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This and That... little interesting facts about our pets - furry and prickly

Happy New Year!

January 2020 Pet of the Month


I have watched Oscar grow from a tiny innocent little puppy to a full grown handsome dog!
Even in play he still retains his willowy elegance.


Interesting Tidbits on our Pets - furry and prickly...

CATS & CATNIP - Why Do Cats Go Crazy for Catnip?

Steve Dale  |  Feb 26th 2020 ~

So, here’s the 101 on how catnip works. Nepetalactone, one of catnip’s volatile oils, enters the cat’s nasal tissue, where it is believed to bind to protein receptors that stimulate sensory neurons.

These cells, in turn, provoke a response in neurons in the olfactory bulb, which project to several brain regions including the amygdala in the midbrain that mediates emotional responses to stimuli and the hypothalamus, the brain’s “master gland” that plays a role in regulating everything from hunger to emotions.   


READ MORE interesting facts at article

GUINEA PIGS - 12 fun facts - April 2 2018

They scent mark their stuff. Guinea pigs scent mark by rubbing their chin or cheeks across things, which helps keep their home smelling familiar and reassuring. This is why it’s important to make sure that you transfer some of the old bedding back into their accommodation when cleaning. They also drag their bottoms across the ground to leave scent secretions as messages, which are only understood by other guinea pigs.



BUNNY POOP - What to do with all that poop

Don’t throw it away!  Rabbit manure is actual gold to gardeners.  It is one of the most helpful & nutrient dense animal manures you can add to your garden. Rabbit manure has a huge advantage over other traditional manures like cow or chicken.  Rabbit poop is considered “cold” manure which means you can apply it directly to your gardening without having to age it.  

Cow, chicken, and the manure from most other farm animals is “hot”.  Hot manure has so much nitrogen that it can literally burn tender plants, killing them, if applied without first aging it.  Chicken manure, for example, needs to be composted & aged for at least 6 months before applying to a garden.  That means having to tend a compost heap for 6 months before reaping any benefits.  Rabbit manure can literally be taken from the cage and sprinkled right on the garden.  Another awesome benefit with rabbit poop is that as the pellets breaks down, it continues to improve the soil structure & provide plant nutrition, so it acts like a time release fertilizer!


why are there slits on the sides of it?

by Rob Harris

The side slits on your dog's nose allow him to exhale without disturbing the scent particles in front of his nose -- the ones that need to come inside to tell him what's going on. The front nostrils are designed to take in air, but the side slits allow air to escape as part of normal respiration. Some air escapes through the front nostrils as well, but the slits release most of it, creating a kind of vortex in front of his nose.

A dog can tell which nostril is breathing in a specific scent, helping him determine the direction of the smell. Breathing out the side slits helps release air while holding scent particles in the nostrils. It also creates a sort of circular air motion in front of his nose, helping draw more scent particles in with the next breath. This means a dog isn't as likely to lose a scent once he has it.


MYSTERY SNAIL for fresh water aquarium

Mystery snails come in a variety of colors.  They are one of the most peaceful creatures you can have in your tank. They spend the majority of their time grazing on the algae that builds up on the glass.

If approached by an aggressive fish, they will simply hunker down and hide in their shell. This does mean that keeping them with peaceful fish is important. Making sure they are not scared all the time means they will be more active and able to clean the tank more effectively.


and MORE: Newsletter March 2020

HEDGEHOGS – why? ...
Why are hedgehogs good pets?

Don’t smell, low maintenance, hypoallergenic, and most of all…  just too cute. 

Just google images of Hedgehogs and you’ll see why people love them.

Before purchasing do your research. 

You can start here:



LEOPARD GECKO – what are they like?
Leopard geckos are not prone to biting and are usually slow-moving. They have perky personalities.  All can produce chirping and squeaking sounds.  

These sounds are entertaining, please abstain from provoking your gecko to squeak or chirp since you would be stressing him.

They are good pets to have because they are very quiet, hardy, and easy to maintain. They are usually docile and can be readily tamed, and most captive populations are nearly domesticated animals now.

They do need regulated heating equipment. They are nocturnal.



If you want peaceful animals in your aquarium, you just found the perfect match.

The African Dwarf Frog is as peaceful as it gets.

It will never bother the others in the aquarium, and it will live a quiet life in the tank.




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