biting and spraying urine. The best age to get a female rabbit spayed is around 6 months old. They could be spayed earlier, but rabbits are delicate, so six months is the safest age to get them spayed or neutered at. For male rabbits, the best age to get them neutered at is 5 months old (1). If your rabbit is older than this, it can still be spayed or neutered easily. The only problem is that if your alter them later that 5 or 6 months, they may have already reproduced (therefore contributing to the overpopulation of rabbits) or developed irritating habits.

Sources:

(1) http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/spay-neuter.html

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