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What to Do When You Inherit the Class Pets: Make a Natural Guinea Pig Run

What to Do When You Inherit the Class Pets: Make a Natural Guinea Pig Run

Many elementary school classrooms are tempted to keep pets in the classrooms to provide some experiential learning for the students. Guinea pigs are a common choice. Come December or June, however, the school will be closed for weeks or months at a time, and someone has to care for those pets. Teachers sometimes step in, but often a class parent is called upon to help, and sometimes that vacation visit turns into forever. What should you do if you inherit the class pets?


Learn the basics of guinea pig care


The first thing to know is that if the class has two guinea pigs, you should be kind enough to take them both. Guinea pigs are social animals and are happiest when housed with another guinea pig of the same gender. Each guinea pig does best with eight square feet of cage space, however, so two guinea pigs mean a rather large cage. Make sure that the one you’re given for the guinea pigs has solid flooring, as guinea pigs can’t stand up to wire mesh underfoot.

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Old clothes and how you can reuse them for your pets

Old clothes and how you can reuse them for your pets

We all have some clothes lying around that either don’t fit or are simply out of fashion nowadays. Jeans, sweaters that our grandmothers have sown for us and other similar stuff can be creatively re purposed to fit our four-legged companions’ needs or, if you happen to own a fashionable dog or a contest-prize winner cat, their quirks. It has become very common nowadays to have clothes wearing pets, as they are getting closer to us. If you happen to have a sweater, some t-shirts and a pair of old jeans lying around and don’t really know what to do with them, but would love to re purpose, here a few tips.


    •    Turn the t-shirts into toys!


You’re going to want to use those old, time ridden t-shirts and jeans to make your adorable little pet some new toys, especially if you’ve just about had it with squeaky stuff all day long and can no longer hear your thoughts when trying to work. Let’s start by getting a few t-shirts for our best friend, the loyal dog. We’ll be using two t-shirts and a pair of scissors to make a braided chewing toy which you can throw away when you next take your dog for a walk in the park. The results are quite… fetching!

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Mouse toy – one item that your kitty should never miss from her toy collection!

Mouse toy – one item that your kitty should never miss from her toy collection!

All cats love chasing mice. And we all cat lovers like our fluffy kittens to be happy. So every one of us needs to know how to make a toy mouse to keep our furry friends entertained and give them a way to consume the seemingly infinite amount of energy they have, climbing all day around the house, playing with us regardless of what we’re doing and chasing every little thing that dared to move in their line of sight.

What do I need to get started?


A mouse toy doesn’t require perfect skills or top quality materials. You can take something you have around the house and just put a little heart into it. You just need a piece of material, like an old shirt, a scarf or a tie you don’t feel like wearing anymore, a piece of paper with a printed mouse shape, a pair of scissors, a needle and a thread to sew everything in place.
Okay, I have everything. What do I do next?

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HOW TO KEEP A GOLDFISH HAPPY

HOW TO KEEP A GOLDFISH HAPPY

The Lazy Man’s Pet


If you would like a low maintenance pet then Goldfish are a good choice. They don’t bark, wreck your furniture or wake you up in the morning but they are easy on the eye especially if they have different markings. These different markings are due to the fact that there are different varieties such as Shubunkins, Comets, Lion heads, Blackheads, Fantails and Veil tails. But in this instance we are going to stick with the beginners - one small round tank occupied by two small Goldfish of the same variety.


Selecting Healthy Goldfish

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Proper Care for Your Hamster

Proper Care for Your Hamster

For those people who love having pets, but just don't have enough room to keep a dog or cat, you may consider caring for a hamster. Just because hamsters are in a small environment, this does not mean you have no responsibility caring for your pet hamster. Here are several things to make sure you address when you make the choice of adopting a hamster.

1) Housing Environment
Some hamsters are very territorial and can only live by themselves. If placed in a cage with another hamster, they will end up fighting each other until one or even both of them dies. So when you house your hamster, make sure that he/she has the right space. You should only place hamsters in strong wire cages or glass tanks, as they will chew any wood or plastic. Make sure that the cage does not have space enough for your hamster to escape from. If you use a glass tank, place a wire lid on top and secure it in place. When they sleep, hamsters prefer to be placed within a box which keeps them warm and comfortable.

2) Hamster Food
Just like most other pets, you need to feed your hamster on a daily basis. You can purchase hamster pellets and give them approximately one tablespoon per day. If you want to mix it up, you can feed your hamster foods other than hamster pellets. Good choices are fresh fruits and vegetables like a piece of apple, cauliflower or a tiny bit of leafy greens. They also enjoy eating fresh grains, nuts and even sunflower seeds. Make sure the bowl you put the hamster food in is strong enough so they can't chew or flip it. Also make sure to give your hamster clean, fresh water daily. Pet stores sell hamster water bottles that you can attach to their cage.

3) Hamster Happiness and Exercise
Place a layer of bedding on the bottom of your hamster's cage or tank. You have your choice of different materials such as shredded pieces of paper, processed corn or other non-toxic and absorbing materials, which can be found in your local pet store. Don't use any wood shavings with a strong aroma. Place a wheel so your hamster can get some exercise. Hamsters find joy in climbing through tunnels and pipes. It is also important to provide something for your hamster to chew on. This is so that he/she can gnaw on this material and keep their teeth at a healthy level.

4) Cleaning Up
Make sure to maintain a clean environment for your hamster. Take out any uneaten food and remove all bedding that has been soiled on. Replace it with new bedding. On a regular basis, wash the floor of the cage or tank to keep germs at bay. Keep the food and water dishes clean. Your hamster does not have a huge environment to live in, so it's important to keep the space clean.

5) Holding Your Hamster
For the most part, hamsters are good at letting you hold them. If you start when they are very young and hold them in the proper manner, you should not have any problems. You can acclimate a young hamster to you by holding it safely and feeding it special snacks. When you pick up your hamster, cup your hands under your pet and pick him/her up. Make sure to hold your hamster gently so he/she does not feel threatened. Hold you hamster close to you so he/she feels safe.

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