Pet Care Tips: How to quiet a bird

One of the reasons why bird lovers are so into their feathery friends is because they are great communicators. While this is great and adorable, some birds yak non-stop or worse, shriek! Short of becoming enemies with your neighbours or giving the bird away, what can you do?

We hope this short video helps. Essentially, training is important to your bird. And your behaviour will either encourage your bird to be a better friend or not. Lots of toys and sparingly, yummy treats help too!

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Beat the Monday Blues: Pats, and more pats, purr-eeze…

We came across this gem which we could not resist to share. Watch how doe-eyed cat longingly asks his owner to shower him with some love.

Pets need our love and care. Be generous when you shower them with all your attention!

To all our Muslim friends, here's wishing you a Selamat Hari Raya!

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Pet Adoption Friday: Frenchie from Humane Society (Singapore)

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Name: Frenchie
Sex: Male
Breed: English Bulldog
Age: 2 years old
Size (full grown): Medium
Good with other dogs: Selective
Health: Slight skin issue
Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Sterilised: Not yet
Special needs: A loving home

"Behind this rough-looking facade, I am actually a very sweet boy who yearns for love and affection. I will return your kind gesture with loads of kisses, loyalty and affection too!"

If you wish to find out more about Frenchie, please email Ms Judie Chang at judie.chang@humanesocietysingapore.org or call the Humane Society (Singapore) hotline at 6583 7371/ 6583 7372.

More information is available at Humane Society (Singapore)'s Official Facebook page.

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Pet Care Tips: Pet Care Tips: DIY items for your Red-Eared Slider

If you are a proud owner of a Red-Eared Slider (RES), we hope you are aware of what's required of you. The RES is a semi-aquatic reptile that grows really large for most apartment dwellers (male about 10" and female, 12").

For one, the RES will require a significantly large tank. More often than not, we tend to purchase things from shops instead of making them. However, we all know that the joy and sense of achievement are immense whenever you attempt to make something from scratch. Here, we want to share a video of possible DIY projects you can do for your pet terrapin if you're game enough. : )

Seems like a lot of work? Well, the RES does require quite a bit from you! If you're not a RES owner yet, you may want to read up our previous Pet Care Tips on them here, here, and here.

Remember, a pet is for life. The RES lives for about 30 years, so it's one pet you have to seriously consider.

Beat the Monday Blues: Man has a new best friend!

One of the reasons for keeping a pet is that they provide companionship. In this video, an elderly man has a very faithful bird as a pet.

For your pet bird's safety, we do not encourage you to try this in busy Singapore even if he's the most highly-trained feathered friend.

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Pet Adoption Friday: Lovely Princess from House Rabbit Society Singapore

PrincessHRSSName: Princess
Age: 1.5 years old
Breed: Local
Sex: Female
Sterilised: Yes
Litter-trained: Yes

Our beautiful Princess is a little shy and takes a while to warm up to people. But once she does, she shows you how sweet and gentle she can be. She was bonded with her brother who had passed on earlier, so she will do great being introduced as a companion to another fellow bunny. =)

If you wish to know Princess more, please send an email to info@hrss.net.

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Pet Care Tips: 10 tips for a chinchilla owner

Pet Care Tips: 10 tips for a chinchilla owner

#1: Having difficulty transferring your active chinchilla from cage to cage? Here's a tip: put some dust bath in a house-shaped container and place it in the cage. When your chinchilla is inside the house-shaped container, you can cover the entrance of the container with your palm and transfer him to another cage so you can clean the main cage!

#2: Chinchillas love to chew. Where you're going to let your chinchilla come out and play, chin-proof all that's dangerous - cables, poisonous plants*, etc. Also, always keep the door to their cage open for them so they can jump back when they need a place to feel safe.
*Not all plants are good for chinchillas. Always check and be aware of what they can munch on.

#3: Provide appropriate chew toys for your chinchilla. Their teeth continue to grow throughout their lifetime and chewing helps prevent overgrown teeth.

#4: It's important and very beneficial that you're bonded with your pet. It's easier to check your chinchilla when you suspect something wrong and bring it to a veterinarian if necessary. Start by interacting with your chinchilla everyday. You can also offer treats but remember to do so in moderation.

#5: Chinchillas get stressed in hot and noisy places. Place his cage in a quiet and safe area and keep the room temperature at not more than 24 degree Celsius.

#6: If you decide to introduce another chinchilla into your household, you have to do so slowly and with caution. Some chinchillas may fight and sustain serious injuries if they do not bond well.

#7: Provide a balanced diet for your chinchilla via commercial pellets and good quality hay. Fruits and vegetables are not necessary in their diet and can cause stomach and intestinal problems if given in large quantities.

#8: When getting a chinchilla friend for your pet, introduce another chinchilla of the same sex. Introducing another chinchilla of a different sex would likely result in breeding. Breeding chinchillas is a serious responsibility and must not be taken lightly. Poor breeding can result in passing on of genetic problems or pregnancy complications for the female.

#9: Chinchillas take dust bath; never ever subject him to water baths!

#10: Keep plastic materials away from your chinchilla as they may chew and eat them. Their stomachs cannot digest them and this can result in impactions.

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Beat the Monday Blues: Doggy Dancing!

