For the love of cats
There is a stray cat in my neighbourhood that I would love to take in. The problem is that I already have a cat, and anytime he sees the other cat in the back garden he becomes very aggressive. What should I do?
Before adopting the stray, you must get it vaccinated and tested by a vet. Confine the new cat to a separate room with food, water, and a litter box. Go into the room to pet him and begin the bonding process, but do not let him leave the room for one week. This will allow your other cat time to get used to his scent and presence.
After a week, place the new cat into a cage or crate and bring the cage into the main living area of your home. The main area is where you spend the most time. Leave the cat inside the cage for one hour, allowing the other cat to sniff the cage. After one hour, open the door of the cage and allow the new cat to come out into the room. Watch your current cat's reaction closely. If the two begin to fight, immediately put the new cat back into the cage. Repeat this from time to time.
This process sometimes allows the cats to tolerate one another within a few hours, and sometimes it takes weeks. Try to be as patient as possible and don't try for more than three hours at a time. Just return the new cat to his confined space if the two cats were not able to get along that day.
How to make a shelter for ducks ?
Shelter is very important to a domestic duck .Your pet duck needs shelter – a place to hide from predatory animals, a quiet retreat from other pets, and a place to escape from the elements – wind, rain, cold, and sun. The shelter should be large enough for the duck to fully expand and flap his wings, and move around freely. Pet ducks should never be caged in small enclosures once they are full grown. If you can't allow your duck to roam your entire garden, give them an area of their own that is clean, safe from predators, and accessible for daily maintenance and feeding. You must have a shallow pool. Use sand to cover most of the bottom, special pads to help keep water from puddling, steps to get in and out of the pool, and an interior shelter to keep the ducks feeling safe and dry during bad weather and wind.Some people use a dog kennel with a smaller, cozy shelter inside for nightime. A penned area for daytime with a shelter available for sleeping or privacy is fine. Your individual situation and climate will determine what's best. If you must confine your duck, never use litter or wood chips that could present a choking hazard or result in potentially fatal health problems when ingested.Hay or straw is safest, be sure to replace bedding daily. In just a few days mold forms, causing a deadly environment for ducks. Mold is hazardous to other animals and humans.
I want to keep white mice as pets.
Mice are very social with members of their own kind, and females will do especially well in a group. Males can be kept together if introduced at a young age – if introduced when adults, they will fight. If you plan to keep several males together, however, be certain that you’ve provided enough room. Do not house males and females together, since mice breed quickly – and often – with large litters.
Provide small boxes or flower pots for your pets to hide in, and cardboard tubes for your mice to chew and run through. You can also add a tree branch for them to climb on. Most mice will enjoy running on an exercise wheel, so be sure to get yours one. Make sure that the wheel has a solid surface without wire rungs, so your pets’ tails cannot get caught while running. Ladders for climbing and PVC pipes for tunneling will also be much appreciated by your bright, active pets.. Offer small amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables to your mice every day as treats. Peas, broccoli, carrots, apples and bananas are good foods to start with. Fresh, clean water should be available at all times.
A water bottle with a drinking tube that attaches to the side of the cage is the best way to go. Do not give your mice cabbage, chocolate, corn, candy, junk food, peanuts, uncooked beans or onions. Remove droppings, uneaten food and soiled areas of bedding from your pets’ cage every day. Clean the cage completely once a week by replacing dirty bedding and wiping down the rest of the cage. Note that male mice will tend to produce more odor than females, so their cages may need to be cleaned more often. Like that of all rodents, a mouse’s sharp front teeth grow continuously. Provide unpainted, untreated pieces of wood, dog biscuits or safe chew toys (you can find them at the pet supply store) for your mice to gnaw on. This is crucial for keeping their teeth in tip-top condition and will prevent dental problems.
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