Thursday, September 30, 2010


British Shorthair Personality

This cat is a perfect addition to the family if you are looking for a calm, gentle friend who doesn't demand continuous attention. Although quiet, these intelligent creatures are very affectionate, confident and aware of their surroundings. They have a playful nature (especially when kittens) but are also quite happy to be a 'lap cat' if someone at home is sitting down.
British Shorthairs love company and like to know someone is around. (Usually so they can be fed!) They are especially gentle and placid around children and other domestic animals and do not make much noise unless there is something wrong, like they're hungry. They are quite happy to be house cats as long as they aren't left alone all the time, they also enjoy a little time chasing leaves and climbing in the garden.
Brits can be quite shy to begin with but when they become more familiar with their surroundings they are extremely loyal pets. Many cats of other breeds tend to bond with just one person in a family rather than everyone, but British Shorthairs show their affection to the whole household.

  • Playfulness

  • Medium-High

  • Intelligence

  • High

  • Independence

  • High

  • Attention Seeking

  • Low

  • Affectionate

  • Medium-High

  • Activeness

  • Medium

  • Friendliness to Children

  • Very High

  • Friendliness to other Pets

  • High

    British Shorthair Lifespan

    14 - 20 years

    Sunday, September 26, 2010


    Rabbits have complex digestive systems, so it's very important that they receive a proper diet. With wrong feeding, rabbits can suffer from many digestive problems that can be fatal. A basic rabbit diet should consist of the following foods:

    Hay – the most important part of a rabbit’s diet
    Rabbits need hay—specifically, grass hay such as Timothy hay, oat hay, orchard grass, brome hay, Bermuda grass etc. Rabbits should have access to an unlimited supply of grass hay, which aids their digestive systems and provides the necessary fiber to help prevent digestive problems such as hair balls, diarrhea, and obesity. Hay is also important to wear down the rabbit’s constantly-growing teeth. Alfalfa hay, on the other hand, should only be given to adult rabbits in very limited quantities, because it's high in protein, calcium, and calories, over feeding alfalfa hay may lead to diarrhea or bladder stone. Different types of hay require different chewing motions. Hence, offering a wide variety of grass hay to rabbits will encourage an even wearing down of their teeth.

    Pellets are secondary to hay in terms of importance in a rabbit’s diet. Pellets should only be given in small quantities (1/8 -1/4 cup per five pounds of body weight per day is recommended) to adult rabbits (above 6mths). Baby rabbits (below 6mths) which are still growing may be fed unlimited pellets but the amount should be gradually reduced once they reach adulthood.
    Good quality pellets should be low in protein (<16%), high in fiber (>18%), and low in calcium and fat (<1% each).

    It is not a must to feed vegetables to rabbits but vegetables may be given to add more variety to the rabbit’s diet. Feed your rabbit at least three different vegetables at a time, to ensure your rabbit gets different types of vitamins from each vegetable and also to provide a variety of flavours to your rabbit. When introducing new veggies to a rabbit's diet, try just one at a time and keep quantities limited. Remember, rabbit have complex digestive systems, whenever introducing any new veggies to a rabbit’s diet, make sure introduce slowly. Keep an eye out for soft stool – if this happens, reduce the amount of vegetables offered and if this problem continues, remove that specific type of vegetable completely from the rabbit’s diet and try again later with another type of vegetable.

    Fruits and Treats
    Treats are optional. Rabbits love treats as these are usually sweet. Common treats include carrots, apples (without stems or seeds), blueberries, papaya, strawberries, pears, peaches, plums, or melon. Extra-sugary fruits like bananas, grapes, and raisins may also be given. Remember, treats should only be given in very limited amounts to avoid spoiling the rabbit’s appetite for healthy food as well as to avoid obesity and digestive issues.

    Foods to Avoid
    With such sensitive digestive systems, there are a number of foods that rabbits should avoid eating. These include iceberg lettuce and all other light coloured vegetables, tomatoes, cabbage, corn, beans, peas, potatoes, beets, onions, rhubarb, bamboo, seeds, grains, and many others. Rabbit is not human, don't feed your rabbit chocolate, candy, anything moldy, or most human foods. Chocolate is actually poisonous to rabbits and can kill them when consumed.

    Rabbits should always have an ample supply of fresh water available. Be sure to change your rabbit's water at least once each day. Water can be kept in a water bottle or bowl. If you use a water bottle, watch new rabbits to make sure they know how to use the bottles, and clean bottles daily so the tubes don't get clogged. If you use a bowl, make sure that the bowl is made from ceramic and heavy enough to avoid tipping and spilling.

    Friday, September 24, 2010


    Abyssinian Guinea Pigs, Rough Haired and Roseetted
    Abyssinian Guinea Pigs has a very unique appearance. The coat of Abyssinian Guinea Pigs is made up of multiple swirls of hair. Abyssinian Guinea Pigs fur is quite dense compare with normal guinea pig, and it radiates in circles from multiple points on the body to make up a series of whirls , as common called as rosettes. For the show standard, Abyssinian Guinea Pigs must have a minimum of 8 rosettes, in a symmetrical pattern. Most Abyssinian Guinea Pigs look like they have moustaches, a cap and a tutu on. Hairless guinea pigs Hairless guinea pigs have no or little hair. They are mainly found in Armerica but are likely to be found in Europe and the rest of the world.

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    What about hairball diets?

    Most special diets contain one type of fiber to help move bulk through the intestines (nonfermentable). Nonfermentable fiber, such as cellulose, isn’t broken down by the normal bacteria in a cat’s intestines. Instead it passes through the digestive tract, helping other material, such as hair, move along as well. Other special diets contain a combination of nonfermentable fiber and another type of fiber (moderately fermentable). Moderately fermentable fiber, such as beet pulp, helps move bulk and helps provide nourishment to intestinal cells which, in turn, helps maintain intestinal health.

    Is there help for cats with hairballs?

    The first, and most basic, step to help reduce the risk of hairball formation in cats is frequent brushing. By brushing away loose hair, you can reduce the amount of hair your cat will ingest. Therefore, you also reduce the chance that the hair will gather in the digestive tract.

    Some cats groom themselves and their housemates. Therefore, it’s a good idea to brush all the cats in your house. Baths or professional grooming during a change in season help by ridding the cat of the loose hair from normal, seasonal shedding.

    What are hairballs?

    Hairballs are a common problem in cats. Although they rarely cause serious problems, they can cause the cat obvious discomfort. In addition, they cause messes that can be difficult and inconvenient for the cat owner to clean up. While long-haired cats appear to have more problems with hairballs, nearly all breeds of cats (with the exception of Sphinx cats) can develop them. 

    The act of grooming for cats involves ingesting significant quantities of loose hair. For the most part, this hair moves through the digestive tract and is excreted. Sometimes, however, the ingested hair forms a mass in the stomach too large to continue passage into the intestinal tract, especially in animals with longer hair, and is expelled orally as a hairball. Some cats show signs of distress during the process. Some cats may also vomit for several days prior to a hairball. 
    Frequent hairballs rarely present true health problems, but may cause major inconveniences to cat owners, and may occasionally be the cause of a cat being relinquished for adoption.

    Monday, September 6, 2010


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