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postheadericon You can’t wait

You can’t wait! You remember the chocolate-brown eyes peering at you when visited the breeder’s for the first time. How can you forget those tiny paws and the energetic wagging of the tail? You’ve fallen in love with that special one who has already melted your heart. It’s only a few weeks before you take your new and very cute puppy home. But how ready are you?

There are some essential items you need to consider purchasing before your new addition arrives. You may want to invest in a small bed straightaway but this isn’t necessary to begin with. Instead a cardboard box and towels will do the trick.The box can be padded out with old newspapers. There will be lots of ‘accidents’ from new puppy so at least newspapers can be thrown away. Be aware that urine does stain the carpet and grass – buy lots of disinfectant.

Purchase a water bowl and feeding bowl. When your puppy arrives you will probably have to show him or her where the bowls are.

After three to six weeks dogs can be taken for regular walks. You might want to invest in a roman harness, which straps round the animal. In fact most veterinarians now recommend a harnesses, instead of collars, for smaller dogs.

Think also about investing in a dog ramp. By introducing a dog ramp at an early stage it will encourage your dog to realise that they can’t be lifted into your car when being taken out. A dog ramp can be a godsend when the dog gets bigger. It can help avoid muddy paws and save your back.

It will take new puppies a while to settle in and they will pine for their mothers. Make sure you have an old fashioned ticking alarm clock, a hot water bottle and a towel. The idea is that this will help simulate the dog’s mother.

Dogs, like babies, love toys to play with. They need rubbery toys to chew on from the start, which will help with oral hygiene. You may also want to consider buying a crate and your vet or pet supplies can advise on the size of the crate. It needs to be large enough for the pet to stand up and turn around when full size.

By getting ready beforehand with essentials such as leads, bowls and a dog ramp, you can help make your new puppy settle in quickly.

postheadericon Chicks that happen to be hatched inside a incubator must stay in the incubator for a couple of days

Chicks that happen to be hatched inside a incubator must stay in the incubator for a couple of days. Don’t get way too excited and take them out. Give them a while to comprehend that they’re now hatchlings and have to cope with their environment. Birds like quails, pheasants plus chickens can easily survive for three days with no source of drinking water or even food.

One very good thing about chickens is that when they’re still within the egg, days prior to they come out, the yolk is drawn towards the navel and travels off through the stomach of the young one. The actual yolk will serve as nourishment for transition of the baby chick from the moment it hatches, to the time it gains ample strength till it fluffs out and also becomes active to search the world with regard to food. Physically, no gain weight may happen yet you will see gain in activity, stature and also faculty use.

Upon noticing that chicks get interested with water drops or his companion’s toes, never mistook this as getting hungry but part of the transition stage where they figure out how to adjust as well as acquaint themselves with their particular environment. It’s the point of experimentation of the chicks. When evidences of experimentation are seen in such interest, a baby’s learning as well as exploration also comes in.

You’ll be able to take the hatchlings out after a day or perhaps 24 hours from the actual time that they hatched. Should you have forgotten there is babies remaining within the incubator and A couple of days has already passed, that would most likely be ok.

You’ll find three very important things you can do upon hatching of the baby chicks – brooder, feeding plus prevent them from drowning.


This really is just like a baby chick’s second pit stop following life inside of a incubator. The brooder is sort of a incubator but is larger. It might be built or even purchased. The thing regarding brooders is you must provide your own heat lamp and also make certain that the temperature can be variable.

Prior to putting the chicks within the brooder, it’s best to have it set at an environment that the temperature is no less than 90 degrees. A 95-degree heat can be a start. You maintain the heat lamp right up until the actual 6th week. Through a 90-95 degree temperature, you may decrease the actual heat by 5 degrees each week till it gets to about 60-65 degrees by the 6th week.


Once you place them outside the incubator, it’s important to ensure that there is already available food and water inside the brooder. By no means allow both of these necessities run out. They ought to always have some thing to put their beaks in to.

Babies should be fed with dry mash. Pheasant and hen chicks enjoy baby chick mash. Solid food just like grains is undoubtedly unsuitable. Grits aren’t needed when you choose to use mash feed. You are able to obtain all these in a feed store.

Drowning Prevention

Receptacles can be life threatening to baby chicks especially throughout the first week of inhabitation in the brooder. Should they be so active, they might drown themselves inside these receptacles. There is a explanation exactly why chicks like to flounder on water. It is said that as baby chicks which came out of an egg filled with fluid, they’ve got this urge to throw themselves in the water believing that it’s still their sac. This is true with younger birds. Nonetheless do not get worried, they will snap out of this when they grow older.

To help eliminate drowning make use of a water cup that is shallow instead of one which is deep.

postheadericon Oriental shorthair is a feline breed that has occurred in thailand, alongside the siamese, for a long time as a self-colored cat and was brought over with other cats from the orient to britain in nineteenth century

Oriental Shorthair is a feline breed that has occurred in Thailand, alongside the Siamese, for a long time as a self-colored cat and was brought over with other cats from the Orient to Britain in nineteenth century. Even as it was initially just considered a non-pointed version of the Siamese, the Oriental Shorthair gained formal recognition only in the twentieth century when, in the fifties, development of the cat was started through breeding with Abyssinians, Domestic Shorthairs, Russian Blues and Siamese. The cat was termed as ‘Foreign’ in United Kingdom and ‘Oriental’ in United States. It was another two decades before official recognition and championship status was given to the graceful cat. Today it is registered and recognized as a distinct entity in nearly all cat fancies around the world. Occasionally, as in the case of Cat Fanciers’ Association, it is coupled with its sister breed, the Oriental Longhair, into a single breed called simply the Oriental.

