Archive for May, 2011

 

Orange tabbies are usually male cats. An orange female tabby is extremely rare

Cats are very social animals. Cats will respond to human speech

Cats enjoy human companionship more than being alone

Cats can not see under their noses

Scarlett the Cat, a former stray, whose efforts to save her kittens from a fire, at serious harm to herself, attracted worldwide media attention and has been related in a number of nonfiction books…

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Scarlett and her kittens received 7000 adoption requests.

Oscar the Cat was featured in the New England Journal of Medicine for his ability to predict the impending death of the terminally ill

Cats have memory approximately two hundred times that of dogs

The average life span of a feral cat who survives kittenhood is 2 years, compared to 16 yrs for a house cat.

Cat coat genetics – two different X-chromosome alleles must be present to create a Calco. Did you know only female cats are calicos?

Did you know, I Love Cats!

Butterflies are not only beautiful but allusive to most people.  The mere fact that they start off as a caterpillar and then transform into these beautiful winged creatures.  It is no wonder that myths and folklore surround butterflies.

There are many beliefs that butterflies are actually pixies and fairies that grace us with their presence. Pixies and fairies adorn beautiful wings that strongly resemble those of butterflies. They are also considered spiritual beings in some cultures.  Mythology also attributes certain mystical attributes to butterflies.

This is a wonderful Irish Blessing:

“May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun, and find your
shoulder to light on to bring you luck, happiness and riches”

Butterflies have been connected to symbolic of metamorphosis, rebirth, love, hope, and freedom.

They have played major roles in myth, religion, literature, art, and decorative artwork.  Their images are found on ancient stone carvings to Pompeian mosaics.  Many modern day artists create butterflies on furniture, carvings and glorious paintings.

Many believe butterflies are about luck, both good and bad.  In Louisiana it is believed that if a white butterfly enters your home and flies around you, good luck will quickly follow. Yet in Maryland it’s believe that this is an omen of death.

The butterfly is also a symbol of women as it is a sign of gentleness.  In Japan a woman wearing a kimono is compared to a butterfly and if you look at the design of a kimono, it is shaped like a butterfly.

As I mentioned earlier, fairies area associated with butterflies but did you know so are witches?  It is believed that butterflies symbolize the soul of a witch.  Both witches and butterflies can change their form.  Butterflies, of course, change from caterpillars to winged beauties, as witches can change at will.

Have a great day and keep your eyes open for these allusive, mystical, wonderful creatures.  They may just bring you luck!

 

Often overlooked by humans, butterflies play an important role in maintaining the balance of nature and health.  Butterflies pollinate plants and crops alike, ensuring the production of seeds and fruits required for survival of plants, animals and humans.

Due to the butterfly’s fragile existence they are indicators of ecological change and ecosystem health.  Their habitats are being threatened by deforestation and urban development.  Therefore many species are becoming endangered or have died away completely.

There are over 17,000 species of butterflies worldwide of which 7,000 species are in North America.  Butterflies weigh as little as 2 rose petals and yet can fly worldwide.

Butterflies are a welcoming addition to backyard habitat landscapes.  Butterfly gardens have become so popular with many gardeners today.

A butterfly garden should not just be designed to attract adult butterflies. It should also be a place for them to hibernate and lay eggs and for the larva or caterpillars to feed.

Various Butterflies, Various Plants

Some butterflies go from flower to flower, drinking the nectar from the flowers, while other search for areas to lay their larvae.

A butterfly garden should offer shelter food, water and fragrance for nectar searching butterflies.

When planning a garden with butterflies in mind, you need to ask a few questions first.

1.    Are you going to provide butterfly nectar plants, caterpillar food plants or both?

2.    How will you deal with pests without pesticides?  Are you going to discourage insect-  feeding birds? (No next boxes or berry bushes)

Once you have set a plan in action, you need to research the various types of butterflies in your area/region.  Going online will give you a treasure chest of valuable information that you will need to start your garden. By knowing your soil type, you will be able to find the plants that work best in your area as well as will attract butterflies as well.

