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  • Dog Care Basics | Pets 101
    meat or eggs Avoid feeding your dog too much food as dogs tend to overeat Exercise Your dog should be panting during an aerobic exercise Pet Bites Broadly speaking a dog s exercise requirements is quite similar to us humans Exercise intensity and frequency depends on factors such as breed and age and lack of exercise can lead to physical and emotional problems A rule of thumb is 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week Daily walks and playing fetch are good exercises but remember to make the activities intense enough for it to be an aerobic workout Grooming Dogs have to be groomed regularly and it s not only to make their coats shine Grooming is essential to keeping your dog vibrant and healthy The grooming routine generally varies according to dog breed and hair type Here are some basics to get you started Bathing Doggies and baths can be a recipe for disaster so thank the stars that dogs do not need to take baths regularly Bathing frequency depends on the dog s activities hair type and length as well as climate Bathing every 2 to 3 weeks is normally sufficient as bathing too often can dry your dog s skin Take care to use soap free shampoos as canines are not suited to use shampoos meant for humans If your dog smells bad and you are thinking of bathing it more often it s not harmful to bathe it once a week However if the odour persists it s probably due to other root problems such as a poor diet skin infection or the simple fact that your dog naturally smells funky you can always use doggy deodorant though Hair brushing Most dogs like being brushed It s a easy task which you

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  • Dog Ownership Laws | Pets 101
    be licensed licensing is necessary for rabies control The licence can be obtained at www ava gov sg or from AVA s Centre for Animal Welfare Control at 75 Pasir Panjang Road If you live in a HDB flat you can keep at most one dog on the HDB approved list The approved dog breeds are as follows Affenpinscher Australian Silky Terrier Australian Terrier Bichon Avanese Bichon Frise Border Terrier Boston Terrier Light and Middleweight Bohemian Terrier Bolognese Brussels Griffon Griffon Bruxellois Cairn Terrier Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Chihuahua Chinese Crested Dog Chinese Imperial Chin Chinese Temple Dog Classic and Miniature Coton de Tulear Czech Terrier Dachshund Light and Miniature Dandie Dinmont Terrier English Toy Spaniel German Hunting Terrier Griffon Belge Griffon Brabancon Hairless Dog Italian Greyhound Jack Russell Terrier Japanese Spaniel Chin Japanese Spitz Lakeland Terrier Lhasa Apso Little Lion Dog Maltese Manchester Terrier Miniature Pinscher Miniature Schnauzer Norfolk Terrier Norwegian Lundehund Norwich Terrier Papillon Pekingese Pomeranian Poodle Toy Miniature Pug Schipperkee Scottish Terrier Sealyham Terrier Shetland Sheepdog Shih Tzu Silky Terrier Small Continental Spaniel Small English Terrier Small Spitz Smooth Fox Terrier Tibetian Spaniel Toy Fox Terrier Toy Terrier Volpino Italiano Welsh Terrier West Highland Terrier Wire Haired

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  • Dog Coat Brushing Essentials | Pets 101
    s particular breed Naturally you should not use the same brush on a Labrador Retriever that you would on a Yorkshire Terrier Some basic tools you will need are a fine and or wide toothed metal combs scissors and an appropriate brush for the type of coat There are many types of brushes for dog coat so you should choose according to your dog s coat needs It is common for a dog to require several types of brushes Can you identify the following brushes and what they are used for Get Answer The slicker brush is used for removing mats and tangles Get Answer Pin brush great for removing dead hair Get Answer Bristle brush is essentially a finishing brush which improves circulation Frequency Again frequency of brushing varies greatly between breeds and individual canines but remember to establish a regular schedule of grooming sessions A good time to groom your dog would be when it is less energetic for example after a walk Long haired dogs require more brushing usually daily as compared to short haired dogs because they are more likely to develop mats tangles and other problems Brushing Techniques The most important rule to remember is to keep the brushing light and gentle Part the coat by pushing it back with one hand and brushing the hair down a little at a time with the other Work in sections starting at the head moving the brush or comb downwards Use quick deep strokes and take care not to scrape the skin Brushing is also a good time to check for fleas ticks hair loss inflammations unusual tenderness or lumps under the skin Detangling Areas most prone to tangles knots and matting are your dog s armpits behind the ears rear end and chest If left untreated

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  • How to Care for a Cat | Pets 101
    food as cats digest food much faster than humans Don ts Feeding your cat milk is not recommended as most cats are lactose intolerant Even for cats that are not milk is unnecessary as it does not contain the essential nutrients that cats need It s best not to feed your cat just dry food as there is not enough protein in a dry diet Cats will also tend to overeat the dry food to satisfy their protein cravings Exercise Use a string to tie a feather to a rod and dangle it in front of your cat Pet Bites Cats seem to spend most their time lazing and napping yet still enjoy good health While exercise is apparently less important to cats than humans it does not mean that exercise is not beneficial to your feline companion The easiest way to exercise your cat is simply to play with it Not only will your cat enjoy a healthier life you guys will also have fun in the process Grooming When cats lick their coat they ingest some fur in the process Pet Bites Cats love to groom themselves by licking their coats so even if you do not groom them they usually keep themselves clean However it s a good idea to groom your cat daily to prevent accumulation of hairballs in the kitty s stomach Bathing Cats do not really need to be bathed regularly Simply rely on your nose and eyes If your cat starts smelling funky or its coat gets dirty it s time for a bath When bathing cats use water and some cat shampoo and take care that water is not directed straight at your cat s eyes ears or nose Nails trimming You can even use human clippers to trim the tips but

