Best Exotic Pets

November 10, 2013

Are you bored with common pets like dogs, cats and fishes? Well, then it’s time to own some exotic pets if you are a hardcore animal lover. Not many people can keep exotic pets, because the type of special care and attention they need is totally distinct from other regular pets. Starting from food habits to sleeping habits, these creatures have different requirements and require determined care and attention, which may sometimes be quiet difficult to follow. This article will give you briefing about six best exotic pets you can own.

Best Exotic Pets Capibara1. Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrchaeris)

Quiet similar to Guinea pigs, Capybara are the natives of dense forests and love to live near waters. Capybaras are vegetarians and they mainly feed on aquatic plants, grasses, fruits and tree bark. Nature wise Capybaras are very friendly and will allow humans to touch and feed them. The adult Capybara is about 1.2 meter in height and weighs about 45 kilograms.

  • Caring for Capybaras – Capybaras are not usual pets and hence you need to keep them as a pet in early childhood. They need an open space to live and should have a place to spend their time in water bodies as they are semi-aquatic animals. Feeding them with grass will suffice their nutritional needs. They live long when they are active breeders.

Best Exotic Pets sugar gliders

2. Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps)

It is a small and cute omnivorous marsupial. They look like flying squirrels and are natives of several islands. They have a body length of about 16 cm and average body weight of 140 grams. They feed on wide variety of foods which include pollens, insects, lizards’ bird eggs and small birds as well.

  • Caring for Sugar Gliders – Sugar Gliders are extremely loyal when they are kept as a pet and they are very playful as well. If you want to keep these small creatures at your home, then you have to bear with the noises that these nocturnal creatures make at night. They require extreme care and attention for their survival. They are happiest when they are kept with someone of their kind and they need to be in a place where they can climb up and down the tree branches.

Best Exotic Pets Wallaby

3. Wallaby (Macropus agilis)

These are herbivorous marsupials and are miniatures of kangaroos. Wallaby eat all vegetarian food stuffs like grasses, leaves, foliage and vegetables. These creatures are native of Australia and are tree dwellers. Wallaby have an average height of 1.5 meters.

  • Caring for Wallaby – Wallabies love to hide and are very timid in nature, and hence they require a lot of open space for their survival. You need to have a good fence system so that they cannot escape (they can easily jump over and break regular fences). These animals are nocturnal and hence you have to bear their noises at the night.
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Coda the cuddly Coatimundi is Looking for a new Home

July 14, 2014

Today we’re introducing our cute and cuddly friend Coda, he is about 2 years old. He’s a male Coatimundi. In tact, has claws and fangs.

He’s a curious little chap. Loves watermelon, eggs (raw and cooked), puppy chow, blueberries, olives and live lizards!!!!  He’s in the process of being potty trained.

He loves cuddles and to smuggle in your lap. My son bought him but my husband freaked out and wants him gone so we need a forever home for him. photo(3)

We live in Winter Garden, Florida. Contact via my email.

Any questions please use the comment section

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Bringing A Love Bird Into Your Life

July 13, 2014

Love Bird 2As you look into purchasing a bird you begin to wonder what would be an excellent choice.  There are so many birds that are available.  If you would like a social bird then you may want to purchase a love bird.  These birds are very social.

Love Birds

As you begin your looking into love birds you will find that there is more than one different species available.  These particular birds come from different parts.  These birds are from the parrot family and they are the smallest.  The love birds are an active bird.  They may be a small bird but they can be very playful and feisty, as well. 

This type of bird tends to be very social.  As an owner you will find that your love bird will bond with you.  The best time to purchase a love bird is when they are young.  This is the easiest time to train them.  You may find that if you have a female they may become jealous, more so than a male. 

Love Bird Species

The yellow-collared love bird is yellow and green.  The feathers on its tail are blue.  They are 5.5 inches long.  The Fischer’s lovebird has mostly green and orange on their upper body and head.  They will have blue on their lower back and butt and the ring around their eyes is white.  They are 5 inches long. 

Love BirdLilian’s love bird is mostly green, brownish-black on their cheeks and throat, their forehead and fore crown are brown.  Their upper chest is orange.  They have a red beak and around their eyes are white. They are 5.5 inches long.  The peach-faced love bird mostly has green and orange face, while their lower back and butt are blue.  Their beak is horn-colored.  They are 6 inches long. 

You will find that the black-winged love bird has a green and red beak and some of their wing feathers are black.  In this particular species the male has red on their forehead and on their crown.  The plumage on the female is all green.  They are 6.5 inches long.  The coloring on the red-headed love bird you will find that on their upper neck and face they are mostly green with red.  You can tell which the male is because they are more extensive and have a darker red face and head.  The male’s beak is also darker. They are 6 inches long. 

The grey-headed love bird has a beak which is pale grey.  The coloring is mostly green but on their back it is a darker green.  On the male their upper body, neck and head their coloring is grey.  They are 5 inches long.  The black-collared love bird’s coloring is green.  There is a brown collar which is around the back of their neck.  They will also have a dark grey or black beak.  They are 5 inches long.

Hand-Raised Love Birds

While looking for a love bird acquiring them as babies makes it much easier to train them.  You will still need to work with them on training and handling.  This should be done on a daily basis.  A hand raised love bird will make an excellent pet.  If your love bird is hand raised then it will be harder to train them. You will need lots of patience when you are working on taming them. 

Love Bird 3Many people think that love birds need to be in pairs.  This is not the case at all.  As long as your love bird is getting the attention, social interaction, and contact from humans it will do just fine.  If you find that you won’t have the time to spend with your bird then you will want to invest in a companion for it.

Love Birds For Sale

When you are looking for a love bird to purchase there are numerous different places for you to look. You can look at different pet stores.  Pet stores will carry love birds.  If you are going to purchase your love bird from an individual or breeder you will want to make sure that they are reputable.  You should check make sure that the love birds have a clean cage, clean water and are well fed.  Don’t hesitate to ask questions.  If they are reputable then they should be able to answer any and all of your questions. You want to make sure that the love bird that you are purchasing is healthy.  There are some things to look for before you make your purchase. 

You want to make sure that the bird is active and appears to be healthy.  Look at their eyes and or nose. You want to make sure that there is no discharge, this meaning any type of watery liquid coming out. Listen to the bird breath.  If you hear any type of clicking nose then this is an indication that they aren’t healthy.  If the bird is skinny that could be an indication of digestive problems.  The bird’s feathers shouldn’t stick out.  The feathers should be clean and smooth.  If the bird is in the corner all the time it could be another indication of a sick bird.

Before Purchasing Your Love Bird

One of the most important things that you will need to purchase is a cage.  Since love birds are active birds you will want to purchase a larger cage.  Try and not purchase a round cage for them.  Make sure that you have enough perches for them.  If you are able to include some natural branches for them this will be healthier for their feet.

Love Bird 4The next thing is you will want to purchase some toys.  They will need something to do when you aren’t to play with them.  As you choose the toys you will want to make sure that you take into consideration the safety issue.  Just like with a child, you want to make sure that they won’t hurt themselves on certain things.  You could even pick up extra toys so that you could switch them out and give your bird a variety to play with.

Some of the safer toys would include:  hanging toys that don’t hang long enough for your bird to get hurt, ladders, and bells.  You could even include some household items.  Try giving them a paper towel roll or some of the dry pasta shapes.  Since they are an active bird it will give them different options of things to play with.

Food For Your Love Bird

When you feed your love bird a healthy diet you are ensuring that they will be healthy.  A great way to start is noting that since their beaks are hooked they are able to eat a wide variety of different seeds and nuts.  If you only feed them nuts and seeds this isn’t enough for them.  Just those two items will create a vitamin deficiency so you need to implement other items for them to eat as well.  They should also be given fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.  These will help in assuring you have a healthy love bird.

Love Bird 5Some of the different seeds that you can offer them are Niger, silver millet (not the millet spray), peas, flax, and oats.  If you would like you could also add in some canary or budgie seed, as well.  As you are preparing your fruits and vegetables make sure that you have washed them thoroughly.  By washing them thoroughly this will remove any of the chemicals that could be on them.  When offering the fruits and vegetables make sure that these are offered in a separate dish. 

If you notice that your bird likes one particular food over all the others then just limit the amount of that food.  Just think of your love bird as a small child.  This is especially true when you are feeding them. If they tend not to like a particular food don’t not offer it to them, you will want to try again later.  You can find a list of suggested foods to feed your love bird.  It will be helpful if you aren’t sure.  Don’t give your love bird avocado, rhubarb leaves, or apples seeds.  These are poisonous and can kill your love bird.

When you decide to purchase a love bird always remember that you don’t have to purchase them in pairs.  You can purchase them individually.  Just because they are called love birds doesn’t necessarily mean that they need a partner.  The more research you do before acquiring a love bird the better you will be equipped when you bring it home.

You will definitely want to make sure that before you do bring home your new bird that you have their new home ready for them.  The more prepared you are for their arrival the better they will do.  Daily training and socializing with your bird is very important for them.  You aren’t just bringing home a bird you are bringing home a new friend.  They will bring so much enjoyment to your life.

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Can’t Get Enough of Cats? How about then Go the Bigger is Better Route with Big House Cats? Many Do!

July 5, 2014

Is it all in the weight….

big house catsWhen it comes to domesticated cats of a larger size you can go one of two ways.  The first one saying is a house cat considered big due to its weight or due to its total size?  Those are two questions of which have 2 answers, and each might surprise you.  Those in the heavy weight category (cat-egory, no pun intended, ok yes it was intended) seem that some of the biggest domesticated cats around the world weight in around 40 pounds.  One in Russia weighs in at 50 pounds. 

The owners are proud of this fact.  Their cats are as big as some of their children, and if one was to surf the information superhighway and look at the size of some of these cats, they’d see pictures of young children holding these large cats and looking like they weren’t much bigger Also looking as if they might of needed some help holding the large cats weight long enough to get a picture snapped.

….or is it all in the overall size?

Now as far as the largest domesticated cats go in total size, the tables turn and you are no longer looking at a cat that is big because its appetite is, you’re looking at a cat that’s been bred to be a larger size, yet keep its sleekness and slim, athletic form.  One such cat is the Savannah cat.  It’s a mixed breed between a domesticated house cat and an African Serval cat.  They are beautiful cats and noted for being tall and slender and for their large ears.  Large ears are a quality of the Serval cats, which add to its attractiveness and really are just plain cute.

Let’s take a look at the domestic Savannah cats.

Savannah cats are very lovable and have a lot of love to give to their owners. They are easily trained too and playful as well.  They like to run around, play fetch, and water doesn’t seem to bother them as regular domestic cats seem to struggle with.  One owner’s Savannah cat even likes to take showers and has fun playing with the drops of water that fall.

domestic Savannah catsSavannah cats have that very loving nature about them and are bundles of personality.  They are such a size that their owners are known to put them on a leash and take them for walks as if they were just like a dog.  It’s good for them to get these walks because at their size they need room to exercise.  Their weight is slim for their size, averaging in the 20 pound range, as heavy as 28 pounds, and some grow to be just below from 15-19 pounds.

Speaking of size, standing from toe to ear tip, Savannah cats at their tallest stand a whopping 4 and half feet tall.  The males are taller than the females but not as much and actually the tallest house cat is a female.  There is a cat named Scarlett’s Magic who holds the record as the world’s largest domesticated cat at not far less than 5 feet tall from her tippy toes to the tips of her large ears.

A peek at the Mokave and Mokave Jag cats; big house cats too!

One more to mention is the Mokave and Mokave Jag cats, which is also a domesticated cat that has been bred between a wild cat and a domesticated cat. Searching around I have learned that they have the same loving qualities found in the Savannah cats and want to be, no, make that expect to be treated as one of the family.  They are great around children who are thrilled to have a pet the same size as them.  It’s like their own personal tiger or cheetah.  These cats have super personalities and their show their owners love from day one.  They come up just a touch shorter than the Savannah cats, but still can weight about the same in the 20 pound range.

How much do big house cats run wallet wise?

Jag catsSavannah and Mokave cats are rare man engineered breeds and can run a hefty price tag depending on the generation and the strength of genes from the exotic half of the animal.  They can run from 5,000 dollars and up for a Mokave Jag kitten on up to 20,000 dollars plus for a well-bred Savannah cat.

Cat lovers that have the cash flow for one of these cats are getting their dream companion.  Both of these cats are weaned then brought up to eat regular dry cat food, although the wet food is seen as a treat to them from time to time. However, it was interesting to find out that they are fed on the same diet as a regular domesticated cat was.  They are litter trained as well.  It is asked not to have these cats declawed though, and a lot of sellers of these rare cats teach them to sharpen their claws on trees and not your couches.

Big house cats that aren’t domesticated are not the way to go.

Those are just some samples of big house cats that are domestic, and domestically bred.  What about the people who want to go a step beyond and try to turn a tiger into a house cat or other large breed as such.  They are out there. It’s a very dangerous thing to do but that doesn’t stop one who has it set in their mind that a big cat for the house is the way to go.

big house cats 2First of all to note is that it is against the law to have interstate and foreign trade with larger exotic cats from the wild.  Owning a wild cat can be illegal in the place you live in as well.  Does that stop people from wanting to turn their wild cats into cats with domicile domestic personalities?  No.  It is estimated that as many as 10,000 plus tigers are kept as pets in private residence in America.

