pixiewithapurpose 質問:

Hi! What do you mean when you say adoption is not an option for everyone? I'm curious. I mean, breeders are usually expensive and if you want to care for a pet why would caring for an adopted pet more complicated than caring for a pet purchased at a breeder's? And in that case, wouldn't not taking in a pet be the best option?

Some people would like to know the genetic history of their pets so they have a better understanding of what to expect temperament and health wise, this is something you can’t get when adopting. 

-Ry

We received great news today! As some of you might know they were trying to make African pygmy hedgehogs illegal in my country. It has been unsure for months whether they would become illegal to own or not. Today it has been confirmed that they will stay legal! I’m very happy to be able to legally keep my quilled potatoes!

(Týr is still sceptical, though. Will mealworms stay legal too?)

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Cats Pick Up on Anxiety, Study Says

By Susan Logan-McCracken

Our cats are watching us to see how we react to new things, taking cues as to whether they should be afraid or feel safe, according to a new study, “Social referencing and cat-human communication,” published in Animal Cognition (January 2015).

At the University of Milan in Italy, researchers placed 24 cats and their humans in a room with an unusual object: an electric fan affixed with plastic green ribbons. At one end of the room stood a screen that represented the cats’ only way out of the room and hid a video camera. After the cats explored the room, their humans were asked to either positively or negatively react to the fan, while alternatively glancing at the fan and the cat. A positive reaction included a happy tone of voice, pleasant facial expressions and a move toward the fan. A negative reaction included a fearful tone of voice, frightened facial expressions and a move away from the fan.

The majority of the cats (79%) exhibited signs of social referencing by looking between the fan and their person. These cats also changed their behavior to match their human’s emotional response.

"It was the strong relationship with Nemo and Chanel (my two cats) that gave me the idea to study the social referencing in this species,” says Isabella Merola, lead author of the study and researcher at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. "The difference is that after this study I’m more careful of my reaction in new situations (for example, in a new place or when there is a new object), because I know they are looking for my expression, and that I could (at least in part) affect their behavior.”

We cat people might be tempted at first to say: “Well it’s about time science caught up to what we’ve already known all along!” But let’s withhold our judgment.

"People who live with cats know better than to buy into the oversimplified stereotype of aloof and indifferent cats versus warm-hearted dogs,” says Barbara J. King, chancellor professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. "But before this study, no one had specifically looked at how likely our cats are to seek clues from our faces and voices in unfamiliar situations.” 

King, who has studied animal cognition and emotion since the 1980s, blogged about the study for NPR. “Some people insisted: ‘Oh we knew this already. Why is science always figuring out what animal people know?’ But, in fact, it’s so important to demonstrate under controlled conditions how acutely attuned animals are to their environment. It helps everyone, even those who don’t know (in this case) cats, grasp how they are thoughtful, feeling beings.”

I must admit that I find the results of this study to be quite humbling. To think that my reaction to something can impact my cats, and create either fear or calm, makes me want to be more responsible in controlling my response to every new situation.

We’ve seen it with human children. A child falls, begins to panic, then immediately following a parent’s kiss and calming reassurance that everything is all right, the child laughs it off and resumes play. To be able to set the atmosphere and impact others’ emotions, that’s a lot of power to wield, so I hope that those of us with pets and kids can remember to rein it.

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The Importance Of Natural Sunlight For Your Parrot

Outdoor aviaries are becoming more and more popular in the avian community.  They are expensive to buy and require special considerations for safety when built, but they offer so many healthy benefits for our parrots in return.  Every species on our our planet has evolved under the sun, and every species requires it to sustain their lives. Vitamin D is manufactured by the body when touched by sunlight.
The function of vitamin D is to absorb calcium and other vitamins and minerals and keep them at proper levels in the blood stream. The lack of sunlight is a nutritional deficiency.  It has been discovered that the liver stores a small amount of vitamin D3.  This means that less time in the sun is needed than previously thought to get the job done.

Take a look at some of the ways a parrot utilizes sunshine:

  • It produces strong bones, beaks, and aids in feather production.
  • It builds the immune system.
  • It kills germs and bacteria on the feathers and skin (and it has been recently discovered that direct sunlight kills the deadly PDD virus on surfaces.)
  • It minimizes the chances of developing certain cancers.
  • It reduces anxiety and depression.
  • It enhances a bird’s vision.

Natural sunlight can only be reached outside.  Setting your bird’s cage by the window isn’t enough.  Sure it will give them something different to look at during the day, but glass blocks out 90% of the sun’s UV rays, even screens block out 30%, so there is no gain or vitamin D production.

Full spectrum lighting is the closest thing we can manufacture to natural light if you are not able to create an outdoor setting for your bird.  It provides some, but not all, of the benefits.  Nothing man-made can ever compare to the real deal.  Taking your parrot outside after work to catch the last hours of sun in the summer will provide long term health benefits.
Please take care when you bring your bird outside.  Never bring a parrot outside without a harness that is not trained for free-flight or does not have exceptional recall skills. Most birds are able to fly with clipped wings, THIS IS A FACT.  Never leave your bird’s cage in direct sunlight, there are enough reflective surfaces outside for beneficial rays to reach them in the shade.  Never leave them unsupervised.  Hawks and ground predators can and do reach in and kill birds.  If you choose to buy an aviary, choose on from a reputable company (Jamie and Dave use Cages By Design). If you choose to build one, make sure it is sturdily constructed so that a bird will not injure itself or escape, and so that no predator can get in.  Most importantly, use BIRD SAFE woods and metals.
The best thing about natural sunlight is that it’s free and comes with a complementary side of fresh air.

via birdtricks.com