If you are looking to adopt or bring home a rabbit, it is important to understand that rabbits are not much different than dogs and cats. They need a lot of care, love, attention and guidance. Think of a rabbit as a full-time pet or at least the care of him or her! As with a cat or dog, you will need to be mindful of your rabbit, feed him the correct type of food and schedule play time with your rabbit friend! And, of course, a lot of love and attention!
Rabbits are like curious little creatures
Your rabbit is a curious, sometimes stubborn and mischievous pet and can be a challenge at times. Don’t put it past your rabbit to tear up your carpet or chew up your couches (they really are like cats!). They usually enjoy racing around open spaces. Your rabbit likes to throws objects and climb on things to see the view from the top, just like a kitten! At the same time, your rabbit enjoys company very much - and he's an excellent communicator.
Pay attention to your rabbits’ body language
Your rabbit usually makes a lot of different movements and sounds, but you must pay very close attention to hear them. Rabbits also use body language as well as more blatant signals such as the characteristic thump, thump that signals danger or anxiety or that he or she is scared!
Rabbits need time to play
Rabbits that are accepted and understood are happy rabbits. Paying attention so you get to know your rabbit and spending time playing with him leads to a healthy relationship. Your rabbit may follow you around the house more faithfully than your dog; he may sit beside you watching television or make a purr like sound as if he is a cat. And yes, he will play - with you or with almost anything that he can find.
Rabbits are naturally curious and playful. Chewing is not only something they do, but also something they enjoy, and chew toys are always a favorite treat. Your rabbit will also enjoy toys that he can push or toss around. Toilet paper or paper towel rolls are easy, inexpensive toys, as are all-natural wood blocks. Make sure to play with your rabbit as you would your dog or cat.
Make sure to purchase toys for your rabbit
Rabbits don't care how much you spend on toys or even that you made them. They just need the mental stimulation that playing with toys provides. But you will need to be innovative to keep your rabbit happily occupied. Rabbits can get bored with their old toys, and a bored rabbit can become excessively destructive or even aggressive (just like a puppy!)
Rabbits thrive on exercise
Rabbits need things to crawl under and over, climb on and hop off of, dig into and chew on. Anything made of wood will eventually be consumed. Let your rabbit out of his cage and run around your home. They love to get out and join you or your family. A tired rabbit is a less destructive rabbit so make sure to give him plenty of exercise.
Rabbits are great pets! But, don’t be mistaken, they need love, exercise and play time to keep them happy and healthy.
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If you have just adopted a kitten or cat, they can sometimes be a little afraid or skittish. Many times these kitties have come from an unpleasant environment and become scared of new people, sounds or voices. But, you can socialize your cat and help him or her become less afraid with love, patience and understanding.
Below are some tips to help your cat feel comfortable and less afraid:
Cats can take time to adjust to their new surroundings
Cats are creatures of habit and love predictable environments. During the first few days, try to avoid making loud or sudden noises and always have an escape route for your feline friends so they feel they can protect themselves by retreating to a hiding place.
Most cats will exhibit shy behavior when introduced to new environments. Cats are cautious animals by nature and tend to look for the protection and comfort of an environment where they can fully or partially conceal themselves. As they become more accustomed to the sights, sounds, people, and animals in the new space and realize that they will not be physically harmed, they will leave their hideaway (usually under a couch or bed) and seek love and food!
Use food and toys to engage your kitty
When your kitty has become comfortable eating from his or her food dish, sit down a foot away from the dish and, after a few moments, reach over from behind and gently stroke her. Never bring your hand directly toward your cat’s face as this will startle her. Cats are very site oriented so they associate certain behavior with certain locations. Your cat will associate your affection with the food and with the location of the food dish. Even when the food dish is removed, she will think of the location as a safe spot to receive and give affection.
Use toys to engage your cat or kitten to play. Feather toys or string toys attached to poles are great devices to coax your pet to come closer to you. Walk around with a ribbon tied behind you so that your cat gets to feel like she is chasing you. Cats also love bags and boxes! If your kitty approaches to check you out, be still and let her investigate you.
Don’t stare at your kitty
Do not stare at your kitty. When you do make eye contact, slowly lower your lids, blink, or close your eyes. You will see your kitty doing the same. If your cat is nervous at your touch, the stress can be reduced if you close your eye. In the natural world of prey and predator, when one stares at the other, it means someone is about to pounced or attacked. You can make eye contact when you have food, a treat, or a gift. Eventually your kitty will know that your eye contact is a good thing.
