It’s absolutely crucial to feed your red-eared slider turtle the right type of food for it to stay healthy and happy. 50 percent of its diet should be comprised of veggies and water plants while commercial foods and live protein sources should fill in the other half.


You will find that your turtle will thoroughly enjoy protein foods but do not give in to the temptation of feeding it too much as this will lead to your turtle’s detriment in the long run. The health of its shell, organs and overall lifespan will be compromised.


Younger turtles will also display more carnivorous tendencies while full-grown turtles are better categorized as omnivores. Some good examples for turtle food include dandelions, squash, carrots, bell peppers, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, and squash. < ... Read more »

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An interesting fact about goat behaviour is that they sometimes butt each other or rear or clash their heads in order to establish a social rank or pecking order. These bouts of aggressive behaviour are normal and typically do not last very long once dominance has been reasserted.


It is essential to spend some time each day observing your goat’s behaviour to ensure that none of them is being overly aggressive and stressing out the othersIf you are going to introduce a new goat to another goat or a group of goats, aggressive behaviour is to be expected. This applies specifically to unfamiliar male goats.


It is very likely that the new goat will be butted excessively and prevented from feeding at the hayrack. You can alleviate the situation by positioning the new goat in a pen in proximity to the group of goats prior to the official introduction or an ... Read more »
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If you are mulling over purchasing a companion for your gerbil, this won’t be a problem whether you choose one that is male or female as gerbils get along with gerbils of both the same and opposite gender just fine. However, it is ideal to get gerbils acquainted with one another at the earliest age as possible.


The primary difference between male and female gerbils is that males are more comfortable with groups of three or larger while female gerbils do well better with just a single companion. It is highly advised to keep gerbil groups as small as possible as the bigger the group is, the more likely it is that fights will ensue.


Keep in mind that you will have to monitor your gerbils every day to ensure that they are doing well and ge ... Read more »

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Obesity is considered as the most common nutritional problem in cats. Pets that suffer from excess weight often have increased risks of joint and bone problems. Being overweight has also been linked to life threatening health problems such as cancer and diabetes mellitus. An obese cat can suffer from decreased flexibility which can be a problem during grooming and also interfere in their ability to jump and climb.


An important consideration in addressing your pet's weight issues is to make specific diet changes. Since this can be quite stressful, this should be made gradually.

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Rabbit behaviour is contingent on a number of factors. This includes its age, history, personality, etc. If there is a sudden change in your rabbit’s behaviour, this could be indicative of illness, injury, distress or boredom. Visit a pet clinic Washington immediately if you suspect any of these. 


A rabbit is likely to be afraid or feeling pain if there is a sudden onset of irregular habits such as active aggressively or hiding frequently. Sometimes a rabbit will also chew incessantly on its cage bars, groom far more often than usual, alter its eating, drinking and bathroom habits, change its posture, refuse to move, or continually move around in circles. These are all red flags and need to be addressed accordingly.

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Periodically, you will hear your rabbit growling or grunting. This indicates either anger or stress in your rabbit. Perhaps it is communicating that its territory has been invaded or it is warning you to stay away. In any case aggression on your rabbit’s part is sure to result.

On very rare occasions, you might hear your rabbit scream. This is extremely rare and it either means that your rabbit is suffering from an excessive amount of pain or it is in the throes of death. Pet clinic St. Lucie can provide more insights on pet's behaviours.

If your rabbit kicks dirt at you and hops away, it is not pleased. This is a typical occurrence following a nail trimming session. 
Rabbits like to mark their territory and they do this by chinning. This means that they are designating the territory as yours as they use their chins to leave a scent o ... Read more »
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If you suspect that your rabbit isn’t eating enough hay or grass, examine its droppings as they are very telling of what your rabbit has been eating. If the droppings are small, dark and irregular in shape, this could be indicative of a lack of fibre in your rabbit’s diet.


To keep your rabbit healthy, always keep its water bottle or water bowl filled. Its water supply should be clear and free of any dirt, droppings or the like. Keep it cool during the summer and ensure that it doesn’t freeze in the winter.


As much as possible, add as much variety as you can to your rabbit’s leafy green supply. Cabbage, mint, parsley, kale and broccoli are all beneficial and enjoyed by rabbits. If your rabbit is having a type ... Read more »

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Your rabbit’s enclosure needs to be inspected on a regular basis to assess for any damages or hazards that could potentially pose a risk to your rabbit’s well-being or life.


With regard to bedding material, do not use wood shavings that contain dust. Newspaper is ideal as well as hay and any type of wood shavings apart from pine and cedar that do not contain any dust.


Rabbits also need hiding places that they can retreat to whenever they feel the need to be by themselves or when they feel afraid. These do not have to be expensive – you can use cardboard boxes that you have lying around in your home and get creative with them. Create tunnels that your rabbit can explore to please its inquisitive and explorative nat ... Read more »

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Your garden and backyard may be a rich source of toxic substances that can be harmful to your cat. When ingested, these substances may cause serious health problems that can be life threatening.

Fertilizers

When you apply fertilizers, be aware that there are types of fertilizers which can be harmful when ingested. Iron is a common additive to fertilizer to boost its effects however cats that consume considerable amounts of iron can suffer from digestive problems and potential heart and liver problems. 

Compost piles

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By nature cats love to explore and chase after prey. They love climbing, balancing, and perching on high places. Cats are self-reliant but they can be good social creatures.


It is a fact that bringing cats into our home can inhibit some of their natural instincts. By keeping your pet indoors rather than giving him free rein to roam the yard to hunt for prey, you are making him unhappy. However, keeping your cat indoors is also a way to protect him from diseases, parasites and other animals. ... Read more »

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