Car Maintainance

For some reason, best known only to themselves, many drivers like to play the blame game when it

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comes to the rising cost of motoring. Rather than shoulder personal responsibility for snagging the best deals and discounts they can find, it seems Canadian car owners prefer to blame the government. Seeing as they cannot even be bothered to take the necessary steps to alleviate their own suffering, they had better put up or shut up.

Although it cannot be denied that the costs of running a vehicle are on the rise, the fact remains that many drivers waste a ton of money by not attending to things that together push up their day by day motoring expenses. It is a mystery why so many drivers fail to see that it is entirely their own fault their expenditure on motoring is so high. Take as an example the matter of wheel alignment. The average Canadian driver has no idea of the damage that is done by having a car with poorly aligned wheels. The consequences include higher consumption of gasoline, greater wear and tear on tires, and even damage to the steering column of the auto. When these effects are combined, it should be obvious that failing to pay due attention to the alignment of your car’s wheels is one hell of an error. No wonder motorists are paying through the nose for their folly!
And what about window tinting? Many car owners in North America think they are so clever for choosing not to tint their auto windows. They imagine that, by saving a few bucks, they are making great progress in limiting their motoring costs. Not so! In fact, tinting is a sensible precaution as it prevents the interior of the car from being damaged by U/V light due to constant exposure to the rays of the sun. Once again, motorists are making poor choices when it comes to saving money on car maintenance.

Many Canadian drivers are too eager to get their hands on the keys to a brand new car, so they rush into finance deals without checking to see if the contract they are signing up to offers the best and most advantageous terms. Rather than giving in to consumer greed, buyers are instead advised to be more cautious before entering into these car finance deals. If you don’t like the terms, don’t just sign on the dotted line and then start moaning about it. If you do that, you will have only yourself to blame.

Timely replacement of a cracked wind shield is vital if you want to avoid the wind shield shattering without warning. Also, if a police notices a crack during a spot check and then tickets you, you will pay a heavy price for trying to save a few dollars. In addition, the wind shield is the third most important safety feature of any vehicle. You can make life much easier for yourself by replacing the wind shield at the right time! If this applies to you, find out what the auto mobile wind shield repair costs are.

Another couple of examples include further examples of drivers not helping themselves are their failure to pay close enough attention to the condition of brake pads, and also their tendency to leave too long an interval between auto paint jobs. In the first instance, failing brake pads can end up being a killer if left uncorrected, which is why getting new ceramic or semi metallic pads is so important. But, even if you are lucky enough to avoid an accident due to failing brake pads, you will still pay a high financial penalty if it transpires that the eventual cost of repairing badly degraded brake pads exceeds the value of the auto. As for loss of paint due to wear and tear and exposure to the elements, this creeping problem can lead to serious rust developing in the metal of the auto body. Again, the consequences are higher repair bills based on the typical prices of auto paint jobs. Surely it must be obvious that being cautious and dealing with both these concerns in a timely manner is the sensible way?

With the cost of motoring at an all-time high, you would think that drivers would be happy to save a buck here and there. Of course, some of them do just that, and they trawl the internet and newspaper columns to track down oil change coupons in order to save money on oil changes. Unfortunately, in Canada, for every diligent car owner who adopts this money-saving policy, there are probably five more drivers who do absolutely nothing. Sheer laziness and inertia are the only explanation for them failing to take advantage of the discounts offered by oil change coupons. Unlike brake pads the oil replacement is not as costly.
Of all the aspects of car maintenance that Canadian motorists neglect, the most striking is that of their vehicles’ transmission. It needs to be stressed that this is not any old fault: If you do not have it checked on a regular basis, you may find that the transmission repair cost is too big an expense to bear. So many drivers find this out too late and are left having to write off their autos, whereas if they had been cautious and had the transmission checked on a regular basis the situation could have been avoided.

If you are a driver in Canada or indeed around the world, you really need to get wise to the realities of maintaining a vehicle. If you do not keep tabs on auto maintenance, you will almost certainly end up spending more than you need to.

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Breeding Hamsters

If you want to breed hamsters remember these few important points.