Be gentle with your kitty
When you want to pick up your cat, do so slowly and gently. Lift her from the middle and make sure she is comfortable with it. If she doesn’t like to be held, put her down and try again in a few days. If your kitty runs when you pass her, pass her with your back to her. You want your cat to think that he or she has control.
Never yell at your cat
If your cat misbehaves, do not yell at him or her. Your kitty, out of fear, might miss the litter box or knock things over. But, the worst thing you can do is raise your voice to him or her. Always be positive and reward your kitty for playing or eating where he or she is supposed to. If your cat comes out from hiding under the couch, pet her and give her a treat. Encourage the good behavior, but never punish your cat for the bad behavior.
You need to be patient and let you cat come out when he or she is ready. It might require some time, effort and patience, but once you have won him or her over, you will have a friend for life!
Anyone who is considering bringing a dog into their lives should not spend the money on buying a dog when they are way too many dogs without a home. But, now, from I what I have heard and read, there is a new term called the “hybrid” dog or “designer dog”. Shouldn’t that be left for cars?
All mutts are cute
It doesn’t make sense to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a designer mutt when it really doesn’t mean anything. The offspring of a mating between two purebred dogs of different breeds is a mongrel, a mutt. And if you have one, you should love it, train it and care for it as if it had the bluest blood no matter what the origin of the pup.
Breeds are created by humans
I am not trying to bash breeders and if someone does want a pure bred, then they should be allowed to have that choice. But, remember that most of the breeds are ‘created’ by humans. Each breed was developed for a specific purpose – whether that original job was guarding the flock or being the ideal lap-dog. There’s no reason that development shouldn’t continue. If there is a need for a dog with particular characteristics, enterprising individuals will come forward to fill that need. Especially if it has to do with extinction or helping an illness of some sort that a new breed might help.
However, it takes many generations to really get a true breed. Compare yourself to your siblings. Do you all have the same looks, same personality, same interests and strengths? Most likely, you don’t. Each of you has some of the “best” traits of your parents. But those may not be the same traits. And each of you has some of the worst.
Golden Doodle, Puggle, the Mixes are Readily Available
Two of the best-known mixed-breeds out there now are the “Golden Doodle” and the “Puggle.” The thinking behind these crosses is fairly obvious: wouldn’t it be nice to have a Golden Retriever’s personality and willingness to please combined with the Poodle’s non-shedding coat and intelligence? Wouldn’t it be equally delightful to have a small dog without the breathing issues of a Pug, but quieter than a Beagle?
If you are considering spending the kind of money that these “hybrids” are commanding, be sure to research all of the traits of the contributing breeds. You will get a mixture of the two. And an equally adorable mixture may be waiting for you at your local shelter – the size you want, with the coat you want and the adorable face that melts your heart. I’m guessing that all you have to do is contact a few rescue groups and you will find one.
We love dogs in all shapes and sizes. When getting any dog, pure breed or a mutt, you don’t know what the dog will be like until you bring her or him home. There are no guarantees at all and sometimes the more pure bred, the more vulnerable the dog is to an ailment.
So many dogs need homes. If you really want a cross or ‘hybrid’ dog, check your shelter first to see if you can find one.
If you have just adopted a dog and this is a first time for you, you are probably excited and nervous. As with any new pet, it does take a little time to adjust. But, with patience and preparation, the new addition to your family will be happy in no time. Of course, this could apply to cats too, but dogs are a little more work (sometimes).
1. Buy your pet supplies in advance
When you bring your new dog home, make sure to have all your supplies ready for your pup. Make sure to buy a leash, some dog food, a water bowl and then, of course, a toy or two. And order an identification tag. Some shelters will recommend or already have a pet identification chip implanted in your pup which is always a good idea so you can always find him if he runs away.
2. Make sure to bring your dog home when you have time to bond
When you bring your newly adopted dog home, make sure it is when you have some time. If you work during the week, it might be a good idea to bring the dog home over the weekend when you can spend some time with him or her. It is important to have some initial bonding time with your new found pet. If you have other pets, you might want to separate them for a while until everyone gets to know each other.
3. Take your dog to the Vet for a check up
When you bring a dog home from a shelter, many of the shelters and/or rescue groups are really great about giving your pups the shots they need. However, if it is an older dog, the shelter might not have the exact medical records for your pup, so it is best to bring your dog the vet. Further, if you have other pets at home, make sure they are all up to date on their shots and vaccinations.
If your dog has not been spayed or neutered, make the appointment as soon as possible. There are too many homeless puppies and dogs which is why you adopted your dog from a shelter in the first place! Your veterinarian will let you know when is the best time to spray or neuter your dog.
