Saturday, August 19, 2017

How To Make A Healthy Fenugreek And Banana Treat For Rabbits

How To Make A Healthy Fenugreek And Banana Treat For Rabbits


If you haven’t heard, word has it that Rabbits go crazy over fenugreek, and this ingredient is also amongst one of the top few to be included in Bunny treats. On top of it all, it boasts health benefits such as Diabetes and Liver protection for your bunnies. Making treats for your Pets is not only satisfying, you can be rest assured that no harmful additives are in those treats.


What is Fenugreek, you ask? Fenugreek is an all-natural herb plant whereby stems, seeds and leaves are all edible food sources when extracted. Most commonly known as a supplement (in tablet forms) to help Mothers increase their production of breast milk. It is also a popular ingredient amongst the Indian community. You can find Fenugreek at Mustafa, an Indian minimart, and most Spice stores.



Fenugreek And Banana Homemade Rabbit Treats


The following recipe and pictures were from Therabbithouse.com,  both recipe and photographs are by Tamsin, a huge Rabbit enthusiasts, whom also runs an active Rabbit rescue site in the UK. This is a delectable recipe we think is perfect for all Bun pawrents to try out! Bear in mind that treats are not meant to substitute meals, and should only be fed with absolute moderation.

Ingredients


2 small Bananas

1 tblspoon Fenugreek

2 handfuls Rolled porridge Oats

1 handful dry Rabbit food (pellets)

a splash of water



Directions


1. Add fenugreek, porridge oats and banana to a mixing bowl.

2. Collect dust from bottom of rabbit food bag/tub, decide there isn’t quite enough and smush some pellets up to make more.

3. Mix together, adding a splash of water if necessary until it binds together.

4. Put some grease proof paper on a baking tray (the dabs of oil at the corners are underneath to stop the paper rolling up).

5. Break off sections of the mix and roll it between your palms to make a ball.
6. Place the balls on the baking tray and flatten.

7. Place the baking tray in the oven, we tried using the left over heat after cooking a meal but it needed a little longer to dry out completely, so a low heat e.g. 150 Degree Celsius for 30-60 minutes and just keep an eye should do it.

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This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective finds, research and experiences as fellow Pet owners and lovers from around the world. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals. For the safety of all our Pets, always check with your trusted Veterinarian for any food allergies or health concerns your Pet may have before embarking on a culinary journey for your Pets

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Have You Seen A Cat That Looks Like A Miniature Tiger?

Have You Seen A Cat That Looks Like A Miniature Tiger?


For most of us, seeing a Cat with beautiful stripes throughout the body would either mean it’s a Tabby, or Tiger-like. In the Cat fanciers’ world, these Cats are carefully differentiated by appearances, and that includes the smallest markings you or I may not notice at first hand.
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Only one domestic Cat is known to resemble a miniature Tiger, just which Cat breed is that?



The Toy Tiger


This particular domestic breed of Cat is known as the Toyger, developed and bred by a lady name Judy Sudgen in the 1980s. She first noticed that one of her tabbies, Millwood Sharp Shooter (what an adorable name) had tiny occurring spots on its face. This is an uncommon trait with tabbies, where faces are usually void of markings.
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She was then convinced that achieving a tiger-esque looking coat for a domestic Cat is not impossible, and hence begun the journey of developing a Toyger.  The first two Cats crossbred was her own striped domestic Shorthair Cat and a Bengal. She then imported a Cat from India whom had very obvious spots that formed “tabby stripes” on its temple.

A total of 40 over cats were carefully selected to form the foundation for selective breeding, resulting in a domestic Cat with the perfect markings that resembled a Tiger. TICA (The International Cat Association) is the first and only Cat Registry that recognises the Toyger. The first Toyger to be registered was in 1993, achieving New Breed status in 2000, and finally the Championship Status in May 2007.



Fun Fact      According to Judy Sudgen, the purpose of developing the Toyger was also with hopes of inspiring others on caring about the conservation of Tigers in the wild!



How Does The Toyger Look Like?


