Dwarf Hamsters are small mammals that are native to many of the desert areas of
China, Manchuria, Mongolia as well as Siberia. Because of the dry and sandy dune areas, dwarf hamsters are also called "desert hamsters". Dwarf hamsters are not a breed of hamsters or a miniature version. They are their own species and have characteristics,entirely of their own. There are 4 common species of dwarf hamsters that have become popular pets in recent years. Syrian hamsters are the larger version.
The Campbell Hamster
The Roborovski Hamster (robo dwarf hamster)
The Siberian (Winter white) Hamster
The Chinese Hamster
One of the most important things to consider is that hamsters love to chew and you should get ready a cage that doesn't have wide-spaced grills and always get escape-proof hamster cages.
Nowadays,cages that comes with wheels and upper decks (Habit rail) provide a good exercise environment for the active dwarf hamsters. Some owners also like to get exercise balls for their hamsters to run around but personally, having used that before,I don't really like it since the ball has holes and my hamsters always shit and pee while they're running....makes the house kind of dirty.....
Some hamsters love to roll in dust baths and these baths could get rid of the grease on their fur.You can place a bowl of bathing sand or chinchilla dust in their cages and watch them roll. It's really cute. They go to the bowl naturally.I have not experienced with shampoo or water baths for my hamsters,but I have friends who bathed their hamsters to death so I didn't want to try that....
There are some people who like to have the clear aquarium plastic tanks since they can monitor their hamsters better when all movements of their hamsters can be seen easily.
These plastic tanks are cheap and quite durable. As for bedding,you can choose to use the usual wood shavings, Carefresh bedding (made of recycled wood pulp..heard that it absorbs up to 3 times) or Kay kob. Some would recommend Aspen but don't use Cedar wood shavings. The scented oils of the cedar shavings allow hamsters to be prone to liver cancer. The prices for these beddings will differ at different pet shops.
There are lots of expenditures and costs associated with owning a car these days. These added expenditures are its overall maintenance costs. But did you know that you can considerably cut down on those maintenance costs if you decide to purchase a reliable vehicle?
A reliable car is of course one that you can depend on and not something that would stir up troubles for you unexpectedly. A reliable vehicle is one that is going to give you great efficient performance with a bit of regular and periodic care. No matter how old it gets in its number of years, you can still vouch for its quality performance for many more years to come under the same care.
A truly reliable car is technically and physically sound. You can undoubtedly expect that it’s
made from durable and premium materials having just the perfect body weight that would aid in its fuel consumption and economy. This kind of vehicle is loaded with safety features that not only provides you protection and ease of handling but will also have bearing on bringing down your insurance costs considerably. One of the most important safety features in your car is the wind shield.
Having lots of safety features means that there are comparatively smaller chances of your car getting stolen or damaged and you getting accidentally hurt which leads to little to none incurred medical charges. The insurance companies therefore can take the risk of selling you a car insurance policy (which is a compulsory purchase by the way, if you live in the States and have a vehicle) with very low premium.
So now you know how a car can be reliable ... reliable in its body, performance and fuel efficiency. Of course every prospective buyer, who is searching for a car to keep for some years to come, will also want to add the feature of physical beauty and appeal of the car to his buying wish list; but is it really an important aspect to be looked in a car? Although it has considerable weight, you really cannot prioritize it over the constant costs that are attached to a vehicle.
Strangely, yet not without truth, most of the reliable vehicles that you will witness around you, living in the United States, are not American by make or origin. Many of these come from oceans across like BMW, Audi, Honda (Japanese), and Hyundai (South Korea). These are few of the top ranking reliable family vehicle brands according to the latest statistics.
The Camry, Prius and Corolla from Toyota and the Civic and CR-V of Honda really are the top selling cars of today in the world over, especially in the United States. Their sales figures are based on reliability, performance, fuel efficiency and safety features. At the end of the day, it is really those things and low maintenance costs that become the priority of every vehicle buyer. Even if you purchase one of the vehicles as a second owner, you can vouch for its smooth and trouble free performance and life.
