Birds are magical creatures that can lift our spirits when we’re feeling down. They bring us joy and make us smile. And what better way to show your appreciation than by giving them a little love? Whether you want to adopt some exotic birds from an aviary or just have a few chickens in the backyard, here’s how to get started caring for birds of all ages.
What You Need
You’ll need these things before you even consider getting birds:
– A clean cage (a wire one will work fine)
– Food (pellets, seeds, etc.)
– Water bottle/bowl
– First Aid Kit (with bandages, antibiotic ointment, alcohol pads, etc.)
– Hand sanitizer
– Nail clippers
– Litter pan
– Hobby gloves
– Bird-friendly food and water dishes
– Quill scissors
– Bird toys
Aviary cages come ready to go with food and water. If yours doesn’t, …Read More
You’ve been bitten by a snake before. You know that feeling — it’s like having a little electric current run through your body. The pain is intense but short-lived, and you know you’ll be fine in just a few minutes. Then there’s the fear factor. What if the snake decided to attack you?
Would its fangs break the skin or cause an infection? What happens when the snake decides to bite itself on accident? How do you get rid of the snake without killing it (and potentially releasing more snakes into your yard)? And what about those venomous serpents you see advertised online as “friendly” pets? Do you need special training to handle them?
It’s not surprising that some people have never had anything good to say about snakes. In addition to their slimy appearance and scaly bodies, many species display aggressive behavior toward humans. Some are known …Read More
You’re lying in bed at night with your eyes closed when a sudden flash of lightning illuminates an unexpected sound a loud, high-pitched mewl that makes you sit up in confusion. Then another, louder mewl comes from somewhere else, followed by a series of yowls.
What is this mysterious creature making these strange cries? You turn on your bedroom light to find a fluffy white ball of fluff sitting right next to your head, staring at you with big, inquiring brown eyes. This is no ordinary house pet. It’s none other than your new best friend your very own kitten!
Kittens are cute, cuddly creatures that will steal your heart as soon as they appear. They also have lots of whimsical ways of communicating with humans. In fact, cats’ vocalizations consist of many different sounds, ranging from chirping birds to whimpers and growls.
The following pages will introduce …Read More
We all know that owning pets is good for us. Dogs help us socialize, fish keep our aquariums full of colorful creatures, and birds are great fun to watch in the backyard. But what about big cats like lions? Should we be allowed to own them? Or is it better to leave them alone?
I’m not going to answer those questions here because this article isn’t about whether or not you should have a pet lion. Instead, I’d love to hear from anyone who has actually owned one or even thought about doing so and tell me if they agree with my list below. If you’ve had personal experience with lions, please share your thoughts in the comments section at the end of the article.
1. They Cost A Small Fortune
It might surprise you to learn that owning …Read More
Turtles have been around since the Triassic period which means they’ve survived millions of years of evolution. They’re considered one of Earth’s oldest living species and were even used as early forms of medicine by ancient civilizations like the Aztecs in Mexico.
Today, we still love these long-lived reptiles because their longevity makes them perfect pets, but you’ll need to keep a few things in mind before taking this journey into turtle ownership. We spoke with reptile experts to ensure that you get all the information you need about caring for your own pet turtle. From choosing the right breed to keeping up with maintenance, here are some important things you’ll want to know before bringing home your new best friend.
What’s the difference between freshwater and saltwater turtles?
There are three types of turtles available for purchase today: freshwater (softshell), hard-shelled (common), and soft-shelled (Asian). Hard-shelled …Read More
You’ve got just moved into your new home when you notice that one of your neighbors has a pet snake. It’s hanging out on their porch and it looks friendly enough at least from far away. Plus, the neighbor assures you, “Snakes aren’t dangerous.” Great!
Now, what happens if you have a young child who wants to play with it? Or maybe you want to keep your pets after learning they might be potentially harmful? What should you know about pet snakes before taking them home?
First things first, there are two types of snakes that people can own legally in most states: venom-producing serpents (like cottonmouths) and nonvenomous-producing species like corn snakes and garter snakes. Nonvenom-producing snakes don’t produce any kind of toxin, but some will bite you if you try to handle them without proper training.
In those cases, it may seem as though they …Read More