Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pet Travel Bag - A Brief Idea About How to Use Them

By Louise Harman

The Pet travel bags have become very common in the market. They are amongst the most popular accessories of a pet. They are available in different sizes and also reasonable in price. They are not only trendy but also very fashionable. But you must know what you want. They are suitable for short trips and also for airline trips. These are just apt as well as handy.

One of the most common types is the one which can be carried on the shoulder. It is available in the market with wide range of sizes and colors. So you can choose the best suitable one for yourself. It is just perfect for a small dog or a pet. But the most important thing is that the size should be proper with a large opening so that the pet can get in. The bag will give a stylish look with eye catching features.

But in case you are transporting your pet you need a larger crate. Even you can buy a kennel which will be suitable for all types of trips. A kennel is usually large enough so that the pet can freely move about here and there. As it may be a long journey so the pet may get tired if you have a padded surface it will be very good. Your pet will feel very comfortable. It is like an added advantage for them.

If you are on a very short trip then a small bag will be sufficient for the pet. Here you can also get several other types and designs suiting your preference. But if you have a large pet then you obviously need a large carrier for them. Pets cannot be left in the vehicle as they disturb a lot when driving especially the big ones. They can even jump from the car which is very dangerous. They may meet an accident or get injured.

These were the most used and appealing bags in the market. They have great looks together with the design. Your pet will surely love it and experience a good environment. It has comfortable features which make it more popular.

Therefore depending upon your choice and also on the size of the pet you can go for different types of pet ravel bags. The bags are available for all types of pets whether they are dogs or acts or some other. So choose the best one for them.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Flooring Materials For Rabbit Hutches

By Tom Woodcock

If you've recently purchased a commercially available rabbit hutch for the beloved bunny you have just added to your family, it probably has a wire floor. There are some hutches that offer split floors, with a wire portion and a portion with a solid surface made of wood, metal, or PVC plastic. Some have wire floors with very wide spacing and some have floors with narrow spacing, similar to traditional hardware cloth. Wire floors are great for rabbit owners, but not so great for your rabbit. Why?

From the owner's point of view, the spacing allows both the rabbit's urine and its droppings to pass through to a clean out pan, located directly under the floor. What could be easier for the owner? Simply remove the pan, clean it, and replace it. For owners, there are only two minor disadvantages to wire floors in rabbit hutches. Widely spaced wire allows some of the rabbit's hay to pass through, in addition to the urine and droppings. And poor quality wire can sometimes separate and become dangerous for the rabbit, but this is a rare occurrence. Now let's try to think like a rabbit.

From the rabbit's point of view, wire floors can actually lead to painful results. If you've spent time on Internet Pet Discussion Forums, you may have come across posts from bewildered owners - most of them newer rabbit owners - who can't understand why their pet rabbit spends most of its time huddled in the corner of the hutch. They are always told that some rabbits can develop a potentially serious medical condition called sore hocks from walking around on widely spaced wire floors. Untreated sore hocks can lead to infections. Although we can't read what is in a rabbit's mind, it is highly likely that walking around on a wire floor is uncomfortable, even if they don't develop sore hocks. How would you like to walk around on a wire floor in your bare feet?

While it is impractical to consider discarding the hutch and buying one with a better floor, there are things you can do to "retro-fit" the floor of the existing hutch. First, consider how far you are willing to go with the more difficult job of keeping the floor of the hutch clean. A partial solution is to cover the existing wire floor with a tightly woven piece of hardware cloth, cut to size. The spacing between the wires is small enough to provide a semi-solid surface that will be much more comfortable for the rabbit and will still allow the urine to pass through. However, the droppings will remain, requiring more frequent cleanings.

Another option is to use a piece of suitably treated outdoor wood, or a series of wood slats to cover the existing floor. A solid piece is easier to install and you can drill holes in the floor to allow urine to pass through. Be aware, the straw may block the holes and might get caught if you don't clean the floor often enough.

A better alternative is to use a series of wooden slats, with spacing between them that will act as a gutter, again allowing the urine to pass through. While it would be possible to use a solid piece of plastic, like a clear lexan panel, it is harder to cut and drill through plastic. All of these retro-fits would need to be secured using plastic or an appropriate wood molding around the perimeter of the floor. This is not an easy task, but if you truly care for that rabbit, it's something you should consider.

Tom Woodcock is a Pet Lover, pet product expert and builder of rabbit hutches. To learn more about Rabbit Hutches and Rabbit Runs visit him online.


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