Thursday, May 30, 2013

Critter Apps: 2Cute

Want cute? Here you have it on your iPhone, Android or other mobile device. The app is free and is super cute! If you want more cute action, tap on the photo and see it bigger, then use it for a background/wallpaper for your phone! Rate it and send it to friends by email! Post the cute picture on Facebook and check out their Facebook page in description at the website! Save it to photos to have it on hand. Flip through the 2cute pictures to banish boredom! If you're sad or blue, 2cute is a cute way to start the day!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Are male or female hamsters better?

Hamsters are pretty good pets if trained well, but which gender makes a better pet? All hamsters are different, some friendly at the start, while others are skittish and shy. So really the gender isn't the case, it's the individual personality. Although both make good pets, they have differences that set them apart.

Male hamsters are very stocky, and are easier to handle. They also tend to be laid back once they are calm in their new territory. They have a distinct scent. It's not a bad smell, but it just smells more then females. Your hands have a different odor than females after handling a male hamster. Why? Because of small "vents" in the hamsters skin that create greasy scent-gland stuff that come from the hips and from the inside thigh of the hamster. When stressed, male hamsters have a visible greasy appearance in these areas. Since males are territorial, they have a scent that defines them from other hamsters. They are mellow and better if you want a more handling type, but bad if you want to watch him play often. They eat a lot, and tend to get obese. They have funny sleeping habits though, and have the appearance of being dead when sleeping. (They like to sleep stretched out.) They don't usually take a liking to balls or wheel since they have more stubby appendage. Another thing is they chew more since their jaws are more widely set.

Females are thinner and are hard to handle. They are exceptionally fast and they aren't the cuddly type. They are more skittish and don't tolerate as much, but they are fun to watch. They don't have any distinct smells, but they leave their mark by urinating on tubes and other things, while males tend to spray urine at a young age for a while. They are harder to hand train and may have an unwelcome nip from time to time. All hamsters get upset when woken up, but they get especially upset and squeak more often. Dwarf females are a no-no to first time hamster owners, but Syrians are a fine choice. They are much like males in physical activity, but are just as affectionate. Also, it completely depends on your hamster.

Always ask to have the pet store owner handle the hamster for you to see the reaction of the hamster. Not only should the hamster seem okay in the handling, he should also not seem too lethargic and tired. Every once in a while he should be coming out of his sleeping hut and sniffing around and eating. Remember the hamster should be healthy as well as pretty fine with the whole handling process. Hand training is a must, and it all depends on you!

This hamster stretches out and yawns! No, he is not dead.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Meet Mickey

Mickey is my new russian dwarf fancy hamster. I named him Mickey due to his little white paws and black body. Mickey even has a white belly in the shape of a Y. He's soooo cute and very tame. I'm surprised he warmed up to his "new" habitat quickly and has fun in the many tubes in his cage! He's so cute and all he needs is a red pair of pants and yellow shoes like the real Mickey Mouse and he'll be Mickey Hamster.

Tips for bringing your hamster home:

Remember to go right home with the carrier.

Ask the pet store clerk the same bedding the hamster has in the carrier so he can get used to the smell. Put it in his cage for him.

Use gardening gloves when transporting the hammie to his new cage to avoid bites.

Put the cage in a quiet, undisturbed area.

Don't change the name after you've already thought of one to avoid your hamster to be confused.

Talk to your hamster quietly and calmly in order to keep him quiet.

Don't touch the hamster on the first day or reach in unless you are feeding him or giving him water.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Spotlight Critters: Jinger :3

Submitted by Jenna:

My name is Jinger and I'm 4 years old!
Hi I'm a domestic medium haired part Persian cat! I have some colors in my fur like brown, cream, and blue. I am told by friends my fur is super silky! I live indoors and I love to play with anything string-related. My favorite treats is Temptations Dairy treats for cats - they are SO good! I am a sweet and very affectionate cat but sometimes I can be mischievous and run outside!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I'm sorry to say Critter Corner readers, but Peanut passed away this morning. It was a natural death, and peaceful, luckily, but still, my little hammie might have been too old. The average dwarf hamster lives 1-2 years, and that was certainly 1-2 years! We will all miss the little hamster that was super cute and chubby, but we have to say goodbye. We love you Peanut and we'll never forget you.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baby Animal Names