If you are one of those who are keeping a wild animal such as a tiger, you better be prepared to feed them.  All large cats as such eat incredible amounts of raw meat.  They need exercise too, and can’t just be expected to lie around your house without a good run to stretch their bodies out.  They can be quite hard on your domicile by using your furniture to sharpen their teeth and claws.  One clawing session and you’re out a couch.

For most of those who try to keep a wild animal such as a tiger, it’s just a short matter of time before they have to release its care to a zoo or a sanctuary so it can live the proper life in the wild that it was born to do.  At least these people have regained their common sense and have done the right thing in turning over their wild cat.

Want a big house cat?  This is the way to go.

I would suggest if they are looking for a big house cat, to go the road of the large domesticated cats such as the Savannah or Mokave Jag.  Number one, they are legal.   Secondly, they are friendly and bound to bond with you as their family.  They can be walked with a leash and get proper exercise and lastly, they eat regular cat food.  You are not going to find yourself in way over your head, granted cleaning their litter box isn’t going to be as simple as that of a that of your regular sized domestic house cat.

big house cats 3Large domesticated house cats can definitely be the way to go for cat lovers that have an urge to experience having a cat of a larger size.  One needs to go with a specialty breeder to see about how such cats like the Savannah and Mokave are bred and how they can be raised from kitten status on up.

What can the breeders do getting you the perfect cat?

The breeders of these cats specialize in them and can answer any and all questions and concerns and give you tips on raising them.  A beautiful statuesque cat such as the Savannah should be all the size you need if you find yourself wanting a big house cat.  A playful Mokave or Mokave Jag might be the route to go too.  There are other large house cats, but these are the ones that seemed to of been bred the best for domestication.

Research, research, research.

With the internet being able to be accessed from over 70% of American households, or for free at libraries and such, I highly recommend doing research on big house cats and seeing what you come up with.  The pictures you’ll see of these cats at leisure or at play will have you wanting to hold on and play with them as much as their owners do.  There are so many pictures showing their cats in many different environments, or at many different actions of their day, be showing them at play, at supper, or even at sleep on an owners lap if they can fit.  A cat person who can share their life with these cats because they are more like companions than just your average pet, a big house cat just might be your calling!

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Wild Animal? No that’s My Pet!

June 25, 2014

Exotic petsExotic pets are fun, wild, and sometimes dangerous. There are many activities that highly recommend against having any exotic or wild animal in any home in the world.  But there are animals that are considered exotic but are completely safe to share living space with.  These exotic pets deserve to have a loving home, and people to play with.  While exotic or non-domesticated animals have their own set of needs, they are still animals that can be cute and cuddly or special and unique. 

Some of these exotic animals require special veterinarian services, specialized food and housing or cause more damage than a domesticated animal. Not all wild and exotic animals are made to be pets, and frankly there are some that a rational person would never even consider. But there are some very special wild exotic animals that make amazing pets for a family that is ready for a new pet challenge. Here are the top six picks for exotic, safe pets that would add a flare and specialness to any home.  

Savannah cats

Savannah catsThe savannah cat is a hybrid of African servals and domesticated house cats. The mix of these breeds creates a cat that is all growl, but none of the bite. They are known for having more of a ‘dog’ like personality, are able to be trained to walk with on a harness.  They do not have to be “outside” animals.  These cats are a newer breed of animal, making them rare. For now these are costly cats to purchase.    

There are several variations on this cat, since each generation changes levels of behavior difficulty. When it comes to breeding these cats, the predictably is easier.  It is easier to figure out size and personality of the cat.   The size of the cat depends on their parents.  The largest savannah cats can be two and a half times larger than a house cat.  It takes three years for savannah cats to reach their full size.

Savannah cats are adaptive, well-behaved respectful animals. They can be maintained with a diet of high quality cat food, and receive all the same shots as a domesticated house cat. They have loving and outgoing personalities.  These cats are very intelligent and can be trained quickly.  If a family is entering a savannah cat into their home, they have no reason to worry.  The cat will be a special part of their family and will be involved with the family, not hiding from it. They are a rare and exotic breed of cats that should loved.   

Hedgehog

HedgehogHedgehogs are thought to be a rodent, but this exotic animal is not a rodent, is not a member of the porcupine family like some would believe. But an African pygmy Hedgehog, and is its own mammal family. Hedgehogs are ideal for young people who are not looking for a life-long pet commitment, since they only have a five to seven year life span.  The hedgehog is not a social animal. They don’t get along with others of their kind.  So, if a person is going to have more than one hedgehog, each will need its own enclosure. The only except is if the owner has two females and they are in a large cage with many different hiding places.   The live off a diet that consist of hard kibble, vitamins, dried fruits, mealworms, insects.  The are small and an adult hedgehog can weigh only one pound, fitting in the palm of a person’s hand.  

For having a back covered with prickly spines, the hedgehogs are a very cute little starter exotic animal.  They make an ideal started exotic pet since they are easy to care for.  They are easy to tame, and when the hedgehog feels secure, their quills feel like a hairbrush.  These small creatures are easy going, and non-aggressive who enjoy exploring.  While the hedgehog’s sense of sight is poor, they have excellent and very well developed hearing, smell and taste senses.  

Having a hedgehog in a home, is similar to having a hamster or guinea pig, since they are also extremely small, quiet, and are simple to maintain.  The rarely bit, and do not need to be handled every day.  This would be a great exotic pet to start out with, for the whole family.  

Sugar Glider

Sugar GliderThis adorable little exotic animal is cute, and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.  Sugar gliders, like all pets require specialized care. While some will have people believe that caring for a sugar glider is like rocket science, it really isn’t. Someone who wants to introduce this exotic animal as a pet in their own just needs to take the time to study what care the little guys need.

Their cage should be large enough for the little creatures to jump and glide around.  The bigger the cage, and the more hanging toys the better.  Sugar gliders like to be able to move around and play.  Sugar gliders have a diet that requires its owner to feed it fruits, veggies, proteins and a dry food to leave in the cage for snacks.  There is an array of information about feeding sugar glider, but as long as an owner sticks with 50% fruits and veggies and 50% of proteins, then the owner is set.   

The sugar gliders are very social, and will connect with the owner and form a special bond.  Much like a puppy, there is a bonding time, and at first it will require a ton of attention as it fusses and tries to accumulate to its’ new surroundings.  Gliders are great for pets because they will love all those in the family and home.  It will be kind and devoted to everyone, and will be fun to have around.

Fennec Fox

Fennec FoxThis is a small desert fox that is popular for exotic pets, because it is an easily domesticated pet.  The Fennec Fox has a ton of energy, meaning that the owner needs to be able to spend the time with them.  These little adorable balls of energy are non-aggressive and acts similar to a dog.   They are able to be enjoyed by the whole family, since they are sweet and snuggly.  

The Fennec Fox does not have any smell unless they are suddenly frightened. When they are free they release a sharp musk odor from their tail.  It only last a moment and isn’t all that noticeable.  The only other smells that come with the fennec fox is the odor from their litter box.  

The fennec fox does get noisy at night, have them in a crate/cage at night is for the best.  They have a muffled bark, but also a purr growl sound.  The fennec fox loves to be petted and held. They are pets that like to spend time in their owners lap and snuggling with them.  

Their diet depends on them; some fennec foxes are very picky while others are willing to try any food.  That will depend on them, but overall they love fruit and breakfast cereals, since they have a sweet tooth.  They can be trained to sit, fetch and chase.  The fennec fox can even respond to its name.  This sweet animal will make a great addition to any families home.

Kinkajou

KinkajouA nocturnal rain forest creature is very friendly and affectionate animal.  They are easy to domesticate. If an owner raises these creatures, they can be taught to be tamed.  The kinkajou looks like it is a member of the monkey family, but in actually they are members of the family that houses raccoon.

In nature they are tree dwellers, so their cages need to be large and tall, so they can more around.  But they are very active, curious animals that enjoy rifling through things. They are most active at night-time since they are nocturnal creatures.

The kinkajous eat mostly fruits and nectar.  They will eat plant blooms and insects.  They will also eat monkey biscuits.  But when feeding the kinkajou in their cages, the owner needs to do so out of ceramic bowls or a bowls that is attached to the cage.  They are very messy when they feed.  

A Kinkajou can be various sizes, but their usual body length is between 16 and 25 inches with a tail that can be between 15 and 20 inches.  They will weight around eight pounds.  Kinkajous live between 20 and 25 years. There have been cases of kinkajous that have lived 40 years.   

Bengal Cat

Bengal CatThe Bengal cat is a hybrid between an Asian Leopard cat and a domestic house cat.  These cats are super sweet and have adoring personalities, sometimes even mocking the personality of their owner.  This is a good exotic pet because this is a cat because it is all the exoticness without the worry of a large wild cat.  The Bengal cat is sweet, gentle and mild mannered.  

The diet of a bengal cat is that of a house cat, high quality food. Cats are meat eaters, so food making sure that the bengal cat has a well balanced diet is key.  But overall, any well balanced protein enriched cat food will be good for the bengal cat.  

The Bengal cat can be trained to be walked on a leash. The leash will help with training the bengal cat to jump, walk, run, glide and even sit.  

The owner of a bengal cat can expect a wild ride.  They require a lot of attention, and the owner will have to kitty proof their house.  Since the bengal cat will find every nook and cranny of a home.  But the bengal cat will be a kitty that everyone in the home can enjoy.  Since the bengal cat is intelligent their presence in a home is a special one.

While this is not a complete list of potential exotic pets a person can buy, it is a great starting place.

Obtaining a Pet

Before a potential owner buys an exotic pet they should keep in mind what it means to be a pet owner.  Having an exotic pet isn’t for everyone either, the potential owner should conduct research on the pet they are considering and think about their lifestyles.  Just because you want an exotic pet doesn’t mean you should.  Once the owner has completed their research, and has decided which exotic pet is best for them, their lives will be changed as a new creature is brought into their home.

The potential owner needs to make sure there are no laws in the area prohibiting the ownership of the exotic animal that the person has selected.  City and state laws are different for each case, so the owner needs to make sure and check with officials.  

Exotic pets 2Research, research, research. The buyer should talk to other pet owners through online forums.  They need to make sure the exotic pet what they are purchasing is going to be a right fit for the home and the family.   Asking questions is key for any new purchase, so ask questions to everyone involved so that the buyer knows if the exotic pet is the right choice.

The owner needs to ensure there is a veterinarian nearby that will be able to treat the pet if needed.  To give the pet the proper vaccinations and for general care.  

If possible, the buyer needs to go to a local shop or vendor to purchase the animal.  Shipping an animal can be very costly and traumatic for the animal.  But the buyer should research and make arrangements to bring the new pet into the home.  

Bring a new pet into the home is a different experience for everyone, but making the transition smooth is a very important part of getting a new exotic pet.  

Buying the exotic pet of their choice makes take time like all other things, but in the end it will be worth it. They will have a fun animal in their home. A creature to show off and love.

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Talking Parrots for Sale

June 16, 2014

Talking Parrots 2Where to find talking parrots:

There are a number of websites offering talking parrots for sale. Most people are aware of the illicit trade in wild birds and parrots from overseas which are smuggled in to the United States. You can avoid this hazard by going to online shops which sell talking parrots as weaned babies which have been born in the United States by the shops and stores themselves.

Good websites for talking parrots:

Two excellent websites are parrotsoftheworld.com in New York which can also export parrots or international locations and birdsbyjoe.com in New Jersey. Bothe sites offer excellent advice on how to care for parrots and which species of parrot are best at talking.

Which are the best parrots to buy for talking:

The African Grey is recommended as probably the best talker. Its small size and gentle nature makes it ideal for apartments. The Central and South America Amazon parrot is green with red or yellow patches; they talk and are easy to keep but tend to be loyal and friendly with just one person so this should be born in mind if you have a family. Talking ParrotsCockatoos are white and can be well behaved with families provided they are well trained. Macaws are large beautiful birds which require a great deal of training and toys to keep them occupied. Toys need to be sturdy and made of wood or acrylic. They need an exceptionally large cage and a perch outside the cage so that they do not become claustrophobic during the day. Macaws can come in a variety of colors, blue and gold, hyacinth which is a deep blue in color, military Macaws, Scarlet macaws which can be slightly temperamental and green wings. Because of their size they may not be suitable for smaller apartments. It is very important to give Macaws plenty of time outside the cage; otherwise they can become restive and destructive in the home.

How to get the parrot to talk:

Talking ParrotsThere is no caste iron guarantee that a parrot will talk but they usually do. Owners have to talk to their parrot and treat it like one of the family. Some parrots are highly intelligent and will mimic the voices they hear; others will talk but will not be able to mimic the voices they hear. It is great fun to have a talking parrot as a pet as it s the only animal which can do this and they develop their own personality. If you want your parrot to talk you should buy it as a baby as soon as it has been weaned and begin daily interaction with your pet. Get expert advice on how to train your parrot and keep it occupied so that it is content and does not get bored. Many have very long life spans of thirty to fifty years.  

What to feed your parrot:

Nuts with oil to encourage a shining coat of feathers, fruit and vegetables, seeds and pellets to ensure that they get the vitamins they need.

