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. … Continue reading How to Train a Cat to Do What You Want
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 … Continue reading Feral Cat Care: How to Care for Feral Cats
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 … Continue reading 6 Important Betta Care Tips
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.
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. Caring for a Guinea Pig Guinea pigs need just … Continue reading Why the Guinea Pig Makes a Kick-Ass Pet
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 … Continue reading Taking Care of a Kitten: The Master Kitten Raising Guide
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 … Continue reading Seven Reasons Your Cat Won’t Use the Litter Box
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 … Continue reading How To Stop Your Cat From Scratching Furniture
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! What Superhero list doesn't start with Superman? This costume, available in 2X and XXXL, … Continue reading The Best Dog Superhero Halloween Costumes
This adorable Supergirl costume is perfect for the hero. Adorable and easy to accessorize. This costume fits sizes small to extra large. Not a Supergirl fan? Perhaps Batgirl would be a better option. This cute costume is perfect for a tough girl. Complete with horns. This costume fits sizes small to extra large. Minnie Mouse … Continue reading The Best Girl Dog Halloween Costumes
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 … Continue reading Comparing Exotic Pets
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 … Continue reading The Best Star Wars Dog Halloween Costumes
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 … Continue reading How to Find your Lost Cat FAST
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 … Continue reading Moving an Aquarium: Step-by-Step Guide
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 … Continue reading 5 Tips: How to Keep Your Exotic Pet Cool
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. Evacuating with Rodents Rodents typically evacuate very easily. Most rodents … Continue reading Disaster Planning: Evacuating With Small Pets
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 … Continue reading Disaster Planning: Evacuating With Your Cat
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 … Continue reading How to Care for a Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish)
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On the upside, gerbils don’t generally bite and are nosy and interactive. On the downside, they are fast little buggers and once they've escaped, they avoid capture easily. Here are some pro-tips for catching the gerbil that’s escaped his habitat.