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Pet Information!

The purchase of any pet, for either yourself or someone else. Is a major step.  It is vital to the health and well being of the pet that they go to a home that is loving and able to care for them.  Below are some helpful information was given, which I thought may be of use to those who are in the process of looking into getting a pet of any time.
Some of the information is from other people and some is from my own thoughts on the subject.

before you purchase the pet!!!
It is vital befor you purchase any pet that you research into the type of pet you are looking for.  There are several ways of going about this.  Either contact your local Animal Welfare organisation who sometimes have lists of associations in relation to the different types of pets available. 
In Australia The RSPCA is the people to contact.   
If your interested in Dogs, this web site is very useful
they have a range of selections that you make, like you live in a flat/small house/ farm etc.  time you can spend with the dog.  then it will give you several options of the type of dog that you may like to look at.
for cats or Dogs you can use this site
Research on the internet is also an excellent way of finding different information on pets. 
Your local library is also an excellent resource for finding various information on the care and handling of various pets.
The 1st thing you should consider is, is the size of your home suitable for the pet you want.  If you rent or live in an appartment block, Does your Landlord allow pets, if so what pets will or wont they allow.
You also need to consider the cost involved in looking after your pet.  Eg:.  visits to the vet, food, housing for your pet  like, Cage for Bird, rats, mice etc.  Sleeping arangements.  Will the pet you are considering getting fit in with your life style, or will they become a nucence to your neighbours.  Do you have the time to care for them, clean their living quarters, know the correct handling procedure etc....
If you are getting the pet for a family member, friend or child.  Then the above information should be obtained by 1st  asking them if they want the pet in the 1st place.
Its all good and well thinking how nice it would be for them to have a pet, but Numerous times people with good intentions buy pets for friends and family only to discover that the pet is too much for the person to look after, they are not home long enough to care for it.  Or they have a bad allergy to that pet. 
Puppies in particular are cute when they are small, but they can be destructive if left in the wrong environment and when they get bigger they are not so cute, and require more time than the person has to devote to the pet.  they end up getting dumped.!!!! 
So after you have done your research, and you have decided on the pet that you would like.
Contact people who have that type of pet and find out the pros and cons of ownership of that pet...  Talk to a Veterinary Nurse or Surgeon in your local area .  find an association of enthusiats who get together to talk about and share the love of that type of pet.
IE.  When I decided to get Rufus and Reuben my 2 male Rats, I spoke to numerous people  they were exceptionaly helpful 
one of the people I spoke to was the President and founder of the WestOZ Rat Fancieres association  She was very helpful in giving me information on care, feeding, problems and other things associated with owning rats...  
after much consideration I decided on that RATS were for ME!!!! 

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So your Bringing your new little friend home
Now that you have decided on the pet that is right for your situation, before actualy laying out cash for the animal itself, take a good look around a number of pet shops, websites and pet owners places to see what types of accomodation, toys, food etc, is needed for the care.
Make sure you purchase the accommodation etc before bringing your new furry ( feathery or scaley) little friend home...  ensure that you place is as safe as possible.  (in the case of ratties, ensure that any small holes that may be in the walls, doors etc are blocked up or your little buddy will be out and gone.)
Travel cages are a good idea as well, for when you are bringing them home, if you have to take them to the vet, or if you are taking them with you when you go out.  Especialy Rats, Cats and small dogs.  larger dogs you can get harnesses from pet shops to keep them safe, as well as yuo so they dont go jumping all over the car and distracting you when your driving.
Ensure any harmful chemicals that they may be able to get access to is put out of reach.  Any cables that could be tempting for the pet to chew should be secured out of their reach.    Even kittens and puppies have a tendance to chew on cabling.
Once all this is achieved then start the search...  
If you have spoken to several owners of pets, ask them where they got their pets from.  Check out a few pet stores.  and some breeders,  If you want pure bread cats and dogs, they are the best place to obtain the pet.   If you after birds, hand reared ones would probably be the best, as they have already had lots of human contact so training them would be easier...    Animal Rescue shelters, and Vets are a good place to look for a new pet as they would have had a full Veterinary inspection and you wont get any surprises
when you think you have found the one you want, ensure when your tking them home that you talk quietly to them, give them lots of encouragement, as they are more than likely scared out of their witts being taken away from the area they have known for so long.

Interesting information, given to me by various people in relation to various animals/pets etc.
Given by Don (husband of the president of the WestOz Rat Fanciers)

Most rats are considered to be Lactose intollerant but to what extent has not been scientifically demonstrated. Cows milk should be avoided, especially for baby and young rats. Lactose is considered a factor in causing eye cataracts in baby and very young rats when their diet and that of the mother had been nutritionally poor. Goats milk on the otherhand does not pose the same problem.

Rats also have a natural instinct to refuse to eat certain foods that cause them problems, which in my experience and other rat owners is not the case with cheese. Cheese is quite safe to give to ratties as occassional treats and should not be given in large quantities, because of their high content of un-beneficial fats. Rats, because of the structure of their stomachs, which is different to ours, are more susceptible to stomach upsets then we are and avoidence of certain foods thus becomes instinctive.

Cheese can also interfere with the actions of some antibiotics because of their high calcium content which binds up the medication restricting absorbtion into their system and should not be given at the same time as antibiotics.

By and large, there are no known problems associated with giving cheese to rats as occasional treats.

Hope this gives you a little more ensite.