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breeding hamsters

1. Before you put a female and male together remember that the litter can be from 1-14 depending on the type of hamster so make sure you have enough room.
2. You may need to get an extra cage because after the hamsters have mated the female can become aggressive and attack the male so it might be wise to separate the male from the female after they have mated.
3. After birth and when the female is pregnant you will have to stop cleaning out the hamster cage because the hamster or hamsters when the babies are born don’t like being disturbed.
4. When a female is pregnant or when it is looking after its young it needs a lot of protein in its diet so have a good supply of protein ready.
You must keep in mind that female and male hamsters don’t normally get on well together so it would be best not to put very aggressive hamsters in the same cage but to put hamsters which are friendly.
The best way to make your hamsters mate is to put the female in the males cage so the male will feel more secure. If the hamsters do fight separate them immediately because the male will properly get badly injured and the female may acquire some minor injuries as well. When the female and male do accept each other the male should chase the female round the cage. The hamsters will mate a few times but after a while the female starts to get more aggressive again and that’s when you need to separate the hamsters. If your hamster is pregnant you should notice her tummy getting bigger round the 10th day after mating also nipples will start to show. Your hamster may also become a bit more aggressive towards you and might start to build a huge nest. Hamsters pregnancy lasts for 15-17 days but it can vary. If your hamster does give birth don’t touch the babies until they are about 2 weeks at this time you can also clean out the cage. At about 24 days separate the babies from the mother also at this stage you can separate the males from the females.

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Degus as Pets

Degus have the scientific name – “Octodon Degus”. Their expected lifespan typically is between

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5 and 8 years, although reports of Degus living up to 10 years are not very rare. Degus are about 5 to 7 inches long when they are fully grown. If you include the tail, they can be twice as long as that.

Degus are rodents native to South America that are increasingly becoming popular as household pets. Think of them as a larger and social version of the Syrian hamster with similarities to Chinchillas. Degus make great pets for those that want a clean and easy to look after animal that you can keep in the confines of a Degu cage.

Degu Behaviour

Degus are extremely social creatures and they can be very tame and friendly towards their human owners. In the wild, degus live in communities and they live in a elaborate burrow networks. Degus should be kept together with other degus, in small groups or in pairs. They are curious and playful animals and without any social interactions or chance to exercise they can become neurotic and aggressive. Degus are active during the day and sleep at night( diurnal) – Making them excellent pets for humans.

Degu Cages

Degus need large habitats in order to exercise and increase happiness. A typical set-up for 2 Degus would have a minimum of 25 inches x inches x 25 inches (tall). Larger cages are definitely better for Degus as with any pet rodent as it can discourage aggressive behaviour.  Cages or habitats designed for Ferrets or Chinchillas are ideal.

Nesting Material

As with all pet rodents, degus should be provided with a substrate or bedding material to line the bottoms of their cage. The purpose of this substrate is to soak up urine, remove smell, and allow your degus something to dig in. A good substrate to use is wood shavings however you should avoid cedar and pine shavings because they can cause breathing problems to your pet degus.

Sand Bath

Much like Chinchillas – Degus need regular sand baths in order to keep their skin and coat healthy. You should provide your degus with a heavy ceramic bowl in order to house their sand to prevent them from tipping it up.

Chewing Toys

Degus love to chew and their teeth are constantly growing (just like hamsters). It is very important to provide them with opportunities to chew and keep their teeth nice and trim. You can give them wooden chew blocks, or cardboard toilet roll tubes which make excellent cheap chewing utensils for your pet degus. Another good option is a salt, or mineral block designed for pets can be attached to their cage walls.

 

 

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What are the Best Hamster Cages?

There are many different types of hamster cage available on the market today. You can find

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them in your local pet store, or indeed from online retailers such as Amazon. This guide will help you to choose which type of cage you will need for your hamsters as well as provide you plenty of tips and advise on how to provide your hamsters with a great life.

There have been numerous studies that show a direct correlation between the size of the hamsters home and their stress levels. When in doubt always get bigger. Bigger is better always for hamsters.

Syrian vs Dwarf Hamsters

Syrian hamsters are much larger than the smaller Dwarf species of hamster therefore they are need much more room to house them and their large hamster wheels. Dwarf hamsters, being much smaller can live communally in small groups or in pairs therefore they need more room per hamster. Dwarf hamsters can become aggressive to each other if they are housed in small hamster cages therefore the bigger the better with dwarfs. Another way to reduce risk of territorial aggressiveness is to provide dwarf hamsters with multiple hamster wheels to prevent them from getting jealous with each other.

Tanks or Aquariums

Tanks are a great option for hamsters because they offer fantastic visibility for your pets as well as providing your hamster with a great source of natural lighting. Glass tanks are very heavy and can provide problems when you want to move the tank around for purposes such as cleaning your hamster out. Tanks don’t offer the best ventilation especially with their lids they come with. You will have to create a DIY tank topper made of mesh in order to give your hamster ventilation. Good ventilation is essential to dissipate ammonia caused by hamster urine. There are plastic tank habitats available primarily aimed towards hedgehogs and guinea pigs such as the Zoo Zone range of habitats.