What sort of cage is best for the parrot:

The larger the cage the better especially for Macaws. A metal white painted cage is best which has a greater width than its height and has bars for the parrot to climb and rest on. Make sure the bird age has a proper litter to absorb bird droppings and that the parrot is living in a dry and clean environment.

Owners need to be aware that some parrots emit clouds of powder from their feathers and this can be avoided by spraying them with a moisturizer.

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A Finch in the Family

June 9, 2014

What are finches?

Finches are perching birds, meaning that their feet are constructed in such a way that they have three toes pointing forward and one facing backwards, allowing them to grasp branches as perches. This toe formation is a distinguishing characteristic of the Passeriforme order of birds, a group that includes more than half of all bird species. They are, for the most part, seed-eating songbirds native to North America, but there are sub-families endemic to the Neotropics, the Hawaiian islands and even the Paleartic zone, which covers most of Europe, Asia, Northern Africa and parts of the Arabian peninsula. In other words, finches are found nearly everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere and often in the Southern Hemisphere as well!

FinchFinches are relatively small birds; the smallest know species measuring just less than 4 inches and the largest just fewer than 10. They characteristically have stubby beaks, which in many species can be quite large. They are frequently brown in color but strong yellow and red pigments are also common. Shades of blue are highly uncommon as the yellow pigments because the blue tones to appear greener.

While for the most part, the finch is a seed-eating bird many varieties have evolved to eat other foods as well, such as arthropods, berries and even nectar.

 

Popularity

Finches are quite popular house pets for bird lovers. The diversity of available breeds of finches for sale can be quite tempting to the enthusiast. The wide ranges of sizes and colors make cages varied and unique for owners. For breeders or hobbyists, often the hardest choice can be deciding which varieties to keep.

Often people will choose to keep multiple varieties of finches, but this can cause difficulties as not all species will coexist harmoniously. Some varieties of finches are highly territorial and will fight to the death in areas inadequate in size. Even if the species types will coexist without attacking each other, often the differences between them will initiate a tendency to interfere with the other’s breeding habits. Without unlimited cage space, the more varieties of finches a collector maintains, the fewer of each variety can be kept, which, of course, dramatically reduces the species’ ability to reproduce.

For many, the decision comes down to a single species with large color deviations available in order to diversify the look of a flock. Many places that offer finches for sale also provide a compatibility calculator to inform the breeder which species will live together most peaceably.

 

Finch habitats

Finch 2While many types of birds are most easily housed in tall cages that allow them vertical space to move around, this is not the ideal living space for finches. Finches in nature prefer to fly back and forth over the grass line and, therefore, the idea cage for finches are those that are longer than they are tall. When investigating available finches for sale, a hobbyist should do research into the types and sizes of finch cages. Size is important as finches get most of the exercise from fluttering around.

 

Finches as pets

Finches make ideal household pets, either in indoor cages, or in garden habitats. Because of their size they do not eat much, and the cost of maintaining finches is minimal. They are quiet birds and are generally non-destructive to their environments, making them popular with gardeners. Some finch species have proven to be particularly suited to breeding in captivity and due to the ease with which they can be bred, they are easily found in pet stores or can even be purchased online. Try a Gouldian Finch, A Canary Finch or a Zebra Finch if you’re starting a home flock. The more rare and difficult to breed, the more pricey the bird.

Finches are, for the most part, undemanding pets; they don’t need to be walked and require very few vet visits, making them ideal for frugally minded pet owners. They are easy to care for, and are good pets for children.

Finch 3Finches are quiet and unobtrusive, making them particularly suited to smaller environments like apartments. Unlike parrots (some of whom have the measured intelligence of the average 5 year old) who have a constant need for interaction to ward off boredom and the resulting plucking, finches do not mind it if you don’t have time to play with them. In fact, they prefer it. Finches prefer to live in flocks, and if your finches have companions, they will enjoy playing among themselves.

The only downside to keeping finches as pets is that since they are far more bird-oriented than people-oriented, it is unlikely that they will become finger-tame pets. However, much fun can be had watching finches frolic in their own environment.

Finches can live anywhere from 5- 20 years, but the more common life span is about 10 years.

 

Types of finches

There are four family groups into which finches fall: Fringillidae, Estrildidae, Ploceidae, and Passeridae. All finches, whether domesticated or wild belong to one of these groups. Let’s take a look at each one:

FringillideaFringillidea:

Birds belonging to this type are often referred to as “True Finches” and are some of the most popular types to be kept in aviaries or cages. The males of this variety are more brightly colored than the females, who tend to be duller. Both have short, conical beaks, longer tails and peaked heads with distinctive markings on their shoulders, wings or tails. The most common birds of the Fringillidea family are the Canaries, which are specifically bread for their plumage and song, and the Hawaiian Finches, which are far more rare and are considered an endangered species. There are over 125 “True Finches” including:

  • Canary
  • Red Siskin Carduelis
  • House Finch
  • Cuban Melodious Finch
  • Orange-breasted Bunting or Rainbow Bunting Passerina
  • European Goldfinch
  • Green Singing Finch

Estrildidae:

This family of finches originates in Africa, Asia and Australasia and includes some of the most brightly colored finches. They are particularly hardy and can adjust to temperature deviations, although some cannot tolerate colder temperatures. In nature, they live in grasslands and build enclosed nests made of grass, sometimes with the male’s house built almost as a second story to the main breeding nest. This variety of finch breeds well in captivity. The Estrildidae family is further broken down into four categories. There are more than 133 varieties of Estrildidae finch but some of the more common are:

Estrildidae- Grass Finches and Parrot Finches

  • Zebra finch
  • Diamond Sparrow
  • Shaft-tailed Finch
  • Long-tailed Grass Finch
  • European Bullfinch
  • Gouldian Finch
  • Northern Bullfinch
  • Red-tailed Finch
  • Owl Finch
  • Parson Finch
  • Star Finch
  • Masked Grass Finch
  • Blue-faced Parrot Finch
  • Red-headed Parrot Finch

- Waxbill Finches

  • Cordonbleu Waxbil
  • Violet-eared Waxbill
  • Red-cheeked Waxbill
  • Strawberry finch
  • Golden-breasted Waxbill
  • Gray or Black-rumped Waxbill
  • Lavender Finch
  • Red-billed Firefinch
  • Orange-cheeked Waxbill
  • Orange-breasted Waxbill
  • Purple Grenadier

- Mannikin Finches

  • Spice finch or Nutmeg mannikin
  • African Silverbill
  • Society Finch
  • Bronze Mannikin
  • Java Sparrow
  • Cutthroat Finch
  • Ribbon Finch
  • Indian Silverbill

- Nun Finches

  • White-headed Nun
  • Black-headed Nun
  • Tri-colored Nun
  • Three-colored Nun

PloceidaePloceidae:

This type of finch is native to Africa, although sometimes found in Asia and Europe. Their diet consists of small seeds and they build nests suspended from trees out of woven grasses, leaves and mud. They breed in colonies and are quite a gregarious family of finches. There are over 150 Plocesidae finches which fall into two main types, Weaver finches and Whydah finches:

- Weaver finches

  • Orange Weaver
  • Golden-crowned Bishop

- Whydah finches

  • Pin-tailed Whydah
  • Paradise Whydah

PasseridaePasseridae:

Passeridae finches are small, mostly seed-eating, social birds that live in open spaces. Not as colorful as other varieties of finch, this family is most commonly brown, chestnut and grey although some varieties have black plumage as well. There are whites and yellows in a few species as well, but these colors are not as common. There are only about 30 varieties of this type of finch.

  • White-winged Snow Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Golden Sparrow

 

Finches for the family

There are many varieties of finches for sale but many are more suitable for breeders than those seeking to keep finches as pets. When choosing which type of finch to keep at home is sure to keep in mind the bird’s hardiness to temperature and changes in the environment. Finches are fun to watch and can be quite enjoyable for children and families alike to appreciate, but the finches themselves would appreciate it if the family stayed on its own side of the bars. It is possible to keep finches in a household with other pets, but be wary of cats or any breed of bird dog as the temptation may become quite great. Finches are social animals that thrive in colonies. Never purchase a single finch as the isolated life might cause him to sicken and die. In fact, provided enough cage space, the more finches a family keeps, the happier their pets will remain.

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This Is Not Curious George

May 29, 2014

Ever watch the adorable little monkey who is the constant companion to The Man with the Yellow Hat? He has his own book, series of books, in fact. He is a cartoon TV star. Curious George is self sufficient. He does math. He can run to the store. He is (seemingly) potty trained. He can hold down a job. He talks to The Man with the Yellow Hat and is friends with scientists, children, astronauts and everyone else he encounters.

But pet monkeys are not like Curious George. There are many breeders who will provide pet monkeys for sale. That does not mean that owning a monkey is a good idea for everyone.

It is a life-long commitment:

Depending on the species, pet monkeys can live for anywhere between 15-45+ years. Taking on a monkey as a pet is a life-long commitment. It is unfair to take on an animal that you will be unable to care for or unwilling to support for the length of its life. This behavior is seen often in people who buy puppies but then turn them to an animal rescue society or a pound when they determine that it too much effort. 

Firstly, maintaining a pet monkey takes far more effort and commitment than a dog. Secondly, it is profoundly more difficult to find a monkey a new home. Not only do fewer people have an interest in maintaining a pet monkey, but the monkey itself will have bonded with its previous owner and may have an extremely difficult time switching homes.

pet monkeysTaking on a pet with a 40 year lifespan is an intense commitment. If you are 30+ years old at the time you adopt your monkey friend, you will still have your pet when you are 70+. What about if something were to happen to you? Do you have friends or relatives who would be willing to take on an adult monkey? Would your children be willing to take on the responsibility of a monkey? Who is to say that your monkey, just because you loved it and it loved you, will love your friends, relatives or children?

Consider the repercussions of this tendency to single-person bonding should you choose to go on vacation. Who will watch your monkey? Monkeys, once taken in, are like children. You cannot simply leave them alone. You can’t just leave them with friends. And traveling with a monkey? Well, that’s a whole other exercise in madness. Even Curious George got into trouble when he traveled and he was the quintessential “good little monkey”. Traveling with a monkey severely limits the locations of your destinations as not all locales will permit exotic animals.

What if you want to move? Not all states allow people to own exotic pets. Are you willing to turn down a dream job because it is located in a state that your monkey will not be welcome?

Companionship

Many people express a desire to have a pet monkey because they want surrogate children; they are looking for companionship or someone to take care of. To a certain extent, the correlation between a pet monkey and a child is a solid one. They require 24 hour attention 7 days a week. They must be watched intently to make sure they do not hurt themselves or get into trouble.

Monkeys are highly intelligent primates. They have the intellect of a young elementary school child… and the energy of one too. Monkeys need constant attention and entertainment. If you work a standard 40 hour work week, 8 hours day 5 days a week, you likely would not have enough time to play with the monkey as much as it needs to stay happy and healthy. 

pet monkeys 2Pet monkeys need intellectual diversions and/or companionship or they will exhibit signs of stress, depression, anxiety or aggression. Monkey companions can be both human and other non-human primates, but remember that monkeys have strong bonds with their owners and may not take too well to interlopers, even of the non-human variety, if they feel competitive.

Ideally, a pet monkey will have the ability to stay with his or her human owner all the time, not easy if you work a traditional work week.

Caring for your per monkey

Ever wondered how much time it takes to clean up after children? Add to that. Monkeys require constant maintenance and, unlike children, cannot be taught to clean up after themselves.

Yes, monkeys will need to have cages—for their own safety—but keeping a monkey in a cage, no matter how large, for the majority of their day is abusive. There are strict guidelines set up detailing the size enclosure needed for different types of monkeys, but they must also be able to come out and play, roam and interact.

The cages need to be large, even for small monkeys, because they must have the ability to move around, play and investigate even while inside them. The cages must also be quit sturdy, able to weather storms and monkey breakouts; monkeys are incredibly intelligent and will likely quickly figure out how to open their cages if they are not locked tight.

pet monkeys 3Finding a veterinarian capable of caring for your pet monkey might be quite a trick—not all vets deal with exotic animals—but finding the right vet is vital to both the health of your pet monkey and you. Since monkeys are primates and genetically very close to humans multiple diseases can pass back and forth between the two. It is just as easy for you to get your pet monkey sick as it is for him or her to sicken you. Monkeys need regular checkups and vaccinations just like people.

Some people diaper their monkeys to reduce the amount of waste that gets left in their homes and cages. Diapering monkeys can be a rather steep but unforeseen expense. If you do choose to diaper your pet, be aware that they will need to be changed every hour or two. It is unhealthy for both pet and owner to let your monkey sit in a dirty diaper. And, let’s remember how intelligent these little guys are. If they don’t like it, they will take the diapers off.

Without the proper mental and emotional stimulation monkeys will become depressed or aggressive, so keeping the right kinds of toys around is essential to your pet’s well being. However, even if he or she has access to the proper kinds of toys, it does not guarantee that a monkey will only play with what you have offered. Monkeys are intensely curious animals and will get into trouble. There is no getting around that. They will play with whatever they can find: TV remotes, computers and laptops, cds, books, curtains, kitchen appliances, you name it. If it stimulates the monkey’s curiosity, he or she will investigate—sometimes with disastrous results.