As mentioned earlier, with a vehicle, there is not the initial cost of purchase alone that has to be dealt with. There are many other things that follow afterwards shortly and these are the periodic or regular maintenance costs. Here lies the difference between buying a reliable and a non-reliable vehicle.Every car needs to go through a periodic check-up and maintenance survey in order to ensure that no accumulated large cost will later be incurred on the owner. These include the service of brake pads, review of the common auto maintenance procedure of wheel alignment, service and maintenance of the transmission box, motor oil check. with other non-luxury brands and those that are not included in the list above, you can easily expect many extra charges which you can easily do without when you deal with reliable vehicles.
Buying a used vehicle only because it looks good or because it has been advertised a lot since it is a local
brand, is not a wise thing to do. Cars that are produced with engines that are not meant to last or are produced with inferior material are bound to give lots of problems. There are several maintenance procedures that are required on a frequent basis and are expenses that can really add up. These include an oil top-up or change and brake pad replacement cost. The reliable brands look into every minute aspect during production. They come with auto window tinting, an immaculate car paint job (averages & estimates) and you can save your oil change coupons for those few and infrequent visits for oil change. The reliable vehicles are hot selling items in the automotive market. You should not have any trouble with financing a new car either. If you do think you are unable to come up with the financing, you can expect a good resale price that is not going to set you further back in your savings.
A Degu (pronounced Day-goo) is an ever-increasing popular pet. Originating from Chile, Degus
are part of the Octodon family, same as Guinea pigs and similar to Chinchillas, classified due to having a distinctive 'figure 8' shape on their front teeth. When treated with care, respect and given optimal living conditions, these animals become loving companions, characterised by there inquisitive, social and playful attitudes. Degus require a large cage to live in, a specific diet and lots of interaction, all of which can be found on the Degu care pages.
Degus are diurnal, meaning they sleep during the peak day and night, being awake during early morning and late evening. A fully grown adult will grow to around 15cm in body, with another 9cm in tail, weighing around 0.3kg. Degus are becoming ever popular as pets due to their high intelligence, long lives (an average of 6-8 years, although under optimal conditions lives of up to 10 years are not uncommon) and the ability to be trained. Until recently they could rarely be found in pet shop, especially mainstream., but are now being sold up and down the country. Once a bond is formed between creature and keeper, Degus will groom and play with their owners, with the most trustful even sleeping in there owners hands and on their shoulders.
Degus were first imported to many countries during the 50's due to their intolerance of sugar, and so were used in laboratories in many countries for diabetes research. As a result, it is believed that all the domestic Degus bred in this country are descendent of just 4 Degus imported to be experimented on. Laboratories also study Degus by training them to use tools due to there intelligence and hand-paw coordination, being see to use a mini 'rake' to obtain a treat out of a small inaccessible gap.
In the Wild
Degus originate from Chile in South America, where they live in large family groups. Degus are highly social animals, often living in colonies of around 10, but there have been reports of groups of 60 Degus and more. They live in underground burrows of rooms and tunnels, expanding as more Degus join the colony. The burrows provide shelter from the weather as well as a place to hide from predators that can not be easily infiltrated during sleeping. This is contrary to their biology, as most burrowing animals have small eyes and nails whereas Degus have big eyes and claws. They typically spend a few hours in the morning and afternoon, avoiding the main heat on the surface, where they forage for food in groups, using their good vision, hearing and smell to detect predators. Predators of the Degu include different varieties of bird and foxes. Degus exhibit a wide array of communication techniques. They use their urine to mark their territory, and experiments have shown that they react to one another's scents. Degus are seasonal breeders with the breeding season for wild Degus beginning in the Chilean autumn, with pups born 3 months later in early to mid spring. Unlike other mammals, Degus do not hibernate.
Degus are strictly herbivores, in the wild feeding on grasses and the leaves of shrubs, though they will also eat seeds. Throughout much of the year forage is dried and so Degus are specially adapted to a very high fibre intake. Although they are active by day, in high summer they do not leave their burrows in the middle of the day and instead emerge to forage in the mornings and evenings. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of Degu physiology is their intolerance of dietary sugar. Degus have been found to have a divergent insulin structure (one of the hormones that regulates blood glucose level) and so are highly susceptible to developing diabetes when fed regularly on a diet containing free sugars. This is thought to be due to evolutionary pressure arising from the lack of availability of free sugars in the Degu's natural environment.
