Showing posts with label #pets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #pets. Show all posts

Monday, 20 March 2017

Low Maintenance Pets for the Kids

“Mum, I want a dog!”

“Mum, why don’t we have a cat?!”

Sound like something your kids say?
If only they realised that it wasn’t as easy as simply buying a cat or a dog and letting it loose in the house. From a child’s point of view having a pet is simple; you feed it, pet it and play with it, but we know it’s a much bigger deal than that. Owning one of those furry friends costs money and takes time and effort to maintain and care for. Keeping them clean, making sure they’re healthy—the list goes on. That’s why you should consider getting a low maintenance pet for your kids instead.

Hermit Crab

These little guys are one of the cheapest pets you could get and also an easy way to introduce your child to the idea of responsibility and pet ownership. Most of the things they require are self-explanatory. 
A plastic aquarium makes for a sufficient living space, be sure to place some gravel on the bottom, with larger rocks, wood, and plants as decoration. Apart from water and food, which can easily and cheaply be bought from a regular pet store, they require a new shell every so often once they outgrow their old one, but that’s also easily bought from a pet store.


Gecko

Much like the hermit crab, a gecko is a very simple and inexpensive pet to own. You can find geckos for sale for no more than $20, or if you feel like spending more, up to $75. The requirements for living space are also very similar; a terrarium, plastic or glass, with some sand at the bottom, rocks and a lamp to heat the terrarium. Geckos eat mealworms, which can be bought at a pet store for just a few cents per serving.

Fish

Another pet that lives inside a glass container, although this one’s filled with water. Fish make great first pets and are one of the cheapest to maintain and care for. 
Of course, there’s different types of fish, each with their own requirements, some more expensive than others. 
A betta fish is the least costly, only requiring a simple glass bowl and food that costs no more than $20 per year. If you feel like owning something different and you have a pond in your backyard, you could consider looking into a koi carp; a slightly larger, exotic fish that looks absolutely beautiful. Costs vary depending on the size, so for more information check out a Koi Carp website
It’s as low maintenance as any other fish, but with the added benefit of looking absolutely amazing.


Rat

Excuse me? Yes, you read that correctly. Even though people might not like the idea of owning one, they’re very inexpensive and make great pets. Contrary to popular belief, rats are actually very affectionate and loving creatures as well as very intelligent. It would typically cost around $300 a year for a rat, including the cost of food, bedding, and toys. Their cage needs weekly cleaning and about an hour of time outside the cage each day.

**This is a collaborative post

Monday, 26 September 2016

Attacked

When it comes to walking Ray, that's Jon's job, he likes to get his 10,000 steps in and two dog walks a day does this.

On the days that Jon is in too much pain from his back or he's busy with the shop I take over.

Usually I take Noah or Ru along for some company, but last night I wanted to clear my head and have some quiet time.

I didn't expect for our normal peaceful walk to end so abruptly.


Pretty much 5 minutes into our walk and this little brown dog came running at Ray.
Ray is always on the lead as he's a runner and if he catches a scent of a rabbit he is off.

This dog looked as though it was coming to play but in a blink of an eye he/she locked onto Ray and put a hole in him!

My poor baby was screaming in pain and this dog wanted more.
I put myself between this dog and Ray in a hope it would stop, Ray sensing I may get hurt bared his teeth and did what we call his devil growl.

The own ripped the dog away and put it back in their house.


Both the owners came over and we intensely sorry and offered to take us to the vets.
They let me know where they lived as on this one occasion I didn't take my phone out with me so I couldn't take his number.

Ray walked home ok and as soon as he got in doors he went to pieces.
He started shaking, and foaming at the mouth.

We rang the out of hours vets and they said we'd have to go to a vets in Maidstone.
Jon rushed off with Ray whilst I tried to keep it together and get the boys dinner on.
Within 2 minutes of Jon leaving I had an outburst where I had to call my dad.

He managed to calm me down and I was able to get on with sorting the boys out.

Ray was very lucky, the vet said if the bite had been just a cm to the left it would have done some serious damage.
He was happy not to staple the wound,  but we have to make sure its kept uber clean.
He's been given some antibiotics to keep any infection at bay and the cone of shame to wear.
 

The cm hole in his side isn't much, but my poor little baby has had his confidence shattered.
We keep finding him standing in front of walls, with his cone up against it.
His head is hanging so low that he's literally dragging his head along the floor.

He's depressed!
He seems to have lost his trust in us, I took him on that walk and I wonder if he blames me?
:(

We're going to take him to Pets at Home today so we can spoil him and then Jon is going to take a trip round to the other dog owners house to talk vet fees!