The Senegal Parrot – An Overview

Senegal Parrot – Three Variations

The Senegal parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) is classified as a Poicephalus parrot. The parrot is generally green in color with a red, orange, or yellow belly. There are three different subspecies of this parrot, but the only difference among them is the color in their bellies. If it has a red belly, it is the Senegalus versteri. If it has an orange belly, it is the Senegalus mesotypus. If it has a yellow belly, it is the Senegalus senegalus. All three subspecies can be raised and sold as pets and can be given the same kind of parrot care.

Senegal Parrot – Natural Habitat

The open woodland and the savanna are the habitat of choice of the Senegal parrot. A gregarious species, this parrot chatters continuously and makes a wide range of whistles and squawks. When left alone in their natural habitat, the parrot has an average lifespan of thirty to forty years. When held captive, they have been known to live for as long as fifty years. Despite the different colors of their bellies or “vests”, the three subspecies share the same characteristics. They have the same needs and the same qualities, and they can be shown a similar kind of parrot care. All have a height of approximately nine inches, and they have a weight of about 140 grams. Continue reading “The Senegal Parrot – An Overview”

Siberian Cats – Prized Felines From Russia’s Ancient Northeastern Wilderness


You may have heard of a place called Siberia in your history classes years ago. It’s the place where Stalin sent millions to the gulags in order to “work”. Not a pretty story from history, but Siberia is beautiful country nevertheless, beautiful and wild, and the native home of the great Siberian cats.

Siberian cats are big. And, they are quite distinct looking with their rounded ears, large slanted eyes, and plumed tails. To many in North America they may looking decidedly Asiatic?

These big cats weigh around 15 to 20 pounds, which is definitely big for a cat. The only cats that are bigger would be maybe Maine Coon Cats and Norwegian Forest Cats (who are similar genetically to the Siberian). Continue reading “Siberian Cats – Prized Felines From Russia’s Ancient Northeastern Wilderness”

Behavior of Cats

Cats are also wonderful animals. They are friendly and quite conscious in every act. Prior to buying cats as pets, it is advised to learn about their behavior and nature. They do have some behavioral issues like using the litter box, biting, being destructive with their claws, and excessive attention seeking problem. Always remember that cats are not at all bad in behavior, they are just uninformed a little in their nature and need care given to them. You must try to solve their behavioral problems one by one so that your pet cat does not feel confused and frustrated. Here are some most referred to behavioral issues in cats:

Attention-Seeking Behavior:
Cats do have attention-seeking behavior as well as increased vocalization when together. The causes of these things may differ from one cat to another like emotional problems, physical pain, excessive punishment to the cat, and so on. If they are suffering from Rippling Skin Disorder, this may also result in howling in the night hours.

Feeling Aggressive Towards Other Cats:
When you have cats in pairs or own more than 2 cats at home, it may result in fights between them. In case the aggression is continuous and active between cats, it will turn out to be ugly and you will have to interfere. The aggressive behavior between cats may occur because of some fear, redirected ruthless behavior, or due to some territorial issue. Continue reading “Behavior of Cats”

Pet Carriers – An Important Accessory for Every Dog

Pet needs utmost care and importance just like any other member of the family. There are many reasons why anyone should buy a pet carrier. Let’s discuss a few reasons here. Whenever someone new enters the family a pet is the first one to get uncomfortable. Even the owner tends to get nervous when an outsider visits the place.

A pet carrier or a crate is the best option during such times. Your pet can remain in the same premises as you and the guests inside the crate. This would maintain the comfort level on both the sides. It can provide them a safe place within their own retreat. Now there won’t be any need to lock them up in a separate room when someone arrives as they would start barking. Also their food can be kept inside the crate and there won’t be any extra hassles relating to your pet. The next reason is your camping and outings. If you are fond of camping’s and outings then why not take your pet with you? It would be a great thing to have your pet riding with you. Having a pet carrier would help you keep your pet in front of eyes. The pet would be travelling in the most comfortable position and even you would enjoy their company. Continue reading “Pet Carriers – An Important Accessory for Every Dog”

Himalayan Cats

The Himalayan cat (also known as “Himmy”) is a breed of cat with a pair of vivid blue eyes and point coloration on its long hair or fur. It is originally derived from cross-breeding a Persian cat and Siamese cat. Persian cats are longhaired and bred with Siamese cats for their markings thus resulting in color point long hair cats. It is also known as the colourpoint Persian cat in Europe.

Himalayan cats are a loyal and pleasant companion. Grown-up Himalayan cats are sometimes referred as Himalayan kittens because of their sweet and gentle nature. They are people oriented and prefer to spend most of their time with their owners. They do well with family members as well as other pets and they are inclined to life indoors. Continue reading “Himalayan Cats”

Could Your Dog Have a Dog Food Allergy?

