Cat Behavior

How Did My Cat Get Into That

Have you ever watched your 10 lb. kitty try to squeeze int a match box? What is it about boxes, coffee cups, sinks, bags, shoes, tiny spaces, even items that appear too small to contain them, that cats find alluring. Claudia Vinke, ethologist (ethology-study of animal behavior) at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, led […]

Animal Welfare Exotic Pet Health

Vaccinating an Exotic Pet

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us that the rabies virus can be transmitted to all mammals, humans too. Some mammals are carriers of the rabies virus and are referred to as reservoirs. Commonly, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, skunks and some species of bats are reservoirs but can also be infected by the […]

Dog Breeds

Singing Dogs

There is actually a wild breed of canine called the New Guinea Singing Dog. It is highly predatory and will see anything that moves as prey. It is widely believed that the singing dog’s ancestry is the Australian dingo. These dogs made their way to New Guinea over a land bridge that existed more than […]


Coatimundi as Pets

Coatimundi or Coati as they are called range over Southwest North America, Central America to Southern Brazil in South America. Their natural habitats are rainforests, woodlands and grasslands. In the wild, males over 2 years old live solitary lives while females live in groups of about 4-20 members. Coatis are close relatives of raccoons and […]

Dog Care

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers

A dog’s whiskers are somewhat different from those of a cat. To begin with their real name is Vibrissae from the Latin work “vibrio” meaning to vibrate. Dog whiskers are two times as thick as their hair and coarser as well, not soft like a cat’s whiskers. They are found on both sides of the […]

Common Rodents Pet Rodents

Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs Contents 1 Where does the Guinea pig come from? 2 Appearance 3 Personality 4 Environment 5 Feeding 6 More info 7 Videos Where does the Guinea pig come from? The Guinea pig also known as Cavy, originated in the Andes Mountains of South America. The people there use them as a food source. […]

Grief Holidays

World Pet Memorial Day

Most of us have experienced the heartache of losing a pet, sometimes to old age, sometimes to to disease or accident. Those pets that have gone to the Rainbow Bridge will always be remembered. Now we have a special day set aside to honor those memories – World Pet Memorial Day. It takes place on […]

Dog Behavior

Do Dogs Understand Our Words

The short answer is yes! It may take a while with constant repetition of a word, but sooner or later your dog will associate the word with the object or action. Border Collies are considered the most intelligent of all dog breeds. In 2010 a female Border Collie called Chaser was named the smartest dog […]


Hermann’s Tortoise

Hermann’s Tortoise, testudo hermanni, comes from Southern Europe and is sometimes called a Mediterranean tortoise. They are relatively small, at about 6-8 inches with a life span of up to at least 75 years. Should you choose one as a pet there are some things to consider for its care. They are quite active and […]