Disadvantages to having a pet monkey

First and foremost it is necessary to remember that no matter how sweet and cute a pet monkey is, it is still a wild animal. Dogs and cats have been bred throughout time to become domesticated. This is not the case with monkeys. They can be loving companions and pets, but never forget who they are and what their nature is.

Monkeys that will be kept as pets require intense training. They will cause damage to your home and personal property, whether you have put in the time training them or not—it is their nature to be curious about their surroundings and it is your job to keep an eye on them at all times when they are outside of their cages. 

pet monkeys 4It can be difficult to have people over to a house that is home to monkeys. As mentioned earlier, monkeys tend to bond to their owner and may not like the same people you do. All monkeys bite and the potential for harm from a wild animal bite—even if the monkey’s teeth have been filed—is great. 

Additionally, monkeys are not good with children. Or, perhaps it is fairer to say that monkeys and small children are not good with each other. Children tend to not be aware of the intensity of their play and can easily hurt a much smaller monkey. The monkey, should it feel threatened, will retaliate, and one can hardly blame it for this behavior.

Are pet monkeys legal where you live? 

Many states have quite stringent laws about owning exotic pets. Some outlaw them entirely. States that do allow exotics in the home may require special permits, registration and other possible fees. In addition to checking with the legality within the state, check with the county and city as well. All three may not be in agreement. If you choose to ignore these legal hoops, it might cause your pet to be removed by animal control. Sadly, most pet monkeys who are removed from their homes end up in zoos or, far worse, labs.

Types of pet monkeys for sale

Smaller breeds of monkey, not surprisingly, are the ones most commonly found for sale and as pets in monkey loving homes. Most popular tend to be the Capuchins, Marmosets, Macaques and Spider monkeys.

Capuchin monkeys can grow to about 12-24 inches in length (not including their tails), can weigh anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds and have an average lifespan of 35-45 years. The name Capuchin comes from their distinctive color markings which closely resemble the cowl of a Franciscan monk. They are considered one of the most intelligent breeds of New World monkey and therefore require a great deal of creativity on the part of their owners to keep them involved and engaged. They are arboreal and prefer sleeping in trees.

Marmosets come in many varieties but the common marmosets are 5 to 15 inches in length (with another 5-15 inches of tail). They weigh 10-20 ounces and can live 10-20 years. Their diet requires them to have access to trees for they chew through the bark to get to the bum and sap but they spend a good quarter of their time hunting prey in the form of insects.

pet monkeys 5Macaques are slightly larger monkeys. They measure anywhere from 20 to 30 inches in length and can weigh 15 to 35 pounds. Their lifespan averages about 25-30 years. Their native habitat ranges from North Africa to Japan, including the Arabian peninsula. Macaques are good swimmers and are both terrestrial and arboreal. They have largely vegetative diets but will happily munch on the occasional insect or small animal.

Spider monkeys are about 20 inches in length with another 20 inches of tail. They can weigh anywhere from 15 to 25 pound and live, on average, for 30-35 years. They are native to the tropical rain forests of central and South America. Spider monkeys are among the smartest monkey species, recent tests placing them above gorillas in their intelligence levels. They are entirely arboreal and have a fifth hand, a prehensile tail, to accommodate their need to travel among the branches.

Still want a monkey?

Do your research! Taking on a monkey as a pet and companion is not small undertaking. Be sure you know exactly what you are getting into. Try to visit with other people who have pet monkeys and see how they are housed, fed and maintained. 

Pet monkeys are available for sale in the US. It is, however, illegal to try to purchase one from outside the country. If you are looking for a pet monkey for sale, do not attempt to buy one from outside the country. Not only is it illegal and likely a scam, but domestic pet monkeys for sale have been bred for living as pets and have not been poached from their native environments. Contact primate organizations that promote responsible monkey care. They will point you in the right direction.

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A Sunny Sun Conure For Sale

May 20, 2014

Are you looking for a new addition to your family?  Is it a bird you are after?  How about a beautiful and colorful Sun Conure?

What is a Sun Conure?

A Sunny Sun Conure 2Also known as a Sun Parakeet the Sun Conure is a beautifully colored parrot native to northeastern South Africa.  Their wonderful plumage of golden-yellows along with their orange face and bellies give them their sunny name.  Telling the difference of their sexes is not as easy as some birds where the male is usually the more vibrant; both the male and female Sun Conure will have lovely bright plumage.  A mature Sun Conure’s weight would be at about 4 ounces and they are around 12 inches when fully grown.

Unfortunately these beautiful birds are on the endangered list due to their loss of habitat and of course our greed for pets that are different and beautiful.

However you will find pet stores carrying these beautiful parrots that have been bred for the sole purpose of selling and not removing more from their homelands.

Be prepared for a healthy Sun Conure to live up to 30 years.

Deciding on a bird for a pet

Find a reputable breeder – who is not removing more birds from the wild. 

Do some research on the breed of bird you are considering? 

Know the facts before you make a commitment to any new pet.  Some parrots can outlive us; parrots have been known to live up to 80 years of age. Sun Conures only live up to 30 years so the likelihood is you won’t have to leave them to a family member in your will.

A Sunny Sun Conure 3The Sun Conure is the bird for you

Before you even bring home your new Sun Conure I would strongly advise getting their living quarters prepared. 

You will want the right recommended cage ready and waiting for the Sun Conure.  And it is recommended to set up their new home in a common area of your home so that the Sun Conure can be a part of your family setting.  One suggestion is a corner of the family room; they can see you but also feel secure in their corner setting.

Never place your bird’s cage in direct sunlight. 

Give your Sun Conure a few toys in their cage and cover one corner with a towel or sheeting – giving them a private place or a place to hide.

And of course you will want to be educated on what your Sun Conure will be eating.  Set-up their food and water bowls prior to introducing them to their new cage.

Bringing home your Sun Conure

The cage is ready and waiting in a corner of your family room, now it is time to introduce your new pet to their new home.

Don’t overwhelm them!  Just like us your new Sun Conure can become overwhelmed with too much happening at once. Stressed and upset your Sun Conure needs time to adjust to their new environment.  A quiet voice of calm reassurance will help with your scared parrot’s emotions. 

Too many people and faces all at once can cause your parrot to not eat at first, let them settle in.  Showing your Sun Conure what is in the bowls by removing their dishes from the cage and placing gently in front of them (letting the bird see what is in the bowl) and then replacing the bowls back onto the cage will help your bird understand what is in the bowls. 

Everyone wants to handle the Sun Conure

At first I would recommend only one handler of your new Sun Conure.  Never let small children handle pets unattended! 

A Sunny Sun ConureAfter your new pet has gotten comfortable with their new home (at least a day), you will be wanting to handle them and get to know each other better.  Slow movements will be very important to remember when you are first attempting to handle your Sun Conure. 

Slowly open your bird’s cage door, letting them watch what you are doing and calmly call them towards the open cage.

With very gentle movements reach in to grasp your bird very gently – they are fragile – and let your Sun Conure feel your gentle grasp.  You might want to only start with a rubbing of their head and chest, letting them feel comfortable with your touch.

Your Sun Conure will feel your apprehension if you are nervous, they are also nervous.  Nice quiet words and slow movements will help you both get comfortable with the handling and getting to know each other part of bird and human existence.

Now that we are all comfortable

You have had your new Sun Conure home for a few days now; it is time to get a check-up.  Your parrot should be taken to a veterinarian to be sure they are healthy and it is recommended to take your parrot within a few days of bringing them home. 

Not all veterinarians take on birds for patients; ask your breeder if they have a vet or an avian they know of if your current veterinarian doesn’t take on birds or if you are new to the veterinarian world.

Your birds avian will be your best friend if your Sun Conure is ever to fall ill.  They can also help you with your bird’s diet and well-being for the next 30 years of your Sun Conure’s life. 

Speaking with your veterinarian will help with knowing what the dos and don’ts of your Sun Conure’s diet; can you give those fruits and vegetables?  How much water?  Are there other foods you should be staying away from?

Playtime with your Sun Conure

Your beautiful parrot has had their vet check-up; they are getting comfortable in their new home, but what about outside the cage time?

Sun Conures like most parrots don’t want to always be in a cage.  They need room to play.  Parrots are very interested in their surroundings and want to venture when allowed. 

Offering your Sun Conure a play area outside their cage, where they are safe and away from outside dangers is ideal. 

Consider branches indoors, almost an indoor tree with attached toys for play.  Your bird’s pet store will help you with choosing appropriate bird toys that are safe for your bird’s enjoyment.  Bird toys are for birds and cat toys are for cats.  A bird is not a cat toy unless you are watching cartoons.

A Sunny Sun Conure 4Hours of fun can be had when teaching your Sun Conure tricks.  Sun Conures are very intelligent when it comes to teaching them how to perform for an audience.

An unhappy Sun Conure can also very loudly let you know they are unhappy or needing attention with a very loud shrill that you will not mistake for anything other than displeasure.

Sun Conures like all parrots will nibble on your house plants and they aren’t going to know the difference between what they can nibble and what plants are harmful and could cause serious injury or death to your pet.  Do your research and either remove any and all dangerous plants from your Sun Conures area or limit their area so that they can’t get to the plants in question.

Some poisonous plants you might have in your home

  • English Ivy
  • Poinsettia
  • Elephant’s Eat
  • Holly
  • Rhubarb

And a substance that many homes have, unknowingly harmful to their birds would be Teflon. 

Keeping your bird safe indoors and out is up to you and of course common sense.  You aren’t going to take a new bird outdoors that still isn’t comfortable indoors.  Remember there are many more dangers outside that your bird could come in contact with.

The arrival of a new pet can have many rewards and hours of enjoy for the entire family.  But understanding your pet’s needs, their health and well-being is important from the first day you bring them home.  Educate the entire family on how to look after the new pet.  Watch for signs of illness, changes in eating or drinking or their sleep patterns.

A Sunny Sun Conure 5Your bird’s cage should be kept clean and dry, free of sharp objects.  Food bowls require cleaning daily.  Fresh food and water should always be available for your Sun Conure.  Purchase your bird’s food from a reputable source, and always ask you’re avian before giving them foods they weren’t originally introduced to. 

Use your veterinarian or avian as a source of knowledge, they can be a wealth of knowledge regarding your bird’s well-being.

Teaching everyone within your household that your Sun Conure is a member of the family and not a toy can be the difference in your bird’s health and longevity.  A mishandled bird is a broken bird or a dead bird.  Their delicate bone structure should be taught from an early age. 

Birds should always be handled with care!  Birds really do make a wonderful pet and a Sun Conure will add joy to any household with their wonderful song and sunny disposition.  You will find many available Sun Conures for sale online – buyers beware!  Always seek out reputable breeders, be conscious of the beautiful Sun Conures depleting numbers in the wild, and don’t take another from their homeland. 

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Marmoset for Sale

May 12, 2014

Basics of the Marmoset Monkey:

The Marmoset Monkey is common in the New World monkey species, having over twenty-two different types of Marmoset Monkey. On average they range to be about eight inches in length and are more common in other countries such as Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico than in the United States. They have also been found in Peru, Brazil and several other countries. The Marmoset Monkey is so fascinating for a wide range of reasons, one of which is they possess a characteristic that is found in no other primate. This characteristic is known as germline chimerism and is not found in nature nor does it occur in nature. Most Marmoset Monkeys are fraternal twins and they are kept alive by constantly trading blood through chronic fusions, this makes them hematopoietic chimeras and is why scientists are so fascinated with them.

Behavior of the Marmoset Monkey:

The Marmoset Monkey is also adored so much due to their activity level being so high. They are constantly moving and are also providing a form of entertainment. They mainly live amongst the tree tops in the upper canopy of the forest and prefer eating insects, fruits and leaves. Eating these items is what helps keep their long lower incisors so sharp, which in turn allows them to chew through the bark of the tree trunk, allowing them to create holes in which they can then harvest the gum inside. Interesting fact is that there are some Marmoset Monkeys that only survive on gum itself.

Marmoset 3They also prefer to live in larger groups, rather than be on their own. One of their groups is found to be anywhere between three of them to all the way up to fifteen of them in one group. Each group tends to made up of the same characters, being specific at least one or two females that are used for breeding, a male in which is unrelated, the offspring, and even a few extended family members and or some unrelated members. When the female Marmoset Monkey gives birth it is most common that they give birth to fraternal twins, however giving birth to triplets happens a lot as well. The babies are also carried by either the adult males, a female that is not the mother, and even older offspring. The Marmoset Monkeys are known for being a little bit territorial, constantly marking their scent on the outer edges of the area they call home, but being around other Marmoset Monkeys’ does not seem to cause problems, since some groups actually have their boundaries overlap one another, allowing for more room to roam and more protection for both groups.

Marmoset 2Features of the Marmoset Monkey:

The Marmoset Monkey tends to usually have black and grey fur over the head and the neck. They also have huge tufts of white hair where the ears are both in adults and juveniles. The infant Marmoset Monkey’s’ do not have this feature; they receive it as they grow older. Their tail is also very fascinating by being made up of a pattern that alternates between a wide and dark band to a pale and narrow band. An average lifespan for a Marmoset Monkey is about twelve years and have maturity when they are at a mere eighteen months. Each female Marmoset Monkey also produces at least two offspring and the baby is weaned at two months.

