Pet Care Tips: DIY Hammock for the small critters!

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It has been pouring outside lately and the weather is a little chilly at night. The small critters like the hamsters and chinchillas wouldn't mind something warm to snuggle and snooze in like a hammock!

So, if you have a small pet, why not consider making a Do-It-Yourself hammock? We found 2 different methods you can attempt. : )

Watch this YouTube video for the no-sew three-tiered hammock:

For the more elaborate pocket hammock (instructions and images courtesy of Craft Nectar):

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You will need:
• a 12" x 24" piece of fleece (size is a guideline - it can be smaller)
• 4 shower curtain hooks
• 4 extra large eyelet (also known as grommet) sets and the tools for setting the eyelets
• small, sharp scissors
• a sewing machine and thread

Instructions:
1. Turn under a 1/2" edge on both of the short ends of the fleece.
2. With right sides together, bring the ends to the centre of the fleece so they meet in the middle.
3. Pin in place and sew the sides.
4. Turn inside out.
5. Place one of the eyelet pieces on the fabric and trace the circle on the inside of the eyelet onto the fleece.
6. With either a leather punch or a pair of small, sharp scissors, cut an X through the centre of the circle large enough to accommodate the shank of the eyelet. Cut just a little at a time and try to work the fabric tightly around the eyelet piece. If you make it too big, the eyelet won't hold so smaller is better.
7. Following the instructions on the eyelet set, assemble the parts and hammer until the metal shank overlaps the flat part of the eyelet. We put the nice side of the eyelet on the flat part of the hammock because that's the side that's visible from outside the cage.
8. Repeat the eyelet setting for the other corners of the hammock.
9. Using the curtain hooks, hang the edge of the hammock from a point that the pet can reach but that allows that hammock to move freely.

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Pocket pets are sensitive to smells. So when you introduce a new hammock to them, fill it with bit of fabric or toys that already smell like them so they'll feel at home.

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Beat The Monday Blues: Meet Freddy - The Mr Big of Britain

He may be just 18 months old (at the time the video was recorded), but Freddy the Great Dane may well be on his way to clinch the title of World's Biggest Dog. His feed per week includes 8 large cans of dog food and 4 roasted chickens. Now that's what we call a feast! Check out how it's like living with Freddy in today's Beat the Monday Blues:

We would like to quote Freddy's owner, Claire, where she said, "All I want for my dogs is that they're healthy and well; so as long as he's healthy, that's the main thing for me". As pet owners, it is our responsibility to keep our pets in the pink of health. Playtime between pet and owner also helps in the well-being of the pet.

Check out our entire Beat the Monday Blues library as we bring you more interesting videos.

Pet Adoption Friday: Margo and Marcy from House Rabbit Society Singapore

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Names: Margo and Marcy
Sex: Female
Age: 1.5 years old
Litter-trained: Yes

They are young, active and friendly! Margo and Marcy are also not fussy with their food and have very good litter habits. Provide them with a space to roam freely at home and you will be entertained with their binkies.

Margo and Marcy will have to be adopted together. If you wish to bring them home, send in your email to info@hrss.net.

For more information, visit www.hrss.net and 'Like' their Facebook page.

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Pet Care Tips: 30 interesting Guinea pig facts

Think you know your guinea pig well? Let's see!

Disclaimer: It is best that you keep your piggy on land. While some Guinea pigs can swim (as seen in other videos), it's not a certainty that yours would not get a fright of being placed in the water.

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Beat the Monday Blues: What makes a terrapin's meal?

In this week's Beat the Monday Blues, it's all about food (not for us but for our dear terrapin (aka red-eared slider) friends)! What kind of food is most suitable for these semi-aquatic creatures? Should you be concerned if your terrapin is not eating? Click the play button to find out!

Making sure that your terrapin eats the correct type of food is essential so as to keep it healthy. As they do have a tendency to overeat, keep the portion of the food the same size of its head. Check out our Pet Care Tips: The DOs and DON'Ts of A Red Ear Slider (RES) Diet article for some useful tips!

Pet Adoption Friday: Stitch and Ayla from Cat Welfare Society

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Name: Stitch
Age:
7 months old
Sex: Male
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair
Colour:
Tabby
Sterilised:
Yes
Vaccinated: Yes
Good with other cats: Yes

Stitch has very soft and silky fur coat. This playful boy also enjoys snuggling up next to you on the bed.

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Name: Ayla
Age:
1 year old
Sex: Female
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair
Colour:
Black and white
Sterilised:
Yes
Vaccinated: Yes
Dewormed: Yes

With her very cute short legs and perfect long tail, sweet and playful little Ayla is still looking for a forever home. Are you ready to welcome her into the family?

And here's a clip to show you just how much these babies love to play!

Both Stitch and Ayla can be adopted separately. If you wish to know more about these babies, please contact Ms Nebisa Ali at 9028 6819.

