Archive for the ‘Pets and Animals’ Category

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How to Clean a Betta Fish Bowl

Three Parts:Preparing to CleanCleaning a Betta Fish BowlPerforming a Major CleanCommunity Q&A Since betta fish get oxygen from the air, they can survive in a fish bowl without an aquarium filter. However, a small fish bowl can stress the betta fish and shorten its lifespan. Moreover, the bowl must be cleaned constantly, to keep it in top condition. The actual cleaning process is not difficult, as long as you know what to do, but investing in a tank or at least a large bowl will make cleaning safer and less…

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How to Classify Animals

Three Parts:Understanding a Taxonomy TableAssigning a Taxonomic ClassificationClassifying an Animal Based on its Scientific NameCommunity Q&A From the humblest jellyfish to the most advanced primates, the animal kingdom houses an extremely diverse selection of organisms. It is estimated that between 9 and 10 million unique species of animals exist on Earth.[1] To organize such an enormous spectrum of diversity, biologists use a system of classification involving stratified “ranks” that group animals according to their similarity. With practice, navigating this system is no problem! Part 1 Understanding a Taxonomy Table Taxonomic…

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How to Clean a Birdbath

Here is a simple way to clean an outdoor birdbath without using toxic chemicals. 1 Save some rainwater. If you don’t already collect rainwater in a tank, one way is to cut off the top of a plastic bottle and to leave it in a place that will get rainwater or put in by the gutter. Be sure to retrieve such water quickly though, before it grows algae. 2 Use a clean, old-fashioned scrubbing brush for cleaning with, and just the rainwater. You could also use a toothbrush or another…

postheadericon How to Choose the Right Reptile for You

How to Choose the Right Reptile for You

Reptiles are fascinating and beautiful animals, but choosing one to keep as a pet requires careful consideration of your time, budget, and experience caring for reptiles. It can be tempting to buy a reptile on impulse, but more often than not this leads to a neglected reptile and an unhappy owner. This article will explain how to choose the right reptile for you. 1 Appraise your level of experience in caring for reptiles. If you can sum your experience up with “look at those awesome lizards at pet stores,” choose…

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How to Choose the Right Reptile as a Pet

Three Parts:Assessing Your OptionsConsidering Practical FactorsMaking a Selection and Bringing Your Reptile HomeCommunity Q&A Reptiles can make wonderful pets. They can be highly affectionate, though not in the same way dogs or cats can be. The main types of reptiles commercially available as pets are lizards, snakes, and tortoises/turtles. Each has its own unique personality and its own specific needs, though those needs will vary from one species to another. Learning how to choose the right reptile for your home can help you find a reliable reptilian friend who will…

postheadericon How to Choose the Right Breed of Dog

How to Choose the Right Breed of Dog

Choosing a dog breed can be difficult! The easy solution? Read this how-to! 1 Consider whether you should really get a dog. Dogs are a huge commitment – for ten to sixteen years of your life, you’ll be caring for this animal. If you’re underage, ask your parents if they’ll be okay with paying for vet and food bills – you can’t afford it yourself! If you’re older, remember that the costs of caring for a dog can climb very quickly with little encouragement. 2 Evaluate your lifestyle. Are you…

postheadericon How to Choose the Right Bird Feeder

How to Choose the Right Bird Feeder

Three Parts:Choosing a Feeder TypePurchasing a feederTypes of FoodCommunity Q&A Are you wondering what type of bird feeder to use for which type of food (black oil sunflower seeds, oranges, peanuts)? Well, here is a guide of which feeder feeds and holds which food best. Part 1 Choosing a Feeder Type Constructed feeders 1 Use a tube feeder for mixed type of food that can include: black oil sunflower seeds, milo (sorghum) seed, and millet. Some tube feeders can also hold nyjer (thistle) seed. Different shaped feeders such as houses…

postheadericon How to Choose the Right Care for Your Dog While on Vacation

How to Choose the Right Care for Your Dog While on Vacation

Going on vacation is an exciting time. You have saved up and planned for the perfect week away from work and life in general, but you have a dog that you cannot or don’t want to take with you. It is not uncommon to not want to kennel your dog. Kennels can be stressful, unsanitary and very hard on your dog’s emotional and physical well being. Not to mention the fact that they are the complete opposite of being home with cement floors and wire cages. You get to go…

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How to Adopt a Purebred Dog

You don’t have to shell out big bucks to enjoy the company of a purebred dog. Here’s how to find a new best friend. 1 Consider why you want a purebred as opposed to a mixed breed. There is nothing a mixed breed puppy cannot offer you in terms of love, companionship, and devotion; and there are many mixed-breed puppies looking for homes. 2 Do your homework. Read books on the breed, paying special attention to how they will interact with your family and household. Talk to breed rescue centers….

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How to Choose Safe Pet Food

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a pet food. This article will help you to know what to look for. 1 Find the list of ingredients on the bag. The first 5 to 10 will play a significant role in the nutritional make-up of a food; however, it’s important to remember that pet food labels provide limited information regarding the nutritional value of a food. Labeling regulations do not allow manufacturers to describe the quality of ingredients on the package. A reputable pet food manufacturer will be able to…