To purchase and take care of a Marmoset Monkey:

Depending on what state you live in you may or may not be able to have a Marmoset Monkey as a pet, and even in a state where it is allowed different rules may apply. For example in the state of Florida you have to a class three personal pet permit. Necessities involved in the care of a Marmoset Monkey include a cage, a leash, a collar, a hammock, a nesting box, some dragon wood and more. You even need to purchase a special start up feeding kit and a diaper cover kit. The starter pack includes a certain type of goat milk, some baby products from Gerber and some baby products from Enfamil as well as other products. You are also going to need a water bottle and a feeding dish as well as some toys. One of the best toys you can get for your Marmoset Monkey is getting a plush toy monkey not only is it something soft Marmosetfor it to lay in, but it can play with it and it will not feel alone. Raising a Marmoset Monkey as a pet requires low maintenance, they are easily caged and do not require a lot of space. They love to eat fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and even some cooked chicken. They can be tethered trained and are very portable. They are also very tame and friendly as well.

Conclusion of the Marmoset Monkey:

The Marmoset Monkey is a very rare and unique animal in which is always strikingly beautiful with everything they do and no matter what age they are, they are also known to be an insanely interesting animal; Allowing you to be the talk of the town and the envy of all other pet owners. Having a Marmoset Monkey as a pet is great for tons of reasons, mainly providing tons of love as well as a great relationship when it comes to companionship. They may be expensive to purchase, averaging more than a few thousand dollars just for one, but they are worth it in the long run. The Marmoset Monkey is a critically endangered animal so having one as a pet allows a chance to help them not become extinct; As well as a lot of thought and research needs to go into the process of purchasing a Marmoset Monkey since they are only available about two times a year to be purchased as a baby. Two of the most common types of a Marmoset Monkey to be purchased as a pet are either the cotton top tamarin or the Geoffrey marmoset, so choose which one calls to you more and enjoy a long and loving relationship with your new furry friend.

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Amazon Parrots For Sale

May 2, 2014

Amazon ParrotsAmazon parrot is the general name for the parrot of Amazona genus. These parrots are native to South America, Mexico as well as the Caribbean. They are green in colour and have some accenting colours which depend on the species. These parrot live up to 50 years or more. The species of the Amazon parrots commonly kept as pets are the Yellow napped Amazon parrots, Blue fronted Amazon parrots, Orange winged Amazon parrots, Yellow headed Amazon parrots, Lilac crowned Amazon parrots, Mexican red headed Amazon parrots, White fronted Amazon parrots and the Mealy Amazons. The size of these birds varies between 9 to 18 inches and weighs around 250 to 700 grams. These birds are popular as pets because of their ability to talk. They are independent and playful and thus keep the owner entertained.

These birds enjoy showing off and to be the centre of the attraction. They are very playful and really enjoy human companionship and at times they tend to cuddle as well. The talking and singing abilities of the Amazon parrots vary according to the different species of the bird. Some of them are very good family pets while some are mainly one-master pets. Some are very much outgoing and others are really shy. As these birds have great body language it becomes easy to predict their mood. As said before, these birds are great talkers and they are able to sing an entire song and even an opera! Not all the species have this extraordinary ability of talking and they can learn only a few words. They are good at mimicking various sounds as well.

Problems With The Amazon Parrots

Amazon parrots are reputed to have very aggressive behaviour. They are not always aggressive but they tend to be so at certain times. They become aggressive mostly when they attain sexual maturity. It is very important to train an Amazon parrot properly, right from the beginning. This helps a lot in making them calm. When they get proper training they are less likely to be aggressive and will make the owner happy. It is thus necessary to find an effective training program for the Amazon parrot.

Amazon Parrots 2These parrots are very noisy. They have very loud vocal ability and are thus very loud. This characteristic of the Amazon parrots make them suitable for the owners living in a house instead of those living in an apartment. If the owner is living in an apartment, the noise made by the pet Amazon parrot may disturb the neighbours and they may complain against the owner.

The Amazon parrots love certain food items that are likely to make them obese. This is a real danger as obesity tends to result in other life taking diseases. It is necessary to monitor the parrot’s diet and to make sure that its food is not contributing to any health problems. Regular exercising must be ensured as well so that the bird remains fit.

Where To Buy?

Selling and buying of Amazon parrots are absolutely legal and thus they are available in most of the pet stores. The shops display the beautiful birds in cages and thus attract many interested buyers. You can go to a pet store near your house and choose one for you.

The other option is to contact any individual bird breeder to make the purchase. The breeders are experienced persons and they are likely to provide all necessary information that you may require to keep the Amazon healthy and well behaved. As you buy the Amazon parrot from an individual breeder, you can be sure about the bird’s parentage as well.

Amazon parrots 3The easiest way is to visit the online stores. You can search for the exact species of Amazon parrot that you are looking for and purchase accordingly. The online stores like www.olx.com, www.parrots.com, www.gumtree.com are some of them where you can go to get the pet of your choice. These online stores display the pictures of the parrots and thus make it easy for you to choose. Some individual breeders also advertise their stock of Amazon parrots through the internet and you can collect their contact details as well.

What Is The Cost?

The cost of the Amazon parrots varies according to the species. The different species show different accent colouration and thus there is a difference in the price. In general the Magma double yellow Amazon parrot will cost around $1400 to $1600. The Yellow napped Amazon parrots are about $1000 and the Blue fronted ones are approximately $900.

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Baby Parrots For Sale

April 23, 2014

Baby Parrots 2The scientific name of parrot is psittacines. There are approximately 372 species of this bird. They are mostly found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. South America and Australia has the greatest diversity of parrot species. Parrots are characterised by strong and curved bill, upright stance and strong legs with claws. Majority of parrots are green, though they are found many other colours as well. The average life span of parrots varies greatly with the different species. Hanging parrots and lovebirds live for about 15 to 20 years while the larger species like cockatoos and Amazon parrots can live more than 80 years.

These birds feed on seeds, fruits, nuts and other parts of the plant. Some species are also known to feed on animals and carrion. These birds are basically predators of seeds and are very careful about removing the seed coat before eating as many seeds have poisons as protection. They nest in the hollows of the trees and in captivity they nest in the nest boxes. Parrots lay eggs in their nest and the helpless young birds are hatched. As all other birds, baby parrots are born without any feathers in their body. They are nurtured by the parents till they grow feathers, learn to fly and collect food for them.

As pets, parrots are often very affectionate and cute. Pet parrots are kept in cages or an aviary, if the owner has enough space and fund for it. Parrots available for keeping as pets are either caught from the wild or are bred in captivity. Baby ParrotsMacaws, cockatoos, lovebirds, parakeets and cockatiels are some common species of parrots that are kept as pets. These birds require great amount of attention, proper care and intellectual stimulation in the same way as required by a child of three years of age.

Parrots that are bred to be kept as pets are either hand fed or accustomed to interact with human beings from the very young age in order to ensure that they can be tamed properly. Keeping a parrot involves good amount of maintenance cost as they need proper food, grooming, medical care as well as training. Enrichment of the environment in which the parrot lives is also necessary and thus there must be enough provision for exercise, toys as well as social interactions because these all will ensure the proper health of the bird.

A responsible bird breeder never sells a baby parrot before the bird is weaned. This process takes at least 16 to 20 weeks. This means, if you want to own a baby parrot you cannot have it just after it is hatched.

Problems With Parrots

Baby Parrots 3Parrots are the birds known for their aggressive behaviour. This is the reason for which parrots do not make very good pets for most people simply because of their natural wild instinct like screaming and chewing. These birds often become aggressive and they bite! The ability of the parrots to mimic human speech and the bright colours of the birds often makes people to fall for having a parrot as the pet, but as the bird gets older the negative aspects of their nature become prominent and the casual owners fail to cope up. They simply abandon the bird and if not rescued by professionals, most of them die prematurely.

Where To Buy?

It is legal to own a parrot and thus this bird is easily available. As said earlier, it is necessary to buy a properly weaned parrot and this means; you must buy a parrot when it is about 16 to 20 weeks old. They are available in the pet shops all over the world. You can also buy from a bird breeder as well. The breeders are experienced people and thus you can be sure about buying a properly weaned parrot. If you are not experienced about birds, it is very much possible that you choose an old bird from the pet shop. Hence, buying from an experienced breeder is safe. You can also visit the online pet stores like www.olx.com, www.parrots.com and www.gumtree.com. These online stores display the picture of the parrots on sale and they provide all the necessary information regarding the age and species of the parrot.

What Is The Cost?

The price of parrots varies according to the species and colour of the bird. Congo African Grey parrots cost around $900, blue and gold macaws are approximately $1000, the greenwing macaws are $1400, umbrella cockatoos are available at around $950 while the Tucuman Amazon parrots cost $600 only. If the parrots are purchased from online stores an extra $150 is charged for shipping the bird to the owner.

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Marmoset Monkeys For Sale- How to Buy

April 15, 2014

Marmoset monkeys belong to the callitrichidae family of the primates. These monkeys are generally 20 centimetres long. They are the smallest monkeys in the world and are exceptionally cute. They have claws instead of nails and tactile hairs on the wrists. They do not have wisdom teeth and the layout of their brain is comparatively primitive. Marmoset monkeys are native to South America, but are also found in Central America as well as Mexico. These monkeys are very active and live in the upper canopy of the forest. They live in family groups consisting of 3 to 15 monkeys among which one or two are the breeding females, an unrelated male along with the offspring.

 

These monkeys live up to 20 years. They have highly cooperative nature that includes care for the young and sharing of foods. Marmoset monkeys feed on fruits, insects and leaves. Some species of the marmoset monkeys are specialized gum eaters. They have long incisor teeth in the lower jaw, which enables them to chew out holes in the trunks and branches of the trees to harvest the gum. The tree sap rich in carbohydrate is the favourite food for the marmoset monkeys. In captivity they feed on canned foods, fruits as well as insects or mealworms as the source of required protein. These captive marmosets also need some calcium that can be provided by giving them at least a slice of orange, thrice a week.

 

Marmoset Monkeys 3These cute little monkeys are excellent as pets. The small size implies that they can be kept in small cages, but it must be ensured that they get enough time outside the cage as well. The marmosets are very intelligent and need proper stimulation. They will become bored if they are confined to their cage and this will obviously affect the health and mood of the monkey. You cannot expect a monkey to be well behaved and thus must endure the “monkey acts” if you really want to have a marmoset as your pet. You must provide a play area where the monkey can climb high as it would do in the wild. Veterinary care is very much important for the marmoset monkeys.

 

Problems With The Marmoset Monkeys

The marmosets do not throw their poops but they hand on the side of their cage and urinate out of the cage. The urine stinks badly! This means you must be careful about proper cleaning of the cage and the places around it.

Pet marmosets are vulnerable to human diseases that spread by contact, like common cold. As the pet marmoset licks Marmoset Monkeysthe plate or spoon of the owner, a human virus may get transmitted to the monkey.

Marmosets in captivity often become territorial around the most dominant person in the family and they are likely to attack or bite other members of the owner’s family.

These monkeys become extremely aggressive and nasty when they become sexually active.

You cannot keep a marmoset monkey in complete isolation as they are extremely social animals and their health and well being will be at stake if kept isolated.

You cannot feed the marmoset monkeys simply with fruits available in the market. They need protein supplement that is to be provided through insects or mealworms.

 

Where To Buy?

It is legal to keep marmoset monkeys and thus they are available in pet stores. The pet stores do not always have the stock, but they arrange when ordered. Maintaining a running stock is not possible for the pet shops as these monkeys cannot be kept waitingMarmoset Monkeys 2 in the store racks for the willing owner. Individual breeders are the best ones to buy from. They are experienced people and thus can guide the owner accurately. The individual owners keep the record for the parentage of the animal and thus you can be sure about the basic nature as well as genetic alignment of the monkey. Online stores like www.gumtree.com, www.olx.com and www.primatestore.com sell marmoset monkeys. The individual breeders often display their stock through these sites and thus choosing becomes easy. The pictures and other necessary details about the marmosets like the age, species etc. are also available in these sites.

 

What Is The Cost?

The price for marmoset monkeys varies from $3500 to $1800. The size, sex and colour of the monkeys are the basis of the variations. For example, when the cost for a male is $3500 the female will cost $4000, simply because a female will give birth to babies in future.

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Big Cats For Sale in Illinois

March 12, 2014

Silver Bengal Kittens1.Silver Bengal Kittens

http://www.hoobly.com/zd4n/silver-bengal-kittens.htm

Price: $1,000

Two silver Bengal kittens ready for their forever homes. They come with up-to-date shots, vet check, and are TICA registered. They are sociable and loving. They are raised in a home under foot with the owner’s children and dogs.

2. Silver Bengal Kittens

http://www.hoobly.com/VIxk/silver-bengal-kittens.htm

Price: $1,000

Two boys born on October 11, 2013 to a Silver girl Fox Creek Artemis, ready for their forever home now. They come with 2 sets of shots, vet checked, and are very sociable. They are raised in a home with the owner’s children and grandchildren along with their 2 big dogs.

