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You and Kingdom Animalia
Paris Hilton bought one of her pets a $300 cashmere sweater with pearls embedded on them. But not everyone is Ms. Hilton, and neither do they have the means to splurge as such. However, here are some of the things you can, and must take care of when caring for your precious, furry friends.
How do you prevent your cat from scratching your favourite carpet or couch? First, note the choice of your cat (e.g. location, material), then, put a similar material on the same location for your cat to scratch. Meanwhile temporarily cover the items you don't want to get scratched and consistently disallow it to reach for them. Eventually your cat will understand and let go off your precious items. Another word of wisdom - never put fragrances in the litter-box, as it will repel the cat. To avoid the odour, put some baking soda on the bottom of the litter box.
To put your bird out of the cage, gently stroke its lower abdomen with a finger and it will automatically jump on it. The food plate should never be empty as birds eat in little bits throughout the day. When you handle birds, take off any shiny material from your clothing as this can make them restless. Also, talk to them with a smiling face, in a very calm, soothing, but firm voice. Birds are very vulnerable during winter so don't forget to cover the cage with a sack during the night.
By M H Haider
On The Cover
They say a dog is a man's best friend. Truly, pets and animals enrich our lives in ways we cannot even fathom. This week, we look at our furry, feathery, and scaly friends, and how to keep them happy.
Ailments that Spring brings
Winter has flown by, and in just about no time, it will be Spring again. Now, a change of season, though welcome to many, does bring with it some challenges in the form of ailments. It is time we prepare ourselves for ailments such as conjunctivitis, eye allergies and infections and chicken pox.
Because our body gets used to a certain type of climate, the change of season brings with it illnesses for those who cannot cope or keep up with the change. While all the above-mentioned sicknesses do not have any prevention, they can be managed. Both conjunctivitis and chicken pox are contagious, so it is up to the affected people to ensure that they do not go around spreading illness. It is important that the illness is diagnosed early, and this can be done if the symptoms are known.
The symptoms of conjunctivitis, or 'pink eye' as it is more commonly known, are redness in the eyes, sensitivity to light, dryness, watering of the eyes, and sometimes a sticky discharge that may cause eyelashes and eyelids to become stuck together. The eyes become red and swollen and seem to be filled with sand.
Conjunctivitis is highly contagious, so it is important not to share towels, washcloths, or pillowcases. All of these should be washed regularly. If you use makeup, discard any you were using when you got conjunctivitis, as it is probably contaminated and is an easy way to spread it to your other eye. One other thing to remember is that if the conjunctivitis comes with a cold sore, you should check with the doctor to ensure whether or not he or she has contracted Herpes in the eyes. Generally, mild cases of conjunctivitis blow over in a matter of days. Chicken pox is another such spring disease, and also has to be seen out rather than cured. Chicken pox is an extremely infectious disease that produces an itchy, blistery rash all over the body, which lasts for about a week. A single attack of chicken pox usually provides lifelong immunity against the disease. Symptoms include a mild fever and a general feeling of discomfort. Within several hours or days, small red spots begin to appear on the scalp, neck and upper half of the body. Within twelve to twenty four hours, the spots become fluid-filled, itchy bumps which continue to appear over the next two to five days.
We will all enjoy spring, but those of us who are struck down temporarily by these diseases should ensure that we do not ruin the start of the season for others by being mindful of the contagious nature of the diseases, and taking necessary precautions.
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