A svelte and finely built animal, the Oriental Shorthair is amongst the most attractive of all domestic cats. Its lithe, tubular body appears slender but is in fact quite well muscled. Head is wedge shaped with large pointed ears and slanted almond shaped eyes that occur in blue or green colors. Legs and tail are long. Coat of the Oriental Shorthair occurs in an amazing array of colors and patterns, with over three hundred variations recognized. Combinations include bi-color, parti-color, shaded, smoke, solid and tabby.

Like their longhair counterparts Oriental Shorthairs are prone to certain ailments in some of their lines. These include dental disorder, Amyloidosis of liver and dilated cardiomyopathy. These conditions are rare overall though and generally the cats live a long healthy life of fifteen years or more.

Oriental Shorthairs are very curious and intelligent. They like to explore everything and are not shy to open cabinets and get on top of cupboards to satisfy their natural inquisitiveness. They are athletic and maintain their active, playful lifestyle even as they age.

postheadericon When can you start dog potty training

When can you start dog potty training?  Your dog starts learning at the very moment you first meet him as your puppy.  It is easiest for you to do the training while he is still a young puppy.  As he becomes older, he will least likely to mess in the home by undergoing puppy potty training.

It is best to remember staying totally consistent and calm at all times with your techniques.  Timing is your key to success.  After taking in food or water, puppies pee or poop out within 15 or 20 minutes.  For that moment, take him where you want him to be.

Feed him or give him water only when you can take him outside immediately.  Feeding at regular times should be established.  It does not work if other than his regular meal times, he is allowed to feed.  This feeding pattern helps to start his natural toilet pattern also.   Your puppy drinks more than usual in warm, hot or dry weather or climate.  Provide him access to fresh water and to his toilet area more frequently.

As soon as possible, establish good habits without expecting immediate results.  A toilet area must be decided for him.  You have to stay with him outside until he’s done, at least once every hour at the start of training.   Never leave him alone outside.  Your puppy must be able to distinguish an acceptable are especially if it is a home toilet area.  It should not resemble the flooring.

Never yell or punish him physically if he does pee or poop where you don’t want him to.  You must realize that it is not time to talk to him about it.  Just quietly clean it up and ignore him.

It is not always fun to do potty training, particularly the waiting for him to go.  As you are building a relationship while teaching him his first lessons, keep him with you as much as possible when you are both at home. Whether it means being at your side, in a confined area, in a crate or just nearby, be sure that you are not distracted from watching him every moment.  Be patient as you take time to consider how the world must be for him.

The fun of being outside ends abruptly if you take him back inside the house right away when he is done.  When he succeeds in your dog potty training, give him lots of praise.

postheadericon According to the center for disease control, pet ownership has a number of significant health benefits

According to the Center for Disease Control, pet ownership has a number of significant health benefits. Pet owners experience lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and are often more active than those without pets. A National Institute of Health workshop held in 1987 concluded that pets are especially beneficial for older people and children, albeit for quite different reasons. Older people enjoy the companionship and derive health benefits from the increased level of activity and attention that pets generally require, while children learn responsibility and socialization skills in the safety of a nonjudgmental relationship with the family pet. Additionally, scientific studies have shown that people with pets suffer significantly lower levels of stress during major life changes than those without them.

Certainly, relocation is a major life change. Since pets help their owners to cope with the stress surrounding your move, it’s only fair that you should help your pets in return by shielding them from as much of the stress and bustle surrounding a move as possible. Veterinarians agree that pets can often suffer more stress during a move than their owners, in part because pets cannot understand why their environment is changing so radically and rapidly. While every pet will react to stress differently, here are some helpful suggestions to consider.

Leave your pet’s possessions for last

Packing up your dog’s favorite toys or moving your cat’s litter box may seem like a small matter to you, but it can be very upsetting to your pet. Since you can’t explain to your dog that he’ll get his toys back after the move, it’s better to leave them out until right before the move. You can then move them at the same time you move him. This will also give your dog a familiar object or two to play with on the journey to your new home, which can relieve some stress in itself.

Plan a sleepover for your pet

One way to spare your pet stress if you are moving within the same city is to arrange for her to stay with a friend for a few days. After the move is complete, you can bring your pet to her new home and allow her to adjust to one major change rather than a whole series of upsetting and repeated changes to her environment.

Last packed, first unpacked

It’s a good idea to unpack your pet’s toys, food, and litter box first, before allowing him into the new home. Unfamiliar surroundings can be frightening and disorienting for your pet, so seeing the familiar objects from home can help take the edge off a stressful situation. It may also be helpful to physically show your pet the way to the areas that will be important to him, such as food and water dishes, litter boxes, and the all-important doggie door.

Lots of love and attention

Your pet can’t tell you how she’s feeling, but she often shows it in the way she acts. Make sure your pet gets plenty of cuddles and petting. Praise her for using the doggie door, scratching to be let outside, or finding the litter box; this will reinforce these behaviors and ensure they continue in the new environment. Hugging your pet will make you feel better too, and reduce stress levels for both of you.

Your pet does so much for your family’s health and emotional well-being. These simple steps can help you return the favor and reduce stress for your pet when you relocate, ensuring a smoother move for all the members of your family, including the four-footed variety.