CFA Exotic Short Hair Female3. CFA Exotic Short Hair Female 12 Weeks

http://www.hoobly.com/ZoIn/cfa-exotic-short-hair-female-weeks.htm

Price: $800

Little female available to pet home only. Very nice type with excellent personality.

Sphynx Kittens4. Sphynx Kittens

http://www.hoobly.com/jw82U/sphynx-kittens.htm

Price: $1,000

Blue and white male, and Blue Mink femaile. They have been vaccinated and Altered (spayed and neutered). For pick up in person. They are TICA registered.

Savannah Kittens5. Savannah Kittens

http://www.hoobly.com/0CpB/savannah-kittens-available-just-in-time-for-christmas-from-tica-registered-breeder.htm

Price: $600

The cats are raised in a large home and socialize with the owner’s children. They can be hand-delivered anywhere in the USA and Canada. International shipping is also available. Offer includes a guarantee and lifetime support from http://www.asavannahcat.com/, a TICA registered professional cattery located on the Iowa and Illinois border.

Male Cream Sphynx Cat6. Male Cream Sphynx Cat

http://www.hoobly.com/Bq09/male-cream-sphynx-cat.htm

Price: $850

Its medical records are available and the owner will be happy to send them to anyone interested in him.

Veterinary information:

  • Will be tested for FeLV, FIV, and heartworms
  • Will be dewormed for roundworms and hookworms
  • Will be vaccinated for RCP, rhinotracheitis, and panleukopenia (both boosters completed).

7. Male Seal Point Sphynx

Male Seal Point Sphynxhttp://www.hoobly.com/zbW2/male-seal-point-sphynx.htm

Price: $850

Its medical records are available and the owner will be happy to send them to anyone interested in him.

Veterinary information:

  • Will be tested for FeLV, FIV, and heartworms
  • Will be dewormed for roundworms and hookworms
  • Will be vaccinated for RCP, rhinotracheitis, and panleukopenia (both boosters completed).

Bengal Kittens 28. Bengal Kittens

http://www.hoobly.com/iC_M/tica-registered-bengal-kittens-for-sale.htm

Price: N/A

Owner is taking deposits on TICA registered Bengal kittens: 4 female and 1 male spotted. They will be ready at the end of February. They are all snow carriers. Contact the owner for pricing.

Bengal Male and Female9. Bengal Male and Female

http://www.hoobly.com/HQT3/bengal-male.htm

Price: $250

He is a proven breeder. He is not papered but he is a purebred. Two females: one marble and one marble and rosette. They are very good mama cats. Kittens are not available.

10. Brown Tabby and White Female

Brown Tabby and White Femalehttp://www.felines4us.com/Kittens/Persian43976.aspx

Price: $800 (negotiable)

They are CFA registered with champion/grand champion bloodlines. They are well-socialized and have excellent temperament. Currently, 5 beautiful Persian babies are available. Age: 13 weeks.  They come with age appropriate vaccinations, dewormings, and a written health guarantee.

F3 Bengal Boy11. F3 Bengal Boy

http://www.felines4us.com/Kittens/Bengal40982.aspx

Price: $900

Will be ready on June 8, 2013. Age: 40 weeks. He is a high percent almost 20 of ALC and very sociable. All health and vaccination records and TICA document are available.

F6 Boy Number 412. F6 Boy Number 4

http://www.felines4us.com/Kittens/Savannah41916.aspx

Price: $600

Breed: Savannah Kittens. Beautiful boy, ready to go. Very nice spots and ears. Age: 33 weeks. Vaccination and TICA papers are available.

F6 Boy Number 113. F6 Boy Number 1

http://www.felines4us.com/

Kittens/Savannah41913.aspx

Price: $600

Breed: Savannah Kittens. Beautiful boy, ready to go. Very nice spots and ears. Age: 33 weeks. Vaccination and TICA papers are available.

F3 Savannah Gorgeous Boy14. F3 Savannah Gorgeous Boy

http://www.felines4us.com/Kittens/Savannah43858.aspx

Price: $3,000

This boy was born on 08/03/2013 and is ready to go. He has very nice dark spots, lean long body, and big ears. He is a very sweet baby. He comes with vaccination and TICA papers.

 

American Bobtail Kitten15. American Bobtail Kitten

http://www.hoobly.com/3jw4/cait-american-bobtail-kitten.htm

Price: $600

The kitten is 4 months old and CFA registered. Her color is Brown Classic Tabby. She comes with a health guarantee, UTD vaccinations and deworming.  She has already been spayed and would love a forever home.

 

 

 

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Big Cats For Sale in Missouri

March 7, 2014

Spunky Ragdoll Kitten1. Spunky Ragdoll Kitten

http://www.felines4us.com/Kittens/Ragdoll39950.aspx

Price: $600

Seal Point ragdoll kitten, loving and playful, very fluffy, and looking forward to its new forever home. Age: 40 weeks. At least one vaccination, dewormed, altered, socialized, 2-year health guarantee.

 

Seal Point Mitted Ragdoll Kitten

2. Seal Point Mitted Ragdoll Kitten

http://www.felines4us.com/Kittens/Ragdoll39949.aspx

Price: $600

TICA registered boy, Champion bloodlines. Age 43 weeks. Very fluffy and soon will be looking forward to going to its new forever home. At least one vaccination, dewormed, altered, socialized, 2-year health guarantee.

 

Peterbald Kittens3. Peterbald Kittens

http://www.felines4us.com/Kittens/Peterbald29557.aspx

Price: $1,000

Beautiful Peterbald kittens available now. Age 47 weeks. Price of each kitten includes full vet approval spay or neuter, health certificate, airfare sky kennel, baby supplies, TICA registration pedigree. Retired adults are also available.

 

Maine Coon Kittens4. Maine Coon Kittens

http://www.felines4us.com/Kittens/MaineCoon604.aspx

Price: $400

Beautiful playful males, one black and white, and one silver classic Tabby with white.  Age: 289 weeks. CFA registered and vet checked.

 

 

 

CFA Sphynx Kittens

5. CFA Sphynx Kittens

http://www.felines4us.com/Kittens/Sphynx139.aspx

Price: $800

Two upcoming litters: the first is out of blue-eyed tortie white mom/blue dad, and the second is out of Ch blue white van bred to bluemink/white dad.  Price of males from $800 to $1,000; females from $1,000 to $1,500.

 

Foldex6. Foldex

http://cats.oodle.com/view/foldex/3570246749-springfield-mo/

Price: $750

5-month old Cream Tabby Foldex Male. Very long hair, flat face, and folded ears. Breed: Scottish Fold.

 

Persian Kittens7. Persian Kittens

http://cats.oodle.com/view/persian-kittens-for-sale/3565222768-branson-west-mo/

Price: $600

CFA registered, raised in the home with children, dogs, and other cats. All kitten shots, dewormed, and well-socialized. Ready to go for their forever family. These adorable little girls have personality plus.

 

Egyptian Mau Kittens8. Egyptian Mau Kittens

http://cats.oodle.com/view/egyptian-mau-kittens-for-sale/3565134541-branson-mo/

Price: $750

Stunning silver male Egyptian Mau kittens, CFA registered with an excellent pedigree. Crystal clear silver with dark pewter spots. Excellent ear set and wonderful head shape. Nice gooseberry green eyes.

 

9. Bengal KittensBengal Kittens

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Price: $500

A couple of TICA registered Bengal kittens, with clear spotting and nice body type. They are home-raised and of very high quality. They come with health guarantee against genetic diseases and are sold on a spay/neuter contract.

 

10. Exotic Shorthair KittenExotic Shorthair Kitten

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C37A1475893P3/Exotic_Shorthair_kitten.aspx

Price: $600

Beautiful, healthy, playful, all white kitten. Extreme face. Male, born 10-3-12 ready to go at 12 weeks, out of champion lines.

 

Hairless Sphynx Kittens11. Hairless Sphynx Kittens

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C37A1073071P4/Hairless_Sphynx_Kittens.aspx

Very hairless sphynx kittens, various colors, various prices. Some as low as $800, and some up to $1,200. CFA registered from a responsible CFA Cattery.

 

Cats For Sale12. Cats For Sale

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Price: $500 or Best Offer

6 healthy cats that are very beautiful and with different colors. Age between 8 to 9 months. Selling cats to raise money for medication needed due to ill-health.

 

Scottish Folds13. Scottish Folds

http://www.hoobly.com/vkJm/scottish-fold.htm

Price: $1,500

They have amazingly curly coats, adorable bob tails, big soft polydactyl toes and simply charming personalities. They share the same facial and body structure as the breed standard Scottish Folds. Eye colors are blue, green, copper, and occasionally bi-eyes.

 

White Persian Kitten14. White Persian Kitten

http://www.hoobly.com/o-b0/white-persian-kitten.htm

Price: $950

He has beautiful copper eyes and has white silky coat. He is up to date on his shots. Born 8-26-13.

 

Cashmere White Persian Female15. Cashmere White Persian Female

http://www.hoobly.com/0/0/1514021.html

Price: $2,500

She is one of the sweetest kittens you have ever seen. She is ready for her new home any time. She is current on all her vaccinations and she comes with a 1-year full written health guarantee.

 

Persian Kittens 216. Persian Kittens

http://www.hoobly.com/D3TDrq/persian-kitten.htm

Price: $850

Both kittens are blue/white and come from the same litter. Born on April 23, 2013. They are up to date on vaccinations and are dewormed. They come from a litter of 3. All boys. They are just precious, and they just love to be held.

 

Maine Coon Kittens 217. Maine Coon Kittens

http://www.hoobly.com/0/0/1669091.html

Price: $1,000

They are extra special. 2 blacks, 1 red and white, and 1 red cameo. Friendly, sweet, and will melt your heart.

 

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Skunks for Sale

March 1, 2014

Skunks 6While buying Skunks and keeping them as domestic animals are considered as illegal and unethical, some pet lovers have yet made efforts to possess one. Skunks or pole cats are one of the most interesting exotic pets to keep and are quiet an unusual choice. Skunks are mammals that are known for secreting a very pungent odor (however, the secreting glands are removed in domestic skunks). They belong to the Mephitidae family and are omnivorous in their eating habits, that is, they feed on both plants and animals.

Types of Skunks

Skunks closely resemble the Mustelids (which includes weasels, ferrets, badgers, otters and others). There are 12 species of skunks each having a difference in general physical appearance and habits.  The species are further divided into four genera:-

  • The Mephitis – Two species comes under this category. These skunks are hooded and have stripes all over their body.

           Skunks 2 (i) Hooded Skunk (or Mephitis Macroura) – Animals of this genera have a very long tail and it has a white hood with a black body and a thin white band on its head which gives its trivial name – the hooded skunk. They are native of Mexico and are found in deserts, grasslands and foothills. They mainly feed on fruits (like pears), bird eggs, insects and small vertebrates.

            (ii) Striped Skunk (or Mephitis mephitis) – These skunks are black in color with two stripes on each side of the body which further join at the nape. They have a shorter tail and the fattest amongst all other skunks. These are the skunks which are mostly chosen as pets in North America. They feed on berries, mice, eggs and insects.

  • The Mydaus – only two species comes under this category. These skunks are also called as stink badgers.

            (i) Sunda stink badger (or Mydaus javanensis) – They have a black or dark brown coarse fur on their body and are little shorter than badgers. They are native to Indonesia and mostly feed on carrions, eggs and invertebrates.

            (ii) Palawan stink badger (or Mydaus marchei) – They have a powerful pungent smell and resemble badgers. These distant relative of skunks are native of Philippines and the fur is dark brown to black in color. They feed on insects, crabs and other invertebrates.          

  • Skunks 3The Spilogale – four species comes under this category. They are also known as the spotted skunks.

            (i) Southern spotted skunks (or Spilogale angustifrons) – These skunks are found in Mexico and various other regions in US. They have a striped body and they mainly feed on insects and other plant and animal materials.

            (ii) Western spotted skunks (or Spilogale gracilis) – These skunks are found in North America. They have alternative longitudinal black and white stripes all over their body. They live in mix habitats and feed on insects, bird eggs and small invertebrates.

            (iii) Eastern spotted skunks (or Spilogale putorius) – They have dense black fur with white stripes and are spread all over North America and Canada. They have an aposematic fur pattern and have an immense spraying potential. These skunks feed mainly on eggs.

            (iv) Pygmy spotted skunks (or Spilogale pygmae) – These species are found in Mexico and prefer to live in burrows and dens. They have a thin body with black fur containing white spots all over their body. They feed on berries, eggs, reptiles, birds, insects and mammals.

  • The Conepatus – Four species comes under this category and these are also known as hog-nosed skunks.

            (i) Molina’s hog-nosed skunk (or Conepatus chinga) – These skunks are found in South America and are native of the Pampas biome. They feed on small birds, insects, eggs and other invertebrates. They even have resistance to viper venom.

            (ii) Humboldt’s hog- nosed skunks (or Conepatus humboldtii) – These are native of grassy areas like Argentina. They have stripes on their body that extend up to the tails. They are primarily insectivorous, however, they also eat several mammals and birds.

