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Teaching Birds to Talk

September 16th, 2011

Parrots and some other birds, like parakeets, can pick up language and learn how to talk if you encourage them and give them plenty of words to learn. Some birds are bigger talkers than others, but you'll never know until you try to teach them. The foundation Birds typically only talk if they are well cared for. Develop a strong bond with your bird before you try to teach him...

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How to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium

September 16th, 2011

Tropical fish are some of the most colorful and interesting species, and many of them live in saltwater. If you want to keep tropical fish in your home, you need to set up a saltwater aquarium that will cater to their needs and provide a decent habitat for them to flourish in. It's a lot different than setting up a freshwater tank and requires extensive research. You should...

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Dog and Cat Vision

September 16th, 2011

Vision is an important aspect of the human experience, but have you ever wondered what kind of world your dog or cat sees? Extensive scientific research has found that although our furry companions' eyes are anatomically similar to their owners, there are differences in how they perceive their surroundings. Dogs and cats aren't colorblind. They have fewer specialized cones...

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Dogs and Cats Have Dreams Too

September 16th, 2011

Studies have shown that dogs and cats dream much the same way that humans do. If you've ever watched your pet's behavior while he's sleeping, you probably already suspected this. The hippocampus is a part of the brain involved in memory that functions the same way for all vertebrates and mammals. During sleep, the hippocampus works to recall past experiences inside the mind,...

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Foods That Could Make Your Pet Sick

September 16th, 2011

There's a reason why dog and cat foods exist. Animals often can't tolerate the same ingredients that humans can. Next time you consider giving in to your pet's begging behavior, think twice before offering the following foods. Seek advice from your veterinarian if you're unsure or suspect that Fluffy's been prowling your counter. 1. Chocolate. You may have known this was on...

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The Most Popular Cat Breeds

September 16th, 2011

You may not know it, but there are more than 50 different breeds of purebred cats, which can make choosing the right feline for your family more difficult than you expected. Here's a list of 10 of the most popular cat breeds in the world and what makes them such great pets. 1. Persians. These cats are known for their luxurious long coats and squished faces. They are one of...

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How to Solve Problems With Your Pet's Behavior

September 16th, 2011

Pets have some really annoying habits that can drive you nuts if you're not sure how to handle them. Luckily there are easy ways to fix some of your furry friend's most obnoxious behavior without having to call in a professional trainer or pull your hair out in frustration. Before you attempt any corrective measures, it's important to rule out the possibility that your pet...

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The Most Popular Dog Breeds

September 16th, 2011

With more than 150 breeds to choose from, selecting the right breed of dog for your family can be a tough decision. If you're looking to get a pure-bred canine, you may want to start by reviewing 10 of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. and what makes each one so endearing. Here's the list. 1. Labrador retrievers. These dogs are the top choice for active families or...

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Owning a Pet Ferret

September 16th, 2011

If you're looking for a new pet and want to think outside of the dog or cat box, a ferret can be a great companion. You may have seen them snoozing in piles in pet store cages or even walking around on leashes, but you may not have considered how fun it is to own one. Ferrets are intelligent animals who love to play and explore their surroundings. They grow to be about 15...

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A Guide to Betta Fish

September 16th, 2011

Chances are, you've seen betta fish in pet stores or peoples' homes and offices. They're very popular pets because they are beautiful and wonderfully low maintenance. Betta fish, also known as Siamese fighting fish, live in puddles in the wilds of Asia. The males of the species are known for their aggressive behavior and should never be put together in the same living space....

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