No one knows when the first ferret crawled up in the first human lap for a nap, but it's a good bet that first ferret owner was wearing a toga. The exact date of the domestication of the European ferret ( Mustela furo ) is lost to recorded history. But historians say that when the ancient Greeks wrote fondly 2,500 years ago of a weasel-like animal they'd made a pet, they may well have been referring to a ferret.
As the saying goes, “one person's garbage is another person's treasure” at the flea market. While you're out there, a beautiful, slightly rusty birdcage may catch your eye. Instantly you see how easy it would be to apply a paint job and turn it into a perfect Victorian home for your little bird. But before you splurge on this item, you may want to consider the potential risks.
Over the past few years, African hedgehogs have become popular pets. Here are 10 things you should know before you bring one home. Laws vary. Laws about keeping these animals as pets vary, depending on where you live. So, before you decide to buy one, check with local authorities to see if special permits are required - or if the animals are permitted at all.
The Elaphe group of snakes consists of a large and diverse number of popular colubrids. The most widespread is the common corn snake or red rat snake. There are two or three subspecies, but the nominate Elaphe g. guttata is a grey to tan colored animal with a series of large red saddles with black edges along its back.
Springtime, pretty colors, children coloring eggs and hiding them, and the Easter Bunny. Easter is the holiest day for Christians, the day celebrating Christ's resurrection on the third day after Good Friday. This time of year is also associated with Passover, the holy Jewish holiday. So why a bunny?
Each spring there are many orphaned wild animals found in our communities, and baby squirrels are among the more common. Many things can create an orphan situation. The nest could be knocked down by a storm, the wind or tree trimming. Or a predator could take away the mother. The most common reason, however, is lack of space.
That greenish glow in your aquarium may fit in with St. Patrick's Day, but what can you do about algae growth the other 364 days of the year? If algae hasn't taken over the tank, you may not have to do anything. Healthy growth of green algae in an established aquarium will happen naturally and is a sign of good water quality and adequate lighting.
Curious, sensitive, lively animals that they are, ferrets enjoy being outdoors for a walk - as long as you and your pet abide by a few ground rules. For ferrets, the ground rules include a collar, harness and leash. For pet owners, they require being sensitive to a ferret's need to have a safe place to hide if scared, and a chance to explore without being tugged or dragged along.
Over the past several years, the popularity of the domestic rabbits as pets has risen considerably. In fact, rabbit numbers now exceed equine numbers in the United States with an estimated five million rabbits in just under two million households. Since they are so popular, it is important to know how to care for these special herbivores properly to ensure that they live as long and as well as possible.
The loss of any close friend can be devastating, and pets can be among our closest companions. A pet frequently provides unconditional love, emotional security, and loyalty. Routine activities with an animal companion often provide structure, fun, relaxation, and social contact in our daily lives. The death of a cherished pet can mean the loss of an entire lifestyle as well as a devoted companion.
The yellow-bellied slider is an attractive, hardy and fascinating turtle. They are called sliders because they slide from their basking sites, where they enjoy the sun, to the coolness and safety of the water. These turtles are easy to keep and almost always thrive in captivity. A relative of the red-eared slider, yellow-bellies have been available in the pet industry for more than 60 years.
Does your beloved reptile repay your love and devotion by treating your hand like a thick, juicy hamburger? Don't take it personally. Reptiles can make great pets, but some of them are more likely to bite than others. That's because these animals are truly wild. They are not domesticated like dogs and cats, mammals that have lived in harmony with humans for thousands of years.
The chemistry of your aquarium water should not be a mystery to you. Your fish depend upon you providing them with a balanced ecosystem. While it's possible, with careful and patient preparation, to maintain a healthy aquarium without testing the water, the first sign that something has gone wrong will most likely be a dying or dead fish.
For people who feel that snakes are just a little too creepy but want a reptile as a pet, lizards fit the bill. But with so many shapes and varieties, which one is right for you? Before getting a lizard, research various species. Know the required husbandry, housing needs and feeding each species needs.
Penlights that double as lug wrenches, the latest buffalo meat and chocolate cream pie diet book - ever wonder why all these questionable items are grouped together in the checkout lane? The answer is pretty simple: all of them fall under the heading “impulse purchasing” - things we buy on impulse, without taking the time to consider their usefulness.
Most municipal water companies sterilize their water with chlorine or chloramine, a combination of chlorine and ammonia, for safe human consumption. While relatively harmless to humans in minute amounts, chlorine can be deadly to fish. The amount of chlorine in tap water may fluctuate, but it is usually between 0.
What is a "ratvocate?" When most people think of pets, they probably think of cats and dogs… maybe the occasional bunny or fish. But there's a world full of people who have rats as pets and love them like any other companion. Friends Ivy Ellis (IE) of Berkeley, CA and Kerry Castillo (KC) and Melinda Elmer (ME) of Long Beach, CA have had nearly 40 rats as pets over the years.
California, Hawaii and New York City are the major battlefields in the war against keeping ferrets as pets. But ferret partisans are working hard to defeat the last of what they consider arcane and unenforceable bans. In California and Hawaii, ferrets are classified as wildlife and outlawed as pets. In the last two California legislative sessions, legalization bills passed the state assembly with the blessing of the Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Prospective pet owners commonly underestimate how much care their new charges will require. This is especially true of reptiles and amphibians. Here are 10 questions you should ask yourself before buying one: Have I done the proper research and reading? Research involves more than merely asking a few questions at the pet store.
You have your dear bunny at home, completely litter box trained, spayed, and “owns” your house, so to speak. You work 8 hours a day and think how sad for her to be alone, so you promptly go out to find her a friend. A trip to the humane society brings home a neutered male. How pleased she will be you think.
Rabbits are soft, quiet, loving pets. If you have never shared your home with a rabbit before, there are some things you need to know. Handling. As ground-loving creatures, rabbits are not fond of being held or carried as adults. They are not good pets for small children. They are most active at dawn and dusk, and need their quiet sleep time during the day.