            (iii) American hog -nosed skunks (or Conepatus leuconotus) – They are also known as rooter skunk as they have the ability to turn up debris, soils and rocks. They are the native of tropical areas in North America and like other skunks they too feed on plants, birds, mammals and insects. Some of the species from this genus are extinct.

            (iv) Striped hog- nosed skunks (or Conepatus semistriatus) – They belong to Central and South America and are inhabitants of rocky areas. They are nocturnal and feed mainly on vertebrates, invertebrates and insects.

How to Take Care of Skunks?

Skunks love to be comfortable, so make sure, wherever they built their nest or you make home for them, you should provide them with

  • A cage (of at least 112 X 59 cm), bed, water jug and a litter tray which you can swipe away and clean easily.
  • Use disinfectants to clean the skunk cage and periphery and also to remove the skunk’s natural odor. Use may use hydrogen peroxide, Trigene and formula H for removal of odors and infection causing organisms.
  • You should make sure that your skunks do plenty of exercise in order to keep them healthy and live long. They should not be kept caged all day. You should provide them with toys. Make sure they play well and of course, you should take prior measures so that your skunks don’t run away.
  • You should comb there fur with slicker brush and they should be bathed everyday using mild shampoo and make sure that there nails get trimmed every month.
  • It is recommended that you insert a microchip in their shoulders by a professional vet as skunks are misplaced more often and you can recover them easily using this tool.
  • Skunks should be fed in right quantity depending on the age of skunks :-
    • For protein – eggs, chicken, fish, cheese, insects, crickets, worms
    • For Calcium – yoghurt, crushed egg shell (dairy products may cause them diarrhea)
    • Fruits and Vegetables – Radish, beans, tomatoes, cauliflowers, broccoli, sprouts, turnips, raspberries, pears, apples etc…
    • For Vitamins and minerals – Calcium supplements, probiotics, SF50 powder.

Behavior of Skunks

Skunks 4Skunks are solitary creatures unless they are breeding. However, in colder areas they generally form a group. Skunks hibernate completely in winters. They usually make nests of their own that are generally built in warmer and darker areas. They also tend to hide in garbage so they may find their way to garbage areas and basements. 

Where to Buy

Skunks can be bought from individuals, retailers or online. Online sites that sell/ give adoption services for skunks are:-

 (Contact the seller through E-mail – laura@petskunks.co.uk)

You may also contact individual skunk owners who are willing to sell their pet –

Skunks 5Beware! You should be licensed to have skunks as pets (must possess at least a class III permit).

Cost

The cost of skunk varies from site to site and individual to individual. Individuals generally sell their skunks within a range of $200 to $350 whereas online sites, pet shops and adoption services sell skunks ranging from $175 to $550. It is always recommended that you buy pets from trusted pet shops and those who are willing to give after sale services.

Keeping skunks as pets is not an easy task as it seems. They are messy, sometimes arrogant yet a lovely and playful thing in your home. Skunks are illegal to keep (unless you are permitted by the government to do so), however, you if are an animal lover and are willing to give them the best home, love, care and affection then surely you deserve the skunks. 

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Best Exotic Pets

February 23, 2014

What Are Exotic Pets?

bobcats 8An exotic pet is actually a rare or unusual animal that is kept as a pet within domestic households and which is generally thought of as a wild species that is not typically kept as a pet.

In general the definition of an exotic pet is an evolving one. Some reptiles, rodents as well as amphibians have become enough established in the world of animal fancy that they are no longer considered as exotic. On the other hand, sometimes a unique or weird looking pet is also termed as exotic pet.

To be specific, the word ‘exotic’ refers to such a species which is not native to the owner’s country.

Legally this definition is subject to local administration’s jurisdiction. As it is defined federally in the United States of America, any animal that is native to a different country and is not native to the United States of America or have been introduced from abroad can be termed as ‘exotic’, but the term ‘pet’ always excludes exotic animals as well as wild animals.

From the commercial point of view, many of the major pet stores as well as service providers ( for example: online retailers or veterinary insurance carriers ), prefer to classify any animals other than birds, fishes, cats or dogs as ‘exotic’. Many veterinary doctors consider small animals like hamsters and fancy rats to be ‘exotic’ because of the lack of the medical expertise in such species.

Why Keep Exotic Pets?

Tigers 5Almost all animals are actually wonderful companions that can be kept as pets as they give us the most precious gift of unconditional love which cannot be compared to anything else in this world. Keeping common animals as pets is a common thing. There are many people who like to have exotic animals and birds as pets, rather than keeping any normal domestic species.

There could be several reasons for such choices. It is quite possible that they really love the particular exotic creature and thus want to own one of them as well as take care of the animal. It is also seen that some people want to have an exotic pet just to show off their status, as this tendency of keeping exotic pets is considered to be a status symbol to many people. In general, exotic animals and pets are domesticated either for having fun or to show off as a status symbol.

As said earlier, exotic pets are those creatures which are considered rather unusual to be kept as pets. The list of exotic pets includes various species of reptiles, birds, rodents etc. there are some exotic pets which are not considered to be truly wild in nature. Such animals can be trained to have a domestic life and can become very good pets. The exotic animals which are kept as pets need proper diet as well as care, which will enable them to have a healthy life. Many exotic pets are known to have shared a beautiful relationship with humans. But this may not happen always. When we say this, it can thus be said that it is best to allow an animal to thrive in its own natural environment.

The Legal Perspective

There are several issues that pertain to the domestication of exotic animals. For example, there are some laws in action which do not allow the sale or export of such animals which are considered to be endangered or threatened and also those which are listed as priority animals. Such laws are enforced to prevent the sale of such animals all around the world. But it is seen that these laws are not properly executed that result in suffering of the animals when they are transported or smuggled.

bigger unique cats 9The convention regarding the international trade in endangered species of wild flora and fauna which is well known as Cites have moderated the trade of some of the exotic animals that can be kept as pets in order to prevent any threat to their survival as well as ecological damage. For example, it is illegal in the United States of America to import non human primates for the purpose of pet trade, although a well flourished breeding industry of these non human primates exist in the country.

‘The Best’ Of the Exotic Pets

Among many animals that can be termed as exotic and as kept as pets, there are some animals which prove to be more popular as well as safe to be kept as pets. Animals like deer, flying squirrels, hares, tortoises, kangaroos, opossums, ring-tailed cats, savannah cats, sugar gliders, skunks, tame red and silver foxes, yaks and zebras are quite good to be kept as exotic pets. Some people keep various insects as pets, because keeping insects do not fall under any legal issue.

bobcats 6The only thing that needs to be kept in mind is that the insect must not be something harmful. Keeping the case of insects in mind, it is seen that some weird insects have made a place in the top lists in the choice of exotic pets. According to ‘Animal Planet’ the recent top ten exotic pets list is headed by the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, followed by skunk, wallaby, sugar gliders, potbellied pig, pygmy goat, hedgehogs, miniature donkey, stick insect and capybara.

The final choice is obviously made by the owner and it varies depending on the purpose of keeping an exotic pet as well as the personal choice of animal genera.  It is obvious that a person who is afraid of insects will choose Madagascar Hissing Cockroach to be his or her pet, however high this creature stand in the top ten lists.

Where To Buy                    

As most of the exotic animals that are kept as pets fall under the illegal list, it is hard to find out individuals who deal in buying or selling of the animals. The pet stored do not display them, but it is true that such animals are available in the market and there is a good business running on them. There are several online stores that buy and sell such animals, but Tigers 8being online they are not able to deal in those that are highly illegal.

Cost

The price for exotic pets depends totally on the nature of the pet and its availability. Exotic cats as lions, tigers or bobcats can cost as much as $1,500 to $ 2,000, when purchased as kittens. Cost of birds like parakeet is something about $20, cocktail $50 to $ 80, lovebird $50 to $75, sulphur crested cockatoo $700 to $ 1,200 and so on. Not only the initial cost of the animal matters, the most important is the recurring cost that is needed to maintain the pet. 

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Big cats for sale in Florida

February 19, 2014

bobcats 10Big Cat on sale is quite a well-known key word. Observe the adjective, “Big”. Individuals are searching for the big. This point to that a reasonable numbers of individuals look to buy a big cat (I think to keep them as some kind of pet). The people must be very wealthy and they should have huge area and know a lot about maintaining big cats (including the law) because if they’re not they are in for a surprise and it will probably cause to providing the cat to a place where they can feel comfort and can move within a large space. If there is a requirement for big cats, some companies will provide them. Some providers are not so much careful. Careless customers nourish the industry and are, in aspect, accountable for the reproduction and loss of lifestyle, after a brief and maybe repulsive lifestyle of an excellent pet.

What should you have a Big Cat

The individual who operates and controls Big Cat on sale in Florida has come to comprehend eventually the real and only way to stay with big cats and indeed any crazy creature. And for me, it is wise to allow them to move in their own area (and crazy big kitties need a lot of area, more than we can now serve for them), their own way of life, to allow them to Tigers 4get their right to respected by us and supporting this is their right which is to be well known by us and to allow them according to their right. All of this can only be obtained through knowledge at both a powerful as well as particular level. At the more powerful level we need to gather knowledge about the big cat. There is high point of superiority as well as lack of knowledge about the cat. We cannot do what we wish. We cannot do as we think because we stay with other individuals. The guidelines make sure that we are living with the perfect balance with other creatures and they are ample. There are far less guidelines informing us how to stay with wildlife. Consequently we are motivated by our own self attention and low level of motivation. This goes unrestrained and the big cats are suffering from that. In many areas of the Florida, people are definitely motivated to adopt a big cat. Population growth is increasing day by day and little is done to deal with this. Environment reduction is the greatest risk to big kitties and wildlife. The authorities of Florida have taken some necessary steps to take care of the big cats.

General nature of Big Cat which are on sale in Florida

bigger unique cats 6People definitely or passively allow the constant extermination of big cats leaving individuals distanced from them and distanced characteristics usually. This motivates the industry in big cats and individuals looking for unique big cats available in the industry. It is very odd and critical. We don’t know how to take of the creatures we like. We also need to update ourselves about the lifestyles and fatalities of the wild big kitties. All are vulnerable, some seriously. The picture provided by the zoos and conservationists is I believe deceiving. We are going towards the scenario where there will no big crazy kitties. Anyways, switching to the topic of this article – Big Cats in sale in Florida, I am sure the guidance of the real professionals (people who know big kitties and how to take proper care of them at the same time), will successfully say quit looking for Exotic Big Cats for Selling. For my aspect this should implement to everyone such as zoos (looking lengthy term). Many zoos or supplies keep big kitties for professional factors (i.e. profit). There is little in the way of efficiency going on (but some do great perform in choosing up the species). Have a look at the well-known White-colored Siberian Cat for example. The white color is seen due to a recessive mutate gene. To develop this gene’s existence noticeable in a white body, inbreeding has to occur Inbreeding gives us the white bobcats 2competition in captivity but a variety of lions are created with inherited problems consequently. We don’t see these creatures do we? Big cat is just the comfortable and the wonderful pet. What we see is not what it truly is.

The common agreement is it is risky to be unsecured in the same circumstances as a big cat. But (and this is depending on a layperson’s observations) it would seem that if a big cat is brought up by a individual the cat will keep in mind that individual and stay helpful towards him/her. Little sized kitties such as the Cheetah (the wild big cat) have definitely confirmed the capable to be helpful with people of Florida. In Florida, people are interested in getting a big cat as their favorite pet. Big cat is helpful in many angles. Before owning one, surf the websites to get proper information.

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Big cats for sale USA

February 13, 2014

Tigers-7If you are considering it might be really awesome to have a big cat as your pet, take a few moments to consider the expenses.  But first check the slide show to see what it point to to the cat.  Most individuals think the price of the cat is the huge cost, but it is just the starting.

Varieties and weights:

We have more than hundred cats comprising sixteen varieties and eleven decades of encounter in looking after for them so our reports can be reliable as fairly précised, if not traditional.  It is less expensive by the lbs for us to buy 17,000 lbs of various meats at some point than for you to purchase a week’s rate for one cat.  Many people have already done it for less, but the cat is affected with absence or real and mental incapacity due to deficiency of area and probability to be a cat.  If you think these numbers are great, just try and see how large your healthcare and following expenses will be. Unique big cats come in price from a 900.00 USD Bobcat to 2500.00 USD price range in USA.  Most of the mid size cats, like Servals and Caracals price between $1500.00 to $2200.00 and Ocelots can be found within $15,000.00 in USA.  The rarer the cat is, the greater the price will be. Even though it may be a lovely and lovable cub now, within the season it will achieve almost its full-sized and will be treating (no issue how younger you neuter him or spay her) so you must have some factors prepared when the cat comes to house.

bigger unique cats 3How to manage them:

You will have to have a Pet medical practitioner on contact who has already decided to manage your crazy big cat.  There are not many people with the experience and less still who will want to cope with the responsibility of having their staffs showing to your big cat, in addition to their frequent customers.  You will have to have a stainless-steel press crate that is able of having your cat at its max bodyweight.  One of the tiger is 800 lbs and is twelve feet from nasal area to tip of end.  A little press crate will take 250.00 USD and you could quickly invest 2000.00 dollar for one big enough for a leopard or lion.  You will need a fork lift to shift the big cat and they lease for $300.00 per day with an owner.  Even the company investigates who do nothing but looking after your kitties, and have done ours for many decades, will not carry a big cat into their workplace unless it is already limited to the press crate. How will you transportation your cat to the vet for all of it’s annually vaccines, examinations and boo boos?  Even a little cat, in its press crate is not going to fit into your lightweight car.  You will need a van and it has to be in tip top form because being trapped on the part of the street in the center of nowhere, or more intense yet, visitors, with a flipped out crazy cat in the warm, rainfall or snowfall is a headache of  excessive percentage.  Been there, done that, and purchased the $28,000.00 van to keep it from ever occurring again.  If you are working in little to mid dimension kitties you may discover a reliable minivan for $15,000.00.  You cannot depend on credit of one because believe me, when a big cat requires urgent vet therapy it is always at the most undesirable periods.