Dogs dancing. How is that even possible? Watch this.

Dancing can be a new sport that you can engage with your dog. It promotes owner and pet bonding and it is a lot of fun to do! There are training schools out there offering dance lessons for you and your doggy. So, what are you waiting for? Put on those dancing shoes and start grooving!

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Pet Adoption Friday: Ash and Tammy from Cat Welfare Society

Ash
Name: Ash
Age: 2 years old
Sex: Male
Breed: Pedigree/Cross
Sterilised: Yes

Ash is a gorgeous slate grey-silver-black cat with green eyes who unfortunately had owners that could not appreciate him. He now lives with his foster parents. Ash requires regular veterinary care and good quality food. (Psst...this handsome boy also loves attention)

Tammy
Name: Tammy
Age: 5 months old
Sex: Female
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Colour: Black
Sterilised: Not yet (she will need to when she is 6 months' old)

At just 5 months' old, Tammy is also known as the 'purr machine' because of her non-stop purring every time she meets people. Tammy is very affectionate and friendly with humans. She is also tamed enough to be carried.

If you wish to know more about:
- Ash, please contact Ms Thenuga at 9107 0185
- Tammy, send in your enquiry to Samantha4321@hotmail.com or 9133 8514

Pet Care Tips: How to clean your gerbil’s tank

For those who are keen on keeping gerbils but are puzzled as to how do you actually clean up a tank full of bedding and toys, we'd like to share this YouTube video with you. This very dedicated gerbil owner has such a large tank for her two adorable gerbils with different types of substrates to burrow, toilet rolls of hide, toys to play and treats to snack on!

It's certainly not easy work but no one says the gerbils deserve any less care compared to other pets!

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Beat the Monday Blues: Best Friends Forever

Ralphee the kitten is different compared to her fellow counterparts. She has a neuorological disorder known as 'Feline Cerebella Hypoplasia' which impairs her motor skills and coordination. Despite her disability, this beautiful kitten finds support in what would be an unlikely friend - Max the cattle dog who is always there to look out for her. Together, they are the best of friends.

Regardless whether a pet is born normal or with a disability, they need to be loved, cared for and provided with lots of attention. So if you have not told your pet just how much they mean to you, remember to do it today!

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Pet Adoption Friday: Cucumber and Darcy from Causes for Animals Singapore

Cucumber

Name: Cucumber
Sex: Female
Age: 4 years and 6 months old
Breed: Local cross
Size (full grown): Medium
HDB-approved: Yes
Good with children: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes

Cucumber recently underwent an operation after having lost a toe due to a growth that left her almost lame. This calm and heroic girl has since recovered and is deemed as the shelter's 'warrior princess'! She comes when called, rolls over for belly rubs, and even sits on command. She has also learnt to walk perfectly on leash. Who says life is tough with a missing toe? She now resides at the CAS adoption centre but deep down, this girl longs for a forever home.

Darcy

Name: Darcy
Age: 10 months old
Sex: Male
Breed: Local cross
Size (full grown): Medium
HDB-approved: Yes
Good with children: Yes
Good with cats: Yes
Good with other dogs: Excellent

A permanent scar on his back tells the story of the scary start to life for poor Darcy. Although he is a little shy, this boy is gentle and friendly. Darcy adores small breed dogs. He also enjoys people-watching but tends to be nervous around unfamiliar faces. But once he's warmed up, he is an absolute sweetheart.

Both Cucumber and Darcy are under the Project ADORE (ADOption and REhoming of dogs) scheme.

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.

Event: Adoption Drive by Exclusively Mongrels @ Torte Café

The Pet Central team will be there at this adoption drive with activities (paper modelling, colouring) that teach children about pet care. This event is suitable for the whole family so we look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

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Pet Care Tips: Guinea Pigs – Two to tango!

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A naturally sociable animal, the guinea pig thrives best in the company of its own kind.

Two is better than one!
The best combination would be a pair of guinea pigs from the same litter. The next can be one of a male and female. As guinea pigs establish a social hierarchy, take care when introducing a new male as that may lead to fighting. For cavies, it's always best to have the male guinea pigs sterilised, regardless of the pairing. Sterilisation of the males will prevent unwanted breeding, and also protect the females against a range of birthing complications. Do consult a veterinarian should you wish to breed your guinea pigs.

Benefits
It takes two to tango. Having a buddy for each other reaps a lot of benefits for your guinea pigs. For one, they move a lot more together than on their own, reducing the chances of a passive lifestyle that can leave them overweight. They also play, groom and snuggle together, for warmth and security. The natural pecking order within the cavies themselves will prevent anti-social behaviour as well.

C&C cage

Housing
Because you have two guinea pigs, you need to ensure that there's space enough for both of them and each of them. By this we mean they also have hutches to 'escape' to for personal time which they will still need sometimes.

Introducing a new member
If you already have one guinea pig and is introducing a new member to the existing one, you may wish to do it on a neutral ground (a place that both have not been to/left their scent on). Always be around to supervise this whole process until they're eventually bonded.

Here's three cheers to the beginning of a new friendship! Remember to continue to tend to your guinea pigs' needs and be a responsible pet owner. (:

Resources: RSPCA UK, Small Pet Select, PDSA

Images: Guinea Rescue, Cali Cavy Collective

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