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  • How To Potty-Train Your Cat | Pets 101
    to cut material such as foil or cardboard Put your cat and the litter box in a small and quiet room with low traffic Gently place the kitty in the litter If it jumps out try again in awhile Do this for several days and the desired behaviour of eliminating into the litter should be cemented Now that your cat is familiar with using the kitty litter you can begin potty training Start by moving your cat s litter box near a toilet and let it become familiar with the new location For the next few days move the litter box inch by inch towards the toilet bowl When you reach the toilet bowl leave the litter beside the toilet bowl so that your cat will associate the toilet bowl with the need to go to the toilet Then gradually raise the litter off the ground bit by bit add height with magazines or newspapers until the cat gets used to jumping onto the litter to the height of the toilet bowl This will take a couple more days Subsequently move the litter box such that it s sitting directly over the toilet seat Secure it with tape or tie

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  • Essential Rabbit Care Tips | Pets 101
    a rabbit s diet and should be available at all times It keeps their intestinal tract healthy and it provides the fiber they need to prevent health problems In addition to hay commercial rabbit pellets and fresh dark green leafy vegetables should also be given Fresh water should be available at all times It can be served in a bowl or in a sipper bottle and should be changed on a daily basis Living Arrangements Rabbits are best kept indoors because they find it difficult to tolerate extreme temperatures and require frequent social interaction You can let them run free around the house or live in a cage When choosing a cage choose one that is at least five times the size of your rabbit Your pet should be able to stand up on its hind legs without bumping its head on the top of the cage and it should be able to move around and stretch out Place straw hay or aspen shavings into the cage to make it more homely for your bunny Pet Bites Rabbits have delicate feet since they do not have protective pads like those of dogs and cats The floor of the cage should therefore have a layer of cardboard or any sturdy and smooth material covering the wire flooring Litter Box Bunnies are neat freaks by nature and prefer surroundings that are clean especially for their living quarters Most rabbits choose a corner of their cage for their bathroom Once the rabbit has decided which area it prefers to do its business place a litter box in that corner and fill it with Timothy hay or organic litters made of paper wood pulp or citrus Avoid using clay cat litters as these can result in respiratory or gastrointestinal problems for your pet The

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  • Bird Care Basics | Pets 101
    be at least big enough for your bird to flap its wings without hitting against the bars Big enough for your pet bird to fly short distances would be even better Be gentle when holding a pet bird as bird bones tend to be fragile Pet Bites Spend time with your birds and show them affection especially so if you own parrots They really like your care and attention A clean environment is also important to your pet s well being Wash and clean the food and water bowls daily Remember to clean the cage every week and disinfect it at least once a month Bleach and hydrogen peroxide are some common disinfectants that you can use After disinfecting a cage rinse and dry your pet s home thoroughly before putting the birdie in Exercise Exercising your bird will help to increase its lifespan and enables you to spend some quality time with your pet Exercising can be as simple as bringing it around on a portable perch or giving it a small toy to play with It s also a good idea to allow your pet bird some fly time If bird proofing a room is not feasible try using a bird harness and leash Bathing Birds have an innate need to bathe We may not see birds bathing in the wild as a bird s bath can be quite unconventional For birds that are accustomed to the tropical climate you can bathe it by using a mist sprayer or simply providing it with a bowl of water Bathing for birds from dryer climates is more challenging however as they tend not to like the direct methods their tropical counterparts are used to For these birdies try giving them wet leafy vegetables The vegetable are not just for eating

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  • How To Care For A Hamster | Pets 101
    are smaller and they include the Siberian Roborovsky s Djungarian and Chinese Different types of hamsters differ in terms of size and life span so do some research before getting one as a pet Housing Hamsters can be kept together except for Syrians which are solitary animals and must live alone They are normally kept within enclosures made of stainless steel durable plastic or glass The cage should be at least 30 by 46cm and 15cm high for Dwarfs of 5 to 13cm If yours is a Syrian hamster consider a bigger housing of at least 60 by 30cm and 30cm tall This is especially important if the housing is a tank as tanks have poor ventilation Hamsters like to burrow so bedding should be deep Shredded paper wood shavings and processed corn cob are ideal bedding materials Provide soft materials such as plain facial tissues soft paper towels or recycled paper pellets They like to use sand to clean their fur so it s a good idea to put a sand bath in the cage so it can do what it would naturally do in the wild Environment Hamster cages should be kept away from windows doors or air

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