Category: Pet World

How to Care for a Hamster

Hamsters are small so they won’t take up a lot of space in your home or maintenance. However, like all living things, they need care and attention. So before getting one from the pet shop ask yourself if you’re ready to give the (small) time, effort, money and commitment required for raising this pet.

Types of Hamsters
Hamsters are rodents, the family where the rats and mice also belong. There are 25 known hamster species, five of which are commonly sold as pets.

1. Syrian hamsters have golden fur and grow up to 7” long. Don’t place more than one Syrian in a cage.
2. Winter whites can grow up to 4 inches long and can have white, grayish brown or whitish gray fur.
3. Campbell Russian hamsters grow up to 4 inches long and have grayish brown fur on their back.
4. Chinese dwarf hamsters have elongated bodies with a gray top and light-colored bottom.
5. Roborovskis have a brownish-yellow color and can live for up to 3 and a half years.

Cage and Bedding
If you plan to get more than one hamster, you should have separate cages for each of them because they like being alone. The minimum cage area for dwarf types should be 30x20x20 inches; for bigger types, it should be 40x20x20 inches. Divide their space into at least two chambers where they can hide and collect stuff.

Do not place their home under direct heat or sunlight or near a draft or in a cold room. Keep the cage away from other pets and children too.

The bedding will give them an area to dig around because that’s what they normally do in nature. The nesting material should be made of Aspen wood shavings, shredded paper or cardboard, meadow hay, or a product called Carefresh. Do not use pine or cedar shavings, sawdust, cat litter, newspapers, fabric, or corn cobs.

Food and Water
Provide the hamster with a bowl of water and feed it twice a day. You can feed them fruits like banana, seedless apples, cantaloupe, grapes, mango, lychee, melon, strawberries, bean sprouts, broccoli, carrots, celery, chestnuts, corn on the cob, cucumber, peas, squash, sweet potatoes, and turnip. Provide them with protein from grasshoppers, crickets, whole grain bread in low fat milk, boiled or scrambled egg, plain tofu, cooked brown rice, and low fat cottage cheese.

Toys
Hamsters love the hamster wheel so it’s a must-have. Make sure that the wheel is large enough so that the hamster can run with a straight back. Don’t buy wheels made of metal wires and have an open running surface and back. The wheel diameter should be greater than 9 inches for the dwarf types and more than 12 inches for big hamsters.

Hygiene
Hamsters don’t bath so provide a small area where they can roll in the sand instead. Clean the cage three or four times a week to avoid accumulation of waste. Clean the bottom of the cage first then replace the shavings. If the hamster stinks, it’s probably due to an illness.

A Roundup of The World’s Most Expensive Pets

 

If you are a true pet lover, you do not think about the expenses they will incur. The mere sight of your pet can bring you so much joy and love. The expenses are nothing compared to the joy they bring. So, when there is something that your pet needs, you do not hesitate to spend some money for them. Why won’t you?

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Pets are loyal and are the best companions in the world. One lick, cuddle or jump is all you need and the world just lights up. Do you know the world’s most expensive pets? It is time that you have an idea not to own one but to appreciate your pet more.

Here is a roundup of the world’s most expensive pets:

  • Tibetan mastiff: Tibetan mastiffs are considered the largest dog in the world. It looks like a fierce lion from afar. Actually mastiffs are guard dogs back in the days – they protect livestock, monasteries and palaces. True-blooded mastiffs are rare these days and they are worth at least $582,000. Back in 2011, a Tibetan mastiff was sold for a whopping $1.5 million.

 

  • Green Monkey: Do not be fooled. Green Monkey is not an actual monkey but a thoroughbred American racehorse. The fact that it is thoroughbred and a racehorse, mean it can get very expensive. In fact, Green Monkey is auctioned for $16,000,000 back in 2009.

 

  • Sir Lancelot Encore: When the pet dog of Edgar and Nina died, they missed him a lot that they attempted to clone him. They spent $155,000 for cloning. Finally, Sir Lancelot was born. He is the first cloned dog in the world. He is healthy and now he has a brood of his own. Sir Lancelot Encore is estimated to be worth $16,000,000.

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  • Miss Missy: Miss Missy is a show cow. She came from the breed of Holstein. Apart from many titles on her name, she also produces fifty per cent more milk that your ordinary cow. She is estimated to be worth $1,200,000.

 

  • White lion cubs: The pristine colour of the white cubs made them worth up to $140,000. Actually back in 1938, white cubs were so rare that they fetched even higher price. It is said that the mutation is caused by their parent’s recessive genes.

 

  • Arabian horse: The Arabian Horse is considered to be “royal” among its class because of its perfect athletic body, high tail, arched back and chiselled neck. This horse stands out among the crown because of these characteristics. It is estimated to be worth $100,000.