4. Your dog will need to training and discipline
Dogs need rules and a semblance of order. Make sure your dog knows that you are the ‘boss’ from the start. If you catch your pup doing something you don’t want him to do, don’t get angry. Simply let your dog know right away in a disapproving voice that he or she has misbehaved. On the flip side, make sure to reward your dog for doing the right thing with love and praise. It is also recommended to enroll your dog in a dog obedience training or group. A well trained dog is a happy dog.
5. Your dog might not be housetrained
When you bring home a dog from a shelter, he or she might need a housetraining reminder. If you haven’t housetrained a dog before, you can get some tips on how to housetrain your dog from your trainer or from the rescue group. Like all training, be consistent, do NOT get angry if your dog has an accident and praise your dog for eliminating in the correct places.
6. Crate Training
People and dog advocates have different thoughts on crate training. Some dog owners don’t like the idea of putting a dog in a crate. But, it really is more of a room for your dog. It certainly makes housetraining a lot easier. And the crate does not have to be for the entire day, just a few hours a date. If you decide to go this route, make sure that the crate does not have wire where your dog’s paws will get caught and it should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and sit comfortably. If crating isn’t an option for you, try another kind of confinement to a dog-proofed part of your home, such as a kitchen or family room.
7. Make sure to give your dog plenty of exercise
When bringing your new dog home, you need to make sure to you give your dog plenty of exercise and game time. Take your dog on a run or walk with you. Go to the dog park and throw a Frisbee or twig; get your new pup up and out. If you go on an outing, take your dog with you. This will give your new pup a sense of freedom and fun.
8. Patience and understanding
The most important thing you can do for your dog is to be patient and understanding in your expectations. Remember that this is a big (but great) adjustment for your dog so you will need to give your pup a little time to acclimate. But with love, caring and understanding, your dog will be a new happy member of your family in no time!
I first learned of Santito, the special needs kitten, on Facebook when a friend of mine brought him to my attention. I was immediately moved and blown away by Santito’s story. Santito is a special needs kitten that has limited mobility of his back legs and is incontinent. He actually wears diapers. I contacted Santito’s Mom, Eden, and she was kind enough to share his story with me.
Santito was found with his back legs destroyed
Santito was found at two months old with his back legs all but destroyed. He was so covered in dirt, blood and fleas that she thought he was a black kitten. It was only after three baths that it became clear that little Santito was a white and gray kitten. He was suffering severe dehydration, malnutrition, and worst of all, nerve damage and paralysis of his hind area.
Yet, he was purring and playful and literally the sweetest little thing she ever met. Right from the start, he wanted to kiss the rescuer’s noses as he seemed to know how lucky he was and was grateful. At first, things were touch and go with Santito - he couldn't move his back legs at all and just dragged them behind him (something which had caused even more problems for his already damaged legs), was completely incontinent, and bounced between severe diarrhea severe constipation.
This is Santito at 3 months, climbing up his cat tree
Three different vets told them that he wouldn’t make it
Three different vets told Eden and the other rescuers to "just euthanize him" within the first week of his rescue. But this little guy was so full of life - wide-eyed, playful, cuddly, loving, that they couldn't imagine ending his life when he had fought so hard already to keep it. Eden wouldn’t accept that and pressed on.
But they knew Santito would pull through
Seeing how lively he was, they took Santito to a specialist who tested him and discovered that, although he had nerve damage, he still had deep sensory perception and mobility, and could potentially recover - at least partially if not totally. So Kitten Rescue decided to give this little guy a fighting chance. They started him in therapy at California Animal Rehabilitation and began various experiments with vitamins, food combinations, medications, etc., to normalize his system and give him the nutrition he had been lacking.
Santitio is now 9 months old and on his way!
Santito now has the mobility of his back legs, though he walks a little strangely but he can walk with all four legs and climb, pummel, and run, and can't QUITE jump...yet. He is still incontinent (he has to wear diapers) but he gains a little more control every day and no longer has any problems with diarrhea or constipation and he is off all his medication! This little champ has taught all his rescuers and his Mom that you don’t give up on life and keep fighting.
Santito and some of is other special needs buddies have been give a new lease on life, thanks to the Kitten Rescue (http://www.kittenrescue.org/). Kitten Rescue volunteers place approximately 1,000 cats and kittens into new homes every year. Since its inception, Kitten Rescue has rescued and placed over 10,000 cats into loving homes. They are an incredible group!
And you can meet the wonderful Santito on his facebook page which gives you more fun information on Santito: (and he is a new member of petpav!).