So we all know by now, that the Toyger was developed to look exactly like a tiny, tiny Tiger, but they could also be easily mistaken for a Tabby Cat! How do you tell if a Cat is really a Toyger? Like all Cat breeds, each registered Cat breed is unique set of standards in terms or physique and temperament. The Toyger is a medium sized domestic Cat with a long body and a short length coat.
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Compared to regular Tabbies of vertical stripes and rosette markings, the distinct coat pattern of a Toyger is made up of vivid, bold stripes created by branched out or broken up patterns (also randomised). Facial markings of a Toyger should make up a circular pattern around its face. Similar to its large magnificent counterpart, a Toyger’s dark bold stripes rests on a lighter body shade of orange, tan or cream.



Grooming A Toyger Cat


This beautifully patterned domestic Cat is not only magnificent to look at, it is also easy to care for. Due to its short coat, we need only brush or comb them at least once weekly, just to maintain shine and healthiness of the coat.
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Other basic requirements include trimming of nails, rushing of teeth with vet-approved toothpaste and cleaning of ears. Be sure to use a Vet-approved ear cleanser for this task, accompanied with a cotton ball. Bath your Toyger Cat whenever necessary to keep it clean and fresh. If you are unsure of how to perform these tasks, approach a professional Groomer or Veterinarian for advice!



Does The Toyger Behave Like A Tiger?


It wouldn’t be deemed domestic if Toygers had personality and traits of a Tiger But in case you were wondering, Toygers are actually sociable, playful, affectionate Cats that love human companionship a ton. Having a Toyger in your home is being able to admire a Cat with the stride of a Tiger, and the energetic companionship of a Dog-like Cat.
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They are able to get along just fine with other Pets in the home and human family alike, with the intelligence to boot! Toygers have been known for the ability to pick up quickly, so owners often train their Toygers to be walked on a leash, and even play a game a fetch.




Owning A Toyger In Singapore


Although Cats are not permitted in a HDB apartments in Singapore, Cat lovers are responsibly keeping their beloved friends at home on the low down So unless you are irresponsible, abusive or unlucky enough to have a nosey neighbor, all’s good for you and your kitty. While a Toyger is seemingly easy to care for (they are entertained by the usual feathered toys for Cats), one thing to note is their love for human companionship, indicating that this is a Cat that requires substantial attention.
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Being a responsible Pet owner also means you should be doing research and preparations before obtaining any Pet, and being sure of a lifetime commitment. Keep your Cats safe from accidental deaths and escapes (even theft) by meshing up your doors and windows. A happy stay-home Cat is one with adequate entertainment, love, attention and proper health care! A well-taken cared Toyger Cat has an average lifespan of a Toyger is 13 years or more.


You might want to also check out our local pride the Singapura Cat and the elusive Bengal Cat.


Adopt, Don’t Shop


Standard breeds are great, but we could say the same for all other crossbreeds, even strays! Before you head off to purchase a Pet, always keep an eye out for adoption drives or check out local shelters for more options, you could always count on finding your next loyal companion and providing a forever home for a rescued furry pal. After all, if they aren’t meant to be show Cats, they can still be stunning in many other ways


Disclaimer


This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective research and experiences as fellow Pet owners and lovers. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals. If you do wish to use any of our published information, you are welcome to contact us!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ten Useful Hacks For Every Cat Owner

Ten Useful Hacks For Every Cat Owner


Our feline friends can be adorable and funny in their own little ways, and some are neat and tidy by nature, but it doesn’t mean they do not make occasional messes. These are part and parcel of Pet ownership, and it’s always great to have a few useful tricks up your sleeves to make your kitty and you live together happily, don’t you think?
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Just how do we make Pet ownership a whole lot easier?



Put It On A Plate


Some of our feline companions are really fast eaters. And a quick way to fix that problem is to swap out their bowls for a flat dish or plate instead. With the food spread out, your Kitties will take a longer time to chow down on the food, as opposed to a whole deep chunk at one go.
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Word has it that some Cats actually very much prefer eating off a larger area too!



Smells Good, Doesn’t It?