Ever wanted to find out what baby animals are called? Well now you can!
AnimalBaby Name
Badgerkit, cub
Beaverpup, kitten
Birdhatchling, chick
Bison, Buffalocalf
Boarpiglet, shoat, farrow
Bobcatkitten or cub
Butterflycaterpillar, larva, pupa, chrysalis
Cariboucalf or fawn
Chickenchick, pullet (young hen), cockrell (young rooster)
Codfishcodling, hake, sprag, sprat
Coyotepup, whelp
Dinosaurhatchling, juvenile
Dolphinpup, calf
Donkeycolt, foal
Dovesquab, chick
Eaglefledgling, eaglet
Eelleptocephalus (larva), elver (juvenile)
Emuchick, hatchling
Fishfry, fingerling
Foxkit, cub, pup
Frogtadpole, polliwog, froglet
Goatkid, billy
Grousechick, poult, squealer or cheeper
Guinea pigpig, pup
Hedgehogpiglet, pup
Hogshoat, farrow
Horsefoal, colt (m), filly (f), stat, stag, hog-colt, youngster, yearling or hogget
Lousenit, nymph
Mosquitonymph, wriggler, tumbler
Mousepup, pinkie, kitten
Otterwhelp, pup
Owlowlet, fledgling
Oxstot, calf
Pigpiglet, shoat, farrow
Pigeonsquab, squeaker
Prairie dogpup
Rabbitkitten, bunny, kit
Ratpup, pinkie, kitten
Sand Dollarlarva, pluteus, juvenile
Sea Urchinlarva, pluteus, juvenile
Sheeplamb, lambkin, cosset
Snakesnakelet, neonate, hatchling snake
Squirrelpup, kit, kitten
Swancygnet, flapper
Tigercub, whelp
Troutfry, fingerling
Walruscub, pup
Wolfpup, whelp
Woodchuckkit, cub
Yellow Jacketlarva
Zebracolt, foal

Monday, May 20, 2013

Teaching a Dog "Paw"(Or Shake)

Teaching a dog to shake a paw is simple and fun, and the reaction is priceless! You'll need a calm, neutral area without any distraction from other humans or pets. You'll also need a bag of small treats that your dog loves. Be patient and be fun!

  1. Start by feeding your dog a treat. He'll know you have treats for him to eat. Then, generate a short and cute name for your command such as "Shake" or "Paw." Some dogs automatically compare the two names, so they might be able to determine the two together. I'm going to use Shake as an example. While saying "Shake," pick up your dogs paw and hold it. Still holding it, feed him the treat and say, "Good Shake, _____(His name)"(or Paw).
  2. Keep doing this for a few days until you can try to touch the dog's paw to get him to do it while saying "Shake."
  3. After using 'a tap on the paw' technique, try just saying the command aloud. If he does it, immediately congratulate him with treats and praise. For the first few times he does it upon command, praise him with more treats and loving words like "Good Dog! Good Shake! If he doesn't, however, keep trying. Remember you don't need to give him treats when he does it after the few days he has been doing it, but still tell him "Good Dog." Of course, people who ask him to shake paws will be so delighted and excited with him so the praise concept is no worry. 

ALL dogs do "Shake" differently. Some dogs actually shake your hand, while others do a high-5 instead. Still others wave the paw in the air, but they usually all mean the same thing! Have fun training your dog and check for some even more challenging tricks later on.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Spreading the Word About the World's Most Misunderstood Dog Breed

People think dog breeds make the dog, but it's really the owner.... This goes the same way for pitbull dogs as well. Pitbulls were bred to be.... Well... fighting dogs, but as puppies they have every same personality as a Lab or Golden retriever. A pitbull will be mean and aggressive if they are brought up as fighting dogs or to have aggressive traits, but if they are loved as a family dog, they will become an affectionate and friendly pet.
The reason people think pitbulls are so vicious is because they have seen owners with the breed and they haven't trained them right. Pitbulls are great family dogs, but the mistake people make is buying ones that have had past owners. They tend to be aggressive. If you adopt them as a puppy, you will have a rewarding adaptable family pet that will be willing to die for family members. In fact, a news story told about a woman who was attacked by another human. A pitbull growled and got rid of her attacker, then tried to get help by barking.

Because of pitbull reputation, people started to think all pitbulls are aggressive by breed, but it's really the owner. So there's a chain reaction here: you see a pitbull. You think they're aggressive. You act nervous and self-defending. You try to "protect" yourself by doing an act of corporal punishment like hurting him. The dog keeps getting hurt. Now when he sees you he acts scared. In his own self defense he lashes out at you. You get hurt. You tell everyone "a pitbull did this." Those people are scared of them too.
See? Another way you can create this "chain" is by putting a pitbull in a fight with other dogs. in order to defend himself he fights and injures the other dogs. He does this over and over again until it becomes a given. He turns towards the people and attacks them.

So really a normal pitbull doesn't grow up himself to be aggressive and mean. It's the owner who teaches him to be mean. IF you are cruel to your pet he won't trust you and lash out at you. So
remember it's not the breed, but it's the deed! Tell everyone you know about this blog post and tell everyone you know about Critter Corner and today's post. The photos are not mine, so you have permission to screenshot them if you like! It's a great chance to sub our blog and in case you don't know about subscribing, you can see tomorrow's post on CC! Thanks for your time on this important discussion.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Daisy enjoys her first outdoor time in a long while!

My Canon camera is great - the lighting was really good for Daisy this time because I usually have to set the lighting because of her white fur. Anyway, you probably don't care. Here are the awesome pictures I got of her in the backyard! 


Her "grumpy" face

Sun is in my eyes!

This picture isn't very nice, but it speaks a thousand words!

Where to now?

The sun shines through my whiskers!

You do not know how happy this picture made me. If only the metal thing wasn't in the


Look at meh! now!

