Zumbathon to Benefit Ruff Start Animal Rescue – Saturday, March 22, 2014 in McGregor, MN

March 21st, 2014

Zumbathon to Benefit Ruff Start Animal Rescue

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm
McGregor Elementary School
148 S 2nd St
McGregor, MN 55760

Cost $10

Come shake that tail for a good cause! All proceeds from our Zumbathon benefit Ruff Start Rescue, which finds foster care for animals in shelters at risk of being euthanized and then places them in forever homes.  Great instructors (including me!), door prizes, and free snacks! You don’t want to miss this event!

Visit the Facebook event page for more information!

How to Litter Box Train a Rabbit

March 10th, 2009

Rabbits are naturally clean animals and very easy to litter box train!

Start with a small cat litter box, other small animal litter box, or any plastic container.

Dump in 1/4 inch of wood pellet litter (available at pet or farm supply stores) to line the bottom of the litter box.

Put a handful of hay towards the front of the litter box to encourage your rabbit to sit in the litter box and munch on hay while he or she does his or her business in the litter box.

Once your rabbit gets the hang of using the litter box, he or she will use it exclusively. It’s like magic.

I clean my pet rabbit, June’s litter box once a week. If you rabbit is large or just stinky, you’ll want to do it more often. Remember to spay or neuter your house rabbit – it will control the animal smell and your pet will live longer. Rabbits are very sensitive to reproductive cancer.

Some tricks I’ve found for those dumb bunnies who just don’t get it:

- Add another litter box. My sweet rabbit, June has two litter boxes in her pen. I line one with wood pellets and just a little hay, but there must be hay in the litter box or she won’t use it. She does her business in this litter box. I only put hay in the other litter box, it is a place for her to relax and eat hay, but she does not use it as a bathroom. The two litter boxes sit side-by-side, but she knows which is which.

I once fostered a rabbit that would dig ALL of the hay out of her litter box. She would not have it. She also needed two litter boxes. In one litter box, I put only wood pellet litter. In the other litter box, I put only hay. It worked!

- If your rabbit doesn’t spend enough time in the litter box to take care of business, feed your bunny his or her daily leafy greens or treats like craisins or banana chips in the litter box to encourage him or her to spend time there.

- If your bunny is leaving droppings around the pen, sweep them up and put them in the litter box. Rabbits eat their own certain droppings. If he or she needs to eat droppings, he or she needs to do it in the litter box. He or she may be kicking them out of the litter box accidentally.

Is It Acne?

March 4th, 2009

In my last post, I wrote about what my veterinarian recommended to help my cat, Tiger get rid of his feline acne. How do you know if it’s acne? What does feline acne look like?

I mentioned in my post that Tiger developed a large bump under his chin and that is what initially concerned me. There were likely lots of warning signs I missed.

The most obvious sign of feline acne is blackheads. Most cats have short, thin hair under their chins so while you are cuddling with your pet, scratch him or her under the chin and look at the skin. If your cat’s chin looks dirty or has black spots, it could be acne.

Cats can also get pimples – just like people. And just like people pimples, it is uncomfortable for cats. If you notice your cat is scratching under his or her chin more than usual, it could be acne. Look for pimples, blackheads, dirt under your cats chin.

To cure my cat of acne, I washed his face with gentle face soap and warm water. If your cat is afraid of water, you can use a rag or paper towel. Also be sure to wash your cat food and water dishes regularly. You may also want to switch to stainless steel food and water dishes to prevent and acne breakout.

Of course if you try washing your cat’s face and the acne symptoms don’t improve, take your cat to the vet. It may need treatment similar to humans with severe acne.

Cure Feline Acne

March 2nd, 2009

My cat, Tiger had a BIG bump under his chin. He pulled away when I tried to touch it, so I knew it was bothering him. It was right below his bottom teeth so I was afraid it was an abscess or worse, a tumor.

I made an appointment with the nice people at Shady Oak Vet Clinic in Hopkins, Minnesota. Barb the Vet took one look and told me not to worry, Tiger had feline acne.

The vet showed me other blackheads under Tiger’s chin and recommended that I:
1. Wash his face with warm water and gentle soap to help clear up his skin.
2. Switch from plastic cat food and water dishes to stainless steel dishes and to wash them occasionally. Oil from cat food can “soak in” to the plastic and promote oily, dirty skin and feline acne.

I did what she said. I washed Tiger’s face every other day with Cetaphil (the same facial bar soap I use) and warm water. I also picked up stainless steel cat food and water dishes from Wal-mart. It took about a month for the monster zit to go away completely, but Tiger’s skin did eventually clear up.

Do Rabbits Really Like Carrots?

February 23rd, 2009

No.

Rabbits actually love fresh LEAFY GREENS, and that includes the green carrot tops that grow above ground in your garden. This also includes fresh, clean cilantro, parsley, arugula, dandelion greens, mustard greens, lettuces, Swiss chard, endive, frisée, mizuna, oak leaf, mâche, radicchio, sorrel, and other leafy vegetables.

If you have a pet rabbit, he or she should only have a 1 square inch piece of fruit or vegetable per day as a treat. My house rabbit has about six Craisins and a banana chip for breakfast, a bundle of clean, fresh leafy greens and 1/4 cup of alfalfa pellets for dinner, and unlimited hay and water at all times.