The opposite of fast eaters are picky eaters, and that is when Cats show no interest in their food. Veterinarians and Experts’ suggests heating the food up a little, enough to emit an enticing scent for the feline senses.
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We can already imagine how much delectable they smell after a little warming up. Check the temperature to ensure the food isn’t too hot before you feed your Kitties of course!



Shorten Those Distractions


People may be torn between the love for beautiful home upholstery and Cats, because its no news that Cats absolutely love going at long drapey curtains trying to climb it or playing peek-a-boo with themselves.
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While we can't really change the fact that they simply love curtains, we could either knot up the curtains, or opt for much shorter ones, and tuck them away whenever you want to have some bonding time with them. Just a little trick for the time being to prevent them from reaching the drapes easily



Tape It Up


Cats are naturally inquisitive, it is part of what makes them so adorable to us! If you have items are areas that you do not wish for your Cat to come close to especially for safety reasons (i.e. potted plants that may contain harmful pesticides or unsafe to consume).
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Try using double-sided tape on them (not the Cats), but stick it around objects like the flower pot or desk. Most Cats do not like sticky surfaces and they would avert from it. Better still, keep those plants out of reach



Cat Grass


Save your moolah and provide even more fun and safe greens for your feline pals by growing your own Cat grass! Purchase seeds that come with instructions (Cat-safe grass include Wheatgrass, Oat and Barley) and grow them out in batches.
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Our Cats require certain enzymes to help them digest, which explains why they are caught chomping on some other leafy plant or grass instead. Most Cats love lounging on a patch of it too!



Recycle That Old Shirt


You can make your own Cat a toy tent out of recycled materials, all you need is an old tee-shirt, and two wire hangers! Thanks to this info-graphic here, your kitties have a cosy little tent to laze or play in!
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Keeping Litter At Bay


You may have an “anti-spill” litter tray, so where are these litter bits around the house coming from? Well, our Cats can’t help it if some litter bits get stuck in between their paws or fur, and thereafter dropped off around the house.
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To easily minimise that issue, use a large rubber mat with special surfaces on it (see image example) and lay it underneath the front portion of the tray (You can also place tray above the mat if the mat is large enough). This way, the mat will catch any litter deposits from Kitty’s first few steps out of the potty! Rubber mats are also easy to clean.



Tie That Up


Tying or sticking sisal rope to the sides or your furniture acts as a perfect scratching post for your kitties, not only that, it also protects your furniture substantially (we’re speaking of durability ☺).
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So grab a few metres of these ropes and tie away! When done properly, sisal rope can also bring a little nautical or rustic charm to your home.



Cover Those Holes Up


If you prefer leaving the toilet doors open in your home, then make it a habit to cover the lids on the toilet bowls when you are done, to prevent your Cats from falling in, or playing with the water in the loo. Some owners find their Cats lazing in their bathroom sinks when they are trying to get ready for work (they are notorious for being in odd places at the “wrong” time).
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To avoid that "hassle" in the morning of coaxing your Cat to get out of the sink, cover it the night before with a silicon mat, or…the easiest way really, is closing the bathroom door before bedtime folks!



Fur On You



We would imagine that every Pet owner owns a myriad of cleaning arsenals at home, (baking soda and white vinegar for urine stain and odour) and some specifically for getting rid of Pet fur or hair on your clothes or home. Some vacuum brands with Pet hair brushes that are totally effective are Miele, Bosch and Dyson.
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Miele Turbo Mini Brush
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Bosch Athlet Animal Pro
Pet hair vacuum dyson
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Pro
Rubber gloves work on sweeping the fur off your furniture and lint rollers work on your clothes with ease. On top of that, you can also pop in a dryer sheet with your laundry during washing, to grab off any excess hair or fur you may have missed out!

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Got a Dog too? Check out Ten Useful Hacks For Every Dog Owner



Disclaimer


This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective research and experiences as fellow Pet owners. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals. What’s most important is providing a safe and healthy environment for our precious Pets! If you do wish to use any of our published information, or share your valuable tips with the Pet community, you are welcome to contact us!