Cats are fickle creatures. They spend most of their time sleeping or begging for food. They like warm spots. Sometimes they hunt your feet, and they spend most of their time pretending to ignore you. Today, I’m going to teach you how to train a cat to do what you want. Anytime, anywhere, any behavior.
Cats aren’t all that different from dogs. They find motivation in the same places: food and play. You’re going to learn how to motivate your cat, how to explain what you want, and how to get her coming back for more.
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Feral cats are a double-edged sword. Many people consider them vermin, but once a population has settled into an area, odds are feral cats will remain indefinitely, even if the initial group is killed. Good habitat will be invaded by a new population. You’ll learn how to care for a feral cat colony, what kinds of environments feral cats live in, and how to prevent the formation of feral cat colonies.
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If you haven’t read my full biography, you might not know that I currently can’t keep most pets. Yep. My significant other and child are both deathly allergic to all things furry or feathery or that require any sort of bedding. I do have hopes of keeping pets again in the future, but our living situation doesn’t allow it.
So, we now have fish. Well, a fish. His name is Scooby Doo (not named by me) and he’s a betta, or Siamese fighting fish. Bettas are beautiful little fish. They are complete and utter jerks to other bettas, but delicate when housed with almost any other aggressive species.
These betta care tips will keep them thriving for years instead of months.
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The kids want a pet for Christmas. They asked for a pony, and you settled on guinea pigs. I’ve already addressed why guinea pigs make awesome pets, so the only question left is what you need to take care of them. This is my ultimate new guinea pig supply list. Everything on this list is essential to guinea pig care and keeping.
Make sure to purchase everything, and set it up, before bringing your pigs home. (Guinea pigs must be kept in same-sex pairs or groups.) Your guinea pigs prefer to settle in their home, not their carrying case.
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I’ve seen so many questions about choosing the best “first pet” for a child. Lots of families have a “family dog” and “family cat,” but when we’re talking about a pet that your child will be personally responsible for, a guinea pig is my favorite pick.
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Taking care of a kitten seems easy, right? Litter box, food bowl, water dish, and a few toys, and you’re set, right?
Well, yes–if your only goal is to keep the kitten alive. To raise a well-adjusted kitten, it takes a little bit of planning and making good rules from the beginning. I’m going to use my Master Kitten Raising Guide to teach you how to raise a well-mannered, friendly, and fun cat.
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Most people keeping cats desperately fear the day their cat won’t use the litter box. Thousands of cats find themselves homeless after refusing to use the litterbox and instead urinating or defecating in any number of places. Many cats choose the bed, or the laundry. Others choose the bathtub, or defecate just outside the box itself.
Sometimes their owners don’t even know that they’ve stopped using the box–they just smell an odor and eventually find a mess. Maybe they punish the cat–but the cat has no idea why. The cat had a specific reason for refusing the box, and punishing only means they must try harder to hide their mess.
Most cats stop using the box for one of these major reasons. Most problems resolve quickly if treated quickly.
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Cats scratch furniture, and unfortunately most humans hate this particular trait. Many cats lose their claws as a result of this very natural behavior, when retraining and rearranging the household could prevent almost all furniture destruction.
As with many other behavior issues, getting ahead of the problem is key to solving it. A cat that’s been allowed to scratch the couch for years (because it’s old) will have trouble learning not to scratch the new couch. But cats learn quickly what they may and may not scratch, and the solution to scratching is easy.
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Lots of families will dress up their dogs this Halloween. Some of them treat their dogs like their kids, others want the dog to match the kid for maximum candy-getting possibilities. These are the best dog Superhero Halloween costumes out there!
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Congrats! Maybe you’re here because you’ve decided to add the first exotic pets to the family, or maybe you just saw some cute baby gerbils on the Internet and want to learn more. I’m here to outline the top five rodents kept as pets, their differences and similarities, and how to choose the right species for your family.
The top five species of rodents have strongly differing characteristics. Gerbils are energetic, hamsters nocturnal. Mice are friendly, guinea pigs not very bright, and rats are highly intelligent. Each requires a different perspective on pet ownership, but all entertain in their own way.
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Welcome to Halloween Season! I searched high and low for the best Halloween costumes for dogs. These top Star Wars Costumes go with your own theme costume, or stand-alone for the dog that loves watching movies. The best part about these costumes? No DIY–just take them out of the package and put them on your dog.
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Last week, I shared my Snot story over on my How to Find a Lost Dog post. Snot was my first cat as an adult, and she hated the puppy. She slipped out one night, and I didn’t know she was gone until morning. The story illustrates two things about cats, that they can escape without notice, unlike dogs, and that finding them proves difficult as they don’t trust the way dogs do.
Today I’m going to talk about the lost cat. I’m going to provide my best advice to recover your cat, and hope that even if your cat has been gone for weeks, you may still recover her.
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You signed the paperwork, now your family is moving. With all the other crazy stuff you have to get done, moving an aquarium tops the list. After all, you know how to put pots and pans in a box. A box of water, on the other hand…a little bit challenging!
I’m going to walk you through the basic steps for moving an aquarium (of any size!) safely and effectively, and without losing your fish or liverock. I wrote this post to help both fresh and saltwater enthusiasts, since the process is similar.
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Small animals deserve hot-weather tips too. Sometimes we forget about them, because most of them come from deserts or tropics, and they don’t always show their discomfort. If you’re warm, odds are your exotic pet needs a reprieve from the heat as well. Even when it’s cool outside, direct sunlight can overheat pets. Check out these five easy tricks to keeping your exotic comfortable in extreme weather.
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When, as humans, we think about disasters and preparedness, we think first about ourselves and our families. Often we include our pets as part of our family, but sometimes smaller pets are forgotten. Small pets evacuate easily, but evacuating with pets requires care and diligence.
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A few years ago, I lived in an apartment complex. I liked it well enough–I was single, so didn’t need much space, and it was near work. One morning, a few weeks after I moved in, at about 5:30 in the morning, the fire alarms went off. I had to collect the pets. The dog was exhilarated. Snot, the cat, was concerned that we were all going to die and perhaps she should stay under the bed.
Luckily (Unluckily?) a neighbor had come home drunk and started cooking eggs. When he passed out, the eggs burned and the fire alarm went off.
In the meantime, I spent every fire alarm concerned that this was a “real one” and my home would burn down. So I began preparing to truly evacuate with my pets. Evacuating with a dog differs greatly from evacuating with a cat. Dogs see adventure, cats see disaster. I developed a few tips for evacuating your cat, both capturing the beast at home as well as travelling with her.
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Bettas are perhaps one of the most beautiful fish kept in captivity. Breeders developed millions of color combinations, with long and flowing fins. The betta survives well in captivity, and the fish are remarkably intelligent for fish. These fish require basic care, but perform very well as the first fish for a family. Read on to learn how to care for a Betta, and how to keep your fish happy and healthy for several years to come.
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Congrats! You have guinea pigs! But now that they’ve been home for a few weeks, it seems like one keeps getting bigger…and bigger…and maybe a little wider, too. Uh oh. Someone’s pregnant! What should you do next? Here a few quick tips to get through the hardest weeks of small animal ownership.
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On the upside, gerbils don’t generally bite and are nosy and interactive. On the downside, gerbil escape happens frequently, and they are fast little buggers. Here are some pro-tips to catch your escaped gerbil.
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