Considered as the third most popular pets after cats and dogs, caring for a goldfish requires effort. Make no mistake, looking after goldfish is not as easy as filling a bowl with water and leaving them to it. While it is not rocket science either, you just need the right tank setup and the patience to learn. Goldfish are a freshwater fish in the carp family. Also known as Carassius auratus. ‘Carassius’ refers to the fish’s genus (a group of animals including closely related species), and ‘auratus’ means ‘gold’ or ‘gilded’.
Terrapins are semi-aquatic ‘turtles’, meaning they are a hybrid of land and water animals. Simply put, they are in between a turtle and a tortoise. There are many different species of terrapins. In Singapore, the only legal terrapin species allowed is the Red Eared Sliders. Terrapins make popular pets due to their small stature and long life span. While they do not require as much attention as compared to larger pets like dogs and cats, it is imperative that a clean environment is instilled still. Proper care like purchasing a roomy tank, installing an island and ensuring clean and ample amount of water will establish the well-being of your hard-back friends.
Sleep serves a crucial purpose of restoring body and mind, as well as forming memory and learning. When we think of how sleep works, we imagine the eyes close and disconnected to the world. As aquatic animals, it is difficult to tell if a fish is sleeping. It has probably been a wonder of many, whether or not fish sleep or take breaks. Simply put, the answer is yes, fish do indeed sleep. However, they do so with their eyes open due to not having eyelids. Fishes experience a period of reduced activity and metabolism which performs similar restorative functions that nocturnal sleeps does for us humans.
Also known as a budgie, this small bird is a member of the parrot family. Its closest relatives include parakeets, lovebirds, pygmy parrots and tiger parrots. Technically all budgies are parakeets but not all parakeets are budgies. These charming birds are natives to Australia and are popular pet birds common in households. A budgie’s natural colouring is green and yellow. Colourful budgies are usually specially bred for trade. As such, you will never find a blue budgie in the wild.
A playful bird in the parrot family, macaws are highly entertaining. Loud, colourful and large, macaws have different personalities, making them a characterful lot and naturally draw attention wherever they are. Due to their large size, macaws need spacious housing, considerable time and attention. Because macaws are long-lived, adding a macaw to the family needs to be thoroughly thought through.
Widely known as a noxious gas detector used in the coal mines of the 1800s and early 1900s to warn miners of explosions, canaries are susceptible to respiratory problems. So if miners saw any signs of illness in the birds, they would leave the grounds instantly. The canary is a bird that is native to the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Small in built and in the finch family of birds, canaries sing beautifully and live up to 14 years with proper care. Not typically a companion bird and best admired from a distance, these birds make popular pets due to their timid and docile nature.
Chinchillas are the domesticated descendant of a rodent native to South America. Like rabbits, they have short forelimbs and long, muscular hind legs, but their ears are much shorter and rounder. Chinchillas have large, black eyes and bushy tails. They have four toes on each foot with thin claws on each toe.
Rabbits are prey creatures and therefore tend to hide signs of illness meaning diagnosis can be tricky. Their health can also deteriorate very quickly if symptoms are left unattended. Typically a healthy rabbit is active and curious in its surroundings. In general, however, rabbits mellow a bit with age. A three-month-old bunny might seem hyperactive c
Caring for hamsters is easy which makes them popular pets. Hamsters are small rodents with short tails, stubby legs and small ears. However, they will bite when startled or scared, though. They will also bite if they are awakened during their sleeping time. Biting is likely to happen during the day since they sleep during the day when humans are awake and attempt to play with them.
A cat is considered a “senior” around the age of seven years onwards. Thanks to advancement in cats nutrition, veterinary medicine and a largely indoors lifestyle, it’s not unusual for cats to live well into her teens or even twenties. At old age, cats tend to sleep a lot more, search for heat and either lose or pick up weight rapidly. Their behavior becomes less energetic and more relaxed. Senior cat problems aren't always easy to spot if you don't know what to look for. Learn how to recognize aging cat issues and how to best care for your senior cat.