Eatin' grass

Diggin' grass


This is my good side!

This air conditioning thing looks cool!

This is the neighbors, Daisy!

Yeah... right... just a sec...

snuffle sniff

Grass sticking out of my mouth? Huh?

More adventures await!

Dandelion? Where?

Grass view

The tongue!! AW SO CUTE!!!

Laying next to garden sheds is boring! Let's go back home! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pt 1: Is A Rabbit Right For You and Your Family?

First of all, is a pet rabbit right for you? Here's a quick quiz:


1. Which is NOT a breed of rabbit?

     French lop

2. It is a good idea to get your pet rabbit spayed or neutered.


3. All domesticated rabbits came from what two continents?

     North America and Southern Africa
     Asia and Australia
     South America and Europe
     Europe and Northern Africa

4. It is ok to pick up a pet rabbit by its ears.


5. When should you spray a pet rabbit's ears with water?

     every day
     on cold days
     on hot days
     never, that's just mean

6. You can use a lot of common household items as rabbit toys. What is NOT a good toy for your pet rabbit?

     straw whisk broom
     cardboard box
     paper grocery bags

7. What food should you NOT feed to a pet rabbit?


8. Vinegar can be used to clean your pet rabbit's litter box.


9. If your pet rabbit ingests too much hair and gets a hairball, it can throw it up or vomit, just like cats, to get the hairball out.


10. Which is a safe litter to use for a pet rabbit?

     woodstove pellets
     pine shavings
     clay cat litter
     cedar shavings


1.  White

The white rabbit, usually known as the white rabbit in the film "Alice in Wonderland" by Walt Disney, isn't an actual breed of rabbit. It's only the color of the rabbit. An angora rabbit has long, soft fur. They come in a variety of colors. They are believed to have come from France. They are more difficult to take care of then most other breeds. They need a lot of clipping, brushing, and cleaning, because of their long hair. Silver rabbits have short, even hair and are available in different colors, including black, brown, and fawn colors. On top of their coat is an even silver ticking to give them a silvery look. Lop rabbits are best known for their long, soft, drooping ears. They come in a variety of colors and markings. There are different types of lop rabbits. There is the French lop, which is the largest variety, then slightly smaller is the English lop, then the German lop and dwarf lop are smaller and the smallest of the lop rabbits is the mini lop.

3. Europe and Northern Africa
All pet rabbits are descended from the wild European rabbit. They used to only live in Europe and North Africa. Now they are all over the world. It's always nice to know where your pet rabbit originally came from.

4. F
You should never pick up a pet rabbit by its ears. It can cause the rabbit to be in a lot of pain. The best way to pick up your pet rabbit is by picking it up with two hands and make sure it's fully supported and comfortable. If your rabbit struggles, put it on the ground before letting go because you can injure your pet rabbit if you drop it suddenly.

5. on hot days
You should take a spray mister and gently spray the back of your rabbit's ears on hot days. Rabbits regulate their temperature through their ears so this can help them cool off.

6. towels
You don't want to let your rabbit play with a towel. It can be harmful if they swallow too much of the thread. You can take a cardboard box and cut an entrance in it so your rabbit can have a playhouse that they can run in and jump on. Paper grocery bags and a straw whisk broom also make really good toys for your rabbit to play with.

7. avocado
They should be given an unlimited amount of hay and encouraged to eat as much as possible. Hay keeps their digestive tract healthy and prevents blockages. They should only be given timothy hay or another grass hay like orchard grass. Legume hays are too rich in calcium and too high in fat. Rabbits also love to eat dandelions, just make sure there isn't any pesticide on them. They also love bananas, but only for a nice treat and only about a quarter-inch per rabbit is plenty.

8. True  Vinegar is a great item to use for cleaning your pet rabbit's litter box. Here's how you use it: It's very simple, just empty the litter box and rinse it. Then place some vinegar on the bottom and scrub. For harder jobs let the vinegar sit for a while on the bottom.

9. F
Rabbits don't vomit like cats do, but they do lick themselves like cats. So, they could get a hairball from licking themselves, however, they will not be able to throw it up like a cat could. If hairballs are allowed to form, they become gigantic masses of hair and food. Then they will block the stomach exit and cause the pet rabbit to starve to death while its stomach appears to be fat from the hairball stuck in its stomach.

10.  Woodstove pellets 

Woodstove pellets are a great litter to use for your rabbit's litter box. You can also use old newspapers, gentle touch and care fresh litters. Don't use anything else for their litter. It may be harmful to your pet rabbit. Thanks for playing my quiz! I hope you learned a lot of things about taking care of a pet rabbit and enjoy picking out the perfect rabbit for your home!

SCORE: 1-3: More research!
4-6: Better!
7-10: Rabbit Expert!

Rabbit Breed Quiz Coming Soon

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Poll Update!

You may have noticed, the, um, lengthy poll I put up today. Well, I would love for you to supply your opinion! You may choose multiple answers! I need to supply someone with club names and your opinion counts. PLEASE HELP! Thanks, Love Nature Girl.