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Schrödinger’s Cat What Is It What Does It Mean

Schrödinger’s Cat: What Is It? What Does It Mean?

You may have heard the term “Schrödinger’s Cat” referred to in party conversation or vaguely recall it from high school physics class. It’s a thought experiment, and it’s as famous as it is vexing. Schrödinger’s Cat is alive. Schrödinger’s Cat is dead. It’s both until you confirm it. Confused? Here’s what you need to know about Schrödinger’s Cat. Who Was ... Readmore »

Bringing a New Kitten Home

Bringing a New Kitten Home

A curious, cuddly new kitten will bring love and laughter into your home. But, to keep everyone healthy and happy, you have to introduce your furry new friend into your home the right way — here’s how. Bringing home a new kitten is exciting — you’ve suddenly got a cute, cuddly, incredibly curious new friend! Kittens can leave their mother ... Readmore »

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures to remove reproductive organs. These procedures are typically recommended for puppies and kittens before they reach sexual maturity (at about 5 months old). Spaying or neutering your pet prevents him or her from having unwanted offspring. It also has very important health and behavior benefits for your pet. General anesthesia is required. Spaying is ... Readmore »

Physical and Mental Needs of Captive Birds

Physical and Mental Needs of Captive Birds

Talk is Cheep The following is an excerpt taken from Good Sports (ASPCA Animal Watch – Spring 1995). Though the physical and mental needs of captive birds in home environments have not been well studied, we do know that Polly most definitely wants more than a cracker. Says Dr. Michael Krinsley of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, “All birds should have ... Readmore »

Ferret Care

Ferret Care

Ferrets were once an uncommon sight in most animal shelters, but now many facilities have a separate cage or two set aside for these sociable creatures. Still, many animal care workers are unaware of the special needs of these domesticated weasels. If your shelter sees ferrets regularly, find an experienced veterinarian who can perform initial health exams and provide ongoing ... Readmore »

Caring for Rats and Mice

Caring for Rats and Mice

Of all the rodents in the animal kingdom, rats and mice are perhaps the most maligned. Whether it’s the bubonic plague or the kibble missing from Rover’s bowl, these friendly creatures are blamed for crises large and small. Yet the popularity of mice and rats as pets is on the rise, a trend that’s mirrored by the number ending up ... Readmore »

How many ducks and quail are wounded due to recreational hunting?

How many ducks and quail are wounded due to recreational hunting?

In recreational duck and quail hunting people use a shotgun to shoot the birds; this causes inevitable pain and suffering as not every bird is killed outright. While no recent studies have been conducted, one historical report showed that on average nearly a quarter of ducks were wounded and not killed outright, but the figure could be as high as ... Readmore »

What is Ehrlichiosis?

What is Ehrlichiosis?

Ehrlichiosis is a disease primarily affecting dogs that is spread by the brown dog tick. This disease can be fatal if not properly treated, so all dog owners should take immediate steps to protect their animals. Is the disease present in Australia? The disease was detected in May/June 2020 in a small number of dogs in Katherine, Western Australia and ... Readmore »

How can I socialise my puppy during the COVID-19 pandemic?

How can I socialise my puppy during the COVID-19 pandemic?

There are many ways that you can make sure that your puppy has lots of different and positive experiences that will help them grow into a happy and confident adult dog, despite the current COVID-19 pandemic. Socialisation There is a ‘critical socialisation period’ for puppies between approximately 4 -16 weeks of age. A puppy’s experiences during this time are critical ... Readmore »

3 Rules for Solving Pet Behavior Problems

3 Rules for Solving Pet Behavior Problems

What would you give to make your pet’s behavior problems disappear? Believe it or not, most issues can be resolved in three simple steps. Follow along, and your pet will be humming “Ain’t Misbehavin'” in no time! Rule Out Medical Problems Be careful not to confuse a behavior problem with a health issue. For instance, cats with feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) often urinate outside ... Readmore »