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Ideal Dogs to Safe Guard Your Family and Your Home

 

We all know that home security and safeguarding the family is a primary priority for any person. But with how the common city folk are usually busy with work or with school, it is not easy to keep track of you family’s safety and at the same time provide well for their daily needs. To remedy this, people would invest in security systems. But security systems can be costly and may not be ideal for non-techy people. As an alternative, it is also good to invest in a guard dog and here are some of the best breeds that can safeguard the home.

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  1. Rottweiler

Known as an intimidating and vicious breed, the Rottweiler can actually guard your home with his mere presence alone. Despite that nature, they are really friendly and affectionate towards their family.

 

  1. Shar-Pei

The Shar-Pei is an adorable breed because of their sagging skin. They don’t look too intimidating as well. But make no mistake because this breed can seriously protect the integrity of your home with its ability to watch all corners of the yard.

 

  1. Belgian Malinois

This breed was originally intended for herding livestock. It is that same herding nature that makes them ideal guard dogs because they will protect their “herd” to the best of their abilities and are actually very easy to train.

 

  1. Doberman Pinscher

Like the Rottweiler, the Doberman breed can scare away and intimidate people by just looking at them. They are very tall and lean dogs, which makes it easy for them to monitor the house.

 

  1. Komondor

They look cute and adorable due to their extremely fluffy and hair exterior. But these dogs were bred to be protectors of the heard. Hence, they are excellent watchdogs and can be tasked to protect the perimeter even if nobody is around.

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  1. Japanese Spitz

The Spitz isn’t a very intimidating breed and is not as vicious as some other breeds. But what makes them ideal as watchdogs is that they have good instincts regarding the presence of incoming people. They are also very loud and alert, which are properties that make them a good alarm system. Above all, they are extremely loyal towards their owners and will protect them no matter what.

 

  1. German Shepherd

Another one of the intimidating class of dogs, the German Shepherd is big, strong, and very loyal to their owners. They are known as herd dogs and will protect and watch their herd 24/7.

 

  1. Kuvasz

They look just as cute and as adorable as the Japanese Spitz. But, like most herders, they can be very aggressive if the feel that they or their herd is threatened.

 

  1. Chow Chow

Known popularly today as a toy dog because of their fluffiness and their adorable exterior, the Chow Chow was actually bred to be guard dogs way back in imperial China. Therefore, they are very protective and very alert when it comes to home invasions.

 

  1. Giant Schnauzer

As the name suggests, these are extremely huge dogs. This makes them very intimidating. But, above their looks, they are also one of the loudest breeds of dogs and also have one of the strongest bite forces. What makes them even more menacing is the fact they do not recognize any person other than their family. Therefore, even the friendliest of people would still seem threatening to the Giant Schnauzer.

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Most Active Dog Breeds

 

While most every kind of dog breed are ideal friends and companions for any person, there are those select breed that are best for people looking for energetic and active friends whether for a jog at the local park or as a playtime buddy for you and your kids. To help you choose what kind of dog you need, here are some of the most active dog breeds.

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  1. Bernese Mountain Dog

The size of these dogs makes them best for trekking and hiking. Despite their huge size, they are very active and have enough size and strength to carry or drag heavy packs.

 

  1. Portuguese Water Dog

As the name of the breed suggests, these dogs were bred for fishermen and for fish pens. They herd fish, which is a trait that makes them good retrievers, and are very adept swimmers.

 

  1. Tibetan Terrier

They are very small dogs but have a history of being bred on the Tibetan mountains. Hence, they are good trekking companions and can actually herd sheep and other livestock.

 

  1. Shetland Sheepdog

The name suggests that this breed were meant to herd sheep therefore they are very active dogs. Aside from being active, they are also intelligent, playful, and affectionate.

 

  1. Dalmatian

The breed was made popular by the 101 Dalmatians film. Dalmatians were bred by horse breeders and are therefore just as active and could keep up with the speed of a horse.

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  1. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers have been very popular for being excellent guard dogs. They are extremely intimidating for strangers but are actually very friendly and affectionate towards their owners.

 

  1. Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russells are known to be some of the most active toy dogs around. This breed likes to jump up and down furniture or run around the house. They are almost endlessly energetic and active, which means they demand a lot of playtime.

 

  1. Siberian Husky

Known more for their beauty, elegance, and furry body, the Siberian Huskies are ideal for people who are always who live an active lifestyle. They are excellent companions for jogs and on hiking. They are also the best guard dogs for your camping trips.

 

  1. Labrador Retriever

Labradors have always been the most popular dog breeds in western countries because they are extremely loyal and friendly. They are also ranked as the best retriever breed; hence they are endlessly tireless in the outdoors and are ideal pets for any type of family.

 

  1. Border Collie

Border Collies were bred to be herders. Hence, they are excellent runners and have great stamina. Intelligence is also one of their best features and are easily trainable to do any task at hand.

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