Dog allergies are a lot more common than you may think, particularly dog food allergies. A very common reaction and indication of dog food allergies is a very itchy dog. If you notice that your dog is scratching constantly, you may initially believe that your dog has a flea infestation. You should first examine your dog’s skin. What you will be looking for are small black dots close to the skin. This is a definite indicator of fleas. This is flea “scat” or dried blood and excrement from the fleas.

If you have searched for some kind of evidence of fleas, but don’t find any, then you can be sure that your dog is afflicted with a skin issue, in particular, an allergy. Dog food allergies can manifest as itchy skin, and sometimes as ear infections. Since your dog is an omnivore, he should have a diet comprised of around 70% protein (meat) and about 30% vegetable/fruit and essential oils. Dogs have been known to build up a specific intolerance to some of the ingredients which are contained in commercially produced dog foods. Some of these ingredients include: dairy, corn, rice, soy and even proteins, such as chicken and beef. Continue reading “Could Your Dog Have a Dog Food Allergy?”

Common Cat Behaviors

Living with your cat can be an inexplicable adventure. When he or she scratches the furniture, meows for no reason, or races around the house at high speeds, it seems like there is no rhyme or reason behind it. However, all cat behaviors have a reason, even if they look peculiar to human owners. Here are some common cat behaviors and the causes behind them.

If your cat dunks favorite toys in his water bowl, he may be trying to find a safe place for his things. In the wild, cats bring their prey back to a nest area to hide it from predators or other cats. Since most indoor cats don’t really have a nest, they may leave their favorite toys in the middle of their food or water bowls, as the next best thing.

When cats knead happily with their paws while being petted, they are showing their love for you. This behavior descends from the kneading actions of kittens while they nurse. When they press against their mother’s nipples, more milk will flow for them to suckle. Being caressed on your lap reminds your cat of kittenhood and causes him to begin kneading. If you have problems with this behavior, such as clawing, try keeping nails clipped, or put a towel or cushion under his claws when he begins kneading. Continue reading “Common Cat Behaviors”

Cat Facts

Cats prefer foods at body temperature–the temperature of freshly killed prey. They also prefer their food cut into ΒΌ inch chunks (especially when they are sick and need to be tempted.) And did you know that 60% of all cats like cold tomato juice? I’ve tried V-8 and it doesn’t seem to be at all tempting. We use this trick to entice kidney-failure cats to drink more liquids.

Cats are either right or left handed, showing a distinct preference for one paw over the other.

A healthy domestic feline can reach speeds up to 31 miles/hour, but can’t maintain that sprinting speed for more than a minute.

A cat licks their fur to keep cool in hot weather. Like dogs, they sweat only through the pads of their feet.

Their whiskers are specially adapted to act as antennae. They are used to navigate, to detect movement and to judge the width of an opening. Whiskers are also an indicator of mood–when the whiskers are back, the cat is angry, so watch out. Some people think finding a whisker is good luck. I know one woman who is a millionaire that has a cat whisker collection! Continue reading “Cat Facts”

Things To Think About Before You Buy A Pet Bird

While a bird is an easy pet to care for, they do require just as much commitment and preparation as any other type of pet. Whether you are buying a small parakeet or an large parrot, you should make sure that you are prepared to care for your new feathered friend properly.

One thing that all pets, including birds need is attention. If your schedule has you working long hours and not spending much time at home, perhaps you should consider a fish tank instead of a bird. A bird cannot be left in it’s cage alone all the time and still be expected to be friendly on the odd days when you feel like playing with it. Some birds require more interaction than others, but they are social creatures and need you to set aside some time each day to play with them. You can use this time to teach them tricks and strengthen the bond between you.

When considering bringing a bird into your home, you must think about the safety of your new pet. Are there other pets in the house that could be threatening to the bird? Are there tiny nooks and crannies that a bird could get into and hurt himself? Do the other members of your family leave the windows and doors open where the bird could fly out and be lost? All these things must be considered for the safety of your new pet Continue reading “Things To Think About Before You Buy A Pet Bird”

5 Things to Know about Animal Rescue Groups

Over the past decade, breed rescue groups have become a major force in dog adoptions. These rescue groups limit their effort to a particular breed of dog including purebreds. This is a help to people who want a certain breed of dog but can’t or won’t use breeders.

To make the best use of a rescue group, however, there are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Watch out for scams.

Some wholesale breeders and brokers who can’t meet federal and state laws advertise themselves as “rescue” organizations. Crooks have even collected money for non-existent rescue groups. Continue reading “5 Things to Know about Animal Rescue Groups”