Males will often be seen on moist sand or mud collecting puddles of water.  It is uncertain exactly why but it’s believed these water puddles contain minerals needed by the insect.  Therefore maintaining a damp, slightly salty area in your yard may attract this group of butterfly.

Most butterflies prefer some shelter from high winds so wind-breaking plantings can offer the shelter they need.  They also like sunny areas, so you garden truly does have to be diversified.

When planting flowers, create a good size patch with flowers that bloom in sequence.  Choose an area of your yard that has least wind and maximum sun.  This in turn will be the deciding factor on the plants that you choose.  Sunny locations should be approximately 5-6 hrs of light, afternoon sun will bring in a higher number of butterflies.

Keeping an area that is calm with low human visits will be a more natural environment for these insects.

Bringing in broad-leaved trees and shrubs will offer butterflies shelter and landing pads.  Butterflies rely on a large degree on thermal heating through sunbathing.  Offering large stones for decorative purposes will give the butterflies this option.

If you have children, this is a great way of teaching your children about the value of other creatures. They will be amazed watching  tiny caterpillars turn into these beautiful allusive butterflies.

 

Whether rabbits are good house pets depends on your understanding of rabbits and whether your lifestyle and family environment are suitable. Rabbits come in many breeds and temperaments and they also come in many different sizes.

Rabbits range from 2-4 pounds (small), 4-8 pounds (medium) and 8 pounds +) large. Some breeds are more aggressive than others. Britannia Petites are considered aggressive rabbits while  Netherland Dwarfs are considered gentle.

Rabbits as pets can find their companionship with a variety of other animals such as cats, dogs, other rabbits and also build a bond with humans. Animal welfare organizations advise that rabbits are not good pets for children under the age of 7 years of age. Very young children are not able to stay calm and quiet and in general can not be gentle with rabbits. Rabbits have fragile bones, especially their backs and require support on their bellies and bottoms when being picked up.

When bringing a rabbit into your home you need to have a cage, proper litter and know just what to feed your new pet.

When choosing a litter pan make sure it’s small enough for your little friend to get in and out of and is not too large for his or her cage. You really don’t want the pan taking up most of the cage area. There are many great sites as well as pet stores that can help you pick the right little pan for your rabbits needs.

When getting litter, understand rabbits are not cats, rabbits will eat everything. Clumping litter is a death warrant on your bunny. Eating clumping litter will  literally ball up in their digestive systems and they can not pass it. Deodorized litter has chemicals that will kill your bunny as well.

Use recycled wood pulp, it’s safe and controls odors. Some folks use corn cob bedding, though it’s not as good at deterring odor and then others use rabbit food pellets in the rabbit’s pan.

Rabbits need more than carrots and lettuce.  You need to buy high quality food for them and offer lettuce and carrots as a treat.  Look for a good feed store in your area or go to Petco or Petsmart to get the right foods for rabbits.

The Myth:

Domestic rabbits can be set free in the wild is not only untrue but a horrible thing for anyone to do. They will quickly become prey to a variety of other animals from dogs to hawks and will not last very long at all. They do not know how to fend for themselves and do not have full instinctive abilities to stay alive. This will be so completely horrifying to the rabbit.

If you have a rabbit and decide you no longer want to keep him or her, please, please find them a home! Do Not Send Them Out Into the Wild – this is just cruel.

Rabbits can be a wonderful addition to your home, but you should read all you can about rabbits before making your final decision.

I have found one site that I think has so much wonderful, knowledgeable information that I would highly recommend you check them out! You will learn about various breeds, how to train your new friend, what breed of rabbit is right for you and so much more. Are rabbits good house pets? That all depends on you.

Rabbitweb.net

Also, visit Wikipedia, which always has valuable information for you and House Rabbit Society.

If you are cleaver at woodworking, here are a few sites that you might want to look into and build  great rabbit dwelling for your new pet!

Woodworkers Workshop

Rabbit Condo

Youtube Video

Pre-built Rabbit Hutches:

Rabbit Hutch Warehouse

Annies Rabbit Ark



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