CARING FOR GUINEA PIGS, RABBITS, HAMSTERS, FERRETS, GERBILS, RATS, CHINCHILLAS, AND SMALL MAMMALS
Clean and fresh water daily. Water bottle is a great choice it cannot be contaminated with food, feces, and urine. Some pets have to be trained to use the sipper water bottle. Supplies that you are going to need: Treats, toys, bowl, pellets, fresh leafy greens, water bottle, supplements, bedding, hay, and cage. Routine grooming and cleaning is important for the pets also regular cleaning of their habitat and cage. Chinchillas diet depends on dry grasses and other plant material.
Rabbits fresh, leafy greens they provide fiber and a variety of vitamins. A and C, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates.
Hamsters, Mice and Rats Plants material and some meats. Mice, rats, and hamsters eat some meat products.
Guinea Pigs eat dark, leafy greens are very high in vitamin C, a cup of fresh kale contains 250mg of vitamin C.
Basically, a dog’s brain can remember the way that toy looks and even smells before its owner brings it into the room. Some dogs have the ability to be smarter and learn the names of people some can learn up to 215 words. Dogs preferred to rely on vision and used their noses only a few times when the lights are off.
CAT THAT IS BORED
The mental stimulation from cat enrichment activities encouraging play and creativity can help improve your cat’s behavior while strengthening your relationship with your cat. If the cat meows a lot or bites that might mean that the cat is bored. Reduce this type of stressful behavior by teaching your cat “high five,” which taps into a cat’s natural pawing behavior it's an easy trick keep following up with a small treat each time the cat does the trick, and be very repetitious.
Cutting small holes in an empty paper towel roll, filling it with treats, and then folding the ends over. You can adjust the difficulty of the feeder by varying the number or sizes of the holes.
Exploration of scent is a simple way to provide daily enrichment. like swapping cat toys with a friend. Daily exposure to a towel scented by one of your other pets each night. safe access to the outdoors is essential for cat well-being. Screened window perch where your cat can watch and smell.
Cat scratching is an important part of cat enrichment. Cats naturally scratch to scent mark cats also prefer to be high up, in cat trees or a cat condo.
HOW TO WEIGH YOUR CAT
weigh yourself on a human scale, then weigh yourself while holding your cat and subtracting the difference. By checking your kitty's weight once a month and keeping a written record of it, you can track any changes over time and catch potential issues before they become serious problems. Avoid obesity by keeping track of your cat's weight packing on too many pounds has major health consequences, including diabetes, arthritis, and joint problems, heart and respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal and digestive issues, compromised immunity, and increased risk for problems during anesthesia and surgery.
Keeping track of any gradual but steady weight gain can help your vet to come up with a plan to prevent obesity and associated health problems.
WEIGH YOUR CAT ONCE A MONTH
Weighing your cat once a month can catch early health problems. Your cat's wellness exam may not be enough to catch changes in your cat's health. Weight loss is an indicator of disease the average cat weighs ten pounds. A weight of 6% is considered a clinical sign. Gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, and cancer all cause weight loss, a slow and gradual pace by the time the pet owner notices it may be in its advanced stages. By weighing your cat every month you will pick up on this trend long before your cat may show any other symptoms. If there is no diet change be sure you have your cat checked by your veterinarian promptly. When there is a diagnosis of an illness from the veterinarian continue to check your cat's weight and report the weight changes to your vet between appointments it allows your vet to adjust medications if needed.
PAIN SIGNS BEHAVIOR FOR CATS
Decreased or no urination in the litterbox. This is very important and requires immediate attention. If you can find no sign of urine in the litterbox or elsewhere, let your veterinarian know immediately. The cat may have a urinary blockage, which can be fatal (particularly in male cats) within hours.
Decreased or increased urination. This is a potential sign of medical issues (such as kidney function or diabetes) Take your cat to the veterinarian.
Urination outside of the litterbox. If this is a new behavior, the cat may have a urinary or bladder infection, urinary crystals, or may have pain elsewhere. This can also signal stress, insecurity, or simply not liking something about the litterbox, but medical reasons need to be ruled out first.
Defecation outside of the litterbox. There’s usually a medical component to this behavior, whether it’s just a touch of constipation or diarrhea; there are also other, more serious causes. See your Vet.
Decreased or increased thirst. This can be an indicator of changes in kidney function, diabetes, or other medical issues and should be looked at by your vet.
Aggression. Aggression can be the result of many things: fear, stress, or pain. A cat who is normally even-tempered who exhibits aggression (or aggressive body language) towards you or another animal in the home should be evaluated by a vet.
Avoidance or sensitivity to being petted or handled. This could indicate pain in a particular part of the body or generally not feeling well. As a note, most cats develop arthritis and joint pain as they get older, but they don’t need to suffer—relief can come in the form of medication or other treatments.
Restlessness, inability to settle. A cat in pain may have trouble lying down, sitting, or getting comfortable. They may relax for a few minutes then get up and pace or shift to a different position.
Change in gait, limping, or difficulty jumping. This can be indicative of injury to soft tissue or bone, arthritis, or other medical issues.
Purring or excessive vocalizations. Cats who are in severe distress will often purr; the vibrational frequency of purring has been shown to be beneficial for healing tissue and bone, but it may also be an attempt at self-soothing. Further, vocalizations can be a sign of pain, cognitive decline, or the need for medical attention. Many medical conditions, if caught early, can be treated or reversed.
LITTER BOX DEEP CLEANING
Remove all the old litter and fill the litter box with very hot water and a little dish soap add the litter scoop. For deeper cleaning, you can add ½ cup of white vinegar per gallon of hot water and let it soak for 10 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly and let it dry. After it's dry add the fresh litter.
CLEANING OF PES BOWLS
A weekly routine of cleaning pet's bowls. If the plastic bowls have too many scratches consider replacing them bacteria hides out in scratches and it is tough to get rid of. Deep cleaning, a good soak, and scrub in very hot water and soap. You can also soak the bowls in one part water to one part white distilled vinegar DO NOT mix bleach and vinegar. Rinse very well.
CLEANING OF PETS TOYS
Replace any toys that are too gross to get clean, or beaten up too much. You can soak them in one gallon of water to no more than ½ cup bleach soak for 10 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly and let them dry before you let your pet play with them. Some soft toys can be washed check the label from the manufacturer's instructions. If you don't want to use bleach use one part distilled white vinegar to one part water. Rinse out thoroughly and let them dry before you let your pet play with them.
CLEANING DOG CRATE
Vacuum the bottom of the crate and wipe the bars with a hot soapy water rinse and wipe dry. If you want deeper sanitizing soak for 10 minutes in a mixture of ½ cup bleach to one gallon of water rinse out thoroughly.
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