Pet Care Tips: Welcome to the hamster family!

Hamsters are very popular house pets as they are generally easier to care for and are good with children. There are four common types of hamsters. Let's get to know more about them!

Syrian Hamsters

Syrian Hamster

Size: 10cm to 18 cm
I have...
- Very short tails
- Large cheek pouches
- Small eyes

If there is a popularity contest for hamsters, the Syrians would win hands down. They are very easy to handle and make wonderful pets for children. Syrian hamsters should be kept alone as they do not get along well with other hamsters. Just a note that Syrians can be ferocious and bitey. It is not uncommon for them to fight to amongst themselves and could lead to death. Being nocturnal, Syrians are less active during the day. Among them, the Syrian hamsters are usually larger in size compared to the rest of the hamster family.

Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamsters

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Size: approximately 10cm (full-grown adult)
I have... - Grayish brown fur coat with a darker strip of colour down the spine

The Dwarf Campbell Russians are more social than Syrian hamsters so more than one Dwarf can live together. However, just make sure that they are of the same sex to prevent them from breeding. They are not so comfortable when handled and have a tendency to nip when they feel nervous or threatened. It is best that there is adult supervision when both child and pet are interacting. Nonetheless, they make wonderful pets.

Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamsters

Winter white hamster

Size: 6 - 10cm (full-grown adult)
I have...
- three colour coats: Sapphire, Pearl and Sapphire-Pearl

Sweet and gentle, the Dwarf Winter White Russian hamsters share similar behavioural traits to Dwarf Campbell Russians - less active during the day and can be kept in same sex pairs or groups. It can be quite challenging when handling them as they are very quick and swift.

Roborovski

Roborovski's

Size: 3.5cm to 5cm (full-grown adult)
I have...
- sandy brown coat with a white tummy
- white marks over my eyes

The friendliest and the smallest of the lot, meet the Roborovskis! They are really sweet and have good temperaments. If not necessary, try to cut down on the handling as it may be quite difficult to go after them once they are out. Just like their counterparts, they are nocturnal.

We hope that you now have a better understanding of the different hamster breeds. However, just make sure that they are of the same sex to prevent them from breeding. If you are new to the world of hamsters, we have a video that will give you an introductory crash course to this little creatures. Check it out here!

Adapted from: Doctors Foster and Smith

Photos from: Deal with pets, My Pawsitively Pets, Hamster Fanciers and Pet Info Club

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Beat the Monday Blues: The cutest video ever!

Imagine what it will be like if you put two of the cutest creatures in the world together in a video. Look no further! In today's Beat the Monday Blues, see how babies and cats learn to get along and have fun while they're at it.

Now that your blues have been chased away, watching these babies being fascinated by cats tells us how the passion for animals can be instilled from a young age. Learn how you can make playtime for your child and kitty more fun by checking out our Pet Care Tips: It's playtime with kitty article. Just one rule: Never push your cat and baby into doing activities or tricks that they may be uncomfortable with.

Pet Adoption Friday: Salad, Joshua and Tarzan from Causes for Animals Singapore

Salad

Name: Salad
Age:
8 years old
Sex: Female
Sterilised:
Yes

Salad survived tick fever but lost a spleen. She has been well since and if you are looking for a calm, easy going, steady family dog then look no further.

Joshua

Name: Joshua
Age:
4 months old
Sex: Male
Sterilised:
Not yet (he will need to when he's 6 months old!)

Joshua is a sweet, gentle boy who loves runs, swims and snuggly cuddles. Joshua has had a hard start to life but will make a great addition to your family.

Tarzan

Name: Tarzan
Age:
3 months old
Sex: Male
Sterilised:
Not yet (he will need to when he's 6 months old!)

Meet Tarzan - Causes for Animals Singapore's (CAS) very own jungle boy! Life as a street dog is tough and he deserves to be at home with a loving family. Tarzan is currently under quarantine and will be sent for a vet check, vaccination and deworming.

To learn more about these darlings, send an email to info@causesforanimals.com.

For more information about CAS, check out its website and Facebook page.

Pet Care Tips: How to bond with a shy rabbit

Rabbits are shy animals. In the wild, they are prey animals, i.e. they are hunted for food by other animals, so it's not surprising that they do not enjoy being cuddled or held. As a new rabbit owner though, you may have lofty visions of wanting to be your rabbit's new best friend. Fret not, with a lot of patience, bunny may build a very strong and lasting bond with you eventually. Patience is definitely key to pet ownership, if you haven't already know!

Here's a few steps in summary:

1. Find a quiet and secure room where you and your bunny can be alone.

2. Have a little treat, such as a carrot or a tiny piece of apple.

3. Lie on your tummy on the floor and let the bunny out of his "safe haven" (playpen). The bunny should have absolute freedom to choose when he comes out. Don't force it to come out. The bunny's natural curiosity will bring him to you.