Welcome to printingforpets which is launching in the near future with the aim of selling a
comprehensive range of metal and plastic hamster cages, hamster wheels, tubes, tunnels, swings and other hamster activity centres. Our range of hamster cages will include modular hamster cages as well as standard hamster cages and also cages for dwarf hamsters. We also plan to supply hamster playgrounds and a range of hamster grooming products such as rodent combs and brushes, and a large range of accessories for hamsters including hamster beds, hamster food bowls and water bottles, hamster toys and hamster balls, hamster carriers, hamster litter and hamster bedding. We will be stocking leading brands of hamster cages and accessories including Ferplast, Liberta, Rotastak, Savic, Habitrail and other brands that combine quality and value for hamster owners.
Hamsters have long been a popular pet for young children and also make ideal pets for adults who work during the day. Hamsters are nocturnal animals and will be waking up when children get home from school and adults return from work. Unlike many other pets, hamsters are relatively inexpensive to keep and after the initial outlay for a high quality hamster cage, ongoing costs are low and of course, hamsters are small animals and make excellent pets for people living in smaller houses and flats. If you are considering becoming a hamster owner, it is important to prepare your house for your new pet and ensure that you have all the equipment necessary for keeping a happy and healthy hamster. Some people prefer to purchase a traditional wire or plastic hamster cage, whereas others prefer the more modern enclosed plastic hamster cages which frequently come with hamster tunnels or runs and provide hamsters with additional opportunities for exercise.
Other items to consider if you are thinking about buying a hamster are floor coverings for hamster cages, nesting material for hamsters who love sleeping in warm and comfy nests, water bottles and food bowls. Whatever kind of hamster you choose to buy, we are sure you will find your new friend a rewarding and enjoyable pet. At Printingforpets we hope you will visit us again soon for all your requirements.
Q: My girlfriend has a cat that is 12 years old and has been feeding it small burgers, bacon and chicken
patties from fast food chains about 5 times a week. I keep telling her it's not good for the cat especially at this age. It is not overweight and eats some dry food and canned salmon. This cannot be good for it. Could you please explain to me why? Answer:
Although cats are carnivores, they usually eat the entire animal. So, an all meat diet is not a complete diet for an indoor cat. They should eat a commercial diet that is complete and formulated for their life stage rather than any human foods.
back to top Q: Daisy isn't cleaning her paws very well. She likes me to pick her up. When I do, I can see her paws are dark brown (usually pink), and her claws are also dirty. She does go outside, but she used to clean her paws very well. The reason I am concerned is because she will play with her drinking water and I don't want anything harmful she could have stepped on to get into her water. Am I worrying too much? Answer:
If the cat is not cleaning her feet it may be because something is stuck on them that is too difficult for the cat to remove. It might be possible to gently clean the feet with a moistened towel and see if that would help.
back to top Q: My cat likes to eat flies and roaches, is that normal? Answer:
Some cats seem attracted to bugs, but if any insecticide has been used on them eating them is not a good idea.
back to top Q: I have two cats in my household, Chewie and Bruce Wayne, who get along well and love each other. Chewie is a 2-year-old Tortie, and she loves to pee in the corner of the self-cleaning litter box, which results in it getting stuck. How can I train her (if possible) to not do that? I've noticed that she has done this since she was a kitten, but I'm not sure how to train her to pee in other areas of the litter box without spoiling it for her. Answer:
Many self-cleaning litter boxes are kind of small and restrict the movement of the cat when they use them. A large cat may do better in a larger box where they have more room to move around in when they eliminate.
back to top Q: Why is the momma cat rejecting her kittens? I thought they would be friends since they have all been in the house since they were found at 2 weeks old. They are now 6 months. Her rejection came when I brought them home from being fixed. I did give one kitten to a friend. Answer:
When cats live in groups some of the kittens may stay, but others will leave as they mature. Once the kittens get older the mother cat may wish to remain separate from them. It also is not uncommon for cats not to recognize each other when they return from being gone and they smell different. In some cases a period of separation and then re-uniting will help smooth over the problem.