Habitrails or Crittertrails

Hamster habitats made of plastic are becoming increasingly popular for use as hamster cages. They are made with brightly coloured plastic and are modular in design that can be connected up with tubing. These are not the best option for dwarf hamsters because they are usually small on their own, and joining them up via tubes can encourage territorial behaviour. Dwarf hamsters are best off living in wide open spaces to discourage them becoming territorial and aggressive. On their own Habitrails and Crittertrails are far too small for Syrian hamsters, but they can offer a great add-on to a main hamster cage. Another factor to consider when choosing one of these types of hamster habitat is how escape proof they are. Due to the nature of their design, they present lots of nooks, crannys and gaps in order for your hamster to escape.

Metal Cages

The most common type is the traditional hamster cage. These cages consist of a plastic tray of varying depth covered over by a frame of metal bars allowing access with a small door.

These offer great ventilation for your hamster however sub-par visibility compared with glass. If your hamster is a bar gnawer this may present a problem if your hamster cage is in your bedroom. Hamsters are nocturnal animals and come out at night so their bar gnawing might disrupt your sleep. Metal cage bars are good for fixing cage accessories such as hamster wheels to. Metal bar cages can also give your hamster the opportunity to make a mess on your carpet because some cages have quite shallow plastic trays allowing your hamster to dig and kick substrate out of the cage through the bars.  Bar cages offer fantastic ventilation for your hamster and great air flow.

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Tame your Roborovski dwarf hamster

You and I both love Roborovski dwarf hamsters. They are lovable and cute but can also be very hard to tame. It is a must that you have a good understanding of them before you tame them. Due to this reason, in this article, we are going to understand what they are and learn steps on how to tame them.

Understanding Robo dwarf hamsters

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Robo dwarf hamsters are very little and fast. They could run over 100 miles in just one day. If you go to a pet store, you will find Robo dwarf hamsters running on a spinning wheel. That’s the reason they are known as very active dwarf hamsters.

They can grow as much as 2 to 2.5 inches in their adult age. They are mostly found in Russia, China and even in Kazakhstan. In the wild, they live on fruits, vegetables, and even small quantities of meat and insects. When they are kept as pets, their lifespan could range from 3 to 4 years.

Robo hamsters’ Color variants

Robo dwarf hamsters usually come in two main colors:

Whiteface Robo dwarf hamsters

As the name suggests, the main characteristics of Whiteface Roborovski dwarf hamsters are that they have a white face. They can also be referred to as husky hamsters.

Agouti Robo dwarf hamsters

They are very similar to the Whiteface Robo dwarf hamsters except the fact that they have a very light brown color with gray roots.

Other colors

There are many other colors available for Robo dwarf hamsters, but they are rare. One example could be Platinum Roborovski dwarf hamster. It’s quite similar to the Whiteface Robo dwarf hamster except the fact that the color can go once they age. Some other colors like red-eyed and pure white Roborovski dwarf hamsters can also be found in pet stores.

Once you understand information about your Robo dwarf hamster, it’s time to learn how you can tame them.

Special tips to tame your Roborovski dwarf hamster

  • Make sure to handle it only when it’s in an active stage. Robo dwarf hamsters are awake and active in the early morning and evenings.
  • In early stages, dwarf hamsters could show sign of fear and nervousness for your attempts at taming them.
  • Make sure your dwarf hamster is old enough to tame. Give it some time to grow before trying to tame it.
  • Make sure it comes to you rather than you go to it. Robo dwarf hamsters are very selective in giving their affection. Once they understand you completely, they will themselves come to you. Use a cup or something that they can roll so that they can use it as a rolling hamster wheel.
  • In order to tame it, Put your hamster in a box which is not as high as the hamster could run through it. And it should not be as low as your hand could not going to it.
  • Do not try to force something on your hamster. Always try to offer something. Let it remain on the hamster whether he likes to take it or not.
  • Play with it daily so that it can become easier to tame.
  • Try to tame your hamster in multiple sessions rather than just one.
  • Try to keep patience when working with a Robo hamster. In the long run, your Robo hamster will understand that you are not a threat but a friend.

Robo dwarf hamsters are lovely and wonderful creatures. It is very necessary to tame them to make them a viable pet. The process of taming will take time. Ensure that you have patience and endurance of doing so. Do not force something that the hamster doesn’t like. It will become friendly to you in a long run.

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