Costs for getting a big cat:

bobcats 3Most of the customers in USA have crate specifications of different sizes.  In some states, you must have no less than 5 miles if you want to own a big cat. A lot of non-urban locations near you may be as low as 10,000.00 USD per acre.  Most of the states and government recommendations need then that you have an 8 feet border barrier which on 5 miles can quickly run $8000.00.  You are prohibited to use this outside walls as any aspect of your crate, so your crate will be another $2500.00 for a little to mid dimension cat, like a lynx to $7500.00 for a lion, leopard, or competition. You will need a ceiling to avoid runs away so consider in your style how you will assistance it.  These are just your first season, starting expenses.  You will never be able to shift with your big cat because the Attentive Crazy animals Protection Act prevent shifting big unique pet kitties across condition collections.  Many modern states in USA are prohibiting the exercise of maintaining wild kitties captive and you could be making an investment lots of money and then when your pet passes away you cannot buy another one.

Some expenses keep reoccurring every season.  Excellent meals and organic vitamins for a mid dimension cat will run you $730.00 per season and for a big cat nearer to $2000.00 per season.  You have to be able to thaw it for them every day and 15 lbs of blood loss from various meats in your kitchen every day which is a threat to wellness for you and your pet.  If your cat just gets its annual photos and does not need any urgent special care, your vet invoice will be about 127.00 USD to 250.00 USD based on the length and height of the cat.  They have to be vaccinated every season for rabies and all the frequent cat illnesses.  Worming your cat each 30 days, if you do it yourself will price $45.00 to $60.00 and flea protection expenses 120.00 to 250.00 USD per season per cat based on the size of the cat.  You will have to understand a new technique each 30 days for ticks and worming as the kitties which will be able to smell you arriving from a distance. Even if you brought up them with all of the really like and caring that their organic mom would offer (and she Tigers 3would die to secure them) they will not experience really like, nor regard for you as the mother or father when they are adult.  Tell them that you are competitors and that their success relies on them being individual.

All crazy big cats, neutered or not, female or male, will apply pail lots of pee all over everything they wish to declare as theirs (including you) because this is how characteristics has trained them to secure area. To sum it all up, you can anticipate getting almost $22,000.00 in your first season into having a little to mid dimension crazy cat and your yearly costs will price you around $2300.00.  If you want the big cat encounter, the set up price is over 94,000.00 USD and the yearly proper care costs over 8000.00 USD, if you have no emergency situations and no one gets harm and forces you for huge amount of money.  Everything has a price and this is the price of doing right with the creature.  Are you ready for this? If you are ready for getting a big cat as your pet, check out the pet shops of USA and you will find some online outlet which are providing very good service now.

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Big Cats For Sale in Ohio

February 9, 2014

Adorable Savannah Kittens1. Adorable Savannah Kittens Available
www.thesafaricattery.com

Price: From $1,000-$3,500

The Safari Cattery has a wide selection of Savannah kittens to fit your price range. They have F3’s, F5’s, and F6’s. The Safari Cattery is a TICA registered cattery that is checked by a vet annually.

Gorgeous Savanah Kittens F6’s2. Gorgeous Savanah Kittens F6’s
www.hoobly.com/qSsl/gorgeious-savannah-kitten

Price: Pet -$700; Breeder-$1,500

Three females and one male are available. The male is grey and white. One female is marbled black and the other is grey and white. Born on Oct 1, 2013, they are very playful and have lots of energy. They all love to snuggle in bed or on owner’s lap. They are in good health and will have shots and dewormed on pick-up date.

Exotic looking, 3/4ragdoll and ¼ highland lynx3. Exotic looking, 3/4ragdoll and ¼ highland lynx
www.hoobly.com/gwX4/exotic-ragdoll-and-th-is-highland-lynx.htm

Price: $550

This exotic ragdoll has big polydactile feet and a bobbed tail. She will come with shots and worming that is appropriate for her age.

Blue Mitted Ragdoll Kittens4. Blue Mitted Ragdoll Kittens
www.hoobly.com/5-01/gorgeous-solid-blue-mitted-ragdoll-baby-and-a-flame-also.htm

Price: 300 each or 2 for $500

There are two ragdoll kittens available, both male, one is blue mitted and the other is a flame point. The kittens will come with shots and worming according to age.

Adorable Bengal Kittens5. Adorable Bengal Kittens
www.kaymankatz.com/bengal-kittens-for-sale-in-ohio

Price: $300

Three stunning gorgeous rosette Bengal kittens are available. They are 13 weeks old with beautiful markings and amazing contrast. They are exotic looking mini leopards with great dog like personalities. They are raised in a friendly home environment. The father is a very large rosette male.

Bengal Cats and kittens6. Bengal Cats and kittens available
www.kaymankatz.com

Price: $600

Stunning, show-quality young adults are available for social, loving Pet homes. All cats and kittens are TICA registered and come with congenital and genetic guarantee. They are raised in home with other breeds, dogs, and children.

Siberian Forest Cats-Kittens7. Siberian Forest Cats-Kittens
www.hoobly.com/SZwz/siberian-forest-cats-kittens.htm

Price: $950

Cold Spring Siberians, a federal and state registered small in-home cattery has 2 male kittens looking for their forever homes. The kittens were born on 6/23/13 and will be ready to go to their new homes around September 23, 2013. Both kittens are black and while male, wonderfully socialized and would be a great addition to any home.

8. Kiki Ragdolls For Sale
www.kikiragdolls.com

Kiki Ragdolls For SalePrice: Pet price starts at $750; Breeder price starts at $1,500

Our cats and kittens are sold on a first come, first serve basis. If you want to purchase one of our kittens, you will be required a non-refundable $200 deposit for a pet and/or $300 for a breeder which will be applied to the balance.

Kittens from this cattery come to you healthy and are dewormed and given age appropriate vaccinations. They are also registered with TICA. Upon delivery, you will also get a written contract and two year genetic guarantee, care instructions, and a kitten care packet to start you off.

Cold-Spring-Siberian-Forest-Cats9. Cold Spring Siberian Forest Cats
www.coldspringsiberians.com

Price: $950 for males; $1050 for females; plus 10% Kentucky sales tax.

Your cat comes spayed and neutered with a 2 year genetic health guarantee, kitten shots and veterinarian treatments/evaluations up to date and papers to register the kitten with CFA and TICA.

Persian Kittens10. Persian Kittens
http://www.hoobly.com/6b2Vg/gorgeous-shaded-silver-persian-kittens.htm

Price: $1,200

Gorgeous shaded silver Persian kittens: 1 boy and 1 girl are available. They are born from Grand Champion blood lines. All of them are CFA registered. They are dewormed and are given their first round of vaccinations at 8 weeks of age. They are litter trained before they go to their new families

Himalayan Persian Kitten11. Himalayan Persian Kitten
http://www.hoobly.com/EuY1/gorgeous-baby-himalayan-persian-kitten-cfa-registered.htm

Price: $1,800

They are born from Grand Champion and Champion lines. All parents are tested for, and have certifications of being negative of PKD DNA. FeLV/FIV ringworm free, and CFA registered. Everyday they have been held, played with, and socialized with adults and children.

Garfiel Kittens (Persian)12. Garfiel Kittens (Persian)
http://www.hoobly.com/zjfE/persian-kittens-great-x-mas-gift.htm

Price: $600

Beautiful purebred Persian kitten, 1 cute orange boy, looks like Garfield. Born September 27, 2013. He’s had first shot and has been dewormed twice. The price has been reduced from $800, so it is fixed price.

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Big Cats for Sale in Pakistan

February 4, 2014

bigger unique cats 4What are Big Cats?

The term “big cat”, is not a biological classification but is used informally to distinguish the larger members of the cat family from the smaller ones. One of the definitions of the “big cat” includes the four members of the genus panther: the tiger, lion, jaguar and leopard. The members of this particular genus are the only ones who are able to roar. This ability to roar depends on an elongated as well as specially adapted larynx and hyoid apparatus. The more extended definition of “big cat” includes the cougar, Eurasian lynx, cheetah, clouded leopard as well as snow leopard (although the cheetah and snow leopard cannot roar).All cats are carnivores and they are all efficient apex predators.

 

The problems faced by “big cats”:

The main threats to the ‘big cats’ vary in accordance with the geographical location, but primarily, the destruction of habitat and poaching are the leading ones. Poachers not only kill these extraordinary animals they also catch them alive in order to meet the growing demand of keeping these animals as pets. All commercial trade related to tigers and their parts are banned since the year 1987, under a Convention that was made for International trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which is also well-known as Cite. Tigers are also enlisted as an appendix I species, which means, it is an animal threatened with extinction.

Not only the matter of being enlisted in the Appendix I species, it is very dangerous to keep these ‘ big cats ‘ as pets, simply because they are wild carnivores and can harm the owner.

But there are people who are in love with the activities that challenge the primary rules of nature. They perhaps believe in the saying that” nothing is impossible “ and in the case of keeping ‘big cats’ as pets, they find out some ways that ensure the keeping of such pets become legal and at the same time safe. The keeper of big cats can obtain a certificate that helps them to continue with this hobby.

 

The various big cats available in Pakistan include tiger, cheetah, Bengal cats and lions.

Tigers 9The tiger is the largest and heaviest among all cat species. They can weigh up to 306 kilo grams ( 670 lb ).

The lion is the tallest of all big cats. Males can weigh up to 250 kilo grams ( 550 lb ).

The jaguar is the only big cat of ‘panthera’ species that is found in the Americas. This particular big cat resembles the leopard closely with respect to physical appearance, although the jaguars are larger and possess sturdy body as compared to leopards.

The leopard is the smallest among big cats and has different habits and physical appearance.

The cheetah is a big cat that is highly appreciated as pets. They can run faster than any other land animal. Poaching, live capturing and destruction of habitat have resulted in complete extinction of the ‘Indian cheetah’.

Bengal catThe big cat market in Pakistan also include a breed of cat called ‘Bengal cat’, which is not actually a big cat but possess a desirable “wild” appearance with large spots, rosettes and light or almost white belly.

 

Where to buy?

Despite countless warnings given by the experts and the legal issues that are implemented to stop buying and selling of big cats in Pakistan, the market of these big cats seem to flourish as they have demands not only from the sub continent but from western countries as well. It will not be a very tough job to get to some individuals who sell the big cats. These individuals do not always show up officially, rendering to the fact that buying and selling of the big cats is not legal and is punishable by law in Pakistan. Other than showing themselves up officially, they provide all the other facilities that the desiring buyer wants. Such facilities include necessary paperwork and documentation, which is very much like a passport for the animal and the assurance to hand over the animal in right time.

Other than the individuals, the shops in the pet market do pretty profitable business in big cats. They do not try to be so over confident to display the big cats in their shops, but anyone willing to purchase one of these big cats can easily approach the shop owner and discuss about buying one.

bobcatsThe easiest way is to visit the online stores. Yes, you read absolutely correct! Online stores are the places where you can buy or sell big cats. The question of legalization must be hammering in your head. For this, you must remember one of the facts that there is provision in law for having a necessary certificate that enables someone to breed the big cats and trade with them. So, the online thing is legal!

The online stores like www.petscharm.com, www.olx.com, www.ghumfree.pk etc. are the ones where you can peep into to fulfil the desire of owning a big cat of your own. In these sites you will get all details about the animals that you wish to buy, the seller, necessary documentation, price and many more. People who deal in big cat post their offers, most of the times along with the pictures as well as details about the animals like age, colour, nature etc. In most of the cases it is seen that babies of the big cats are being sold in Pakistan. This is to be noticed not only in Pakistan, but all over the world because the big cats those are to be kept as pets need to be tamed from the cub stage.

 

Cost:

bobcats 5The price for the big cats varies largely with respect to time, demand as well as availability. The price may vary between PKR 1, 25,000 to PKR 1, 60,000 (approximately $ 1200 to $1500) or even higher for cubs of cheetah. Cubs of Bengal tigers are available for PKR 1, 60,000 to PKR 2, 10,000 (approximately $1500 to $2000). The rare among tigers, i.e. white tigers or Siberian tiger cubs may cost up to PKR 3,20,000 ( approximately $3000 ). Lion cubs cost almost same at cheetah and tiger cubs. The Bengal cats (both adult and kittens) are available at price that varies from PKR 55,000 to PKR 1, 10,000 (approximately $500 to $1000) depending on the colour and spots of the animal.

When you get to know the price and availability and you have the capacity to afford and real passion for these big cats, you can go ahead to have one!

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