4. Remain quiet and patient. Rabbits are naturally curious, and eventually, he will come over to sniff you.

5. Resist the temptation to reach out and pat the bunny. Instead, let him sniff you, hop on you and just get to know your smell. This will teach him that you are not a threat.

6. If the bunny finds the treat you have, hold it while he nibbles.

7. Do this every day. Gradually, you can start to touch the bunny by giving him a gentle scratch on the forehead.

8. As the bunny gradually becomes less shy, you can stroke his back, let him lie with his side pressed against your arm and/or whatever feels comfortable and natural to both of you.

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Beat the Monday Blues: Chinchilla ‘kisses’ and ‘walks’ away

Our team at Pet Central recently discovered this incredible video of a chinchilla doing simple tricks with its owner. According to the video description, it only took two days for the owner to teach her chin-chin to "kiss" and "walk" without directly following a treat. Now that's impressive! Enjoy this video!

Training is a good way to bond with your pet. It keeps your pet active and happy too.

Pet Adoption Friday: Scooby and Starbucks from Animal Lovers League

Scooby

Name: Scooby
Sex: Female
Age: 3.5 months old
Best known for... Being very friendly and smart!

Starbucks

Name: Starbucks
Sex: Female
Age: 3.5 months old
Best known for... Being calm and affectionate

If you'd like to know more about these lovely girls, do send an email to Animal Lovers League at adoption@animalloversleague.com

Save lives. Adopt today!

Pet Care Tips: Growing old gracefully

aging catYou may not even realise it but your cat has gracefully slid from middle age into old age. It's slowed down, may be thinner and its spine and shoulders more prominent as it loses the insulating layer of fat on its body. It may be less mobile and unsteady because of muscle weakness and aches and pains. A little more grey hair may appear around the muzzle and its coat. These are signs that your old cat is now a vintage and should be treated with the respect during its advanced years.

Becoming less active
senior-catAs cats grow older, they often turn their attention away from playing or hunting, preferring to spend time quietly with their owners.

Grooming
cat-not-grooming-itself0Older cats may require more help with grooming. Brushing a cat can be very relaxing for both you and your cat. Brushing removes dead hair from the coat and helps prevent matted fur and also prevent furballs since the cat will swallow less hair when it grooms itself. The area under the tail may sometimes need a gentle wipe with damp tissue or a pet wipe. Not many cats like having their belly combed and there is no need to press the point unless the belly fur becomes matted.

Sleeping
bean bag for catIf you want to buy your elderly cat a new cat bed or basket, remember to choose one which is large enough that it does not have to curl up tightly as older cats are less supple and less able to fit themselves into small cat beds. Beanbag beds are comfortable as the polystyrene beans keep in the warmth and provide support for a rickety body or stiff limbs. Shake out the cat's bedding frequently and wash it to keep it clean.

Teeth and Gums
cat mouthOlder cats are more prone to dental problems such as loose teeth, build-up of tartar on teeth and sore gums (gingivitis). Difficulty in eating and trouble grooming may indicate mouth-problems. If possible, check your cat's teeth and gums regularly. Look for yellow or brown scale, inflamed gums and mouth ulcers. An annual dental check up is advisable. Dried food, fed as part of the cat's diet, has an abrasive action on teeth and helps to keep them clean. Old cats may have difficulty with dry food.

Claws

At the same time, check your cat's claws regularly and trim them if they become overgrown. An older cat may no longer wear down its claws as quickly as it once did. Overgrown claws can snag, sometimes causing injury as the cat tries to pull the claw free. Badly overgrown claws will cause discomfort and problems with walking. They can also grow into the foot pad, causing injury, infection and lameness.

Drinking
Dramatically increased thirst can indicate kidney problems, which are more common in cats as they grow older and their kidneys work less efficiently. Possible indications that your cat may be suffering from problems in its urinary tract include urinating abnormal amounts of urine frequently, not urinating at all, or blood stained urine etc. These conditions cause discomfort to your cat and must be treated by a vet. Cats with kidney disease can be managed with medication and a special diet if the problem is caught early. There are other reasons a cat might start to drink more so any unexplained increased thirst should be investigated and diagnosed by a vet.

Old age and disability
As a cat ages, its sight and hearing may gradually deteriorate. The change is often so gradual that many owners don't notice anything until hearing loss or sight loss is total. A cat compensates by relying more on remaining senses, especially smell, to guide it through its daily routine. Because older cats have a more relaxed approach to life, most appear unperturbed by failing hearing or sight. The problems of deafness and failing sight can be counteracted by a caring owner.

Young CatAge eventually catches up with all of us. If your kitty is not a senior catizen yet, it still pays to be prepared for what's to come so that your cat too, may grow old gracefully.

Resources: Messy Beast, Dogs' Home

Images: Pet MD, Pet Product Guru, Cat Nutrition

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